“Wild Flowers of the Magaliesberg” by Kevin Gill and Andry Engelbrecht 


“The Magaliesberg” by Vincent Carruthers 

The books are available from the Buffelspoort Valley Tourism and Information Centre

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Welcome to Buffelspoort Valley


Our Buffelspoort Valley

Buffelspoort Valley is situated in the Magaliesberg, which is an area of scenic beauty, unique natural features, rich historical, archaeological and cultural value and abundant biodiversity. These features make Buffelspoort Valley particularly valuable for tourism and recreation as well as a focal point for nation-building – whether our ancestry is Tswana, Nguni, Boer or British, we will find roots here. However, these unique features also make it imperative that any development or use of the Magaliesberg & Buffelspoort Valley region must be circumscribed by sound, sustainable management principles and practices.

The Buffelspoort Valley region is close to the Pretoria-Johannesburg conurbation as well as the fast growing Rustenburg. Buffelspoort Valley, is central between attractions like Sun City & Harties and offers unique attractions including Canopy tours, hiking trails, restaurants and so much more.

Buffelspoort Valley offers a huge variety of to do's and to see's to any visitor. Buffelspoort Valley is an area which you have to see and experience first hand. The Buffelspoort Valley invites you to come and share in our splendour.

Browse our site to see where to Play in Buffelspoort, Stay in Buffelspoort, Taste in Buffelspoort and Shop in Buffelspoort!!!!


Blueberries now in stock at Tree Tops Farm Stall

For the next three weeks!!



Various Marmalades 2 for R25.  Various Jams (Grape, Quince, Melon & Ginger, Apricot, Tropical Fruit, Plum 2 for R30.  Maroela Jelly 2 for R30.  Only while stock last.


Also have Blueberry Jam, Cherry Jam and Peach Jam's now available


Contact: Lynne @ 076 365 7156 or 014 534 0126

Summer fruits in Buffelspoort Valley



Visit this authentic farm stall in the heart of the Buffelspoort Valley which is one of the oldest in the valley, opened in 1977 due to the abundance of strawberries in that year.



Kiddies Activeties at Smiley Town in Buffelspoort Valley 



Feastive Specials at Buffelspoort Valley 2015




ATKV-Buffelspoort is the provincial winners in North West Province of the 2015 Lilizela Awards Ceremony which was held in Klerksdorp for the category: Caravan and Camping.



ADEM GASTEPLAAS top 100 in South Africa and Number One in Rustenburg!


Adem Gasteplaas -   Tel: 083 635 9233


Co-ordinates: 25º S 46.425 minutes / 27º E 20.685 minutes


Top local establishments honoured in TravelGround Awards 2015

South African hospitality establishments recognized for outstanding service

Cape Town, South Africa: The TravelGround Awards recognise the most outstanding establishments in various towns, cities, and tourism regions in South Africa. These establishments offer quality customer service to all of their guests and consistently receive excellent customer feedback.

The 100 awards cover a range of popular tourism regions, cities, and smaller towns in South Africa. The winners were selected from establishments listed on the TravelGround platform based on consistently excellent feedback and high quality reviews from guests during the previous year.

“We considered hundreds of establishments when deciding on the winners, as we have so many fantastic establishments, and some tough choices had to be made. We are exceptionally proud to be associated with our winning establishments who are truly ambassadors for our country’s hospitality industry.” -Marketing Manager, Peter Hanley.

TravelGround Awards 2015 Winners -

About TravelGround: is a local travel website built to be the easiest way to find and book accommodation online. Started in Cape Town in 2008 by a team of 4 South Africans, the award-winning website helps thousands of South Africans book travel online every month.














Sighting of the BAT HAWK in the Magalies
September 2014
BVTA is very excited to inform you that the Bat Hawk was sighted in the Magalies this



The Bat Hawk - When flying it is like a large Swift flying.

“It starts flying in the early hours before dawn and then after sunset. Often hunts around large
flood lights. A juvenile was photographed in the Meerhof Conservancy at Hartbeespoort dam
a few months back. We know a breeding pair has been resident there for years and that was
the first photographic evidence” John Wesson.
“Sounds like they are more abundant in the Magalies than ever thought.”



Magaliesberg proclaimed a World Biosphere Reserve by Unesco

 9 June 2015

 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 on 9 June 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.

 The World Network of Biosphere Reserves, which Magaliesberg now joins, counts 631 biosphere reserves in 119 countries.

 “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.

 Vincent Carruthers, past chair of MBIG and renowned author of “The Magaliesberg”, the most authoritative study of the mountain range, said that this announcement was the culmination of a campaign that began in 2006.

 “I’m most grateful there is now international recognition of this great mountain range that has witnessed the whole span of life, from its very origins,” he said.  “The Magaliesberg is almost 100 times older than Mount Everest and half the age of the earth, a unique treasure for us in this part of Africa.”

 Officials from South African environmental authorities were also at the MAB meeting in Paris when the announcement was made.

 “The Magaliesberg Biosphere will be formally registered by Unesco and the Department of Environmental Affairs in October,” added Carruthers, who is chair of the Magaliesberg Biosphere Not-for-Profit Company.  “But before that happens we need to appoint a Board of Management for the Biosphere.”


The Board will be made up of representatives of 16 interest groups who are involved one way or another in the Magaliesberg.  These include bodies involved in conservation, education, tourism, culture/historical activities, business and religion.

 The Magaliesberg is under intense pressure from urbanisation and has lacked the support of a strong regulatory framework to back its status as a Protected Area. 

 “Our hope is that this recognition by a world body and the renewed local focus it will put on the Magaliesberg, will energise initiatives towards greater protection and balanced and sustainable use,” said Fatti who was at Unesco in Paris for the announcement.. “This is the duty the Board of Management will be taking on.”

 The Magaliesberg Biosphere Reserve covers almost 358 000 ha  -  58 000 making up the core area, 110 000 ha the buffer area and 190 000 ha the transition area. 

 Besides the range’s unique biomes  -  the Central Grassland Plateaux and the sub-Saharan savannah  -  it has a very rich biodiversity.  The Aloe Peglerae and Frithia pulchra are unique to the area which has 443 bird species, almost half the total bird species of Southern Africa.

 In its report recommending that the Magaliesberg join the exclusive club of World Biosphere Reserves, the International Advisory Committee for Biosphere Reserves, noted:  “The area is endowed with scenic beauty, unique natural features, rich cultural heritage value and archaeological interest with the Cradle of Humankind, which is part of the World Heritage Site with four million years of history.”

 South Africa now has eight Biosphere Reserves.  Besides the Magaliesburg, the Gouritz Cluster was also declared a Biosphere Reserve by Unesco.

 Release by the Magaliesberg Biosphere Initiative Group  - June 2015


Management of the Biosphere Reserve

The Designated Management Agency comprises a Management Board, which is the management authority responsible for governing the Magaliesberg Biosphere. In line with best practice, a non-profit company (NPC), named the “Magaliesberg Biosphere” (Association incorporated under Section 21), has been registered in terms of the companies Act.  The company’s board has the responsibility to fulfil the designated functions of a Biosphere reserve - 

·         contribute to the conservation of the landscape, ecosystems, species and genetic variation; 

·         foster development which is socio-culturally and ecologically sustainable;

·         provide logistical support for research, monitoring, education and information exchange.  

 Board nomination and election process

Stakeholders elect members to the management board. When stakeholders register as members of the Biosphere Reserve, they align with stakeholder grouping/s of their choice.

These groupings are –

A)     Environment and Heritage Conservation

B)      Economic and Tourism

  1. Mines

C)    Development, Planning and Monitoring

  1. Sustainable development (Property developers, town and regional planners, engineers, estate agents, green building council, SAAEA, AFASA
  2. Municipal planning and development services
  3. Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site

D)     Education and Research

E)      Landowners and Residents

  1. Conservancies
  2. Land occupiers (Permanent non-landowning residents or resident workers)

F)       Benefactors

Individuals are nominated by any stakeholder to represent the interests, concerns and needs of a specific stakeholder grouping.   Voting for a nominated representative takes place within that grouping. For example, a stakeholder who registers as a landowner votes within the group “landowner” for the delegate of their choosing. A stakeholder might be linked to more than one interest group, and has a vote in each grouping e.g. landowner who is also a benefactor, a member of an Environmental NGO and a business association.

A candidate must formally accept the nomination, and must  –

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  • ·         Be unpaid and unremunerated in any way for services as a Board member
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All stakeholders will be informed of the candidates standing for election to the board and the interest group for which they are standing.  The notification will include voting forms.   Voting takes place by completing a voting form available at a public meeting convened for that purpose, by email, mail or by delivering the voting form to a designated collection point.

The voting form indicates the various collection points and addresses, and the closing date for voting.

Once the voting period is closed, the Steering Committee will count the votes for each nominee and advise all stakeholders of the outcome.   The MEC of READ will announce the members of the board.

The Board appoints a chairperson from among their number.  The board also appoints an executive committee for day-to-day decision making.  The executive committee comprises one representative from the functional groupings (A to F above) being: Environment and Heritage Conservation; Economics and Tourism; Development Planning and Monitoring; Education and Research; Landowners and Residents; and Benefactors. 






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