Day by day

Getaway (South Africa) - - ROAD TRIP MAGALIESBERG -

Day 1: Joburg to Ma­galies­burg

DIS­TANCE 86km AL­LOW 1½ hour

Leave the city just af­ter lunch on a Thurs­day, head­ing to Krugers­dorp (we took Bey­ers Naude M5 to Drift Boule­vard in Krugers­dorp). Take the R24 to Ma­galies­burg and check in at Mount Grace Coun­try House (1), where you can start wind­ing down with a pic­nic or spa treat­ment. You can also choose to stay at Black Horse Es­tate (see Day 2) for two nights.

Day 2: Ma­galies­burg to Skeer­poort and back

DIS­TANCE 76km AL­LOW 1½ hour

It’s an early wake-up call for a hot-air bal­loon ride (2) – in sum­mer, this means 4.45am. Trans­fers can be ar­ranged, or take the R24 north out of Ma­galies­burg and turn right on the R560– the launch site in Skeer­poort is 15km away. Af­ter­wards, re­turn to Ma­galies­burg for a morn­ing of fly-fish­ing at Bar­bus Haven (3) (on the R24 just past Mount Grace). Head back up the R24 and turn right onto the R98 to get to Melon Rouge (4) for brows­ing and lunch – or on the same road is Black Horse Es­tate (5). If you’re in the mood for some jiv­ing, head out to Big O Tav­ern (6) – from the R24 in town, take a right turn onto the R509, turn right at the Ubuntu Arts Cen­tre, then left and right. It’s on the cor­ner on your right (215 Them­balethu Street).

Day 3: Ma­galies­burg to Rusten­burg and Hekpoort

DIS­TANCE 163km AL­LOW 2½ hours

Stroll around town this morn­ing, grab a bite at the Trad­ing Post (7) and visit the Voorhuis

(8). There is a brew­ery and dis­tillery tour back at the Black Horse at 11am, if you like. Then take the R24 north out of town, head­ing for Rusten­burg. Turn right just af­ter Sikelele Game Lodge, then left onto the Buf­fel­spoort Road (64km). From the Magaliesberg Canopy Tour of­fice (9) you will be trans­ferred to the zip lines. Af­ter­wards, head back to Ma­galies­burg but take the R560 turn-off to the left. Then turn left onto the R401 and look for the signs to Rustig (10), where you will stay overnight. The last 7km is on gravel.

Day 4: Hekpoort to Joburg

DIS­TANCE 85km AL­LOW 1½ hours

Go on the game drive with bush break­fast at Rustig this morn­ing, then tackle one of the walk­ing trails on the farm. Re­trace your route via the R401 and just af­ter you turn back on to the R560, look out for the R563 turn-off – across from SmartPet, the road takes you past a few houses and you’ll ar­rive at Sprout & Sprocket (11), to end your week­end with a long, lazy Sun­day lunch. Re­turn to Joburg via the R563, which goes past the Cra­dle of Hu­mankind, and M47.




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