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MAGOEBASKLOOF

The Magoebaskloof community has managed to find a balance between slowing down to enjoy the natural beauty of the area, and leaning into a hip and happening sense of adventure, whether it is zip lining over the tree canopies, or ending a day of rock climbing at one of South Africa’s best craft breweries. There is such a wide range of activities that if you give yourself enough time, you are guaranteed to find your niche, whether you are looking for historical sites, hiking trails, inspiring your inner photographer, mountain biking, berry picking, or tours of local rural crafts, like a traditional cheese maker, or an essential oil distillery.

 

At the top of the Magoebaskloof pass is the quaint village of Haenertsburg. Just off the R71, the village is at the foot of Iron Crown Mountain, the highest point in Limpopo. The main street is lined with restaurants and coffee shops, and you can find a variety of gifts, antiques, collectibles, and second-hand books. A friendly tourist information centre has maps of the hiking trail, which starts from the village, as well as information about some of the things to do and sights to see nearby. Haenertsburg has all the necessities visitors need, including a grocery store, ATM, and post office.

 

Here are a few of the places to check out while you’re in town. While you are always welcome to pop in, many of these facilities are working farms, so it can be helpful to call first if you are hoping for a tour or scheduled activity.

Friends of the Haenertsburg Grasslands

Zwakala Brewery

Kuhestan Organic Farm

Cheerio Gardens

Wegraakbosch Dairy

Blueberry Heights

Thomac Essential Oils

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HAENERTSBURG

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A charming town on the northern most edge of the Great Escarpment, Haenertsburg is part of the Misty Mountains, a uniquely biodiverse area. A friendly place with much to offer visitors, it makes a perfect base for exploring nearby waterfalls, historical sites, and other attractions. For those escaping the city to work remotely for a week, you couldn't find a more charming place to give you some peace and inspiration. 

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HIKING

The highest point in Limpopo, ambitious hikers can summit the Iron Crown Peak. For those who don't want such serious preparation, there are dozens of other hiking options, including meanders through the grasslands, 2 hour waterfall hikes, full days through the indigenous bush, and everything in between. 

HISTORY & CULTURE

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This area is filled with historical interest, whether it is about the kingdom of Makgoba, or the nearby Rain Queen, there are frequent cultural attractions and festivals to visit. 

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WILDLIFE

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On the farm itself you can find porcupines, bushbuck, jackals, duiker, and a range of birdlife, including Fish Eagles and Cape Parrots. We are only an hour and a half from the Phalaborwa gate of Kruger Park, an ambitious day trip for some of the best game viewing in the world. 

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