Explore The Magic Hills
EXPERIENCES FOR THE SENSES AND MORE
No single day at Magic Hills is the same: from the ever-changing colours of the landscape to the unexpected wildlife encounters and the daily variation in culinary options. Added to this is the variety of activities on offer to fully immerse guests in the Magic Hills experience. While your time at the reserve may be relaxed and unhurried, those who like to explore and discover are catered for too.
This idea of holism is the guiding philosophy driving The Magic Hills Private Collection. Our guests are treated to the highest levels of service in the most resplendent of surroundings, but our philosophy is one in which our environment is in the service and the service we provide is in the environment. None can exist without the other. Our guests are part of the magic while their journey aligns with ours, and when our paths diverge a small bit of the magic stays with them, so that they are always part of our whole and we of theirs.
Daily Game Drives
With two game drives scheduled daily – one early morning and one late afternoon – guests have the opportunity to get up close to some of Africa’s rarest animals, as well as experience glorious sunrises and sunsets. Crisp morning drives are made cosier with luxe blankets, piping flasks of coffee and fresh rusks too. Sunset drives are brisk and invigorating, drawing to a close with the dipping of the sun and a bush-side sundowner stop, where your tipple of choice and a selection of snacks will help you unwind and take in the hushed beauty of the land.
Join the herd
Guided Walking Safaris
Allow our experienced guides to take you on an unforgettable journey through the great outdoors on foot. It’s often the things that may seem insignificant that have the most spellbinding story – from tracking prints that lead to unchartered territory, to extraordinary trees with incredible medicinal properties and tiny insects that make a big impact. Learn the intricate details about the land and its history and enjoy the scent-laden air brushing your face as you ramble through nature.
Sky Lab Stargazing
Sky Spa & Wellness
THERE'S MORE MAGIC TO EXPLORE
A SENSE OF SIGHT
Daily Safari Magic
Our guides are passionately invested in their work, with each one believing in the Magic Hills philosophy and goals. However you choose to safari at Magic Hills you will always receive so much more than just a ‘game drive’.
Walk the Walk to Talk the Talk
THE TRAIL OF THE CHUBBY UNICORN
*For the sake of safety, we only track white rhino on foot with guests*
A SENSE OF TASTE
The Juniper Journey
Grapes and So Much More
One of the very nicest things about life
A SENSE OF SOUND
Located on a bend in the Lootskloof River under the watchful cliffs of Dassiekraans, we will host you for a mouthwatering meal cooked on the open fire of our bush braai – for breakfast, lunch or dinner. In the skilled hands of our Executive Chef, a braai fire can be used just as effectively as any oven or stove to produce every kind of meal, from succulent steaks and sea-fresh seafood, to rich, hearty soups. Take a dip into the invigorating, cool mountain waters of the Lootskloof River, or simply stay refreshed with an icy beverage while the chef prepares you a feast over smoke and flame.
A SENSE OF TOUCH
Whether at Sky, Ilanga, Elsa or kaKhulu Karoo we welcome you to take advantage of our resident spa therapists. Select from our wide selection of traditional and modern holistic massage experiences or engage in a couple’s treatment tailor-made to your needs. Leave Magic Hills feeling restored, relaxed and fully grounded, by recharging for your body and mind while in the very heart of Mother Nature’s healing care.
A SENSE OF EXCITEMENT
Bows With Breakfast and Clays Over Lunch
The Difference You Made Today – THE SPEKBOOM PLANT FOR GUESTS
For every guest who visits us, at least two indigenous trees are planted as part of our thicket restoration program. One of the trees will be of the miraculous Spekboom species while, depending on where the trees are planted in our restoration landscape, the other may also be a Spekboom or perhaps a Spike Thorn tree or even an indigenous succulent such as the Paper-Rose Cactus. Whichever it is you can rest easy knowing that you have made a difference, just by being at Magic Hills Private Collection.
A SENSE OF ADVENTURE
First Nation Gallery Visit
We at Magic Hills are very excited about the discovery of previously unknown rock art sites on the reserve. An investigation is currently under way into the historical significance of the sites while respecting the rights of the national cultural estate and the Khoenkhoen people. Sadly, the San and Khoi cultures are slowly eroding, being lost to both the instant gratification that modern technology brings, and the boredom of extreme rural living. To help in ensuring the long-term sustainability of this ancient culture, we are in the process of developing an alignment with the Ju/’hoansi Master Trackers of the Nyae Nyae community to provide a guest experience like no other.Depart from the lodge for your morning game drive or walk, and be met by a Ju/’hoansi Master Tracker who will take you on a spiritual journey of interpretation. The original trackers of Africa will help you see the wilderness through the interpretation of tracks and signs left by the animals and birds of Magic Hills. 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, presented by none other than descendants of the hand that put them there eons before.
MAGIC HILLS PIONEERS - EXCLUSIVE
This experience will be limited to the first 16 full-paying parties only! In the spirit of Erik and Alexandra’s (the owners) pioneering spirit we are offering the opportunity for the first 16 full paying parties to leave a special mark on a secluded place somewhere in Magic Hills. You will travel with your guide to a secret place on the Magic Hills Private Game Reserve where a small plaque with your name and date of visit will be placed as a token of gratitude for your support of our dream. This secret place will remain off-limits to future guests and only the pioneers or their delegates will be allowed to visit their personal plaques on return visits.Why 16, you ask? The number 16 is of great significance for us at Magic Hills. It marks the date that the final farm was officially bought, and subsequently also the date of Erik and Alexandra’s wedding anniversary. The number 16 has become a symbol of love, union and adventure in the Magic Hills family.
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.