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Location South Africa, Gauteng,North-West Province
Central coordinates 27o 40.00' East  25o 45.00' South
IBA criteria A1, A4i, A4ii
Area 367,108 ha
Altitude 1,100 - 1,851m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

BirdLife South Africa

Summary This large area includes the Magaliesburg range on the Gauteng and North West border. The Cape Vulture Gyps coprotheres breeds on the mountain. Many raptor species have been recorded here for example White-backed Vulture Gyps africanus and Lappet-faced Vulture Aegypius tracheliotus. 

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black Stork Ciconia nigra winter  10-20 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Cape Vulture Gyps coprotheres resident  100-250 breeding pairs  A1, A4ii  Vulnerable 
Cape Vulture Gyps coprotheres winter  250-600 individuals  A4ii  Vulnerable 
Blue Crane Anthropoides paradiseus resident  present  A1  Vulnerable 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Rustenburg Nature Reserve 4,626 protected area contained by site 4,291  

Local conservation groups The local conservation groups below are working to support conservation at this IBA.

Name Year formed
Magalisberg protection association 2007
Hekpoort conservancy 0
Vulture valley conservancy 0
BirdLife South Africa 0
Buffelspoort conservancy 0
Rhino and Lion reserve 0
Magalisberg Biosphere Conservancy 0


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Grassland - montane  major
Rocky areas Scree, boulders & bare rock  major
Savanna Wooded grassland  major
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Other urban and industrial areas; Urban parks and gardens  major

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research 6%
tourism/recreation -
urban/industrial/transport -
agriculture -
water management 20%

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Magaliesberg. Downloaded from on 01/09/2014

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