This unique 100km Women’s Walk will happen over 4 days, covering different areas and geological sites in the Magaliesberg Biosphere. The 4 routes will cover an average of 25km per day. You will be required to carry only your daypack with water and snacks for the day. Busses will transfer participants to the starting point every morning and return to the 3 Star (TGSA Graded) central accommodation in Rustenburg at night.
Sunrise to Sunset 100km
Sunrise to Sunset 100km Magalies Biopshere Women’s Walk
over 4 days 22 – 25 March 2017 – Introduction Function: March 21st
Arrival and introduction night, Tuesday, March 21st 2017 at 17h00 at Protea Hotel Hunters Rest.
Wednesday and Thursday, March 22nd and 23rd; Day 1 & 2 will mainly be hiking on existing hiking trails in the Kgaswane Nature Reserve, with beautiful views over Rustenburg area.
Friday, March 24th; Day 3 will be in the Buffelspoort Valley area, staying on the northern side, hiking up the Magaliesberg and walking along the ridge of the berg and back into the valley.
Saturday, March 25th; Day 4 will be in the Olifantsnek area on the southern side of the Magaliesberg, hiking on game- and working farms, enjoying the game and meander through kraals dating back to the 1600’s.
The Closing Ceremony with dignitaries in the Tourism Industry, will be at Brauhaus am Damm Beer Cellar, at 16h30 on Saturday 25th March
Sunrise to Sunset was initiated by a group of enthusiastic ladies from RATA (NPC) based on the success of the magnificent Lighthouse 2 Lighthouse concept in the Western Cape. This walk was specifically designed to showcase the diversity of the Magaliesberg Biosphere and enable access to areas otherwise not accessible to the public. It also creates awareness of the existing hiking trails, accommodation establishments, entertainment facilities and natural environment of our area.
As RATA (NPC) we have recognised the need for events in our area, we are creating some! At the same time we have the need to generate funds for our non-profit Company to channel back into the Tourism Industry. RATA has been in existence for more than 18 years and is passionate about growing and giving back!
The funds created by this event will be channelled into RATA non-profit Company and every cent will be used to develop the Tourism Industry of this area.
Many projects are run by RATA (NPC):
a. Develop young and upcoming Tourism businesses and create jobs in the industry.
b. Run Collaborative Marketing initiatives for the RATA (NPC) members that assist tourists and visitors to gain information on activities and accommodation in our area.
c. Create infrastructure, such as information signs, road markings, Magaliesberg Biosphere route markings.
d. Create Tourism related products and packages around the Magaliesberg Biosphere to boost the economic growth.
Funds created by this inaugural event will partly be used to establish this as an annual event and to create a platform for sponsors to get their foot into the door to become established as anchors for this major event.
The enrolment fee for this event is split into two components:
1. Direct cost of R750/day all inclusive
2. R3000.00 donation into the RATA (NPC) Tourism fund.
Entry fee is not refundable. Sponsorship forms can be provided.
In order to market our area even more, and expose all visitors to an even wider range of hiking opportunities in our area, we have negotiated super-duper rates and packages for a FIFTH day of hiking.
This is an optional enrolment/booking. Details will be sent to interested hikers who want to stay and keep on walking on Sunday, March 26th 2017.
2,3 or 4 Single beds per room sharing, 3 star (TGSA Graded) self-catering units in Rustenburg, mid-town.
DSTv, refrigerator, shower/bath, linen and towels provided.
If you prefer to share with someone specific, please provide their names and contact details in your entry form.
Please note: there is no space for vehicles at the central accommodation. Arrange to be dropped at Protea Hotel Hunters Rest at 21st March or parking arrangements will be handled with individuals after enrolment.
A snack shop will be available at the central accommodation facility from 16h00 to 19h30 each night. Bring enough cash to buy chocks, chips, cold drinks or our House favourite; NUY Cellar wines.
Dinner will be off-site at one of RATA (NPC) members’ Restaurants between 19h30 and 21h00. The bus will transport all there and back. All arrangements for the next day’s walk will be handled during dinnertime.
Breakfast will be at the starting point of each day where there will also be an opportunity to pack lunch boxes.
Day 1 and Day 3 will be the hardest routes. Steep inclines will require cardio vascular fitness as well as leg strength.
Day 2 and 4 routes are more on level surfaces, although day 2 has short rocky areas at the waterholes and a steep decline at the end.
(Age 20 – 70 yrs)