The enchanting Magaliesberg Biosphere has been an exciting tourist attraction for many years and continues to educate and inspire visitors enjoying the Rustenburg area of the North West province. This visually striking reserve lies at the interface of two magnificent African biomes and is surrounded by unique geographical landscapes, topography and habitats.
The Magaliesberg Biosphere Initiative aims to ensure that viable ecosystems are maintained, while also actively watching over the places of historic, cultural and heritage significance – the three main functions include conservation, research & learning and also sustainable development. The reserve is made up of various stunning landscapes such as wetlands and valleys, rivers, kloofs, cliffs and slopes. The four most important habitats of the reserve are the Moot Plains Bushveld, the Gold Reef Mountain Bushveld, the Northern Afrotemperate Forest and the Marikana Thornveld. Spending a sunny afternoon or cool morning discovering the many assets of this reserve is a great idea for a memorable outing.
While taking in all the magic of the Magaliesberg Biosphere, be sure to visit the Cradle of Humankind and discover the amazing caves at Sterkfontein. Enjoy a delicious craft beer and visit the renowned Vulture restaurant, unwind at a spa and don’t forget to experience the aerial cableway at Hartbeespoort Dam for the most astounding views of the surrounding areas. The inviting Tshiberry Bed & Breakfast is perfect for those seeking out lovely holiday accommodation close to the Magaliesberg Biosphere.
There have been 90 indigenous mammal species recorded in the Magaliesberg Biosphere Reserve that include the sable antelope, leopard, klipspringer and brown hyena. The reserve is also rich in birdlife, and avid bird-watchers can spot the cape vulture, secretary bird, great white pelican and African grass-owl among other birds. Relaxing activities to enjoy include golf, tree spotting, bird watching and archery while adventure seekers can embark on ventures such as mountain climbing, abseiling, mountain biking, horse riding, kloofing, skydiving, river rafting and more.