A Magaliesberg hikers report on Mountain Sanctuary Park

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:


Bike trails in Magaliesburg

If you are visiting Magaliesburg over the weekend dont forget to pack your mountain bike and explore the Magaliesburg! The Magaliesburg Mountain Bike mag1 magaliesburg mountainsTrails 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

Magaliesburg train – Steam train express!

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 train is an exciting way to visit Magaliesburg from the city of Johannesburg in Gauteng and relive the days of old!Image

Exterra Triathlon Buffelspoort Dam

Buffelspoort Dam triathlon

Buffelspoort Dam triathlon

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.

Magaliesburg horse riding at Saddle Creek

Horse riding in Magaliesburg

Horse riding in Magaliesburg

Our horse riding trails will have you experience the outdoors like never before! Whether you want to spoil a loved one or escape the city and crowds Saddle Creek Ranch is the place to be! What a great way to start the day!

We offer horseback riding with a difference, riding western style on “well trained, obedient, calm and friendly” trail horses, with various rides into the bushveld, farmland, riverside and mountain foothills. All the rides are accompanied by trained trail guides and trained staff members. We cater for total beginner that have never been on a horse before to advanced horse riders. You will enjoy your horse ride whether you would just like a gentle stroll (walk) a little trot, a canter or even an exhilarating gallop, your trail guides will ride at your own pace so that you can enjoy your horse and have a great ride.


New Balance Impi Challenge

New Balance IMPI Challenge

The New Balance IMPI Challenge GP was so well received earlier this year that event organisers have decided to introduce a second event, the New Balance IMPI Challenge GP#2 at Van Gaalens Cheese Farm, Hartbeespoort (North West Province). Warriors can choose between the more serious IMPI Elite Race on Saturday, 28 September 2013 or the fun filled IMPI Challenge on either Saturday, 28 September 2013 or Sunday, 29 September 2013.

Spanning over an 18km route, IMPI Elite Warriors will need to complete 25 challenging obstacles. The first male and female competitor to cross the finish line having completed all 25 obstacles will go home with a prize purse of R10 000.

IMPI Challenge competitors on the other hand will need to complete 18 fun obstacles set up over a 12km route. The event is not timed and there are no cut off times, so entrants can relax and experience the IMPI Challenge at their leisure.

Date: Saturday, 28 September 2013
Start: 07:00 – IMPI Elite Race / 100 competitors
08:00 onwards – IMPI Challenger / 1500 competitors

Date: Sunday, 29 September 2013
Start: 08:00 – IMPI Challenger / 1500 competitors

Venue: Van Gaalens Cheese Farm (Hartebeespoort / North West Province)
Format: Participants could enter individually or as part of a team (teams vary in size from 2 – 10 people, although you start together, you do not need to finish together)

Entries Open: Monday, 03 June 2013

Fancy Dress Competition: The best dressed individual and/or team entries as well as the entrant with the most original war cry stand the chance to win awesome prizes complements of our amazing sponsors.

Community Support: The New Balance IMPI Challenge supports the Woodside Special Care Centre, a private residential home for intellectually and physically disabled children and young adults. Established in 1976 the Woodside Special Care Centre offers a wide range of services designed to promote the development of each of its children.

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For more information on the Woodside Special Care Centre visit http://www.woodside.org.za For more information on the New Balance IMPI Challenge contact Hayley Weinberg on 073 411 5575, email info@impichallenge.co.za or visit http://www.impichallenge.co.za

Pictures of the Magaliesberg area

Witwatersrand hills

Witwatersrand hills

Looking east along the Magaliesberg range

Looking east along the Magaliesberg range

Summer storms

Summer storms

Balloons overhead!

Balloons overhead!

Winter or summer, the Magaliesberg is a great place to be, just over an hours drive from both Pretoria and Johannesburg takes you out into the countryside of the Magalies area.

Visit our website for more information on accommodation and actvivites in Magaliesburg

Conferences are also a great idea in the area due to our location and wide range of venues to suit all budgets and requirements.