A unique experience: De Wildt Cheetah Centre

A research and breeding centre for the African wild dog, brown hyena and cheetah, including the magnificent and rare king cheetah. Click here to view the contact details

The Elephant Sanctuary - Hartbeespoort Dam

The Elephant Sanctuary provides a safe haven for elephants, whilst also offering a unique platform for guest education and interaction. Guests will not only learn about elephants, but also get to touch, feel, feed, walk trunk-in-hand and even ride the elephants. Click here to view the contact details

Horseback Riding

Go horseback riding at the Voortrekker Monument Nature Reserve. Cape Riding Horse offers great trail rides and allow you to enjoy nature at its best. Both experienced and inexperienced riders will be accommodated. You can choose from moonlight rides, easy rides so you can enjoy the beautiful surroundings or even adrenaline pumping rides; whatever your requirement, they can provide. Click here for more info

Mystic Monkeys and Feathers Wildlife Park

A game park on our doorstep, with reasonable prices! Only 45minutes North of Pretoria in the Rust de Winter area, pop out of the city for a quick day visit. This park hosts one of South Africa's largest private primate collections, with 38 species, including Sables, Nyalas, Kudus, Golden Oryx as well as a large number of exotic birds. Open from Monday to Sunday, 09:00 to 16:00, you can enjoy a family outing of an hour game drive at R100 per adult, children 3-13 years only R50 and free entrance for children under 3. To book a private game drive, a minimum of 6 people is required. Another fun element is the interactive play sessions at R300 per person with a variety of different animal species. For more information and directions click here.

Groenkloof Nature Reserve Review

The beauty of the Groenkloof valley was discovered in the 1820's. Impala, kudu, blue wildebeest, ostrich, giraffe and red hartebeest were re-introduced to the reserve during 1999 - 2002. Situated only 5km from the city centre, a variety of activities are available. From hiking trails, ranging from 4km to 10.5km, to weekend trails; a guided horse trail, night drives, mountain biking trails of up to 20km, a motorcar route of about 6km and a 4x4 trail. Picnic areas are also available for a day outing. For more info about the reserve and overnight facilities bookings, click here.

Landscape Developing

"God almighty first planted a garden, and indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures. It is the greatest refreshment to the spirits of man, without which buildings and palaces are but gross handiworks." - Francis Bacon, 1625. You can almost start smelling the freshness of the new season in the air. Why not take this month to plan a new look for your garden? Barend Terblanche, aka The Landscape Specialist, has a passion for customising any size garden to the client's unique requirements, and will work out a garden plan for your specific needs. Phone him today 0833756834.

Enjoy an outing to a local nature reserve

We are privileged to have easy access to so many close by wild areas! Explore the leafy Wonderboom Nature Reserve enfolding the Magaliesberg mountain, with its famous fig tree that is over a 1 000 years old. It is recorded that the tree was once big enough to shade 1 000 people at a time! Picnic facilities available. Alternatively, visit the Zwartkop Nature Reserve with a network of walking trails where you can try spot a variety of game species, including blesbok, springbok, impala, red hartebeest, zebra as well as ostriches. A lapa with braai facilities is available for hire.

Escape from the city rush to nature

If you want to indulge in a proper wild weekend getaway, consider De Rust, situated 35km north of Pretoria. Nestled in a conservancy, you can enjoy a game reserve experience in a malaria free area and with only 25 camping spots it can be a lovely tranquil nature retreat. You can treat yourself to birding, game viewing, hiking as well as private fishing.

Jacaranda Bloom Hunting

Admire the purple blaze by visiting the area around the Union Buildings, between Tom Jenkins and Church street, stop at the Union Buildings to view the purple valley; neighbourhoods engulfed in purple include Colbyn, Sunnyside/Arcadia, Brooklyn and Groenkloof, for a rare extra treat consider Herbert Baker street , boasting with white Jacarandas. If you snap a nice pic, please post it on our Facebook page!