‘The Magaliesberg are among the oldest mountains in the world, and stretches for 120km from Bronkhorstspruit Dam east of Pretoria to Rustenburg in the west and separates the highveld grasslands to the south, from the bushveld savannah in the north. Water runoff from the mountains has created deep gullies and wonderful kloofs, some more than 100 meters deep, with perennial waterfalls of crystal clear water spilling from the heart of the mountain. These beautiful places are popular with climbers and hikers and was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by the International Coordinating Council of the Programme on Man and the Biosphere (MAB).’ Source: Magaliesberg
During the mid-1800s, one of the more important Chiefs of the North-west Province area was named Mogale (or Mohale). “Mogale” means “sharp” or “clever” person, but is also the common word for a warrior or Tswana soldier. In his honor the mountains became known as Magaliesberg, or Mogale’s mountain. Kgosi Mogale Mogale (the repetition of the name is correct) was ruler of the Bapo tribe whose territory included Krugersdorp, Kagiso, Munsieville, Magaliesburg, Hekpoort and Tarlton. A statue of Kgosi Mogale Mogale can be visited in the Krugersdorp Museum.