Daily Safari Magic
It comes as no surprise that the central activity of every safari adventure has to be the safari drives and walks. On a normal day your guide will meet you at sunrise every morning with warm drinks and rusks at your lodge before departing on your morning game drive or walk. The experience will last for about three hours before returning to your lodge for a mid-day rest and relaxation. In the evening you’ll depart again with your guide to be out in the African bush in time to bid farewell to another perfect day. Your safari experience is completely customizable to your needs with private vehicles and a personal guide available on request.
Our guides are passionate beyond the norm with each guide a believer in the Magic Hills philosophy and goals so however you choose to safari you will find that at Magic Hills you will always have way more than just a ‘game drive’.
Walk the Walk To Talk the Talk
The Trail of the Chubby Unicorn
Let our experienced, qualified guides walk you in the footsteps of rhinos. This experience can take place on request or ad hoc while on a safari drive or from the lodge depending on where rhinos are moving during the day. You and your guide will start at a water point where animals have drunk the previous night or that morning and look for fresh rhino spoor. Once you find spoor you’ll set off on “The Trail of the Chubby Unicorn” learning about these animals, their ecology and biology as well the threats they face as a result of poaching, misunderstanding and greed. Led by your guide you will follow the spoor that you found together until you get a sighting of the rhino. After some time with the rhino your guide will lead you back to your vehicle or lodge.
*For safety’s sake we only track white rhino on foot with guests*
The Juniper Journey
Grapes and So Much More
If you’re a wine drinker then a mainstay of any decent Safari has to be an evening spent with our resident wine lover as you go the A-V, from aroma to vegetal, through the world of wine. Remember to let us know if there are any wines you want us to have ready and waiting for your stay with us.
One of the Very Nicest Things About Life
Smoke On the Water
When the Lootskloof River is flowing our guests can join us at our bush braai site for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Located on a bend in the river under the watchful cliffs of Dassiekraans we will host you for a meal cooked on the open fire of our bush braai. In the skilled hands of our Executive Chef a braai fire can be used just as effectively as any oven or stove producing every kind of meal from steaks to seafood to soups. If you’re feeling adventurous you are most welcome to jump into the cooling waters of the Lootskloof and sip on a refreshing beverage while your food is prepared.
Restoration and Rejuvenation
Whether at Sky, Ilanga or Elsa we invite you to take advantage of the availability of our resident spa therapists and Reiki Master. Select from our wide selection of traditional and modern holistic massage experiences or engage in a one on one Reiki session tailor-made to your needs which we guarantee will leave you feeling relaxed and grounded.
Bows with Breakfast and Clays Over Lunch
The Difference You Made Today – The Spekboom Plant For Guests
First Nation Gallery Visit
We at Magic Hills are all very excited about the discovery of previously unknown rock art sites on the Reserve. An investigation is currently underway into the history and significance of the sites while respecting the rights of the national cultural estate and the KhoiKhoi people. Unfortunately the San and Khoi cultures are slowly eroding, being lost to the twin corrosives of both the instant gratification that modern technology brings and the boredom of extreme rural living. To help in ensuring the long term sustainability of the culture we are in the process of developing an alignment with the Ju/’hoansi Master Trackers of the Nyae Nyae community to provide an experience like no other. As you depart from the lodge for your morning game drive or walk you will be joined by a Ju/’hoansi Master Tracker who will take you on a spiritual journey of interpretation. You’ll learn, through his interpretation of tracks and sign left by the animals and birds of Magic Hills, who has been walking around at night and what they’ve been doing. Why did that jackal stop right there? How did that springbuck know she was being followed by that cheetah? Your journey will culminate at our rock art site for a guided tour of the paintings interpreted by none other than descendants of the hand that put them there eons before.
The Magic Hills Pioneers
A Sense of Wonder
Magic is not something restricted to the old or the young and so in recognizing that our younger safari adventurers visiting us at Magic Hills are just as important as Mom and Dad we have developed special programs to keep Cubs and Pups under the age of 12 years entertained:
When I Grow Up I Wanna Be A Ranger
Special educational drives and walks can be arranged for the Cubs while the “big cats” are resting during the day at the lodge. Taken in our non-big game area, and with the presence of a trained minder as well as one of our professional guides, these drives and walks are designed to accommodate easily distracted minds and fidgety little hands while ensuring maximum safety and fun.
All The Flavours of the Rainbow
Sharing is Caring
Our junior and trainee chefs need their practice and what better way than by introducing our younger lodge guests to the joy of cooking. From clever sandwiches and sliders to fun sized cakes of every colour washed down with a nice healthy Spekboom smoothie who knows what surprises might come out of a kitchen inspired by the unfenced imagination of a child’s mind.