The Northern Afro temperate Forest vegetation type forms part of the Zonal and Intrazonal Forests Bioregion. It is a grouping of inland isolated forest patches of the northern Highveld occurring in low-escarpment kloofs and ridges, usually at an attitude of 1450-1900m above sea level. The Magaliesberg forests mark the western most occurrence of this vegetation type (Mucina & Rutherford, 2010).
In the context of the Biosphere these forests are found in the kloofs and valleys along the northern slopes of the Magaliesberg. Vegetation is of afromontane origin, and is relatively species poor for a forest biome (Mucina & Rutherford, 2010). However, these forests support some biodiversity that does not occur in savanna nor grassland systems.