Hugging the Magaliesburg on its densest perimeters, the town of Mooinooi lies just west of Modderspruit, roughly halfway between Hartebeespoort dam and Rustenburg. Essentially a mining town it rests in a valley used to grow citrus and mine chrome, and makes for wonderfully easy weekend breaks for city slickers and those after a moment's respite after a hard week's work.
Mooinooi is also rife with farm stays and game lodges, in an area where the weather is superb most of the year round and where bird and animal life and an environment that promises wide open space and a feeling of getting away from it all make it a popular place to stay.
Mooinooi's proximity to the Magaliesburg promises outdoor activities, particularly hiking. The mountain range that extends from Pretoria to the Pilansburg offers numerous trails, most of which you will need permission from private landowners or the various mountain clubs to walk. It is a popular area and regulation of the number of permits per day is controlled as a result. The Magaliesburg was proclaimed a Portected Natural Environment in 1977 and a number of small reserves as well as the larger Kgaswane Mountain Reserve provide kloofs, rock climbing, caves, waterfalls and mountain pools.
Two of the world’s largest platinum mines lie just outside Rustenburg, earning it the nickname ‘Platinum City’, which is hardly a fair description of the city that started out as little more than a church and farming community centre, named as a ‘place of rest’ that still manages to retain its small town atmosphere.
Rustenburg is one of the oldest towns in this part of the world. It lies surrounded by the Magaliesburg mountain range, its streets lined with the ubiquitous jacaranda tree. It’s a pretty little town, despite being a city, and there is an element of sluggishness to Rustenburg that makes it so attractive, lying as it does only 112 kilometers from Johannesburg and not far from the Sun City complex.
The temperature here is normally about 4 degrees warmer than Gauteng; it’s malaria free, with access to a number of game parks, including the Rustenburg Nature Reserve and the Pilansburg Game Reserve, and relatively free of crime, making it an attractive option for visitors. Other than game viewing, one can enjoy the Rustenburg Ramble – a meander that takes in craft galleries, farm stalls and places to eat; the Kgaswane Mountain Reserve just outside Rustenburg; the Royal Bafokeng Sports Place, one of the 2010 Fifa World Cup stadiums; and the Waterfall Mall, if shopping is necessary.
We have a number of golf courses in the area.
Mooinooi 9 hole Golf Course, (* Sunshine Tour) 9 km,
Brits 24 km
Sandy Lane 24 km
Magalies Park 28 km
Pecanwood 30 km
Rustenburg 40 km
Sun City Lost City 80 km
* The Sunshine Tour is a men's professional golf tour based in Southern Africa . For much of its history it was known either as the South African Tour or the FNB Tour. A large majority of the tour events are staged in South Africa . The tour is one of the six leading men's tours which make up the International Federation of PGA Tours of the World.
You can arrange with your host for a picnic basket. There are quite a number of interesting visits and experiences in the area:
Magalies Canopy Tour
Elephant Sanctuary Park
For the fit and adventurist guest there is a trail to walk and reap the reward of the gorgeous view of the Magalies Mountain Range. This part of the Magalies mountains is known for its battlegrounds and save harbour that were used by the English and Boer soldiers in the Boer wars. The nearby feature that is known as "Ambulance koppie" still have certain structural fortification remains as captured in the image here below.