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“Day visit. ” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Mountain Sanctuary Park

Mountain Sanctuary Park
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US$280,76*
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Private Magaliesberg Day Tour from Johannesburg including Hartbeespoort Dam
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“Day visit. ”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016 via mobile

This was a day visit, during the mid week, although I have camped here many years ago.
It is tucked away on a long dust road, which can be fairly bumpy - corrugations caused by rain water and traffic - but well worth a visit. Very tranquil with a a good wide range of walking trails available.
The day we were there was very quite - not sure if there were any other visitors at all, on the day. It is for camping, so by no means luxury, but the sites are spacious enough, and the ablution blocks are in good shape, very usable , and secure.
If you fancy a bit of peace and quiet- this is the place to be.
I know there is a pool, which I had made regular use of in the past - with a great view - but I cannot say I checked the pool out on this visit, so couldn't comment on its current status.
Beautiful place!

Visited March 2016
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MSPowner, Owner at Mountain Sanctuary Park, responded to this review, 10 January 2017
Thank you so much we are really glad you enjoyed your stay and look forward to seeing you again.
kind regards
Owen
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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“Wild Trail”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016

This place is very peaceful, great views as well. It seems a bit intimidating at first, but once you get going its very easy to hike, well marked as well. So you won't get lost.

Its very vast and open, so parts you do see some civilization but overall its quite.

We paid a R100 to do the hike.

Visited January 2016
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MSPowner, Owner at Mountain Sanctuary Park, responded to this review, 12 January 2017
thank you so much for your review, we are glad that you enjoyed the Sanctuary and look forward to welcoming you again.
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“Peaceful and scenic”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

This trip was undertaken a few years back with a best friend and her daughter and we stayed in a log cabin which was really specious and practically furnished. We took long hikes daily on the various hiking trails well marked out and thoroughly enjoyed them, especially the very deep pools where we picnicked for lunch on the flat rocks. It was reasonably priced for a weekend away and the beauty of this place is aptly captured in the title of "sanctuary" as that's exactly what it is - a sanctuary for the soul. Would definitely return.

Visited January 2016
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MSPowner, Owner at Mountain Sanctuary Park, responded to this review, 12 January 2017
it always makes us happy to hear that guests have had the experience that you had, and we do hope that you will return to the sanctuary. we try our best to keep the rates as low as we can and still offer our guests great accommodation and a wonderful all round experience. thank you for sharing your experience with us and we look forward to seeing you again.
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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“Day visit - absolutely beautiful!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Visited for the day. Just a 30min walk to the natural rock pools, these were so refreshing after the walk and absolutely stunning! There is also a normal swimming pool which was nice and big, where you can have a colddrink/drink from the bar.
We didn't eat or stay overnight.

Visited February 2016
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MSPowner, Owner at Mountain Sanctuary Park, responded to this review, 12 January 2017
thank you for taking the time to review MSP, we are so glad that you enjoyed your day and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future.
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“Stunning location, but accommodation lets it down”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

We booked a 2 night stay at MS after it was recommended by a colleague.

The location is stunning and the walks were incredible (I live in London, so it was just amazing to experience). 2 days was enough for us to visit all the major sites.

In terms of walks, even though SA is currently experiencing critical water supplies, the west pools were deep enough to swim in and this is something I will remember forever. The grotto, although you cannot swim, was again a must and looks like something from Jurassic Park. We also visited the slide pools, but due to low water levels, these were quite disappointing. It would have been nice on check in to be guided on what areas were currently good for swimming or just for viewing. On our last morning, we walked to the rapids, which had a great many little pools that were great for my daughter to paddle in. The one real gripe I had, was that there was a loud generator at the rapids. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate that you need to source water for the camp, but again it would have been nice for a notice at the start of the rapids trail, just saying the generator was on as it would allow you to walk to another site if you want peace and quiet.

In terms of accommodation, we were in log cabin number 5 (a 3 bed - in our group we had 4 adults and a 10 month old). The cabins living space was quite small and for a cabin that should hold 6, there was only one 2 seater sofa in the living room. The outside furniture provided didn't have a parasol, so we couldn't eat lunch outside as there was no shade. Also, the '3rd' bedroom was a mezzanine level room that didn't have any curtains or nets over them, therefore you couldn't sleep 6 people comfortably. Our daughter needed one of the down stair rooms as she needed curtains, so myself and my husband ended up on the second floor and we didn't sleep well either night. Finally, we paid for a cot to be provided which was more than adequate (if not a bit old), but they didn't have a high chair to hire. The disappointment was that for a small cost, management could make this a lot better.

Overall, I would return, but I would request a different log cabin.

Visited October 2016
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MSPowner, Owner at Mountain Sanctuary Park, responded to this review, 12 January 2017
good morning, firstly I apologise for the late response, we have only now got the trip advisor site up and running our side again.
thank you for taking the time to put forward your comments, and I would very much like respond to the concerns and points made.
the noise at the rapids was from the pump, that pumps water to the camp when the grotto cannot supply enough. I am sorry that you were not told about this on arrival, we have addressed this with the staff for future, the pump has been replaced to ensure a quieter, safer environment.
we have been busy over the years, with upgrades to the accommodation, unfortunately it doesn't happen as quickly as we would like, as we do have to save for these projects, and we do the work ourselves, so time is not always on our side.
Cabin number 5 has been beautifully upgraded, with a sliding door and deck on the upstairs, allowing a gorgeous view, a new larger downstairs deck, a magnificent large new tree in the front was the final touch, to allow for shade.
it is now more spacious and open, and looks just lovely.
we have also upgraded the chalets and added a new ablution, we are in the process of opening a restaurant, and adding a car port to the reception car-park, so things are definitely happening, i am just so sorry that you didn't get to see this on your visit.
i do hope you will return to the sanctuary, to enjoy the changes which will hopefully give you an all round better experience.
kindest regards and best wishes for 2017
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