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Things to do in the Area

BIRDING, HIKING AND VIEWSITES


  1. Magoebaskloof Bird Guides: Take a 2 hour walk in the indigenous forest or a 7-hour outing into the Woodbush Forest and Bat Hawk nesting site with qualified bird guides. Specials include Black-fronted Bush-Shrike, Narina Trogon, Green Twinspot, Scaly-throated Honeyguide, Blue-mantled, Crested Flycatcher, Gurney’s Sugarbird and Magpie Mannikin with SA’s top local guides! Phone David Letsoalo at 015 276 1131 or 083 568 4678
  2. Swartbos Trail This excellent trail is found next to Magoebaskloof Hotel. A 3km trail passes through mist belt forest. Printable map here.
  3. Woodbush forest, one of the premier birding spots in South Africa, is a short drive away in the adjacent valley. Printable map here.
  4. Haenertsburg Grasslands: The Louis Changuion trail (10km) passes through grassland and forest patches of the Haenertsburg Common. Shorter routes can also be taken. Donation (R10) can be given to the Tourist Information in Haenertsburg next to the Food Zone. Printable map here.
  5. Serala Drive: This is a 4-hour drive which takes you through the Haenertsburg rain shadow, characterised by dry thornveld. It then climbs up into the Wolkberg mountains and offers wonderful views of the Wolkberg Wilderness area from the Serala picnic site. Printable map here.
  6. Forest Drive to Debegeni Falls (A vehicle with high ground clearance is necessary). You will see magnificent forest trees and beautiful waterfalls. Shade loving wildflowers can be spotted such as plectranthus in blue, white and purple; begonia in white and orange; crocosmia in orange and red. There are many different types of ferns.
  7. Long Tom View site. This gives one a beautiful view of Haenertsburg and its surrounds from the historic spot where the Long Tom gun was blown up over a 100 years ago. One can enjoy a picnic or sundowner drinks here. This spot is close to Cheerio Gardens.

GENERAL THINGS TO DO

  1. Cheerio Gardens:  Tea Garden, Mountain Bike Routes, Wedding Venue and Trout Fishing. 083 355 0835
  2. Other gardens include Kuhestan (082 903 7593) near Magoebaskloof Hotel and Sequoia Garden Retreat near Cheerio Gardens.
  3. Wegraakbosch Organic Dairy: Cheese making tours. 071 687 5218
  4. Zwakala Brewery and organic farm. A lovely venue for the family. 073 791 6797
  5. Pot and Plow: Live music on a Friday evening. They serve delicious pizzas
  6. Earth Creations: Pottery. Mosaics and Silk Paintings 083 259 8427

ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES

 Cycling on the mountain:

The Magoebaskloof area is fast becoming a mecca for mountain bikers. Various Mountain Biking events are hosted in the area and marked trails have been established by TMA. These link accommodation providers making them easily accessible. Permits are required to use these trails and are available at Cheerio Trout Lodge, and the Magoebaskloof Adventures. The cost is R40 per day and kids under 12 are free. There are five routes varying in length and difficulty. See link HERE


OTHER ACTIVITIES

  1. Magoebaskloof Canopy Tours: Situated on the Georges Valley Road, Magoebaskloof Adventures makes use of the area's untapped natural resources to offer visitors adventure activities on the Letaba River. Whatever it is that will give you that adrenaline rush you need to face another hectic week, you will be sure to find it here. Not for the faint of heart, but every activity promises to be an exhilarating experience.
  2. Magoebaskloof Canopy Tour takes people up into an inaccessible realm of nature whereby platforms built high within the upper level of indigenous forests or against the cliffs of ancient mountains are joined by spectacular 'foefie' type cable slides high above the forest floor and cascading waterfalls. Journey through the ecology and geology of one of the most spectacular waterfall gorges in the province.
  3. The Letaba River gorge is home to a wide variety of plant, animal and birdlife - watch out for the Giant Kingfisher. Team building for Corporate Groups and School groups are also offered, packages designed to suit your requirements.

Contact Magoebaskloof Adventures: 083 866 1546 adventures@thabametsi.com