Home from Home
One of the main advantages of choosing to spend your holiday in your own private 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 dip in one of the three small swimming pools, or relax under the shade of a thatch lapa, before settling in for a good meal and a peaceful evening or just stepping outside to your private braai 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.
The only way to get to Magaliesburg from Johannesburg, and to get around 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, or Lanseria Airport. You will be advised to stock up with some self-catering supplies and drinks you may require and it will be easier to do this in Magaliesburg. 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 Vintage Amber Coffee Shop, conveniently located on the road out of Magaliesburg, the Askari Game Lodge, the elegant gourmet dining at De Hoek Country House and Mt Grace Hotel and the Zeederberg at Valley Lodge Hotel, known particularly for its Sunday buffets and picnics. Black Horse Estate, Melon Rouge, Hornbill Lodge and Lovers Rock are all situated close and provide good options for meals.
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, bottle store and chemists. 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 or visit Van Gaalen cheese farm or enjoy a lovely outdoor meal at Die Ou Pastorie.
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.