Welcome the new day with a stroll through the secluded kloof, and listen to the exquisite sounds of the wakening bush. We have 1000 acres of private and pristine bush and mountain veldt for you to explore at your leisure. An energetic walk to the top of the mountain will give you views you only dream of, and if it is warm enough, take a dip in the pure, sparkling rock pools. The bush is a nature lover's paradise, with numerous species of flora and fauna.
This self-catering luxury unit has a fully equipped kitchen, furnished to the highest standards with a large stove, fridge/freezer, and convection microwave. The only things you will need during your stay are food and beverage. We believe our highly recommended rating is well deserved, but don't let us try and convince you, come and visit us and find out for yourself.
In Room Facilities:
* Self Catering
* Eskom Power
he Barnard family, who trekked here in the late 1800's and surveyed the property on the 15th November 1892, originally owned the farm known as Barnaardsvlei. The original boundaries were laid out in on horseback with the assistance of Paul Kruger. Several skirmishes took place on the farm and those adjacent to it during the 2nd Anglo/Boer war. Numerous artefacts have been found as evidence of this. The property was originally leased to share croppers, who tilled the land with donkey-drawn implements and cultivated summer maize and winter wheat. They subsidised their income by trapping buck and baboons to sell in the towns.
The Conroy family purchased the farm on the 4th of May 1928. At this time the only improvements were a three-roomed stone and mud homestead, which the family occupied until 1945. Parts of the building are still used today as a workshop. On the occupation by the Conroy's, the property was fenced to contain a small herd of Africander cattle. Subsequently, a citrus nursery was established and 1200 Valencia orange trees were planted. The produce was sold locally.
In 1938 an export market to the United Kingdom was established; the fruit was delivered to Marikana Station by ox-wagon for onward delivery to Cape Town export harbour. The wheel hubs from that wagon can be seen in the aloe garden outside the lodge. The exports halted in 1939 when Mr Conroy enlisted to fight in the 2nd World War. He returned safely at the age of 58, ending his services in Italy with the Royal Durban Light Infantry, 6th Division, as a Vickers Machine Gunnery Sergeant.
The present owner has been involved with the farm since the age of five. After a business career linked to agriculture, he returned to his roots on retiring in 1985. Still actively farming in his 80's, his family is descended from some of the original Magaliesberg settler families of the late 1800s.
Remember to bring enough food and drink suitable for the duration of your stay, if you forget anything there are 2 large grocery stores within a 20-minute drive of the lodge. Lodge facilities may vary with different units, please enquire if in doubt. A large fridge/freezer is provided. The kitchen is fully equipped with a convection microwave oven (not in Bush and Forest Lodge), and 6-plate gas stove with a large oven. A large assortment of pots and pans and utensils are provided. The braai is equipped with all the necessary pots and cooking utensils, please don't forget to bring charcoal or firewood.
Gaslights are provided in the event of power failures, but you may find a torch handy in such circumstances.
A small library is in place, in it are books on the fauna and flora relating to the area, as well as a number of novels and magazines for the less intrepid. There are also a variety of board games for both adults and children.Should you plan on hiking, ensure you bring a rucksack, water bottles and sun cream, along with the appropriate footwear. Mamagalie is situated in a malaria free area with a subtropical climate. Bring clothing appropriate to the time of year, an insect repellent is recommended.We do not allow the use of our towels at any swimming pool area and request that you bring your own for this. Basic toiletries are provided; please bring any personal toiletries you may require. A hair drier is provided in the main bedroom of the Mountain Lodge. The Bush Lodge and Forest Lodge operate on solar electricity which will not provide sufficient power for hairdryers etc.
**(Please note, no loud music systems), contact us should you be uncertain on what else to bring.
Mamagalie is a hiking farm and games drives are not available, however the extensive hiking routes to the rock pools offer our guests exclusive access to unspoilt mountain veld. Nearby attractions are the Mooinooi Golf course (8km), Magaliesburg Canopy tours (12km), Pilansburg National Park (85km). In the general area there are several restaurants, horse riding, quad biking and microlight flights.