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FNB Platinum Trail RunValda 7:26pm 19 Dec
The FNB Platinum Trail Run will return to the bustling ATKV Buffelspoort on Sunday, 03 June 2018.
Incorporating only the best trail run routes on offer in the majestic Magaliesberg region, entrants can choose between a challenging 24km race, a shorter challenge of 12km and a less challenging 8km route.
The 12km and 24km FNB Platinum Trail Runs routes take runners on a journey through a mountainous region that forms part of the Magaliesberg Mountain Range west of the Buffelspoort Dam. The 8km route follows the 12km and 24 km routes over mainly easy terrain up to the turn-around...
Fossils, Stars & Skinny Scientists…Valda 7:12pm 31 Jul
Words: Sue Adams, Pics: Sue Adams, Wits University and National Geographic
When an advertisement reads, ‘Skinny people needed’ who would imagine that it’s to do with exploring one of the most exciting fossil finds in the world? But that’s who palaeoanthropologist Lee Berger – on this year’s Time magazine list of The 100 Most Influential People – was looking for to get at fossils hidden in a deep cave in the Cradle of Humankind.
These skinny cavers had to be able to enter Rising Star Cave, in the Bloubank River valley near Krugersdorp, go through a tunnel called Superman’s...
5 of the Best Magaliesberg GetawaysValda 9:55pm 2 Oct
An hour from Joburg, the Magaliesberg harbours terrific weekend spots. Here are five of the best.
Thirsty Falls Guest Farm
Set into the slopes of the Magaliesberg, each of the five face-brick cottages has exquisite views over the surrounding bushveld.
Simple, quiet and relaxing. Unwind with G&Ts on your private veranda as you watch golden weavers flit about. There isn't much...
Hot Air Ballooning at De Hoek Country HotelPress Releases 11:32pm 22 Feb
The weekend of 21-23 March 2014 has been set aside for De Hoek Country Hotel’s ballooning adventure weekend, in conjunction with Air Ventures Hot Air Ballooning. The exquisite Magaliesberg mountain range, where this country hotel is situated, is an ideal area for this activity.
Weekend guests taking advantage of this event will be welcomed to De Hoek on Friday and have a leisurely afternoon before the presentation of hot air ballooning at 18.30. A delicious three course dinner will be served afterwards.
On Saturday morning at 05.00, guests will meet on the Bridge Bistro...
Mountain Sanctuary ParkLittle MMI 6:30am 27 Jan
Mountain Sanctuary Park
Less than an hour and a half from Johannesburg is a destination that is located in the Magaliesberg Mountains offering any nature enthusiast a chance to be in a serene and majestic setting. The picturesque reserve is a hidden treasure welcoming campers, hikers, bird watchers and anyone needing some time out to relax.
Arriving at Mountain Sanctuary Park, I couldn’t help but notice the mountainous and rough terrain that surrounded my vehicle. Would we get lost in the wilderness, forced to survive on natural resources and build a...
Hadogenes gunningiAnimal Demography Unit 11:55am 15 Dec
The scorpion in the photo is Hadogenes gunningi. It was photographed in Proteadal, Gauteng Province and submitted to ScorpionMAP (http://vmus.adu.org.za/) by Luke Verburgt. This scorpion belongs to the Hemiscorpiidae family.
Scorpions are ancient animals, and fossil records indicate that they were already in existence about 425 – 450 million years ago during the Silurian period and evolved from an amphibious ancestor. They occur in habitats ranging from forest to deserts but it is in the arid areas that they are most common and...
Stroke a White Lion CubLittle MMI 11:55am 19 Oct
The African sun rises over the horizon signifying the start of an adventurous day. Lions roar, elephants roam the savannah, a herd of buck take a quick drink at the waterhole and the meerkat scouts for its next nibble. The dawn brings about a flock of birds fluttering in the tree outside my window and I can almost smell the damp of the grass outside... okay that’s just my bath towel hanging over the door but you get the idea!
The ‘Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve’ is one of Johannesburg's Big 5 Tourist Destinations and reaches tops on my list of ‘must see places’. This privately...
Apocalypse Caveshane 5:38pm 8 Jan
Words & Pics Lene Tempelhoff
‘Is it this way or that way?’ Not the words one wants to hear when one is 60 metres underground in a maze of passages. Particularly when there’s only an hour left to find the cave’s exit. The aeroplane was revving its engines at Lanseria airport, nose already pointed in the direction of Cape Town. And I’m supposed to be on it.
Apocalypse is the largest cave in Africa - a dark,...
CRADLE TO THE GRAVE – STERKFONTEIN, MAROPENG AND MORERHolmes 12:10pm 30 May
Words and pictures by: Richard Holmes
Driving along the N14 through the rather unattractive outskirts of Johannesburg, it’s hard to imagine Australopithecus africanus and their prehuman buddies hightailing it across this dusty piece of Highveld - pursued by sabre-toothed cats and long-legged hunting hyenas.
Keep with the dreary N14; take a right at the Krugersdorp four-way stop and you’ll soon discover the incredible history of this corner of...