“I’m a professional climber and filmmaker fixated on the intersection of culture and environment. Africa is my home away from home, and when I’m lucky enough to have Johannesburg on my travel docket, I make sure to carve out time to get grounded in South Africa’s friendliest big city. Getting outside is always first on my list, and I usually head straight to Magaliesberg—a mountain range 40 miles northwest of the city. This World Heritage Site is a labyrinth of ancient mountains and twisted quartzite canyons with dozens of hiking trails, hundreds of rock climbs and countless bird species.
On my first visit to the Magaliesbergs, two different groups of locals invited me to a braai (barbecue) in the span of one hour. I went to one and always wish I’d taken on the challenge of the double-header…”