Hoopoe Haven is positioned on 2 acres of landscaped gardens in the countryside with horse trails and a beautiful view of the Magaliesburg Mountains. It is a place to relax and unwind in the peace and quiet of the countryside. One can watch the magnificent birdlife while you have a sundowner, a braai on the patio, or a cooling swim in the crystal clear pool, with a beautiful sunset in the background. If you decide to stay up late on a clear evening you may even be lucky enough to hear the roar of the lions from the lion park.
It’s all too easy to dismiss the Magaliesberg as an insignificant row of hills, but mountaineers know and revere its hidden forests and criss-crossing gorges, each a wonderland of hanging gardens, quartzitic walls, waterfalls and boulder-flanked pools. Best of all is Tonquani, the home from home of Gauteng rock climbers and nature lovers.
Stop at the top of the Tierkloof in the Kgaswane Mountain Reserve at Rustenberg and make your way down to the rock pools. Formed in the quartz above the Tierkloof Waterfall, they are like private spa baths with spectacular views.
Flanked by Devil’s Peak and Lion’s Head, Table Mountain is probably South Africa’s most recognisable icon. It broods over one of the world’s most beautiful cities and every day hundreds of people rotate to the top in a cable car; the more energetic walk up. The view from up there – on a clear day – is breathtaking. But it’s more than a pretty mountain to look at.
Up the Cableway
For the most spectacular ride of your life, climb aboard the Cableway. It’ll take two minutes to reach the top of Table Mountain and the cable car revolves as it climbs, giving you 360° views over the city and the Peninsula. There are paved paths to walk along when you reach the top.
Instead of the stock-standard Table Mountain tourist route of Cableway to restaurant and back down again, go a little further and do something different. Pack a picnic and take an easy 5.5km walk from the cable car to Maclear’s Beacon, the highest point of the mountain; it should take you about an hour to get there and you’ll be far from the crowds. Just remember not the walk up when the mountain’s shrouded in cloud – it’ll be cold, windy and miserable up there.