The spectacular area of Magaliesberg, just a little over an hour from the glitz and glamour of Johannesburg and Pretoria, is a fantastic place to spend a few days out of the city…

More than being beautiful, this mountainous retreat also has loads to offer Gauteng families and visitors that want to make the most out of a weekend or a midweek break from the hubbub of the metropolis.

What to do with a few days in the Magaliesberg:

1.      Go horse riding at Saddle Creek Ranch

Seeing the Magaliesberg from the back of a well-trained, responsive horse is peaceful and exhilarating all at once. The trails wind their way through the pretty countryside while you feel the warm sunshine on your back and breathe in the crisp, fresh air of the mountains. Experienced riders looking for adventure can opt for a horse that is more spirited. Trail guides do the whole tour with you, so you’ll always feel safe and well cared for.


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2.      Cruise Harties

The Harties Boat Co. invites visitors to explore the massive Hartbeespoort Dam while enjoying a three-course Sunday buffet lunch. There are other companies that offer cruises too, which include ferries and speed boats. This dam is under the watchful eye of the Magaliesberg Mountains, and is all about gorgeous views and relaxation. A leisurely cruise is perfect for a date with a difference, or a family day out.


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3.      Mountain adventures

Make the most of these dramatic mountains by going abseiling, kloofing and rock climbing on their rugged faces. These tours are awesome for the family, or for team-building, and really show off the mountains to perfection. For less of an adrenalin rush, opt for trekking or hiking the mountain trails.



4.      Get wet on the Hartbeespoort Dam

The dam is ideal for watersports, and those in the Magaliesberg for a few days are bound to want to try some of the thrills on offer. These include tubing and jet-skiing, as well as stand-up paddling, sailing and hydrofoiling.

5.      Magaliesberg Canopy Tours

Soar over the mountains from a harness and cable that is more than 30 metres above the tops of the trees, in some places. The ride is exhilarating and the views breath-taking. This is exciting, safe, and perfect for the whole family.


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6.      High in the sky

It doesn’t get much better than a hot-air balloon flight over the mountain range. Especially not one at sunrise, followed by a champagne breakfast. Book your hot-air balloon ride in advance for an unforgettable way to experience the Magaliesberg.

7.      Cheesy style

Visit the Van Gaalen Kaasmakerij, a cheese farm that celebrates Dutch traditions and produces some world-class cheeses. There are guided tours so that visitors can learn about the process of making cheese, as well as a shop, where the cheeses can be bought. What’s more, the views of the mountains and dam are just about perfect while you’re enjoying a breakfast or lunch at the restaurant. Bookings are essential.


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8.      Down an ale

Visit the local craft breweries (like Black Horse) and sample some of the delicious flavours coming out of the South African beer scene.


Whether you’re looking for a self-catering guest house, a quaint B & B, a luxurious lodge, or a convenient hotel in the Magaliesberg, has a spot that’s just right for you.