Located just four hours from Johannesburg, and roughly an hour from the city of Polokwane, the mountainous Magoebaskloof Valley and its surrounding towns offer a charming escape from city life for conferencing delegates. Think picturesque lakes, country pubs, quaint villages, breathtaking mountain passes and scenery reminiscent of the English countryside.
Conferencing and accommodation options
The Coach House
This gracious country hotel, set in a 560 hectare estate of forests, orchards and macadamia plantations, has long been known as one of the most upmarket conferencing locations in Limpopo province. The Zeederberg restaurant offers fine dining and prides itself in the seasonal, high quality, local ingredients it sources such as Lunksklip river trout, Bonsmara beef and locally grown fruit and nuts. There is a cozy firelit pub and a glass fronted spa, appointed to take advantage of the magnificent forest views. The hotel has 38 rooms, each boasting private verandas and panoramic mountain views. Its well-equipped conference facilities cater for anything from a small group of 10 to cinema style presentations of up to 200 people.
Nestled in manicured gardens on a mountain ridge, with views of extending to Duivelskloof, Modjadji and beyond, this elegant hotel is a great option for conferencing. Its 62 well-appointed rooms offer breathtaking views across the valley. The property offers a choice of conferencing facilities with an expert team available to help plan events down to the tiniest of details. The Bridge room caters for boardroom meetings of 16 or banquets of 40, while the King Makgoba room can assist with a group of 80 for a banquet. Dickie Dagge accommodates up to 200 people banqueting style.
Activities to keep conference delegates busy
Wegraakbosch Organic Cheese Farm
Cows, hens, ducks and goats can be spotted wandering freely around this organic dairy farm where milking is still done by hand and cheese is still made in the traditional way with curds stirred over a firelit cauldron. Enjoy a tasting of the farm’s award-winning cheese under the wisteria covered pergola overlooking the valley below.
Cycling is a wonderful way to take in the beauty of the countryside and day tours can be organized for delegates wanting to escape the boardroom for a few hours and enjoy a scenic ride through the plantations, forests and mountainous passes in the area.
Enjoy an exhilarating ride past waterfalls and against cliff faces on this canopy trail tour above the forest floor.
Known as one of the best picnic spots in the region, here the Ramadipa river cascades over 80 meters into a large rock pool. Enjoy bird spotting on the walking trails through the indigenous forest or enjoy a refreshing plunge into the rock pool on a hot summer’s day.
Ebenezer Dam, Stanford Lake
The area is also well known for trout and bass fishing with locals recommending Ebenezer Dam and Stanford Lake as two favourite fishing spots. The Sunset Queen House boat is also available for booze cruises on Ebenezer Dam.
This organic farm offers blueberry picking during the summer months of December, January and February and is also the location for the annual Magoebaskloof Berry Festival. Its Mountain Café overlooks a peaceful lake and serves up freshly baked farm breads, seasonal salads and moreish blueberry cheesecakes.
This micro-brewery produces smooth Limpopo Lagers, crisp Naked Blond Ales and refreshing Mountain Weiss beers. Beer tastings can be arranged in the brewery with its large windows overlooking the misty mountains or enjoy a hearty meal and beer combo at Mina’s farm café next door.
Undoubtedly a favourite stop-off, Cheerio Trout Fishing Farm and Holiday Resort is set in a valley covered in cherry trees and azaleas, which famously bursts into life every spring. The Lakeside café is a perfect spot to take in the scenery while enjoying a pot of tea and freshly baked scone.