Magaliesberg Mountain Range

The African rail tour continues its journey west and meets up with a scenic route in the shadow of the famous Magaliesberg Mountain Range. The majestic mountain range is among the oldest mountains in the world, taking eldership over Everest by almost 100 years. Loved for their dramatic quartzite cliffs and abundance of picturesque valleys and ravines, travellers can experience the beauty of these peaks from the comfort of their prestigious carriage.

The Magaliesberg Mountain Range begins near the Bronkhorstspruit Damn in the east and stretches its glittering cliffs 120km to the west, passing through the town of Rustenberg and separating the Highveld grasslands from the bushveld savannah.
The birthplace of man

The transcendent beauty of the Magaliesberg Mountains has been linked to the belief that the region is home to the official birthplace of humankind – a discovery that led to the establishment of Maropeng, The Cradle of Humankind. A place of intrigue as well as unspoiled beauty, the Cradle of Mankind draws hundreds of tourists curious to explore the history and development of the human race as a species.


The 2 000-year old mountain was proclaimed a natural environment in 1977 and remains unblemished by most modern development to this day. The mountain supports a myriad of different habitats which range from the sweeping grasslands and bushveld savannah to dense forested kloofs peppered with 130 tree species and a variety of flowers, ferns, grasses and fungi proliferate. Seen as a haven of unspoiled natural beauty, the quaint area surrounding the mountain range has become a sanctuary for those who have escaped the hustle of city life.  

Animal inhabitants

While passengers aboard the luxury train journey might not be able to spot them from a distance, the mountain range is home to an assortment of exquisite wildlife – from the little to the large. The Magaliesberg were once called home by elephant herds, rhino, buffalo, giraffe, big cats and a variety of antelope, but today visitors are more likely to spot smaller species such as porcupine, polecat, bush baby, dasse, monkeys, duikers and the klipspringer.