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  • G T
    Hong Kong, China72 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cosy Hut
    Basic, fairly comfortable. Have to take your own bedding etc.
    Midweek stay - no one in the park. Quiet and peaceful.
    Water was scarce, so the "falls" etc were not flowing more than a trickle.
    Not much to do other than a few walks. Probably limit stay to two or three nights max.
    Shared bathrooms are clean, but could do with some maintenance.
    Per-person rates are steep for the type of accomodation.
    NB Be sure to close up windows and doors securely, otherwise the baboons will ransack your place.
    Don't believe the "1 hour from JNB" story. It's a good 2 - 2.5 hours.
    Written 11 November 2021
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  • Azee
    South Africa8 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you’re looking for a challenging hike, do the blue route. It has no real destination, be prepared to ascend and descend the mountain. Mentally, be ready for this hike, it is both physically and mentally challenging. The scenery is beautiful but only at the top of the mountain, in and around the mountain, the vegetation differs (still pretty) but it’s not that you always have the mountain view.

    Do this hike only if you know you can. If you’re not fit enough, you may feel somewhat frustrated with the up and down hiking. Unlike most hikes it does not just ascend and descend, it really does “zig-zag” I guess use this trail to train for bigger hikes. The hike is well marked, so this is an advantage. The Bobbejaan afsig was wayyy too daunting so we had to take the chicken run instead which added extra distance to the hike and was also kind of hard. But seriously, this hike is out to challenge you. No joke.

    Regarding the overnight accommodation- we stayed in the house in the mountain, “Kop toe”. The house was hard to find, initially we could not get hold of anyone but later on we did get hold of someone who was kind enough to help us navigate to the house. The house has some amenities, there are plates, pots, cups, a kettle, stove, microwave, and bunk beds. Also it has plastic glasses.

    We asked for bedding and received blankets and pillows, no bed sheets. It was bundled ontop of the bunks. I guess I would advise rather bring your sleeping bag and own pillow. There aren’t many Goggas (bugs) but the bush might pose a risk for bush bugs that come home with you so the sheets I felt, were important.

    A few things I personally felt lacking was bath maths, bathroom spray, handwash. The shower had no light. The house had one bathroom, and 8 bunkbeds, for that reason I felt the bathroom should have catered for a group of people. But other than that, no issues with the bathroom, it had a working toilet, bathtub and shower.

    The trip was not rustig, and we hiked about 11 hours, including the time we got lost finding our accommodation. But this is my personal opinion, and I am not the fittest person out there.

    My concern was that our calls were not answered so from a safety viewpoint that made me worry. However, once answered,
    We got the assistance we needed, and properly so. It was just that we called a few times where there was no answer.

    Conclusion:
    do the Hike, but in a group.
    carry your cellphones and portable chargers
    ask for a pindrop location to your accommodation ahead of your hike.
    Carry double the quantity of water you wanted to carry.

    A great experience with a much loved group of friends who had positive vibes and weren’t going to give up, but could easily have been a disaster when nightfall arrived and we were still trying to get to the house we booked. So start early! And keep the positive mental attitude going :)
    Written 27 December 2022
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  • Sanet E
    Pretoria, South Africa17 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We celebrated our 5th Anniversary at Magalies Sleepy River, we travelled with our camper. The staff was very friendly and helpful, we ate a lot of ice-creams during our stay, it was VERY hot!! We enjoyed walking to the "stream" (very dry) and cooling off afterwardsin the swimming pool. When we didn't laze around in our hammocks reading and napping, we enjoyed a braai and just drinking in the peace and calm of the surrounds. An enjoyable stay and a neccessary break from the rush at home!
    Written 13 November 2019
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  • Sanet E
    Pretoria, South Africa17 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I visited the centre with friends, and what an experience! We walked through the beautiful gardens, bought some of the herbal products and had lunch at the restaurant, a highly enjoyable and educational experience :)
    Written 13 November 2019
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  • ilse de haas
    Pretoria, South Africa133 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This off-road trail offers axle twisters, rocky climbs, dongas, a water whole, braai area, game to see and much more! 4x2's, high rider & diff-lock are welcome!
    All the difficult obstacles do have a bypass.
    Written 10 October 2019
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  • Katwedel
    21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a wonderful escape from the city! The online booking worked perfectly and although mentioned that a reply might take 24 hours, we had a response and a booking within 2 hours. The trail is very well marked and well maintained. The views are stunning. It is not a difficult hike, but parts of it do require effort - this is not a walk. The small dog we saw was mostly carried. The picnic area at base camp is very neat and tidy and clean. The swimming pool at the end of the bike is a brilliant idea and the perfect place to soak tired limbs. Even in spring it can get VERY warm while hiking - take more water than you think necessary. We took 2 hours to get up (with photo stops) and 1 hour back.
    Written 4 October 2020
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  • jade f
    2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was a wonderful hike. It has different trail distances depending on your fitness levels with some challenging ascents. It was really well sign posted throughout and the trail is excellently maintained.
    Written 12 July 2021
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  • Jen H
    Johannesburg, South Africa34 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I meant to write this review a long time ago...

    We followed the sign and stumbled upon this disused mine, now open for tours. It really demonstrated the historical gold mining in South Africa, with intensive labour and use of local tools. The best part is that you get to conduct panning yourself!

    This place, though a hidden gem, is a must-see for the adventure lovers.

    I must provide some warning that the mine was not well prepared when we were there in 2015 (sorry for the indicative time below, the dropdown did not allow 2015). I can see the facility and equipment during its hay days, but the country's power outages in 2014/15 really struck this mine hard. It is REALLY a good tour to go onto. Just don't expect the same glamour as all the other popular spots.

    I will give the general direction below and the contact numbers I was given:
    - Head towards the Spar in Magaliesburg (pass Wimpy on the left and Magaliesburg Hotel)
    - Turn left at Spar and follow the sign towards Blaauwbank historic mine
    - Best to have a 4x4 as you will travel on dirt road for +/- 5km from security to reception

    The ladies who received us were Martha (076097500, I think there is a digit missing); Miriam (0825112521). I would advise to call before you visit.
    Written 13 July 2017
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  • suefr2018
    Gauteng, South Africa95 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magaliesburg has changed over the years, the art "meander" is almost impossible to find. Apparently the compiler of the booklet passed away and no-one has taken up the task.
    The Voorhuis is the only exception we could find. Elegantly set out with clear indication of the artists the gallery is filed with exquisite pieces. Even if one cannot afford to buy anything it is an uplifting joy to visit.
    Written 10 December 2019
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  • patrachato
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent but Champayne during flight would take this trip to another level. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience
    Written 3 March 2024
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