Not so long ago, “green travel” was barely on the radar. With the exception of back-to-basics campsites and the odd safari or two, the eco-travel experience was limited, to say the least. Going green for a vacation was shunned – but times have changed.
If you’re looking for a great new place to spend time with family whilst surrounded by the beauty and tranquillity of nature, look no further than Magalies Park. This prime destination – a peaceful retreat situated on 120 hectares of scenic parkland at the foot of the Magaliesberg Mountains – combines the best of nature with the best of leisure activities and accommodation.
Considering the sheer number of facilities on offer, it’s no surprise that Magalies Park is considered one of the most desirable resort destinations in the North West Province. The park is currently seen as one of South Africa’s premier timeshare and golfing estates and is the perfect place to spend a holiday with the family or a peaceful conference facility for breakaway meetings, team-building sessions or even small conferences.
So what can you do at this hub of green eco-tourism? Well, brace yourself, as golf lovers will certainly find the biggest appeal of Magalies Park is the SAGU-rated 18-hole championship golf course designed by Loutjie van Aswegen. The short, but challenging, golf course has a course rating of 72 for men and 70 for ladies, and regularly hosts golfing events. It even provides a bit of a challenge for more experienced golfers; if you’re a beginner or still new to the game, then lessons are available on request.
But there’s more… Magalies Park offers a variety of activities that can be enjoyed on site or in the surrounding area. The park is a declared bird sanctuary situated on the banks of the renowned Hartebeespoort Dam. It has an abundance of wildlife and more than 350 bird species. But don’t forget to carry your fishing rod, because the park is also a very popular fishing spot. Other nearby activities include tennis on one of several tennis courts, or you can enjoy an action-packed game of squash. There are three swimming pools to lounge in -a heated pool, as well as a plunge pool and two baby pools. Full use is made of the nearby river, with paddle boats, rowing boats and canoes available for hire. River cruises provide the perfect way to end a day – arrange a sundowner cruise. Pool tables are great for a quiet night in with friends, while mini golf is the perfect challenge for a family competition. Other great activities offered at Magalies Park include volleyball, darts, table tennis, giant chess, mountain-biking and jogging. Supervised children’s entertainment is on offer for parents in need of a break from their little ones, while a children’s playground is available for parents who prefer a more hands-on approach. Families can also enjoy walks in the beautiful natural areas surrounding the chalets and lodges, and there are a number of organised sporting and leisure activities to choose from.
At this environmentally-friendly destination expect to embrace the beautiful, simple and natural things in life. Magnificent lawns lead down to a farm dam where there are many secluded spots to relax and enjoy the tranquillity. After a great day on the greens, you can replenish your energy with delicious continental cuisine at Pica Pau, the onsite restaurant. Choose to sit under majestic oak trees or out on the deck to enjoy oven-fired pizzas, creamy pastas or rich bolognaise.
Magalies Park is proof that it is possible to deliver sustainability and value without raising the prices. Here, the conservation of the environment improves your well-being, which is the future of travel. The destination’s mission is to share the deep love for ecotourism adventures, inspire people to travel and live more sustainably, and encourage everyone to do their part to make the world a better place.