Until recently, I was under the impression that Magaliesburg was in the foothills of the Magaliesberg. I’m a lot wiser now. The village of Magaliesburg is actually in a dip in the Witwatersberg range, and the outlying farms are either in the Witwatersberg or between the Witwatersberg and the Magaliesberg.
The Witwatersberg also runs along the Witwatersrand region where gold has been mined since the 1870’s. In fact, Magaliesburg boasts the first hand dug gold mine on the Witwatersrand. The historic mine is on the farm Blaaubank, overlooking the village of Magaliesburg. The original Goudklippies mine land north of the village is currently under licence for prospecting for a variety of precious minerals and diamonds.
The Magaliesberg must also have a little gold in some areas because the original tribes were found to have some gold ornamentation in their kraals. The Magaliesberg range runs from the border of Gauteng and North West Province towards Polokwane in Limpopo. The range is characterized by tall cliffs with visible caves and sloping plateau tops. The cliffs make the range a safe haven for vultures in the Vulture Conservancy between Magaliesburg and Rustenburg. Various farmers in the Maropeng area also set out feeding areas for Cape Vultures and the Black Eagles ranging into the hills around Magaliesburg from the Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden in Roodepoort.
Both mountain ranges are easy to access from Magaliesburg village and have an irresistible attraction for hikers, trout fishermen, abseilers, potholers, canyoners and outdoor enthusiasts. The Magaliesberg Canopy Tour provides many tourists with an insightful tour of the ecosystems in the Magaliesberg, as preserved in the Ysterhout Kloof. With the Mgaliesburg area being an eco-tourism destination offering micro-lighting, ballooning, gliding, horse riding, dirt biking, quad-biking and spas, there are many Magaliesberg accommodation venues around Magaliesburg just beckoning for visitors’ enjoyment .