Located 16 km east of Koster, this town received its name from Lord Derby, the then British Secretary of State. Originally this town was a settlement for destitute people. Towards the end of the Anglo-Boer War of 1899-1902, this was the scene of a battle fought between the Scottish Cavalry Regiment and the Boers. History […]


The town developed around a railway siding and was proclaimed in 1913 on farmland. It was named after Bastiaan Koster, the Dutch owner, a native of Rotterdam, who settled on the farm in 1860. Adventure And Sport Koperfontein Hikes: The Koperfontein day hiking area in the vicinity of Derby has a central hut and a […]


Kroondal started as a Lutheran mission station on the farm Kronendal (“Crown Dale”) in 1858. The town has a strong German heritage that is still reflected by the architecture and cultural atmosphere. Fauna And Flora Mountain Sanctuary Park: The Mountain Sanctuary Park features a series of interesting walks and trails. History And Architecture German homes […]


After the defeat of Mzilikazi’s Ndebele tribe in the mid-1800s, a group of Voortrekkers (Cape Dutch Pioneers) settled in the area. Soon crops were planted and livestock was grazing in the fertile fields. At last, the people who had trekked around for so long had found a peaceful area that they could call their own, […]

Sun City

Although not really a town or a city, this pleasure resort deserves to be mentioned separately. The resort hotels of Sun City and the Palace of the Lost City support an economy and labour force equivalent to those of any large town. The resort is self-contained and provides lively entertainment for the whole family. The […]


Swartruggens was founded in 1875 on the farms Brakfontein and Scheepersrus and is little more than a village. The first trading store was built in 1896. The Voortrekkers (Cape Dutch Pioneers) named this place ‘black backs’ because of the black ridges that surround the town and which reminded them of the backs of oxen. The […]


Broederstroom lies in the Daspoortrand area in the foothills of the Magaliesberg and was founded in 1903 when the Jallapor family opened a trading post here. The name means “Brother‘s stream” in Afrikaans. The town is a popular tourist stop because it is close to the Hartbeespoort Dam. Adventure And Sport Phalandingwe Nature Trail: Make […]


This is probably the most popular area within the Magaliesberg range. The Hartbeespoort Dam is undoubtedly the area’s major attraction. The dam, with its spectacular scenery and close proximity to Johannesburg and Pretoria, is regarded as a principal venue for Northern Gauteng water sport enthusiasts. There are many hiking trails, bird sanctuaries, and a snake […]