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Making yourself at home in Magaliesberg

One of the main advantages of choosing to spend your holiday in your own rental cottage is that you can enjoy all the benefits of time away in a beautiful part of the world, without having to give up any of the comforts of home. If you choose to spend your vacation in a cottage in Magaliesburg, here are a few tips to help you to make the most of your temporary home.

Your Home in Magaliesburg

The Nullarbor holiday cottages are set in some of the most beautiful landscapes to be found in the South African countryside, giving you the chance to take strenuous hikes or gentle walks around the hills, or simply to sit back and enjoy the view from the gardens. You might want to take a refreshing swim in one of the swimming pools, or relax under the shade of a thatch lapa, before settling in for a good meal and a peaceful evening at home in your own cottage, perhaps just stepping outside to your private braii area to watch as the glow of the sunset lights up the surrounding hillsides. It is easy enough to spend your time simply enjoying the comforts of your cottage, but you might also want to see some more of what Magaliesburg has to offer while you are on vacation. Among the top things to do while you are here, are a visit to the unique Cradle of Humankind UNESCO World Heritage Site, a gentle walk through the hills or hiking a tougher route, such as the Mountain Trail to the summit of the Magaliesberg, and the chance to see some of the magnificent local wildlife at a nearby game reserve.

Getting Around

The best way to get to Magaliesburg from Johannesburg, and to get around the area once you have arrived, is by car. You can pick up a rental vehicle from one of the agencies operating at the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, if you are flying in or you won't have your own vehicle with you. If you are travelling from abroad, you should plan to pick up some of the local currency, the South African rand, before you travel, since if you leave it until after you arrive at the airport in Johannesburg, you are likely to find the exchange rates rather expensive. It will also be useful to have some cash available on arrival if you want to pick up some self-catering supplies, although it will be easier to do this in Magaliesburg rather than trying to navigate the busy streets of Johannesburg, if you are unfamiliar with the area. It is best to stick to the main routes to get out of the city and on your way to Magaliesburg quickly, and to avoid travelling at peak times, if possible.

Eating Out and Eating In

If you want to eat out during your stay in Magaliesburg, you will find a variety of restaurants in the nearby town, offering a range of different types of food. Some of the best places to eat out near your cottage include the Route 24 Pub and Grill, conveniently located on the road out of Magaliesburg, the Askari Game Lodge, the elegant gourmet dining at De Hoek Country House, and the Zeederberg, known particularly for its Sunday buffets and picnics.

If you prefer to eat in, your cottage will have a fully equipped kitchen where you can prepare your own meals. It is easy to find the supplies you need in the town of Magaliesburg, which has a variety of shops including a Spar. If you are interested in sampling some locally produced foods while you are here, then you will also find plenty to interest you in the farmer's markets. One of the best ways to stock up on local produce is to visit the Askari Game Lodge, which hosts a Boeremark farmers' and craft market on the first Sunday of the month that can be combined with a game drive if you book in advance, but you will also find local produce in Magaliesburg, in little corner shops like Hekpoort Heksie. If you are travelling up to the Hartbeespoort area, you might also want to visit Tangaroa Strawberry Farm, where you can pick your own organic fruit and vegetables, depending on what is in season.

Your cottage should feel like your own home while you are staying in Magaliesburg, so feel free to relax and enjoy your privacy. Your cottage will supply everything you need to enjoy a comfortable stay, but you can always bring any little extras that you like to have around. If you want to make the most of your stay, a self-catering vacation can also be a great chance to take the time to explore those hobbies that can so easily be pushed aside by work when you are at home, so whether you have a pile of vacation reading you want to get through, or you want to start bird watching or stargazing, this could be the place where you take the time to do what you really enjoy.

Enjoying Your Stay - Written by Susie Beam for Nullarbor Cottages





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