Places to visit within an hour drive of Hartbeespoort

Are you are in need of a well deserved break? Take a leisurely drive out of Hartbeespoort to the west and within an hour you will discover a place that will enchant you, Magaliesberg. This small village lies at the heart of a beautiful region of mountains, valleys, rivers and indigenous woodland – home to a variety of birds. But it is not all natural bushveld. Here you will also find a wealth of hospitality – country guest houses, hotels, lodges, stores, art and craft studios, working farms, horse and mountain bike trails and much more.

1. Greensleeves Medieval Kingdom

It has been famous for the last 45 years as your Special Occasion venue to celebrate in true Medieval style. But we have now opened up on Sunday, offering a truly traditional Sunday Roast where you choose your roast of meat accompanied by Yorkshire puddings a selection of fresh veg and truly flavorsome pan gravy. Or you could try our Deli Picnic Shop. You pack your picnic basket from the delights our Deli has to offer. Cured cold meats, artisanal home baked breads, hand crafted local cheeses, gourmet pies and pizzas cooked right in front of you, just to mention a few. Boozy jams and pickles and preserves from the Cape. Bring nothing but yourself as we supply the blankets, baskets and all the trimmings. Friars pub is open to test your taste buds with 8 taps that pour the most delicious of Craft Beers, G&T’s and even Wine. Details: Contact them on 082 602 2958 or visit www.greensleeves.co.za

2. Magaliesberg Canopy Tour

This is a unique eco-adventure that takes you on a journey through the ecology and geology of the second oldest mountain range in the world. This is the perfect outdoor activity for individual thrill seekers, family getaways, student groups or corporate team building events. A 4×4 vehicle will transport you up the mountain, over a distance of approximately 2 kilometres, to the drop off zone near the first platform. On you way up (and down) you can look out for the resident Impala, Blue Wildebeest, Zebra, Duiker and many other indigenous animals and birds species along the way – it makes the trip so much more exciting and interesting. Details: Contact them on 014 535 0150 or visit www.magaliescanopytour.co.za.

3. Bushbabies Monkey Sanctuary

This sanctuary offers visitors the opportunity to walk through the beautiful Magaliesberg forest on elevated wooden walkways and experience a variety of exotic monkeys in an exquisite natural environment. Tours are highly informative and the walk winds its way among the monkeys through a tranquil forest. It is an opportunity to see once-captive primates in a wild environment. The sanctuary strives to create awareness that monkeys are not pets and the benefit of releasing primates into sanctuaries for a natural, free-living environment. Details: Contact them on 012 258 9904 or visit www.monkeysanctuary.co.za for more info.

4. Lion & Safari Park

Get close to Africa’s most incredible wildlife in the 600 hectare wilderness reserve situated in the Hartbeespoort area. This park offers guests an incredible opportunity to get up close to lion, wild dogs, cheetahs and over twenty other African wildlife species. With both game-viewing trucks as well as more traditional Land Cruiser-style safari vehicles there are numerous ways to explore the park. Guests can also tour the park in their own vehicle through the lion and wild dog enclosures. The beautifully designed playground next to the restaurants will keep the young ones entertained while the grownups can enjoy a leisurely meal or go shopping at the 5 Dome Shopping Experience. Details: Contact the park on 087 150 0100 or visit www.lionandsafaripark.com

5. Ukutula Lodge and Game Reserve

Ukutula is also known as the “place of quiet”. The lodge is situated in lush bush veld just outside Brits where the roar of the lion can be heard for miles around. This beautiful reserve offers 260 hectares of unspoiled bush veld boasting a variety of wildlife species, including predator and antelope species such as lion, cheetah, hyena, giraffe, zebra and many more. This piece of paradise is also home to more than 130 different bird species. Ukutula offers guests an ethical and responsible experience with wild animals. The lodge boasts a variety of luxury accommodation and service. This is a bush experience not soon to be forgotten. Details: Contact them on 084 510 1046 or visit www.lodge.ukutula.co.za for more info.

6. Harties Cableway

Take a trip up the magnificent Magaliesberg mountain with a cable car ride on the longest mono-cableway in Africa. Magnificent views (you can see all the way to Johannesburg and Pretoria on a clear day), an educational walkway (the 1 kilometre Dassie loop), delicious food and tantalizing cocktails await you at the top. There is even a children’s play-zone for the young ones. Afraid of heights, but still looking for an excellent meal? Hero’s Restaurant, situated at the bottom of the cable way offers yummy pizzas, delectable grills and mouth-watering burgers that will satisfy even the biggest hunger. Details: Contact them on 012 253 9910/ 079 023 3012 or visit www.hartiescableway.co.za

7. Iron Throne Predators and Wildlife Sanctuary

This predator- and wildlife sanctuary offers visitors the opportunity to get up close and personal to some of the world’s greatest predators and other wildlife. Join them for a guided day tour, followed by a scrumptious meal at the restaurant. Or why not experience a guided night tour? Night time is play time for most of the animals and you might be lucky enough to see a tiger swimming! Bring the whole family… a playground, petting zoo and tractor- and horse rides will keep the children busy for hours. Details: Contact them on 071 220 2691 or follow them on facebook at Iron Throne Predators and Wildlife Sanctuary.

8. Incendo Distillery

This award winning distillery offers you the opportunity to see the inner workings of an operating distillery. You get to find out how Gin, Rum and Whisky is made. You can also do a Gin and Rum tasting with chocolate pairing – or even a Macaroon pairing with the three Gins on offer. The distillery sometimes even has exciting new flavours the distiller experiments with on offer for you to taste. The distillery is built with beautiful views of the Magaliesberg – and is located minutes from Hartbeespoort’s CBD. Visit their facebook page: IncendoDistillery to see upcoming events or contact Francois at 0718962563 / info@incendo.co.za.