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 For more information on the New Balance IMPI Challenge contact Hayley Weinberg on 073 411 5575, email or visit

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.

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!)

For accommodation and information please visit

Magaliesburg horse riding at Saddle Creek Ranch

Magaliesburg horse riding

Horse riding, quad biking and go carting at Saddle Creek Ranch in Magaliesburg

Saddle Creek Ranch
Provides you with all the Magaliesburg adventure you can handle!

Horseback Trail Rides. Fun rides every day for the total beginner or the more experienced rider. Join us on a 1 hour, 1,5 hour, or the popular 2,5 hour ‘Champagne Riverside Picnic’ trail ride .Our experienced guides accompany all of the rides.
Quad Trail Rides. Action packed quad trail rides through pristine farmland and wooded areas. Our trails have lots of ups and downs, water crossings and challenging narrow sections. The pace of this adventure is set to the the riders experience by our guides, ensuring a safe enjoyable ride. Suitable for complete beginners and children over 12 years.
Off road Go Karting. Loads of fun for the family on our purpose built 800 meter go kart track. Join us in the pits for a safety briefing before climbing aboard your own go kart for an exhilarating drive . Lots of corners and straight sections to challenge your driving skills. Comfortable shady seating areas for spectators.

Saddle Creek Ranch, Hekpoort, Magaliesburg.
GPS S25’51.502 E27’37.028
Contact Mike 079 467 9906/7