Magaliesburg history and facts

Magaliesberg mountain range

Magaliesberg mountains

The Magaliesberg mountain range lies in between the highveld savannah of the Witwatersrand and the African bushveld, stretching roughly from past Rustenburg in the west, past Pretoria to Bronkhorstspruit in the east. This mountain range is almost 100 times older than Everest with interesting geology, archaeology, fauna and flora.
The Magaliesburg Mountains were formed well over 2 billion years ago, that’s older than Everest! Both turbulent and tranquil times have been witnessed by the ageing mountains. From Tribes to Voortrekkers, battles to great hunts, the Magaliesburg has seen it all!
The town and the mountain range are named after Chief Mohale, ruler of the Po people who were living in the area when the first settlers arrived. In former years the Magaliesberg region was home to big game, including elephant.
The Magaliesberg regions are well known for their farming of citrus and subtropical fruit . The mountain range itself is about 120km long with its highest peak being about 1 780m above sea level. Owing to the high ground that the range is on, it is only about 300m above terra firma!
Some of the rocks of the Magaliesburg include: Siliceous quartzite, Feldspathic quartzite, Shale, Slate and Hornfels, Norite and Gabbro, Diabase and Dolerite, Syenite and Dwyka Tillite.

The name Magaliesburg/Magaliesberg is actually a corruption of the name of Mohale Mohale (A statue can be seen in Krugersdorp). Mohale Mohale was chief of the Po tribe way back in the days of the Voortrekkers. It has been applied to the name of a village, a river and of course the Mountain range for which the areas is famous for.

There are 3 major dams in the area, namely, Hartbeespoort Dam, Olifants Nek Dam (near Rustenburg) and Buffelspoort Dam (near Mooi Nooi).

Near to Hartbeespoort Dam is a world class Atomic Research Station, Pelindaba. Pelindaba is a Zulu word meaning the End of the Debate!

The Witwatersrand is a high quartzite ridge that runs parellel with the Magaliesburg Mountains.

Construction work on Hartebeespoort Dam began in 1916 and was completed in 1923. The dam has a capacity of over 195 million cubic metres! Construction of the Olifantsnek Dam began in 1926 and was completed in 1932. It has a capacity of only 14 million cubic metres.

Buffelspoort dam was completed in 1933 and has a capacity of only 10.7 million cubic metres.

Some of the rocks of the Magaliesburg include: Siliceous quartzite, Feldspathic quartzite, Shale, Slate and Hornfels, Norite and Gabbro, Diabase and Dolerite, Syenite and Dwyka Tillite. An excellent shop for crystals and rocks is Crystal Feeling in Magaliesburg.

There are over 120 different species of trees in the Magaliesburg area.

Over 100 various types of grasses! Many years ago elephant and lion used to walk these valleys until hunters decimated them.

Leopard are still seen in the secluded kloofs and ravines.

Over 90 species of mammals!

More than 300 species of birds!

17 Species of frogs!

20 Species of lizards!

Over 30 Species of snakes (vast majority harmeless!)

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Magaliesburg pet friendly accommodation

Pet friendly

Pet friendly accommodation in Magaliesburg

If you have pets and need a weekend getaway in the Magaliesburg area then you need pet friendly venues! We realise your pets are part of your family and you would love to take them away with you for a weekend in the countryside. Unfortunately not too many venues offer this facility but we do have a few self catering venues that will be more than happy to help you spend some quality time with your pet in the beautiful Magaliesburg surroundings!

Its a great way to explore the areas close to Johannesburg and Pretoria without having to spend a fortune by kenneling your pets or go through the trauma of being separated from your animals. Your pets will love the countryside and you will get to relax and unwind as well!

Visit the link below for information on pet friendly options:

Magaliesburg fishing at barbus Haven

Barbus Haven, Magaliesburg fishing

Fishing in Magaliesburg

Magalies Barbus Haven is named after the indigenous large scale yellow fish (Labeo Barbus Marquensis) which is found in the Magalies River. It started as a small stream venue for advanced fly fishers but have expanded to now also offer fly fishing for novices in our small dam for trout, bass and vlei kurper. We believe in promoting the sport of fly fishing and offer Introductory clinics and guidance for adults/children that want to learn the basics. We support catch and release.

The fishing activities take place on the upper stretches of the Magalies River around 2km’s from Magalies Town (Western side of Gauteng, South Africa). It is easily accessible for day trips (50 minutes drive from Johannesburg and Pretoria). , Water quality is superb, being in close proximity to the source at Maloneys Eye.

For more information or to make a booking please mail us on:
014 5770060

Ibis River Retreat – Self catering accommodation in the Magaliesberg near Hartbeespoort Dam

Ibis River Retreat

Ibis River Retreat

Ibis River Retreat is located in the heart of the Rhenosterspruit Nature Reserve, only 35 min from Fourways. Spacious, charming cottages located near the rivers edge. Fully furnished with excellent finishes. The cosy lounges have jet masters for those chilly winter evenings. Each cottage has its own private terrace with loungers. The patio is equipped with braai facilities and your very own jacuzzi! On arrival, a small bottle of champagne, biscuits and pate will welcome you to your cottage and your relaxing weekend away.

The venue also offers limited spa treatments in their country spa on the property. Enjoy the benefits of our outdoor thatch lapa next to the sparkling swimming pool which overlooks the river.Treatments available all year round, in winter enjoy the outdoors with our overhead heaters and hot oils.

To make your reservation please visit the link below: