The beautiful Magaliesberg mountain range is one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world, even older than Mount Everest.
It is a World Heritage site and is believed to be millions of years old; at least half the age of the Earth itself. This mountain range is beautiful and is home to an abundance of fauna and flora.
Its many habitats provide a home for more than 130 species of trees as well as many types of grasses, ferns and flowers.
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In the past, the mountains were roamed by wild animals such as elephants, rhinos, giraffes and even big cats.
Unfortunately, these wild populations have been destroyed and can only be seen in some of the nature or game reserves situated around the Magaliesburg mountain.
There are however, over 300 species of birds that can be spotted on the slopes of this beautiful mountain. As well as smaller animals such as dassies, mongoose, porcupines and bushbabys.
Additionally, there are many tourist attractions in Magaliesberg that will satisfy anyone’s taste for adventure.
Things to do in Magaliesberg:
• Visit the De Wildt Cheetah & Wildlife Trust
This sanctuary for endangered wildlife if situated at the foot of the Magaliesberg, close to the famous Hartebeestpoort dam.
It is a privately owned non-profit organisation which started with a strong desire to save the cheetah species which was once on the brink of extinction. Furthermore, the first ever king cheetah was bred here.
Since 1971 the centre has managed to facilitate the birth of over 600 cheetah cubs which has consequently played a major role in saving the species.
The centre has since become home to other endangered species such as the hyena, wild dog, vultures and the blue and red duiker.
Enjoy a 3-hour guided tour where you will see some of Africa’s most beautiful animals and some of the rare ones too.
• Take a hot air balloon ride
Whether you are looking for an exhilarating experience or would simply love to feel the gentle morning breeze against your cheeks, this one is for you!
Considered one of the safest and purest forms of flight, the hot air balloon will give you a perspective like nothing you’ve experienced before.
Marvel at a majestic African sunrise as you float over the Magaliesberg mountains and the Cradle of Humankind.
Tickle the treetops and gracefully ascend into the wide-open skies and spot some wild life roaming the landscape as you move peacefully over the selected game reserves.
• Go on a canopy tour of one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world
Photo credit: Magaliesberg Canopy Tour
The Magaliesberg mountain range is said to be approximately 2500 million years old. Imagine ziplining through this historic gem!
Prepare for a journey that can take you between 2-4 hours. A journey where you will experience the kloofs of this mountain range from a bird’s eye view.
You will receive a safety briefing and will be supplied with all the safety gear required for your adventure, after which you will enjoy a 2km 4x4 trip to your drop off point.
Don’t forget to look out for wildlife as you make your journey to the first platform.
You will now journey along the cables between 11 safely built platforms while your well-trained guides ensure your safety.
Educational, exhilarating and awe-inspiring, this is an experience that should not be missed.
• Enjoy a gentle boat cruise on the Hartebeestpoort Dam
Enjoy a 2-hour journey on the famous Hartebeestpoort dam. This boat cruise takes you on a relaxed trip to all the secret spots this man-made dam has to offer.
Choose between a midday cruise where you will learn all about the history of the area as well as the fauna and flora or a sunset cruise while sipping on a glass of bubbly.
Both cruises offer hot and cold gourmet snacks to be enjoyed while you take in the sights and sounds of the dam and all its life.
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