Magaliesberg, North West
The Magaliesberg mountain range, one of the oldest mountain ranges on Earth - estimated to be 100 times older than Mount Everest, extends over 120km from Pretoria to Rustenburg.
Apart from its mountain scenery, this region is home to diverse flora and fauna. More than 130 species of trees as well as flowers, ferns, grasses and fungi grow in a variety of habitats in the area.
Magaliesberg was once populated by herds of elephant, rhino, buffalo, giraffe, large felines and antelope. Today, private game lodges preserving this natural land in small enclaves throughout the region.
The Magaliesberg is a favourite getaway for birdwatchers - 300 species are found here. The Cape vulture nests in cliffside colonies, while black eagle, jackal buzzard, and falcon soar above. Winter-flowering aloes attract sunbirds, while in summer migratory stork species inhabit grasslands.
The area offers adventures and activities to suit all ages, including micro-lighting, canopy tours, horse riding, birdwatching, hot-air ballooning, abseiling, rock climbing, river rafting, hiking and game driving.
Visitor to the Magaliesberg have a selection of accommodation from which to choose, including farm cottages, private guesthouses, upmarket hotels, affordable bed-and-breakfasts and tented bush camps.
Location: Magaliesberg, Hartbeespoort, North West
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