Take a Day Trip to Hartbeespoort

24 May 2018

It’s a glorious Sunday in Gauteng and you’re in the mood for a day trip, why not take a quick Sho’t Left to Hartbeespoort, locally known has Harties. Only a 45 min drive from Johannesburg, this glorious place is situated amongst the Magaliesburg Mountain Range and the magnificent Hartbeespoort Dam. Here you can enjoy a day filled with activities, good food, and great memories.

Harties Cable Way

We suggest that you start your day off at the Harties Cableway, where you can experience fantastic panoramic views of the Magaliesberg, the Hartbeespoort Dam, and surrounding areas. Once you reach the base station there is plenty to do and see, with the Dassie Loop walk way, points of interest with educational placards, and the KidZone that the little ones can enjoy while parents take in the spectacular view. Don’t forget to bring a jersey during these cooler months, and your camera as there are plenty of photo opportunities. We do suggest that you purchase tickets online, especially during holiday periods.

The Windmill Restaurant

Now that you’ve worked up an appetite, you can fill the gap at the Windmill Restaurant, where you can get a deliciously mean brunch. They also offer the usual tasty toasted sandwiches and mouth-watering burgers, that you may not be able to resist. If you would prefer something on the sweeter side of life, below the Windmill Restaurant you can find a waffle house that isn’t stingy on its maple syrup. Mmmm, please remember to have one for us!

Hartbeespoort Snake and Animal Park

It’s time to work off that lunch at the Hartbeespoort Snake and Animal Park. At this private park on the eastern shore of the Hartbeespoort Dam you can experience the uniqueness of the dam, the ecology of the area, and of course the spectacular animal life which includes lions, tiger’s hyenas, wild dogs, birds and reptiles. The park also features an amazing Snake and Seal show on public holidays, school holidays, and weekends. You don’t want to miss this!

Hartbeespoort Sunshine Boat Cruises

End off your day in Harties with a sunset cruise on the Hartbeespoort Dam. Enjoy a light snack and beverage while taking in the sounds of the water lapping on the boat and the birds hovering above during twilight. Remember to relax and breathe in the fresh air while absorbing the spectacular surrounds of the dam and the Magaliesberg Mountain Range, while creating lasting memories with your friends and family.

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Tips for first time visitors to the Kruger National Park

When you think of South Africa, the incredible Kruger National Park definitely comes to mind. Not only can you catch a glimpse of the famous Big Five, but you will find yourself surrounded by hundreds of bird species, ancient trees, winding rivers, superb accommodation and adventure. The Kruger National Park is a one-stop shop for all of your wildlife dreams.

Imagine rising with the South African sun, driving out of your camp, filled with anticipation as you keep your eyes peeled for a lion spotting or a leopard casually draped over the branch of a big tree or a herd of elephants taking a morning stroll. Then ask yourself, is there anywhere else in the world you’d rather be?

Get your check list ready, here’s everything you need for a successful safari:

1. Light cotton clothing; it gets hot out there in the bush so light, cool and breathable clothing is a must for summer. Avoid brighter colours; rather stick to shades of beige and olive green. You want to blend in not stand out.

2. Sunglasses, sunscreen and a wide brimmed hat are a must for the African sun; a cap simply won’t do the trick. You need to keep delicate ears and necks covered too.

3. A comfy pair of shoes are essential if the game lodge you are visiting offers game walks. Make sure to find out before you arrive whether you’ll be doing any walking, and ensure that you have the correct foot gear. Sandals and other open shoes are going to make for an uncomfortable walk in dry river beds and thick bush.

4. Malaria tablets and anti-mosquito spray are vital as mosquitoes may be small but it is essential that you have protection against them.

5. Make sure to consult with the game lodge you are visiting to find out whether they are situated in a malaria area, and ensure that you take the correct precautions before leaving home.

6. Don’t forget your swimming costume. If you are coming in summer months, which are from October to April, then cooling off after a morning game drive can help with the heat.

Here are some smaller items that you may need:

1. Good lip balm.

2. A lightweight rain jacket.

3. A non-scented moisturizer (Avoid scented ones as this will attract mosquitoes).

4. A book, it is a holiday after all and there will be plenty of time during the day to read and relax.

The best time to visit

During the winter month the grass is low and animals are dependent on waterholes. Summer is hot but scenic, with lots of baby animals to see.

How to get there

There are three airports serving the Kruger National Park:

Northern Kruger Park: Phalaborwa Airport
Central Kruger Park: Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport
Southern Kruger Park: Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMI)

By road from Johannesburg it’s approximately a five-hour drive (depending on where you enter the park). You can also travel by plane to the Kruger Park International Airport in Mbombela (Nelspruit), and drive from there. This is how far the Kruger National Park is from the main cities:

  • Johannesburg/Pretoria – approx.. 420 km (to the southern gate)
  • Durban – approx. 752 km
  • Bloemfontein – approx. 834 km
  • Port Elizabeth – approx. 1 436 km
  • Cape Town – approx. 1 842 km

Where to stay

Have a look at the following accommodation websites to ensure you book accommodation that suits your every need:

  1. https://www.sanparks.org/parks/kruger/tourism/availability.php
  2. https://www.sa-venues.com/things-to-do/mpumalanga/
  3. https://www.tripadvisor.co.za/Attractions-g312628-Activities-Mpumalanga.html
  4. http://www.getaway.co.za/travel-ideas/6-free-mpumalanga/

Who to contact

Tel: +27 12 428 9111

Email: reservations@sanparks.org

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Enjoy these seven least visited attractions in Mpumalanga

23 May 2018

What do you do when you’re in of South Africa’s incredible provinces that boasts pristine beauty, offers ample outdoor activity spots and inspiring cultural experiences? Head out with your cell phone fully charged (for perfect photo ops), a group of fun-loving friends to enjoy the day with and an itinerary to tick off every wild experience had. Here’s a list of the top seven places to visit in Mpumalanga.

Kaapsehoop Scootours

Explore Mpumalanga’s countryside with Kaapsehoop Scootours. Start your adventure in the historical town of Kaapsehoop, make your way up into the region’s forest and rugged terrain before finally descending to the finish point. It’s an unforgettable scenic forest experience.

Matsamo Cultural Village

Dance to the beat as the locals of the Matsamo Cultural Village wow visitors with their incredible dance sequences, such as the traditional Swazi dance. Here you can learn about their vibrant culture through stories about famous legends of their tribe.

Highland Giants Estate

Considering Dullstroom, Mpumalanga is considered the fly-fishing capital of South Africa, there’s no better place than Highland Giant’s Estate in this quaint town to cast your rod. Settle in for the night in one of the charming cottages on this 500-hectare estate.

Sabi Sands Game Reserve

Experience the magic of the bush at Sabi Sands Game Reserve. Whether you’re in the mood for a real outdoor experience or just a getaway to enjoy nature and wildlife, this game reserve is for you.

Sudwala Dinosaur Park

Feel like a kid again at the Sudwala Dinosaur Park and be in awe of the life size models of pre-historic animals. These range from amphibious ancient reptiles and dinosaurs to pre-historic mammals. Travel towards the Sudwala Caves, 30 minutes from Nelspruit, for a prehistoric adventure.

Pilgrim’s Rest

Take a tour through the historical town of Pilgrim’s Rest. From museums and historic sites to quaint old buildings, each has a story to tell of how this town evolved during the gold rush days of the 1900s.

Sudwala Caves

Sudwala Caves is a popular tourist attraction in Mpumalanga. Be in awe of the incredible rock formations that have transformed these caves of millions of years.

Next time you’re in Mpumalanga, be sure to visit these and many more attractions when you’re on a Sho’t Left to this incredible province.

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The Panorama Route – prepare for an unforgettable journey

In the mood for a perfect Sho’t Left winter getaway, or just a spontaneous adventure? Take an unforgettable journey through a route that leads to incredible destinations. Expect fresh air, the faint sounds of nature, and beautiful natural springs while driving along the Panorama Route in the majestic Mpumalanga province.

Follow the N12 and N4 highways from Johannesburg en route to Mpumalanga and you’ll discover many surprisingly quaint stops along the 300km journey. As you venture into this province known for its beauty you won’t miss the incredible mountain peaks, vast escarpment and jaw-dropping views.

The winding 22.2km Long Tom Pass is just one of the areas along the Panorama Route where road-trippers have plenty of opportunities to take in the picturesque scenery. This exquisite mountain pass is named after the Long Tom cannons used during the Anglo-Boer war, one of which remains on the very top of the pass for visitors to experience.

One of the pits stops on your Sho’t Left that you should make along this serene route is Misty Mountain. This beautiful three-star lodge is situated on a 280-hectare South African Natural Heritage Site close to the world-renowned Kruger National Park and adjacent private games reserves.

Continue along the Panorama Route and head towards God’s Window. This stretch of land is 700 metres above the Lowveld and offers sweeping views of canyons, rock formations and waterfalls. Outdoor attractions include nearby Blyderivierspoort Hiking Trail and the Elephant Sanctuary in Hazyview.

A trip along the Panorama Route is not complete unless you visit the Blyde River Canyon. The view out over the canyon is at a height of 1219 metres above sea level and will give you an unsurpassed view of the valleys and lakes below. Nearby viewpoints to get that perfect Instagram shot include the Pinnacle and Bourke`s Luck Potholes. If these viewpoints aren’t high enough for you, then dare yourself to take a helicopter flight with Lion Sands Reserve and fly over the canyon for the most spectacular views.

Don’t think about it, do it! Take a Sho’t Left to Mpumalanga and explore the beauty of the Panorama Route. It’s waiting to be explored.

 

Discover the 10 best game reserves in the North West

22 May 2018

South Africa, one of the African continents leading safari destinations, is renowned for the many game lodges, reserves and other bush retreats that has tourists flocking to our country. These include the Kruger National Park in the Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces, and Hluhluwe–Imfolozi Park in KwaZulu-Natal.

Of course, these are incredible parks that have so much to offer. However, the North West is right up there with the rest, offering the best bush experiences, safari adventures and top-class game reserve accommodation. What are you waiting for? Pack your safari gear and sunblock, take a Sho’t Left and visit our list of the top 10 game reserves in the North West.

Kareekloof Game Farm

Picture this – a region surrounded by beautiful hills, valleys, seasonal streams, natural springs and of course, wildlife. Expect this and more at the Kareekloof Game Farm.

Kumbagana Game Lodge

Situated on the northern slopes of the Magaliesberg Mountain Range, one couldn’t ask for a better location for a game reserve. Look out for a variety of game including Kudu, Nyala, Giraffe, Zebra and Sable at the Kumbagana Game Lodge.

Pilanesberg Private Lodge

Nestled on the foot of the majestic Pilanesberg Mountains, the Pilanesberg Private Lodge offers five beautiful chalets named Leopard, Tambotie, Shepherds Tree, Rhino and Elephant. There’s no doubt that you’ll get to see these animals up close and personal.

Bona Bona Game Lodge

One of the North West’s many hidden gems, the Bona Bona Game Lodge offers visitors the best of the best in outdoor experiences. Sit back and relax around a campfire as you listen to the calls of the wild.

Thabaledi Game Lodge

The meaning behind the Thabaledi Game Lodge derives from Tswana culture. Thabaledi means Mountain of the Stars in Tswana, and it’s without a doubt there will be lots of star gazing at this bush retreat.

Thakadu River Camp

Travel to the eastern side of Madikwe and you’ll find Thakadu River Camp, a camp known for its Afro-Asian safari style. Settle in one of the 12 tented suites, accommodating 24 people each with sliding doors opening onto a private viewing deck overlooking the river.

The Bush House

What sets this farmhouse apart from other guest and bush houses is that they offer visitors the opportunity to dine outside under the stars. The Bush House has six en-suite rooms and four of them have private verandas where you can sit back and take in the great outdoors.

Tau Game Lodge

Considering the Tau Game Lodge has been awarded five stars from the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa, it’s to no surprise that it’s one of the top-class lodges in the country. It can be found in the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve, the 4th largest game reserve in the country.

Morokolo Game Lodge

One of the many attractions (and of course wildlife) guests can look forward to when visiting Morokolo Game Lodge include elephant back safaris, hot air balloon rides, a water park and more.

Thaba Khaya Lodge

Looking for a Sho’t left weekend getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life? Look no further than Thaba Khaya Lodge. Choose from bush lodges to family suites, whatever your choice you’re guaranteed a good night’s rest under the African sky.

Now’s the time to head out and take a Sho’t Left to the North West and explore these game lodges and more!

There’s so much fun to be had in the North West

7 May 2018

Experience family fun, exhilarating sprees, endless Sho’t Left opportunities to bond with friends and of course awesome entertainment while visiting the North West. Think water theme parks, game reserves and river rafting adventures. Do any of these tickle your fancy for an epic adventure? Have a taste of these and more family activities available in the North West.

Sun City Resort

Sun City Resort, situated only two hours from Johannesburg, is one of the most sought-after family holiday destinations in the country. There are a variety of Sho’t Left activities to kick-start your visit, including horse riding, tennis, squash, water adventures at the Valley of Waves, as well as water skiing and parasailing.

Pilanesberg Game Reserve

Imagine raising a glass to the African sky as it fades from bright blue to orange, signalling the end of an incredible day of game viewing. Expect this and more at the Pilanesberg Game Reserve.

Harties Cableway

Get high in the sky with Harties Cableway and enjoy views of North West’s vast landscape. Consider this wonderful experience the North West equivalent of the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway – just with scenery of a different kind. If you’re up for a hike there are plenty of trails you can enjoy.

There has never a better time to head out and explore more of the North West with family, friends and avid adventurers. Take a Sho’t Left to this incredible province.

Take a Sho’t Left and immerse yourself in the stark beauty of the Northern Cape – eat, stay and play!

5 Apr 2018

It’s your country to enjoy and your province to explore! Get out of your comfort zone, create some memories and escape your day-to-day. We have 9 amazing provinces and we want to show you everything they have to offer. It’s time you choose a date, grab a mate and take that long overdue Sho’t left. And now it is time to explore the Northern Cape!

The Northern Cape is known for san rock art, amazing culture, big blue skies and wide open spaces. Our last blog in our series is where to eat, stay and play in the great wide province of the Northern Cape.

We hope you enjoyed these and have been inspired to take a Sho’t Left of your own. Remember, it’s your country, enjoy it!

Where to stay

African Vineyard

African Vineyard is a four-star spa hotel in Upington. It is one of the few signature Kalahari Spas in South Africa, using Kalahari ancient desert products to rejuvenate and refuel your body. You can either spend time on the farm just walking through the vineyards and relaxing, or use it as a base to explore the surrounding area. Either way, you are sure to never want to leave!

Vergelegen Guesthouse

Another absolutely incredible place to stay is Vergelegen Guest House at Augrabies Falls. The whole place oozes relaxation and luxury, from its air-conditioned rooms to its purple lit swimming pool. It is also conveniently located near to some exciting things to do such as wine tasting and rafting on the Orange River.

Where to play

Take a Balloon Ride and see the falls like never before.

A sunset hot air balloon ride over the Augrabies falls is breathtaking, special and the best bird’s eye view you’ll ever get.  There is no better way to take in the full majesty of our country than from a hot air balloon high up in the air!

Canoe down the Orange River

The Orange River offers plenty of canoeing, rafting and fly-fishing adventures for the intrepid traveller. Whether you are seeking a relaxing day out in the sunshine or a week-long white-water expedition, the Orange River is an exciting option.

Orange River Wine Cellars

For a bit of a difference on the usual Western Cape wines, take a turn to Orange River Wine Cellars. You can try out a varying number of wines, and pair them with a platter of cheese!

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The seven toed impressions and rock engravings route

The seven toed impressions and rock engravings route is a 45 km drive on the Kenhardt Upington road. It consists of some of the best examples of San rock art in the country along with a very odd footprint impression in a rock. Take in the culture, history and ancestral antiquity of an ancient time past.

Kalahari-Oranje Museum

Housed in a building that was built in 1875 as a church and mission station, the museum showcases a number of cool little household objects from the province’s history. The museum is home to the life-sized statue of the donkey, sculptured in bronze by Hennie Potgieter. It represents the unselfish contribution made by the donkey in developing the Lower Orange River Valley during the pioneer days.

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Where to eat

The Augrabies Falls National Park is an eat, play and stay destination! Being a San Parks venue. The accommodation is affordable and accessible. There are a number of restaurants on site as well if you are not geared up for cooking. The Quiver Tree Restaurant has simple food and friendly staff. Check out the falls themselves, where you can raft down the river, 4×4 through the park or hike the options are endless!

Bi-Lo is a chilled bistro style place in Upington. The vibe is relaxed and the staff are friendly, with emphasis on spoiling their customers. You can get anything from sushi, to burgers to ribs there, and they have a great kiddies menu too. Relax under the trees in the garden with an ice cold drink while you wait for some pretty scrumptious food to arrive.

 

Take a Sho’t Left and take in the majesty of the escarpment – eat, stay and play!

3 Apr 2018

It’s your country to enjoy and your province to explore! Get out of your comfort zone, create some memories and escape your day-to-day. We have 9 amazing provinces and we want to show you everything they have to offer. It’s time you choose a date, grab a mate and take that long overdue Sho’t left. And now it is time to explore Mpumalanga!

“The place where the sun rises!” –  Formally known as the Eastern Transvaal, Mpumalanga is considered to be one of the most geographically diverse and beautiful places in South Africa.

Where to stay

Casambo Lodge

This is award-winning accommodation in White River and Nelspruit. Casambo offers a great place to relax after a busy day adventuring in the surrounding area. The chalets are either B&B or self-catering, but restaurants are only a stone’s throw away. Sink into a fluffy, soft bed and rest your head while thinking back on your action-packed day. What a pleasure!

Sabi River Sun Resort

Looking for a family getaway? Look no further! Sabi River Sun has something for all ages! Dad can play a round of gold while avoiding hippos on the course, kids can play in the pool and games area while mom enjoys a spa day. Later on everyone can come together and have dinner on the veranda of their chalet while watching the sun set and hearing the lions roar from a nearby game park. Absolute bliss!

Patio at the Sabi River Sun

Where to play

Panorama Route

When you’re exploring a country, there are few things better than stopping your car at a viewpoint and being rewarded with the kind of scenery that brightens your day and broadens your horizons. On the Panorama Route in Mpumalanga, every viewpoint gives you that opportunity.

Bourke’s Luck Potholes are an unusual geological formation and well worth the visit. These giant potholes formed at the confluence of the Blyde and Treur rivers and mark the beginning of the Blyde River Canyon. Other places you can see on the tour are Pinnacle Rock God’s Window Lisbon Falls Berlin Falls. On the route you can also go river rafting, wall climbing, skyway rails, zip-line, mountain boarding and quad biking just to mention a few. 

Induna Adventures

Induna Adventures are just that; an adventure company that offers everything from rafting to team building. The say that no matter if you are young or old, you will without a doubt find something to do in the natural forests which surround the camp. Some of the activities include geckoing, quad biking, archery and a zzip line What are we waiting for?

Visit the Kruger Park

When you think of South Africa, the incredible Kruger National Park most certainly comes to mind. Not only can you catch a glimpse of the famous Big Five, but you will find yourself surrounded by hundreds of species of birds, ancient trees, winding rivers, superb accommodation and adventure. Basically, it’s a one-stop shop for all of your wildlife dreams.

Where to eat

This one is an eat and stay. Summerfield Rose Retreat is the perfect place to rejuvenate your body and soul. Spa treatments and gorgeous rooms can be found at this 5-star luxury retreat on the Sabie River. Accommodation includes Tented Suites, a Forest Suite and a self-catering Stone House – You won’t want to leave!

And the food… The restaurant uses only fresh ingredients grown in their own organic veggie garden and promises a gastronomic experience. This is food for body, soul and mind!

At The Shangaan River Club  you can eat and stay – the rustic African restaurant is on the banks of the Sabie River and say, “Immerse yourself in a feast of culture with a night of Shangaan song and dance and an unforgettable African Banquet… Sounds amazing!

Explore North West’s amazing nature – eat, stay and play!

It’s your country to enjoy and your province to explore! Get out of your comfort zone, create some memories and escape your day-to-day. We have nine amazing provinces and we want to show you everything they have to offer. It’s time you choose a date, grab a mate and take that long overdue Sho’t left. And now… the North West!

The North West is a place of wide open spaces, huge skies, great wildlife and endless adventures. There seems to be another natural experience around every corner, from hot air ballooning over one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world to the most thrilling resort in South Africa; Sun City. Read on to discover where to eat, stay and play in the wild North West.

Where to stay

Villa Paradiso

Set on the slopes of the Magalies Mountain range, Villa Paradiso is a luxury estate and conference venues. It is situated a short, twenty minute drive from Pretoria and an hour from Jozi. Views from the hotel are of the pretty magnificent Hartbeespoort Dam, and on a good day you can see all the way to Joburg! The Black Fox Gin bar is an awesome place to unwind with magnificent views and fantastic food. If you enjoy into the new craft gin movement, it’s heaven on Earth.

Sun City Cabanas

Who hasn’t heard of Sun City, one of the most dreamed about destinations in South Africa?
The Sun City theme park in the North West province is part of the Sun City Resort and Entertainment complex, offering a myriad of leisure and recreation options for the entire family. Known worldwide for its exotic entertainment options, the Sun City theme park is more a mini-city than a park, with so many attractions and entertainment options that first-time visitors may find it pleasantly bewildering.

Where to play

Magaliesberg Canopy Tours

Zipping through the forest canopy along gorges and cliffs on the Magalies Mountains is an experience that everyone should try. Eleven platforms have been built against the cliff and rock faces of the spectacular Ysterhout Kloof, a gorgeous gorge carved out of the mountainside. The platforms are joined by long steel cables that you slide along to reach the next one. Much like a “foefie” slide, the canopy tour essentially involves zigzagging down the kloof while stopping at each platform to admire the expansive views and surrounding ecology.

Harties Cableway

You don’t have to go to Cape Town to ride a cable way up to the top of the mountain! The newly redone Harties Cableway has modern cars, that exciting feeling in your tummy as you ascend, great views, and an awesome restaurant at the top. Take a walk around the top of the mountain from where you can see the Dam, Jozi, and Brits to the North.

Cultural Villages

If you are looking for a more relaxed and cultural experience, look no further than Lesedi Cultural Village. It’s a traditional style village, which celebrates a number of South Africa’s cultures. You can grab a bite to eat there too, so don’t stress about finding food. What’s also worth a doing is Leeto Kgolo Village Tour – expect a real eye opener of the rich culture and heritage.

Where to eat

Going back to Sun City, you can eat at a pretty cool place called simply Shebeen. This restaurant offers totally chilled vibe with pool tables, a bonfire outside, dancers and a traditional feel.  Lamb chops with pap and chakalaka are the order of the day.

Silver Orange Bistro is set on an old orange farm, which still retains a number of trees in the orchard. Sit inside on a winters night in the old house, or outside in the orchard on a breezy summers day. The menu changes seasonally, and all the ingredients are sourced locally and fresh. Food is as pretty to look at as it is to eat, and you will really want to linger all afternoon.

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Take a Sho’t Left and visit the province of rushing water – eat, stay and play!

It’s your country to enjoy and your province to explore! Get out of your comfort zone, create some memories and escape your day-to-day. We have nine amazing provinces and we want to show you everything they have to offer. It’s time you choose a date, grab a mate and take that long overdue Sho’t left. And now it is time to explore Limpopo!

Limpopo means the place of rushing water, and with good reason! The province is well known not only for the enormous river it is named after, but also for the many streams and waterfalls which provide some great adventure opportunities. Not to mention the incredible wildlife experiences! So pack your backs and take a Sho’t Left to Limpopo.

 

Where to stay

Limpopo Guest Manor

Limpopo Guest Manor is a four-star lodge in the heart of Polokwane, the province’s capital. It specialises in pampered luxury that makes for a really special stay. The on-site restaurant offers scrumptious meals, or you can simply take a stroll into the city and try one of the nearby eateries. For business or pleasure, you can’t go wrong here!

Magoebaskloof Hotel

Anyone who has been to Limpopo has heard of the Magoebaskloof Hotel, and with good reason! This three star establishment is not only affordable, but steeped in history and has loads of activities to offer. Using the hotel as a base, you can go rafting, riding, biking and hiking in the area. On a cold night the pub has a roaring fire and some great food, while the dining room has all the old school hotel charm you could ever want.

Where to play

Magoebaskloof Adventures

The Magoebaskloof Adventures is both a stay and a play! The accommodation available at the adventure site is self-catering and rustic; imagine log cabins set in the forest. Adventure activities are run from the site, with transport to and from organised into the package. On-site activities include Magoebaskloof Canopy Tour; tubing; abseiling, paintball; climbing wall; mountain biking; hiking and trout fishing. This is great fun for the whole family!

 

Take a Game Drive

When you think of South Africa, the incredible Kruger National Park most certainly comes to mind. Not only can you catch a glimpse of the famous Big Five, but you will find yourself surrounded by hundreds of species of birds, ancient trees, winding rivers, superb accommodation and adventure. Basically, it’s a one-stop shop for all of your wildlife dreams. You don’t actually need to stay in the park to check it out; take a game drive for a part of a day, have a bite to eat there, and then drive back to your hotel. Remember that the best times to see animals is in the morning or the evening, especially in summer.

Bakwena Express Spa

If you are weary from your travels and are looking for a pick me up, Bakwena Express Spa is the place for you. From a quick 60 min treatment to a romantic experience under the stars, you will be sure to leave relaxed and rejuvenated.

Madi a Thava Mountain Lodge

This is a delightfully different experience for those looking to add a bit of culture to their lives. Madi a Thava Mountain Lodge does offer spectacular accommodation, but its big draw card is the culture and art tour with a folk telling and creative craft workshop experience. Delve into the fascinating story of the people of Limpopo, said to be one of the oldest civilisations in the world.

Where to eat

Nguni Grill

Named after the colourful cows you can find wandering around South Africa and the ancestors of many of our modern tribes, Nguni Grill offers great comfort food. Steaks, Mexican fare, seafood and so much more will get your mouth watering and your tummy full. Come hungry!

Zwashu prides itself on traditional African food, served with flair. The restaurant is in the heart of Polokwane and offers things like stews, shesenyama and delicacies like chicken feet. If you are looking for an authentic taste sensation this is the place for you!

The Tlou at the Magoebaskloof Hotel is an old school hotel dining room which will take you back to the days when waiters all wore smart white shirts, napkins were starched to perfection and there was more cutlery on the table that you knew what to do with. Be sure to dress nicely as this is a relatively snazzy place.  You can expect A la Carte, buffets, and on special occasions a Carvery. The cuisine is an interesting mix of local area favourites such as trout, and good old fashioned comfort food. One of the signature dishes is the “Magoebaskloof Pot” a miniature Potjie pot with a secret recipe that leaves you wanting more…

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