Magaliesberg Adventures

Magaliesberg Mountain Adventures - A list of fun things to do near Johannesburg.

If you have never had the pleasure of spending time in the Magaliesberg, do yourself a favour. Let Dirty Boots help you discover the exciting adventures you can take part in while admiring the spectacular natural beauty and wildlife, and inhaling the fresh mountain air!

The Magaliesberg is literally a stone’s throw from Pretoria and Johannesburg. The range extends from the Pilanesberg and Sun City to a…

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Magaliesberg Mountain Adventures - A list of fun things to do near Johannesburg.

If you have never had the pleasure of spending time in the Magaliesberg, do yourself a favour. Let Dirty Boots help you discover the exciting adventures you can take part in while admiring the spectacular natural beauty and wildlife, and inhaling the fresh mountain air!

The Magaliesberg is literally a stone’s throw from Pretoria and Johannesburg. The range extends from the Pilanesberg and Sun City to a point near Bronkhorstspruit Dam, a distance of 120km through Gauteng and the North West. The highest point near Hekpoort is 1852m and the cable way at Hartbeespoort Dam affords breathtaking Magaliesberg vistas.

These beautiful mountains are a national treasure and in 2015, this ancient range deservedly joined the World Network of Biosphere Reserves accompanying 630 other such reserves worldwide. According to the experts, the Magaliesberg is half the Earth’s age and encompasses the fascinating Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site which is of great importance from both a cultural and archaeological perspective. Magaliesberg Biosphere Reserve is home to 90 native species of mammals and a staggering 443 bird species, equivalent to almost half of all bird species in southern Africa!

Vertical adventures abound taking advantage of the steep-sided kloofs for which the Magaliesberg is renowned. There are some awesome abseiling and rock climbing sites and Shelter Rock’s Via Ferrata is unique to Africa! This iron stairway anchored into the cliff face offers a fantastic introduction to rock climbing and requires no experience. Also hugely popular, the 2.5 hour guided canopy tour through the Ysterhout Kloof is both family and eco-friendly!

With a number of rivers bubbling through the Magaliesberg, water activities include fly and trout fishing on the Magalies River and exhilarating river rafting adventures on the Crocodile River. The clear, spring-fed lake at Miracle Waters is an excellent scuba diving and training location with water temperatures a delightful 23-17°C.

Head skywards on an aerial adventure! Hot air balloon safaris launch in Magalies River Valley, the Magalies Gliding Club offers lessons and introductory flights and feel as free as a bird while hang gliding near Brits.

Experience close-up wildlife viewing on a horse riding safari at La Wiida Lodge near Hartbeespoort Dam. Motor sport enthusiasts will love the action-packed quad bike trails in Phaladingwe Nature Reserve in Broederstroom, also an ideal location for team building experiences.

Magaliesberg Adventures

Abseiling

Abseiling in Magaliesberg near Johannesburg.  Hang out on the spectacular cliff faces of the Magaliesberg, usually the preserve of vultures, dassies, baboons and rock climbers. Leaning back into the dizzying space below you and having to ‘trust the rope’ might feel a little daunting...

Archery

Archery in Magaliesberg, North West. Archery was originally used for warfare. Today it is a rewarding pastime that also happens to be one of the oldest arts still practised. In Gauteng archers head to Waterhaven Country Estate to challenge themselves in this ancient sport. Time spent with your bow and...

Canopy Tours

Canopy Tours in Magaliesberg, North West. Does your idea of fun include soaring over cascading waterfalls and enjoying awe-inspiring views of majestic mountains? If that sounds right, then a Canopy Tour or foefie slide in the Magaliesberg Mountain is the perfect option! A Canopy Tour means enjoying...

Clay Pigeon Shooting

Clay Pigeon Shooting in Magaliesberg, North West. Whether you’re a pro or a novice, you will love the Clay Pigeon Shooting at Saddle Creek Adventures near Hekpoort. Clay Pigeon Target Shooting is the art of shooting at moving targets, known as clay pigeons or clay targets. As it is suited for...

Fly Fishing

Fly Fishing in Magaliesberg. Fly fishermen are known for their ability to talk for hours about the best spots and the best equipment. Fly Fishing is not just a pass time it is an obsession! Fly Fishing is an angling method in which an artificial ‘fly’ is used to catch fish. In the Magaliesberg...

Gliding

Gliding or soaring in Magaliesberg, North West. The ridges and kloofs of the magaliesberg mountains are magnificent little pockets of untouched nature formed millions of years ago.  What better way to experience this slice of paradise than on a Gliding Adventure. Gilders use thermals, columns of...

Hang Gliding

Hang Gliding in Magaliesberg Mountains. The Magaliesberg, just an hour away from the bustling city of Johannesburg, is an absolute refuge for work-weary city slickers. A hang-gliding adventure, either in tandem with a professional or on your own if you’re experienced, will empty you of the last...

Hiking

Hiking in Magaliesberg. Explore the ridges and kloofs of the Magaliesberg Mountains on a Hiking Adventure. These amazing pockets of untouched nature, formed millions of years ago, stretch from Rustenberg to Pretoria and are just a short drive away from the suburbs of Gauteng. What better way to let...

Horse Riding

Horse Riding Magaliesberg. Mosey on down to the Magaliesberg Mountains for an unforgettable horse riding adventure! Discover the rugged beauty of the Magaliesberg Mountains, one of South Africa’s most treasured and historically significant natural features. This magnificent mountain range, the...

Hot-Air Ballooning

Hot Air Ballooning in Magaliesberg. Watch the experienced crew prepare for your Hot Air Ballooning Adventure against the backdrop of the Magaliesberg Mountains and then set off on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Hot Air Ballooning is one of the most surreal adventures you will ever experience. You enter...

Inland Scuba Diving

Inland Scuba Diving in Magaliesberg. So you think because you’re land-locked in Gauteng or the North West you can’t take part in this water based activity? Think again. Inland scuba diving at the foothills of the wild and beautiful Magaliesberg is on offer utilising a spring fed lake that...

Laser Clay Pigeon Shooting

Laser Clay Pigeon Shooting in Magaliesberg, Gauteng is a wonder family adventure. The jagged range of the Magaliesberg provides the fairly flat highveld with an interesting and picturesque feature that has become the adventure hub for Johannesburg and Pretoria and is only 45 minutes’ drive from...

Motorcycle Tours

Motorcycle Tours in Magaliesberg. The jam packed highways fall behind you, dual carriage ways become two lane roads, cityscapes morph into uncluttered Highveld grasslands, tar becomes dirt and the wind blows clean and earthy in your face.As the roads begin to climb and dip over the foothills of the...

Mountaineering

The amazing geology, archaeology, fauna and flora of the Magaliesberg Mountains are best explored on a Mountaneering Adventure. Just a short drive away from the suburbs of Gauteng, you will find this amazing slice of untouched nature. Formed millions of years ago and stretching from Rustenberg to Pretoria,...

Paintball

Paintball in Magaliesberg, Gauteng. Head to the Magaliesberg, Gauteng’s conveniently located outdoor adventure zone and take part in this fast paced combat game. Paintball capitalises on our survival instinct to ensure that its adrenalin all the way as we duck, hide, dive and formulate sneaky...

Quad Biking

Quad Biking is the perfect way to combine adventure and nature! Experience the magic of Magaliesberg Mountains on 4-wheels and discover why many thrill seekers choose the ‘ready for anything’ quad bike to tackle the trickiest of terrains. An hour from Johannesburg, the beautiful Magaliesberg...

Rock Climbing

Rock Climbing in Magaliesberg. Rock Climbing the Magaliesberg Mountains unveils an exciting hidden world of beautiful deep kloofs, crystal clear waterfalls and pristine pockets of nature that one would otherwise never know existed! The rocky ridges of the Magaliesberg range in the North West Province...

Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving in Magaliesberg. Experience scuba diving with freshwater fish in a fresh water dam at the foothills of the magnificent Magaliesberg Mountains.  Here you can do all your diving from Open Water I to instructor training. The lake is replenshed by an underwater spring and has a depth of...

Via Ferrata

Via Ferrata in Magaliesberg. Via Ferrata is a brand new activity in the Magaliesberg Mountains, just waiting to be enjoyed! The words Via Ferrata means ‘Iron Road’ in Italian. As the name suggests, it is a mountain climbing route with ladders, steps and cables that aids the climber. In Europe,...

Zip Line

Zip Line Magaliesberg. Magaliesberg zip lining as an activity has taken off and is one of the most popular aerial cable type activities around. I still refer to a zip line as a foefie slide, as we use to call our home-made ones from the houses chimney down into the garden.