Doornhoek, Magaliesberg

Doornhoek lies in the heart of the Magaliesberg, close to the little village of Hekpoort that nestles on the gentle southern slopes of the mountain range, just north west of Johannesburg. Most of the area is used for agriculture in this corner of Gauteng, which virtually borders on the North West Province, and game farms and large tracts of land given over to farming dominate the landscape.

Doornhoek a beautiful part of the world - enviable blue skies and an horizon dominated by mountain slopes makes for revitalising getaways. Not only is Doornhoek in the heart of the world-renowned Cradle of Humankind but itís also less than an hourís drive to Johannesburg or Sun City. Hartbeespoort Dam, or Harties as itís known to locals, is only a short drive away and you are spoilt for choice when it comes to things to do in the surrounding area.

First named by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1999, the Cradle of Humankind is a complex system of limestone caves that include the Sterkfontein Caves of Mrs Ples fame - a 2.3-million year-old fossil - and the Wonder Cave in Kromdraai - the third-largest cave chamber in the country believed to be about 1.5 million years old with stalactite and stalagmite formations of up to 15 metres, 85% of which are still growing.

The Magaliesberg Mountains too provide a welcome respite from city life. Deep gullies containing wonderful kloofs, streams, waterfalls and sheer quartzite cliffs more than fulfil the average hikerís expectations, and adventure or even quiet ambles are the order of the day.

Travellers' Reviews

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If you are an outdoor junkie or love hiking and walking, Doornhoek is a great place to visit.

September 2013

John (Cape Town)

Verified reviewvery good

We took a scenic Sunday drive to Magalies, but going through from the Hekpoort side and came upon the Askari Game Lodge signs, which said its a game reserve with Big 5. So keen to seen some game we headed that way for a Sunday lunch. Great value for money at R120 a person for an extensive buffte/carvery Sunday lunch. Also saw the two elephant playing in the dam in front of the old lodge. The Plumari Hertitage Museum and all the oxwagons were very interesting and it was free of charge. We had a look at the spa - really lovely, and small with only two treatment rooms - I will definitely pre-book a spa treatment next time. They also have Big 5 game drives in the early morning and late afternoon... its only R250 a person and if we didnt have family obligations I would have loved to stay.

August 2011

Christa (Sundowner)

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