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Historical Horseback Tours


The history of man in the Magaliesberg in recent centuries has been one of incessant violence: the greatest armies ever assembled in southern Africa clashed in these mountains and here lie the memories of bitter wars between Nguni and Sotho, Boer and Briton. Few monuments commemorate these epic events: simple graves or the tumbled ruins of old fortifications sometimes remain to testify to the gallantry and tragedy of the time, but more often there is no trace at all. Nor are the accounts of those battles always clearly recorded.

Memories of the massive upheavals caused by the difaqane and the subsequent conquests by Mzilikazi were for a century retained only in the oral traditions of the local people. How much may have been lost or distorted prior to transcription by latter-day ethnologists will never be known.

The Magaliesberg marked the end of the massive British advance from the Cape. Large-scale military manoeuvres were replaced by the hit-and-run tactics of guerrilla warfare. The Boers regrouped into small, mobile commandos, moving randomly over the veld and living off the land or whatever they could capture from the enemy. The British also improved their mobility and, operating in larger columns that the Boers in order to be less vulnerable in the unfamiliar country pursued their perpetually elusive enemy. Under this changed strategy, the Magaliesberg assumed considerable military importance and in the second half of 1900 it became one of the principal theatres of war. From the British point of view, it was a natural barrier against which they tried to drive wandering Boer commandos and entrap them. For the Boers, by contrast, the mountainous terrain provided ideal topography in which their small, veld-wise commandos could ambush their more encumbered enemy.

Sites of historical importance, old ruins, battle sites and the involvement of Horses in these wars are shown and discussed, lending the tour group privileged information to carry on to the next generation.


Historical Tour on Horseback

A historical, holistic overview of the Magaliesberg, on horseback, which includes:

  • History of Zilkaatsnek
  • The Boer War
  • The Role of the Horse during the War

No horse riding experience is needed.

Duration: 1 Hour 15 Minutes
Cost: R250.00 per person / R200.00 per child under 12 years
Limitations: Minimum 4 persons per tour and maximum weight limitation per rider is 100kg.

Harties Horse Academy Historical Tours is open 7 days a week:

  • Monday to Saturday 08:00 – 17:00
  • Sunday’s on Request 08:00 – 16:00

Booking is essential and needs to be made at least 48 hours in advance, please keep in mind that we do not have card facilities.

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