Sent to us from an avid hiker and blogger who recently visited the Mountain Sanctuary Park near Rustenburg on the slopes of the Magaliesberg mountain range:
If you are visiting Magaliesburg over the weekend dont forget to pack your mountain bike and explore the Magaliesburg! The Magaliesburg Mountain Bike Trails are open 7 days a week and park and pay points are at Valley Lodge and Whispering Pines, 2 stunning venues offering you great facilities to enjoy (bar, restaurant, health spa) after a great ride on the #Magaliesburg mountain bike trails! Only R20pp and this includes a full colour map allowing you access onto private property areas that would normally be off limits to cyclists. Accommodation is available through Magaliesburg Tourist Information and Accommodation
Reefsteamers is a non profit, Section 21 Company, affiliated to the Transnet Heritage Foundation (Railway Museum) and are controlled under their auspices.), We currently bring the train to Magaliesburg around twice a month (depending on bookings). Booking information for the steam train can be found at :
Tel: ++27 (0)11 875 2354
Fax: ++27 (0)86 572 4616
The dam is 149m long and 59m high and is built across a gorge cutting through the Magaliesberg. The reservoir is fed by the waters of the Crocodile River and Magalies River and covers approximately 18.83 square kilometres with a mean depth of 9.6 metres and maximum depth of 45.1 metres It has a surface area of 20 square kilometres and its normal range of annual water level fluctuation is 0.8 metres
The dam was completed in 1923.
Top XTERRA Warrior Carla Van Huyssteen will be hoping for a third successful title defence on Saturday, 25 January 2014 when she takes on the TOTALSPORTS XTERRA Buffelspoort presented by REHIDRAT® SPORT.
“The Totalsports XTERRA Buffelspoort is a very special race,” says Van Huyssteen. “The route is amazing, while the venue is really beautiful. It is one of the biggest races on the Xterra circuit and one not to be missed. The Totalsports XTERRA Buffelspoort and Totalsports XTERRA Grabouw are both very good events with different technical sections that make each event really difficult and challenging’.
“The Totalsports XTERRA Buffelsoort is a very technical race to start the year off with,” continues Van Huyssteen. “It is a great event to start the season. People should take part in this event because it is unique and features a great run and mountain bike section. The run specifically is a great treat. So far I have managed three consecutive wins, but this year the competition is going to be really tough”.
Van Huyssteen will face tough competition from top Bermudan triathlete Flora Duffy. Duffy recently took gold in the individual woman’s category of the Totalsports Terra Firma Challenge presented by Liberty Medical Scheme and REHIDRAT® SPORT.
The Magaliesburg Mountain Bike Club (MMBC) was formed to assist with the development of a network of trails that link local businesses in the Magaliesburg area. The trails can be used for cycing, hiking as well as trail running and will help promote Magaliesburg as a green, eco worthy destination for the local travellers from Johannesburg and Pretoria.