Heavy rains fall in the Magaliesburg area

Hartbeespoort Dam
After several days of heavy rains the sluices at Hartbeespoort Dam were opened. The dam supplies water through a network of canals that stretch over 540km!

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.

Magaliesburg Mountain Bike Club

Magaliesburg Mountain Bike Club

Magaliesburg Mountain Bike Club

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.



Mountain biking in the Magalies area – Magaliesburg mountain biking website

Mountain biking in Magaliesburg, Gauteng

Mountain biking in Magaliesburg, Gauteng

With the village of Magaliesburg close enough to both major cities in Gauteng for a day visit (Pretoria and Johannesburg), why not bring your bikes and enjoy the natural beauty of the Magaliesberg and surrounding areas. Have a great day of riding and then visit one of the many restaurants or pubs in the area to finish off your day of action and fun before heading back to the city…

For more information on mountain biking routes and trails please visit


Mahikeng Lodge – Self catering game farm accommodation in Magaliesburg

Mahikeng Lodge

Mahikeng Lodge

An uncompromising luxury experience providing an up-close & personal encounter with South Africa’s rugged bushveld awaits you at Mahikeng Lodge!
Be embraced by Africa’s true nature, and be lulled into a higher sense with the true beauty found in the hills of the Magaliesberg Meander.
A whole new world on Africa’s doorstep to the city! A unique luxury experience. Enjoy a game farm with 13 different species of game and extensive bird life.

Spend the day relaxing around the swimming pool or cycling (the kids will love this) through the expansive farm, while African wild life laze in the shade of the Acacia trees only metres away from you. The magnificent kloofs and sheer rock faces that surround Mahikeng Lodge are best explored by foot or horseback, while the look-out points boast magnificent sights of the expansive land that lies before you.

The picturesque viewing deck, perched on the highest point of the farm, offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the entire lodge and beyond into the valley of the Magalies Mountains. Watch the sun paint the sky as the baboons on the nearby cliff bid farewell to the day while you sip on sundowners
or get down on one knee for a romantic marriage proposal.


Wonder Caves in the Cradle of Humankind

Visit the Wonder Caves in the Cradle of Humankind, South Africa. Close to Magaliesburg in Gauteng.

Visit the Wonder Caves in the Cradle of Humankind, South Africa. Close to Magaliesburg in Gauteng.

The single-chamber Wonder Cave, deep under the Witwatersrand, is situated in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, one of the world’s richest hominid fossil sites. The cave, which has been open to the public since 1991, is home to fossils of rodents, frogs, lizards and birds, and beautiful rock formations.
The caves are believed to be well over 2.2 million years old!

After an initial 90-step descent, visitors take an elevator down to the chamber of the 60m deep cave. Despite damage from mining lime in the past, the 125m-long, 154m-wide natural wonder has spectacular cave formations. Features include rimstone pools, mushroom, straw and popcorn formations, “Madonnas”, cave pearls, and stalactites and stalagmites up to 15m in height, most of which are still growing. The cave has its own colony of bats.

The cave has stalactite and stalagmite formations up to 15 metres high, a high percentage of which are still growing. The deep cave is accessible to visitors by elevator and is located within the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve which is in the Cradle of Humankind.

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

Clements Retreat-Magaliesburg self catering in Hekpoort

Clements Retreat in Hekpoort, close to the Magaliesberg mountain range.

Clements Retreat in Hekpoort, close to the Magaliesberg mountain range.

Need to bring the family for a break from the frantic big City? A couple looking to get away? Family visiting but your townhouse is too small? We’ve hosted hundreds of happy people so we have what you are seeking. We’re in the Magaliesberg Valley with mountains and river all around. Where peace and tranquillity are an everyday experience. We’re less than an hour from both Johannesburg or Pretoria . The farm is on the Magalies with a river walk to explore and enjoy.

Accommodation is a beautifully renovated farmhouse which is hired on an exclusive basis. No sharing with strangers. Or a quiet chalet for two. With 46 hectares of bush to explore. This is exclusive accommodation at it’s best .

For more information on rates etc please visit the link below:

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.

Cradle Mountain Trophy – Magaliesburg mountain biking

Cradle Mountain Trophy

Cradle Mountain Trophy

This two-day mountain biking event promises to be an exhilarating experience and will take place over the weekend of 20th and 21st of April 2013. Based at Maropeng, in the heart of The Cradle of Humankind, the event is one of a kind.

It also forms part of the 2013 Cradle Festival and Wine Weekend.

The Cradle Mountain Trophy promises a fantastic offering of single track, plus some challenging off-road, and of course some good technical aspects. But do remember that we are calling this the “Mountain Trophy” for good reason. It is not all flat. We will be making good use of tracks and trails which have previously been used for private events. On these farms you will be riding amongst some amazing wildlife such as Zebra, Wildebeest and even Rhino.

It’s tough, it’s technical, but if you’re doing either Joburg2C or Sani2C, this is the ideal event to get those legs into shape. In fact, it’s a must and chances are, it’s your last chance.


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: