Rustenburg, North West
The Eyeview trail is situated no more than 2 hours’ drive from Johannesburg and Pretoria between the North West Provincial towns of Koster and Rustenburg on the R52. Both the hiker’s camp (Dapper Stapper Bush Camp) and the two self-catering chalets are situated on the crest of a hillside overlooking the vista that stretches down to the Selons River on the neighbouring farm. From your perch near the chalets it is possible to view Giraffe and a multitude of other game as they feed away seemingly unaware of your eyes focused on them (a pair of binoculars is a good thing to have with you. The 2 private chalets have an almost 180 degree view –one can see Hartbeespoortdam, Olifantsnek dam and Derby in the distance on a clear day.
Eye View Game Farm offers a wide range of wildlife including kudu, rooibok, blue wildebeest, ribbok, blesbuck, steenbok, etc. 30 km dirt road for 4×4 game viewing.
On a clear day one can see Mooinooi, Hartbeespoortdam, Olifantsnek, Koster and Maanhaarrand in the distance. Peace and tranquility are what you find here.
To reach Koster from Johannesburg I normally go via the town of Magaliesburg, but the N4 west from Pretoria is probably safer with less potholes. From N4 take the Swartruggens turnoff and then follow the Koster Road (R52)
GPS coordinates: for entrance gate S25 48.739 E26 59.719
There are 2 well planned, circular day trails, setting out from a central base. Both trails are designed to explore the farm’s diversity and different habitats. The birdlife on the farm is plentiful which is good reason on its own for you to take those binoculars along.
The Blou Wildebees Trail:
The Blou Wildebees trail is an easy pleasant hike that starts you on the slopes of a mountain with beautiful views of the farm and slowly descends you to the flats where most of the hiking is done. There are no hectic mountains to climb but expect a hill or two, there is a bit of a climb back up the top after you clamber along a deep wooded kloof, which in summer should have water, this is a high point on the trail. There are a few dams along the way but no rivers or streams.
The terrain on the trail is very diverse at it ranges from soft, brittle magnesium stone, to rocky and flat hardened sand. There are a lot of loose rocks and stones everywhere, so watch out for those ankles and expect tired feet. There is a lot of shade parts along the trail which gives a break from the blazing sun. Among the trees on the higher areas of the farm, you may come across Blue Wildebeest taking shelter from the sun.
All along the trail short positive, Christian and motivated little messages are written on old sandals, crocs and shoes and posted to trees, so do watch out for those, it’s a nice read along the trail. The trail is well marked but in rainy seasons it could be hidden away from overgrowth, so make sure you don’t miss them.
The Blou Wildebees trail is not suitable for children under 10 and if you do want to take your kids on the trail, please make sure they are fit and able.
The Leopard Trail
The Leopard Trail starts just a few meters away from the Blouwilde Bees and zig zag’s it’s way to pass in front of a Vodacom Tower and down through some bushveld and on to a part of service road before it winds to the left into the bushes. Just before the 2 km mark you reach a dam, if you start early you may catch some game coming to drink water. You veer to the right and away from the dam into the thickness of the bush.
The Leopard Trail has the same terrain as the Blouwilde Bees so expect diversity once again. Just before the 4 km mark you will be rewarded with the most beautiful lookout point. After this you will start descending again until you reach a kloof, on the other side of the kloof to your left is a dam, don’t miss that and you can also see the chalets from here.
You will then hike for a short while in bushveld before you get to a magnesium road and then the fun starts. The uphill battle begins as you continuously hike up a very steep hill until you get a gravel service road and turn left, whereupon you will then find the Karibu chalet and you have reached the end.
The trail is suitable for kids but be warned that the last 1 km is a very tough 1 km.
- Game viewing with your own 4×4 – more than 30 km dirt roads
- Quad bike trails – only 4×4 utility bikes allowed
- Mountain Bike Trails – bring own bikes
- Swimming pool
- Excellent star gazing at night!
- Panoramic views you will never forget!
When booking you have the choice of making a reservation to stay at the hiker’s huts or at the more luxury, fully equipped self-catered chalets.
Dapper Stapper Base Camp:
- Accommodates 17 adults (and space for 3 children)
- 5 wooden huts
- Beds & mattresses only
- Bring own sleeping bags / bedding
- Communal kitchen and ablution facilities
- 3 bar fridges
- 2 plate gas stoves
- Undercover social area with tables and chairs, braai facilities and boma for bon fires.
- Solar lighting available.
- Bring own cutlery and crockery.
- 2 showers one for men and one for women.
- Donkey boiler for hot water, flush toilets and hand basins.
- No electricity or plug points.
- Solar lighting and lanterns provided
Rates per person per night based on a minimum of 2 nights, minimum 2 people
LONG WEEKENDS: Minimum 3 night bookings requested.
Dapper Stapper Bush Camp:
2 Nights or more
- R180.00 pp.pn – Adults
- R140.00 pp.pn – U/11
- R200.00 key deposit for each hut
1 Night Over Weekends
- R200.00 pp.pn – Adults
- R140.00 pp.pn – U/11
- R200.00 key deposit for each hut
R55.00 once off per reservation
Restricted entrance, no arrivals after 20:00.
From 14:00 – 20:00 – confirm estimated time of arrival with owners 24hours prior to visit.
11:00 – 14:00
Refundable key R200.00 per unit, payable on arrival
R100.00 per person / children u/11 R70.00 pp
R120.00 per vehicle / weekend
(no 2-stroke bikes): R120.00 per bike per weekend –ONLY utility bikes allowed.
No charge, please bring own
Private function, R60.00 per person.
Wood for sale:
R25.00/ 8kg bag, R40.00 wheelbarrow load, R250.00 for bon fire in cone.
There is a map available at the Dapper Stapper Camp, it is laminated A3 map, please do not remove it from the camp, the trail is marked well enough. Take a photo of the map on your phone.
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