Spring Festival 2017: Discover the Magic of Magoebaskloof
Spring has officially sprung and what better way to celebrate the beautiful blossoms than with a fun-filled festival! Thanks to a creative collaboration between the garden club and other clever locals, the annual Spring Festival was born to celebrate the joys of spring while showcasing local produce, foods, arts and crafts. Although this is a fantastic reason to visit Magoebaskloof this time of year, there are loads of others that make it a great escape all year round. We’ve compiled an inside guide to Magoebaskloof so you can make the most of your spring visit.
This year the festival will be celebrated from 23 September until 1 October and it’s jam-packed with great activities for the whole family and lots of opportunities to experience all that spring has to offer! It’s celebrated in several locations, such as Haenertsburg Village, the Magoebaskloof Hotel and Cheerio Gardens. Check out their website to get the lowdown on what’s happening when and where.
Visit the Haenertsburg Village Hall for a wonderful display of outstanding art and craft stalls. The hall will be open daily to ensure that you can browse thoroughly ─ it’s the ideal place to get a head start on your Christmas shopping! And when the hunger starts to get the better of you, there are tons of food stalls in the surrounding gardens to boost your energy.
At the hotel you will find loads of goodies to choose from: artisan liquor, sweets and condiments to handcrafted clothing, artwork and jewelry. After that, you can take a walk in the garden for some peace and quiet while admiring the beautiful plants and shrubs in the garden. Lastly, do not miss out on the beautiful orchid exhibition!
Magoebaskloof Hotel is the ideal rest stop. Book a stay here so that you won’t have to drive anywhere after the day’s excitement.
If there is anything you absolutely have to experience, it’s Cheerio Gardens ─ home to the festival’s cherry blossom and azalea show. Besides the farm labourers whistling in the valley and the Samango monkeys jumping from tree to tree, it really doesn’t get any more peaceful than this. The farm shop, food hall and gardens are open everyday, so drop by anytime.
Cheerio Gardens also offers lovely self-catering accommodation, ideal for a tranquil stay. Activities on the premises include trout fishing, mountain biking trails, walking trails and picnic facilities.
George’s Valley Gorge
George’s Valley Gorge is situated in the Magoebaskloof between Haenertsburg and Tzaneen and is known as the adventure hub of the Limpopo with a variety of thrilling activities for you to experience. Magoebaskloof Adventures offers kloofing, abseiling, quad biking, fly-fishing, tubing, horse riding, a 4×4 course and mountain biking.
The most popular would be the magnificent Magoebaskloof Canopy Tour. Find your inner Tarzan and spend 2 hours sliding through the forest while the trained guides tell you more about the fauna, flora and ecology of the surroundings.
Wegraakbosch Farm is an eco-friendly farm with a dairy that produces traditional Mutschli, Tilsiter, Emmenthaler, Harvati, feta and cream cheeses. Come visit the farm and take a tour through the entire cheese production process or arrange a milking tour and collect your own eggs. Wegraakbosch also sells delicious chorizo, eggs, vegetable boxes, olives and jams.
Zwakala means “come closer” and that is exactly what you should do when you find yourself in the area. The brewery is nestled in the Magoebaskloof Mountains and has enormous windows so that you can sit back and enjoy the views with a Zwakala beer in hand. Come experience a beer tasting, go for a picnic, take a walk to the river and bring the kids along for a game of life-sized Jenga!
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