Situated an old racehorse breeding farm in The Cradle of Humankind, Stone Hounds Lodge is central to Pretoria, Johannesburg, Krugersdorp and Brits and the ideal base to multiple attractions and activities in the area (from tempered to extreme). The tranquil and secluded venue with its thatch roofs has a unique ambience and is the perfect venue for birthday parties, family reunions, club/team/group get-togethers, bachelor/bachelorette parties, weddings, conferences and workshops. We accommodate a total of 22 overnight guests and up to 100 guests for functions.
Most resorts cannot offer the privacy and exclusivity you will find here at Stone Hounds' Lodge. Absolutely ideal for small groups who need privacy whilst entertaining and socializing with friends & family, colleagues or co-members. You can book the lodge for your exclusive use, offering you private use of the entertainment / recreational areas (dining/function room, bar, patio and pool) for up to a maximum of 100 guests for the day and overnight accommodation for up to 22 guests. Prices for groups vary depending whether you prefer the catering or self-catering option (please contact us via email for a customized quotation and visit our website for more details: (stonehoundslodge.co.za).
Owner managed, personal service with a smile, great food and affordable rates guarantees an unforgettable and comfortable experience to visitors.
Stone Hounds' Country Lodge invites you to come and experience serenity as only the African veld can offer.
Relax around the swimming pool or in our large thatched bar (96 m2) (with pool table and dart board) and experience breath taking sunsets from the spacious patio (36 m2) overlooking the veld. We do not have a "serving" bar - guests must please bring their own drinks.
The cosy thatched dining area/function room (125 m2) with pizza oven and built-in braai can accommodate up to 40 guests and is the ideal venue for a medium size party or conference/training.
The thatched roof function hall (190 m2) has a natural stone floor, a cosy fireplace for colder days and two separate food station areas (2 x 12 m2). Perfect for wedding receptions and conferences accommodating up to 100 guests.
A fully equipped kitchen with walk-in fridge, freezer, gas stove/oven, convection oven and microwave is available only to guests booking the whole lodge and prefer to self-cater. Alternatively, scrumptious meals are provided by our in-house caterer or guests can bring their own ready made food or use the communal braai. Cash bar available upon request.
Hartbeespoort, (meaning “pass of the hartebeest” -a species of antelope in Afrikaans), a small holiday town, is also affectionately known as Harties. The town is situated close to the Hartbeespoort dam wall, and the villages of Kosmos, Melodie, Ifafi and Meerhof can be found alongside its banks. Hartbeespoort was previously known as Schoemansville, after General Hendrik Schoeman.
Hartbeespoort is located in the North East of the North West Province on the route to Sun City, and is within an hours travel from the greater Gauteng area, and is only 15kms from Lanseria International Airport and 80kms from OR Tambo International Airport.
"Not only is it less than an hours drive from Pretoria or Johannesburg, the weather all year round is probably the best in the world, and unlike most of the major holiday destinations where you end up back in the city, you are out in an idyllic bushveld setting where majestic Magaliesburg mountains add to the breathtaking beauty of the area.
Visit Hartbeespoort if it is romance or an adrenaline fix you are after, or if you want to interact with Africa’s greatest treasure, our abundant wild life.
You can experience the old, at the nearby Maropeng, or shop until you drop at the flea markets and malls in the area.
Then again if you are interested in the arts or local culture or history, well, there is more than enough to keep you busy, alternatively, if need to rejuvenate your mind, body or spirit, the spas in the area will cater to your every whim.
Come and discover the best kept secret, and find yourself “Close to the city out of this world”.
Hartbeespoort has almost year-round sunshine. Summer temperatures range, on average, between 16º C and 29º C, with afternoon thunderstorms from August to March. Although the winter nights can be cold and drop to below freezing, the average daytime temperature from May to July is 19º C."
Extract from www.magaliesburg-info.co.za/town
"Magaliesburg is situated in the Bojanala region of the North West Province and is an ideal retreat for those looking for a quiet break after the hustle and bustle of city life. Approximately an hour away from Johannesburg and Pretoria, this enchanting, peaceful and beautiful area provides all the necessary to make every visitors holiday a special one. Home to a variety of bird-life, indigenous woodlands and attractive mountains and rivers, Magaliesburg is a delight to visit.
Meandering through the town there is a multitude of artistic pottery, sculpture and other crafting shops around. This is not to mention the number of spas and wellness centres which tourists can experience."
Extract from www.magaliesburg-info.co.za/town
"The Cradle of Humankind, one of eight World Heritage Sites in South Africa, and the only one in Gauteng, is renowned as the place where humankind originated. It is here that the first hominid, Australopithecus, was found in 1924 at Taung in the North West Province by Professor Raymond Dart of the University of the Witwatersrand. And is one of the major tourist attractions in South Africa.
The Cradle of Humankind area boasts 13 excavation sites that are recognised as national heritage sites, both internationally and by the South African Heritage Resources Agency. For those wanting to experience the birthplace of humankind firsthand, the official visitor centres for the Cradle of Humankind, Maropeng and the Sterkfontein Caves, are within an easy hour’s drive from Johannesburg."
Extract from www.gauteng.net/attractions/cradle_of_humankind
In Room Facilities:
Coffee/Tea station and mini fridge (except Rondawels).
Couch or wing back chairs.
Rooms are not serviced.
No self catering facilities in rooms.
Guests can bring own ready made food or use the communal braai (Bring own cutlery, crockery, wood and cooler box with ice).
*Best Pizzas @ Kearney's Pizza Bar
*Quad biking @ Segwati
*Rafting @ Paddle Power
*Ground Zero Adventures
*Archery @ Arrow Rest
*Clay pigeon shooting @ Waterhaven
*Ziplining @ Amazingwe
*Bill Harrop's Balloon Safaris
*Cradle of Human Kind / Maropeng
*Lion and Rhino Park
*Ann Van Dyk Cheetah Centre
*Monkeyland and Primate Sanctuary
*Hartbeespoort Dam Zoo
*Van Gaalen Kaasmakerij