Category Archives: Romantic

We are excited to share the news that Askari Game Lodge & Spa, just outside of Magaliesburg (one hour from Johannesburg and Pretoria in Gauteng) is being renamed to African Hills Safari Lodge & Spa and this should be in place by October 2021. The new name is a fitting representation of its panoramic setting. In 2001, Mr Giuseppe Plumari purchased the farm and turned it into a game reserve on which the present lodge is built. ...
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The next three episodes of this series will focus on early European visitors to the Magaliesberg region. One of the most remarkable of these was the Scottish missionary Robert Moffat. He was born on 21 December 1795 in Ormiston, Scotland. His parents were not wealthy, and at the age of 13, he was apprenticed to a gardener (Moffat 1889, p. 5). It was hard, physical labour, which no doubt developed... Read more

The Magaliesberg are almost 100 times older than the Himalayas and the area is historically and archaeologically rich. It is here that Mankind originated, in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site. Today there is still evidence of Stone Age and Iron Age early man to be found. Stone Hill is only 11 kms from Maropeng Visitor’s Centre and 15 kms from the Sterkfontein Caves.
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The Magaliesberg community mourns the loss of both Mary and Bill. Our sincere condolences to the family and company staff.  There are some big shoes for you to fill.

Doyen of the dirigibles, founders of Bill Harrop’s Original Balloon Safaris, both Mary and Bill have been amazing characters organising the flights and handing out the ‘citations of bravery’ to the many overseas tourists and visitors to the Magaliesberg area.  Their enthusiasm for life, sheer ebullience  and individual...

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