Take Time to Meander Through Magaliesberg
The Magaliesberg region offers a host of leisure-time options just an hour or so beyond the city limits of both Pretoria and Johannesburg. Established in 1998, the Magalies Meander is designed to make the most of this spectacularly beautiful region, no matter what your interests are. Adventure options include canopy tours, microlighting, quad biking, gliding, mountain biking, go-karting and hot air ballooning, while nature lovers can enjoy horseback riding, hiking, birding and safari tours. Visitors with an appreciation for arts and crafts will find a wide range of home crafted items and artworks at the Magalies Meander’s galleries and coffee shops, and wellness and health spas offer an extensive range of relaxing and rejuvenating treatments in pristine surroundings.
The aerial cableway at Hartebeespoort offers a fun day out for the entire family, along with awe-inspiring views of the Magaliesberg region, including Hartebeespoort dam and the town, known locally as “Harties”. Having enjoyed the journey to the top of the mountain via cable car, visitors can stroll along the Dassie Loop walkway, appreciating the fresh air and learning interesting bits of information from educational placards located along the way. The KidZone play area provides a safe place for children to let off some steam, while restaurants, food stalls and a bar, along with shaded seating area, ensure that all visitors’ needs are well taken care of. Based at the bottom of the mountain, the Adventure Centre has, as the name suggests, information on all the activities available in the area and visitors can make bookings for paragliding, abseiling, zip-lining and cruises on the dam, among other things.
Other places of interest in Magaliesberg include the Elephant Sanctuary at Hartebeespoort, home to African Elephants and a range of other animals including up to 350 species of birds, as well as the Maropeng visitor center and Sterkfontein Caves at the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site.