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“Picnic Heaven”

Mountain Sanctuary Park
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Private Magaliesberg Day Tour from Johannesburg including Hartbeespoort Dam
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Sandton, South Africa
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29 reviews
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“Picnic Heaven”
Reviewed 17 January 2017

This reserve is a 2hr drive from Sandton, and be sure to take the N4 toll road route as the country road has not been maintained at all through the informal settlement - it is positively dangerous with waterfilled potholes, crumbling tar, and unmarked speed humps. Let alone the profusion of garbage and filth.
The dirt road leading to the reserve is fine for sedan cars, provided you drive slowly, and the facilities once you get there are great! We have been returning for decades - no radios and no pets ensure that the peace and tranquillity of the bush can be enjoyed by campers and daytrippers alike. The trails, views, and topography are magnificent! Ablution facilities and toilets are clean and well maintained. A wonderful outing for a day - we were a family of 5, with 2 of us from Sydney, and we only had good things to say!

Visited December 2016
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MSPowner, Owner at Mountain Sanctuary Park, responded to this review, 18 January 2017
Thank you so much for sharing your experience. It makes us so happy to know that MSP is a haven to people like you and family and we look forward to welcoming you back again. Our Sanctuary is precious to us and people like you make what we do an absolute pleasure and joy.
Stacy and Owen sutton.
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Brits, South Africa
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“Remember it as a kid”
Reviewed 13 January 2017

We went there with a school trip when I was about 11yrs ....I cant remember that it was open to the public, I think it was privately owned because we met the owner the next day and I mentioned that if you can't relax here, you need medical attention. :) That is really how I felt! We took a very long hike (couple of hours) to big rock pools and natural slides. I was fascinated by this place! We camped there, saw fireflies...it was wild and earthly with a humbleness to it.

Visited January 2017
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MSPowner, Owner at Mountain Sanctuary Park, responded to this review, 16 January 2017
Thank you for your lovely review, its for conservation and people like yourselves that we do what we do. We look forward to your next visit.
kind regards
owen
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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“Day visit - what a disappointment!”
Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

Entrance fee for day visitors was R275 for a cpl and a car (??). The view is beautiful but the paths are unmarked and the pools were almost empty. Would not visit there again.

Visited January 2017
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MSPowner, Owner at Mountain Sanctuary Park, responded to this review, 10 January 2017
Good Day thank you for your review. I would like to address your issues, firstly as I am sure you know the country has been in the grip of one of the worst droughts ever so yes naturally the natural mountain pools have been low. With regards to the hiking trails, we encourage our guests to make full use of the 1000 hectares available to them as this reduces impact on the very sensitive area available for hiking and reduces erosion. Baboons pull out signs and we would never deface the mountain with painted footprints, while our guests experience is of upmost importance to us conservation will always take priority.
Owen Sutton
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“Day visit. ”
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”
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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