Magaliesberg, Gauteng

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Magaliesberg, Gauteng

Magaliesberg, Gauteng
Magaliesberg, Gauteng

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Stretching for over 120 kilometres and separating the highveld grasslands to the south from the bushveld savannah in the north, is the Magaliesberg, a stretch of mountains 100 times older than Everest, that extend from Rustenburg in the west all the way to Bronkhorstspruit Dam, just east of Pretoria.

Once known as the Kashan Mountains, the Magaliesberg was later named after the Tswana chief Magali who was around at the time that white Voortrekkers first ventured into this part of the world. Explorers, the likes of David Livingstone, have negotiated this mountain range to make contact with tribes living here - the range has lived through centuries of human occupation, dating back at least 2 million years, hence the discovery of Mrs Ples and other fossils in and around the Sterkfontein Caves, which lie in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site not far from the town of Magaliesburg. (Note the differentiation - The Magaliesberg (the region) is spelt with an "e" in berg, whilst the Town known as Magaliesburg is spelt with a "u").

The Magaliesberg provides an incredible montage of deep gullies, wonderful kloofs - some of which run as much as 100 metres deep - with crystal clear streams and waterfalls and sheer quartzite cliffs. Hikers, rock climbers and abseilers all revel in the natural environment that remains largely unspoilt on the mountains themselves. Combined with the foothills of the Witwatersberg, to the south, Magaliesberg provides well-wooded slopes and valleys, steep cliffs and rocky outcrops, all of which serve as rich habitat for birds and hence birders too make the Magaliesberg a regular retreat.

The main advantage of the Magaliesberg is its access from Johannesburg and Pretoria. It serves as an ideal weekend away from it all and even a day’s outing is worth the effort. There are numerous forms of accommodation from which to select; the Crocodile Ramble, which meanders through the Cradle of Humankind and Hartbeespoort Dam, is a series of added attractions, and there are many restaurants, arts and crafts markets and activities that make this a popular destination.


Destinations / Suburbs of Magaliesberg


Where to Stay: Accommodation in Doornhoek

Doornhoek lies in the heart of the Magaliesberg, close to the little village of Hekpoort that nestles on the gentle southern slopes of the mountain range, just north west of Johannesburg. Most of the area is used for ... Doornhoek information


Where to Stay: Accommodation in Hekpoort

Nestled on the southern slopes of the Magaliesberg Mountain range is the predominantly farming area of Hekpoort, only a short drive from Hartbeespoort Dam and accessible from the south via a pass through the ... Hekpoort information


Where to Stay: Accommodation in Kromdraai

Kromdraai falls within the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, proclaimed such by UNESCO in 1998. It’s one of the most famous valleys in the world filled with palaeontological sites rendering ancient relics of ... Kromdraai information


Where to Stay: Accommodation in Magaliesburg

The sleepy little village of Magaliesburg lies in the Witwatersberg - the actual Magaliesberg Mountains are a further 8 kilometres or so north of here - its nearest neighbours the unassuming towns of Doornhoek and ... Magaliesburg information


Where to Stay: Accommodation in Renosterspruit

Set in a valley through which the Crocodile River meanders in the foothills of the Magaliesberg, is Renosterspruit. Renosterspruit lies in a vital and natural green lung, encompassing farmland, small holdings and a ... Renosterspruit information


Featured and "Must See" Attractions in Magaliesberg

Cradle of Humankind

The Cradle of Humankind Site comprises a strip of a dozen dolomitic limestone caves containing the fossillised remains of ancient forms of animals, plants and most importantly, hominids. The dolomite in which the caves formed, started out as coral reefs growing in a worm shallow sea about 2.3 billion years ago ... more information

Cradle Nature Reserve

The Cradle Nature Reserve covers an area of 3 000 hectares, which includes a delightful array of plant and animal species representing the diversity of South Africa. The wildlife within this private reserve includes white rhino, giraffe, brown hyena and wildebeest, as well as the elusive, but always ... more information

Heia Safari Game Reserve

The 650 ha Game Reserve is nestled at the foot of the Swartkop Mountains, where game found their home in African bushveld. On our 1.5 hours guided game drive find peace and tranquillity by watching 22 varieties of South African Wildlife. Game you can expect to see at Heia Safari Ranch include ... more information

Magalies Wild Game Farm

Magalies Wild Game Farm has two major selling points: the first is that the farm lies so close to Johannesburg and Pretoria that weekends easily expand into a holiday's worth of downtime, without the endless drive to get there and back. And the second is that the words “quiet bush getaway” are not merely ... more information

Mountain Sanctuary Park

Mountain Sanctuary Park is aptly named, for it is every bit the restful and refreshing space in which to reconnect with nature it professes to be. One heads to Mountain Sanctuary Park to refresh the soul and re-invigorate one's sense of self. It covers 1000 hectares of land up above the Grootfontein ... more information

Oori Nature Reserve

Lying in the beautiful Crocodile River Valley some 40 minutes from Johannesburg, to the south of the Magaliesberg Mountains, lies the Oori Nature Reserve (Oori is Tswana for Crocodile). The total area of about 750 hectares is made up of roughly 40 properties, all of which have done away with... more information

Plumari Game Reserve

Plumari Ranch Game Reserve comprises a pristine malaria free wilderness area of over 2000 hectares. The ranch boasts an amazing natural African bushveld with an abundance of wildlife. Guests can expect to see leopard and expect to see white rhino, buffalo, hippo, giraffe, zebra, waterbuck... more information

Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve

Set in the heart of the Cradle of Humankind, the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve lies roughly 40 kilometres north-west of Johannesburg; a chance to see white rhino, lion, buffalo, hippo and other species of game up close and within half an hour of the major metropolis. If you get to the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve... more information

Shades of Ngwenya

Shades of Ngwenya is a glass factory situated at the Ngwenya Glass Village, where you can watch a group of local glass blowers creating an enchanting array of glassware, and a range of animals and birds of Africa. And all of this in the pretty area of Muldersdrift, about 20 minutes drive from Johannesburg, Gauteng ... more information

Rhenosterspruit Nature Conservancy

A real breathing space of green open grassland, the Rhenosterspruit Nature Conservancy borders the Cradle of Humankind in a green lung between Johannesburg, Krugersdorp and Pretoria. This beautiful green space spans roughly 10 000 hectares and a wealth of different habitats and landscapes ... more information

Sterkfontein Caves

The Sterkfontein Caves are a series of limestone caves 50 kilometres north west of Johannesburg that are not only the richest, but most productive palaeo-anthropological sites in the world. They form part of the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, named by UNESCO in 1999 and part of over 47 000 hectares of ... more information

Magaliesberg Attractions

Things To Do in Magaliesberg

Fly-fishing at Magalies River Barbus Haven

Where: Magaliesburg
How much (per person): On Request

Magalies River Barbus Haven is an eco-friendly fly-fishing venue located on the upper stretches of the pristine Magalies River. Guests are g ... more information

Fishing at Kingfishers

Where: Magaliesburg
How much (per person): On Request

We have three dams. Adjoining the entertainment area is the “kiddies dam”. This is a perfect place to coach fishermen and fisherwomen of the ... more information


Holiday Accommodation in Magaliesberg

For accommodation in Magaliesberg see:
Cradle of HumankindDoornhoekHekpoortKromdraaiMagaliesburgRenosterspruit

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