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Magaliesberg Introduction

The Magaliesberg region is considered to be the birthplace of humankind. This mountain range to the north and west of Pretoria has yielded the oldest human skeletons ever found to date. The Magaliesberg is also proven to be the oldest mountain range on earth, a hundred times older than Mt. Everest. As part of the Magaliesberg Biosphere Reserve, this UNESCO-protected region is home to various flora and fauna, including nearly 50% of the bird species in the southern part of the continent.

Hotels in Headline

There's a limited selection of accommodation in the Magaliesberg area, and it's mostly made up of inns, lodges and guesthouses. Nearly all of these options feature country-style decor, thus evoking an atmosphere of graciousness and charm. These picks are quite cosy; some are designed to cater to guests traveling in groups and families, while others have a more intimate vibe, perfect for couples on holiday and solo travellers who simply want to get away. Most of these lodging choices also feature high-end amenities like fine dining restaurants, spa and fitness centres, swimming pools and sports facilities.

Where to stay

The town of Magaliesburg is nestled in the foothills surrounding the mountain range. Magaliesburg is largely a farming community, though it also plays host to an active artist community. It's also known for its artisans producing exquisite handicrafts, which they sell in quaint little shops around town. The quiet village of Muldersdrift is the home of the Cradle of Humankind and the Wonder Cave. The Cradle is where scientists discovered the oldest human skeleton to date. Wonder Cave is the third largest cave in the world. To the north of Magaliesburg is Doornhoek. Though mostly a farming village, Doornhoek has a few game farms.

Things to see

The Cradle of Humankind is a cave system made of dolomitic limestone. It's where scientists found the remains of ancient hominids, as well as animal and plant fossils. The caves where scientists specifically discovered the ancient hominid remains are called the Sterkfontein Caves. There were around 500 hominid specimens buried there, and they're approximately 4 million years old. Close to the Cradle is Nirox Sculpture Park. It's a park that blends formal gardens with more natural veld landscaping. The statues in the park are products of the Nirox Foundation's artist residency programme. Through this programme, artists gain insight into the culture of South Africa and create a statue in return for their learning. Near Magaliesburg is the Mountain Sanctuary Park. This privately owned park covers 1,000 hectares of wilderness. It's a popular camping and hiking destination, especially for weekenders from Johannesburg and Pretoria.

How to get to Magaliesberg

You can reach the Magaliesberg region by driving from either Pretoria or Johannesburg. If you're coming from Pretoria, you can drive towards Magaliesburg on the N4 highway. Magaliesburg is approximately 88 kilometres away from Pretoria. The drive will take you about an hour and a half. If you're coming from Johannesburg, it's best to drive on the R24 highway. The distance between Johannesburg and Magaliesburg is 67 kilometres. Barring any traffic, driving this distance will take you around an hour and 45 minutes. You'll also find it more convenient if you move around the Magaliesberg area in a rented car.