The Buffelspoort Valley Tourism Association (BVTA) was established in 2011 with the main objective to operate an information bureau to introduce the Valley to tourists and to promote the area and business owners to boost the economy across the sector.
Our valley stretches from Hartbeespoort, via Buffelspoort and Kroondal right up to Rustenburg. The main roads linking these areas are the Bakwena Highway ( the N4), the old Pretoria Road
( the R104), and the Magaliesburg – Rustenburg Road ( the R24) with all interlinking roads in between.
We also form part of the Magaliesberg Biosphere, which was designated a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO “Man and Biosphere (MAB)” Programme in Paris on 9th June 2015. Biosphere reserves are internationally recognised as special regions with important and irreplaceable features. They serve as living laboratories where communities seek ways in which human development can prosper and where, at the same time natural resources and ecosystems are sustained. Around the world, biospheres subscribe to 3 main principles: Conservation, socio- economic development , research and education. Tourism is an industry that can implement these principles in practical ways. It provides prospects for economic growth, employment and entrepreneurial opportunities. It combines leisure with environmental protection and it is able to impact local knowledge and combine entertainment with education and even research.
So we received this magnificent recognition of the Biosphere as a gift to our Association. With our beautiful offerings, we can now benefit from the principles and the added attraction of an internationally proclaimed Biosphere. With this in mind, we regenerated our efforts in establishing the Magaliesberg Biosphere Tourism Route as initiated by the Buffelspoort Valley Tourism Association in 2014. This Route is designed to take a visitor on a journey of discovery from the Cradle of Humankind, entering from Gauteng and Lanseria, on both sides of the Magaliesberg, across Hartbeespoort, Magaliesburg, Hek- and Skeerpoort, Buffelspoort, Kroondal, Marikana, Olifantsnek, Rustenburg, Boshoek to Pilanesberg and Sun City. It spans more than 360 000ha and includes 11 conservancies – plus 2 new ones pending.
Our aim is to place the whole region on a national and international platform as a recognised destination. We are in the process to brand it as such, with the cooperation of all the Tourism Associations included and with the help of the North West Tourism Association. A database to cover the entire region is being compiled at the moment, a mobile app has been developed by Peter Delmar, journalist and writer, that guides visitors to all the memorable venues and historical hot spots along the Route. Dr. Carruthers has completed two of 5 DVD’s that highlights the wonders of the Biosphere.
To be part of this great and mammoth development, stakeholders must be part of an existing Association. The Buffelspoort Valley Tourism Association urge you to make haste and join the Association as soon as possible, if you are not already a member. Nobody should be excluded from such a big movement. A lot of duplication and costly marketing efforts should also be channeled into one big Route marketing drive.