A Retreat for City Slickers
Magaliesburg has developed into a tranquil haven of tourist attractions and weekend getaway for those living in and around Johannesburg and Pretoria. Right in the heart of the Magaliesburg mountain range, this small village has a vast variety of activities.
Magaiesburg attracts nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts, there are over 120 different species of trees in the Magaliesburg area and over 100 various types of grasses! Visitors can enjoy game drives, cave tours, birdwatching, hiking, abseiling, horse riding, ballooning, fishing and many more exciting or relaxing outdoor activities.
The quiet village has retained much of its character and old school charm and comes to life on weekends when local townsfolk and visiting city slickers frequent the quaint stores, eateries, and local markets. The Magaliesburg Station Market is held most Saturdays, but check with your host just to be sure!
There is a lovely steam train, the Magalies Express, that bring day-trippers on a regular basis from Johannesburg Park Station, so whether you self-drive or hop on the train, Magaliesburg is a wonderful region to explore the countryside and enjoy a relaxing break. This weekend mecca offers a wealth of accommodation ranging from luxury country lodges, a hotel and spas as well as many B&B’s, Guesthouses and self-catering cottages.
Things to do and see
- Hekpoort Heksie
- Blaauwbank Historic Gold Mine
- Kromdraai Gold Mine
- Shelter Rock
- Sterkfontein Caves
- Cog and Sprocket Mountain Bike Park
- Mountain Sanctuary Park
- Barbus Haven Fly Fishing
- Margaret Roberts Herbal Centre
- Magaliesburg Express Train
Magaliesburg receives approximately 546 mm of rain annually with the majority of its’ rainfall occurring during the summer months.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 15˚C and 28˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 1˚C and 17˚C.
The name Magaliesburg comes from the name Mohale Mohale. Mohale was the Chief of the Po Tribe who lived in the area around 1820, during the time of the Voortrekkers.
The Magaliesburg River and 120 km mountain range took their names from the same source.
In former years the Magaliesburg region was home to big game including elephants and lion.
The discovery of the remains of the earliest species of primitive man know today, in and around the Sterkfontein Caves area, has ensured the area has the most interesting and longest history than anywhere in the country.
The area has also seen it fair share of war, in October 1899, war broke out between the British and the Boers. Within a year, blood and human lives were lost between these two warring parties, in the Magaliesburg valleys, at Kommando Nek, Nooitgedacht and in many of the deep gorges and high ridges along the mountain side.
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