Walking / Hiking
The energetic can walk to the top of the Magaliesberg mountain and then wander along the ridge for several kilometers and enjoy the spectacular views on both sides.
Bring your daypack, book a picnic basket with tasty homemade "goodies" and have lunch while enjoying a panorama of one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world. Walks through the forest and veldland of an hour or more, depending on your choice. Once again a picnic of homemade delicacies can be enjoyed anywhere along the route. Add to this a bottle of wine or bubbly for the perfect spread. Picnic baskets are equipped with plates, utensils and glasses. Available for R325 (not including wine – bring your own or we can supply).
There are approximately 10kms of trails on the farm with a few technical bits. A 100metre ride along the shoulder of the R24 gives you access to many kilometers of dirt road. 5kms along the shoulder gives you access to Breedt's Nek pass and the dirt roads to Buffelspoort dam and Hekpoort. For the not so energetic adventure seekers there are several trails through forest and across the veld. With a daypack this can be interrupted by a stop for a restorative picnic. Bring your own bikes.
Phefumula is surrounded on three sides by game farms, the fourth open to the mountain and the Magaliesberg Protected Nature Environment. There are many animals that may be seen on walks or rides. These include raptors and this part of the range is home to the rare and splendid Back Eagle as well as an abundant bird life. A number of different antelope species may often be seen; from kudu to the smaller antelope such as mountain reedbuck and duiker. Quaint warthogs are also frequently encountered. Monkeys and baboons are to be seen all over the farm but mostly on the mountain slopes. A few lucky people have had the privilege of spotting the timid leopard, which are numerous in these mountains.
This is a wonderful and interesting area for keen photographers with opportunities to capture mountains, spectacular scenery and sunsets, birdlife and plants
Other activities in the area
Magalies Meander — Phefumula is on the Meander, which encompasses many cultural activities, art and craft shops and places of interest.
Historical sites — The entire area is steeped in history, including ancient Iron Age and Anglo Boer War sites. The Blaaubank mine situated in Magaliesburg is one of the oldest gold mines in South Africa. The Magaliesberg Vincent Carruthers book is to be found in each cottage for reference to the history, geology, flora etc of the area.
Magaliesberg proclaimed a World Biosphere Reserve
After nearly a decade of lobbying and sustained efforts by a small committee of dedicated environmentalists, the Magaliesberg has been declared a World Biosphere Reserve.
The announcement was made (June 2015) in Paris by the International Coordinating Council of the Programme on Man and the Biosphere (MAB). This is a Unesco programme that aims to build a supportive and sustainable relationship between people and their environments. In effect, this means a specific focus on safeguarding natural ecosystems through innovative approaches to economic development.
Visit the website – www.magaliesbergbiosphere.org.za