Magaliesberg

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Magaliesberg (historically also known as Macalisberg or as the Cashan Mountains ) is a mountain range extending west and north from Pretoria, Gauteng to just south of Pilanesberg (and the Pilanesberg National Park), and extending for some east of Pretoria where it peters out just south of Bronkhorstspruit.wikipedia
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Magaliesberg (historically also known as Macalisberg or as the Cashan Mountains ) is a mountain range extending west and north from Pretoria, Gauteng to just south of Pilanesberg (and the Pilanesberg National Park), and extending for some east of Pretoria where it peters out just south of Bronkhorstspruit.
It straddles the Apies River and has spread eastwards into the foothills of the Magaliesberg mountains.

Aerial Cableway Hartbeespoort

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A cableway reaching to the top of the mountain range is located at Hartbeespoort Dam, providing sweeping views of the Magaliesberg and surrounding area.
The Hartbeespoort Aerial Cableway (Harties Cableway), originally constructed in 1973, extends to the top of the Magaliesberg and offers panoramic views of the Magaliesberg, Hartbeespoort Dam and the surrounding area.

Bushveld

The range forms a natural barrier between the lower lying Bushveld to the north and the cooler Highveld to the south.
There are four significant mountain ranges in this region:the Magaliesberg which runs from Rustenburg in the west to Bronkhorstspruit in the east and forms the southern border of the Bushveld; the Drakensberg escarpment that forms the eastern border of the Bushveld and runs from Tzaneen in the north to Belfast in the south; the Waterberg range that is in the middle of the Bushveld and the Soutpansberg range just north of Louis Trichardt.

Highveld

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The range forms a natural barrier between the lower lying Bushveld to the north and the cooler Highveld to the south.
Another well defined boundary is to its north where the Magaliesberg separates the Highveld from the Bushveld.

Drakensberg

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This large dog-leg-shaped area is now termed the Transvaal Basin and includes the lofty escarpment of the Transvaal Drakensberg overlooking the Lowveld in the eastern part of the country.
The Limpopo and Mpumalanga Drakensberg are capped by an erosion resistant quartzite layer which is part of the Transvaal Supergroup which also forms the Magaliesberg to the north and northwest of Pretoria.

Rustenburg

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These friendly relations are reflected in the name of the main Boer town, Rustenburg (lit.
Rustenburg City (, Afrikaans and Dutch: Town of Rest) is a city at the foot of the Magaliesberg mountain range.

Magaliesburg

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The area around the Magaliesberg range has seen extremely lengthy occupation by humans dating back at least 2 million years to the earliest hominin species (such as Mrs Ples) in and around the Sterkfontein Caves, which lie at the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, close to the town of Magaliesburg.
The Magaliesberg mountain range is north and visible from town, hence the name "Magaliesburg".

Hartbeespoort

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It became a popular holiday and weekend destination for the inhabitants of Johannesburg and Pretoria, and the villages of Hartbeespoort and Kosmos developed as a result.
Hartbeespoort, informally also known as "Harties", is a small resort town in the North West Province of South Africa, situated on slopes of the Magaliesberg mountain and the banks of the Hartbeespoort Dam.

Kgaswane Mountain Reserve

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Kgaswane Mountain Reserve is a nature reserve above Rustenburg covering of the Magaliesberg.
Kgaswane Mountain Reserve is a nature reserve of 5300 ha consisting of veld and mountains run by the North West Parks and Tourism Board and is located 5 km south-west of Rustenburg on the northern slopes of the Magaliesberg.

Hartbeespoort Dam

A cableway reaching to the top of the mountain range is located at Hartbeespoort Dam, providing sweeping views of the Magaliesberg and surrounding area.
It lies in a valley to the south of the Magaliesberg mountain range and north of the Witwatersberg mountain range, about 35 kilometres north west of Johannesburg and 20 kilometres west of Pretoria.

North West (South African province)

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“We are delighted with this final acknowledgement of the unique nature of the Magaliesberg and the powerful contribution it is making to our country, to the ecosystem services in Gauteng and the North West and the communities it nurtures over an extensive area,” said Paul Fatti, chair of the Magaliesberg Biosphere Initiative Group (MBIG) that has been lobbying authorities since 2007 to support the establishment of the biosphere.
The Magaliesberg mountain range in the northeast extends about 130 km (about 80 miles) from Pretoria to Rustenburg.

Gauteng

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“We are delighted with this final acknowledgement of the unique nature of the Magaliesberg and the powerful contribution it is making to our country, to the ecosystem services in Gauteng and the North West and the communities it nurtures over an extensive area,” said Paul Fatti, chair of the Magaliesberg Biosphere Initiative Group (MBIG) that has been lobbying authorities since 2007 to support the establishment of the biosphere.
Between Johannesburg and Pretoria there are low parallel ridges and undulating hills, some part of the Magaliesberg Mountains and the Witwatersrand.

Battle of Nooitgedacht

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As a result, many battles, such as the battles of Buffelspoort, Nooitgedacht and Olifantsnek were fought in the area.
After the guerrilla war began, a force under Clements harried the Boers in the Moot, a valley in the Magaliesberg mountains.

Kosmos, North West

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It became a popular holiday and weekend destination for the inhabitants of Johannesburg and Pretoria, and the villages of Hartbeespoort and Kosmos developed as a result.
At this point the Magaliesberg range is displaced about 1 kilometre south by faulting and erosion.

Johannesburg

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It became a popular holiday and weekend destination for the inhabitants of Johannesburg and Pretoria, and the villages of Hartbeespoort and Kosmos developed as a result.
The De Wildt Cheetah Centre in the Magaliesberg runs a successful breeding program for cheetah, wild dog and other endangered species.

Mountain range

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Magaliesberg (historically also known as Macalisberg or as the Cashan Mountains ) is a mountain range extending west and north from Pretoria, Gauteng to just south of Pilanesberg (and the Pilanesberg National Park), and extending for some east of Pretoria where it peters out just south of Bronkhorstspruit.

Pilanesberg

Magaliesberg (historically also known as Macalisberg or as the Cashan Mountains ) is a mountain range extending west and north from Pretoria, Gauteng to just south of Pilanesberg (and the Pilanesberg National Park), and extending for some east of Pretoria where it peters out just south of Bronkhorstspruit.

Pilanesberg Game Reserve

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Magaliesberg (historically also known as Macalisberg or as the Cashan Mountains ) is a mountain range extending west and north from Pretoria, Gauteng to just south of Pilanesberg (and the Pilanesberg National Park), and extending for some east of Pretoria where it peters out just south of Bronkhorstspruit.

Bronkhorstspruit

Magaliesberg (historically also known as Macalisberg or as the Cashan Mountains ) is a mountain range extending west and north from Pretoria, Gauteng to just south of Pilanesberg (and the Pilanesberg National Park), and extending for some east of Pretoria where it peters out just south of Bronkhorstspruit.

Nooitgedacht Glacial Pavements

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The highest point of the Magaliesberg is reached at Nooitgedacht, about 1,852 m above sea level.

Geology

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The Magaliesberg Range has a very long geological history.

Quartzite

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Its quartzites, shales, chert and dolomite were deposited as sediments in an inland basin on top of the 3 billion year old Archaean Basement Complex.

Shale

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Its quartzites, shales, chert and dolomite were deposited as sediments in an inland basin on top of the 3 billion year old Archaean Basement Complex.

Chert

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Its quartzites, shales, chert and dolomite were deposited as sediments in an inland basin on top of the 3 billion year old Archaean Basement Complex.

Dolomite

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Its quartzites, shales, chert and dolomite were deposited as sediments in an inland basin on top of the 3 billion year old Archaean Basement Complex.