We spent a wonderful day out in the Magaliesberg over the long weekend. Although I have written about all of these places before, I find them so lovely I want to repeat myself.
Could there be a more perfect start to a slow day than drifting gently over the rolling hills of Magaliesberg? Bill Harrop’s hot air balloon flights take off at sunrise, and is a truly magical experience.
Not far from Bill Harrop’s is Wickedfood Earth. Here, you can stock up on delicious organic, free range and farm made foods. They raise free range pigs, sheep and cattle; grow organic vegetables and sell a range of fresh cuts of meat as well as their farm made products. This is Slow Food at its best! I am particularly fond of their cured meats, like coppa and pancetta, and their sausages. Oh, and their farm fresh butter is To Die For! Seriously, it is so good both my husband and I have discussed that it could probably be eaten with a spoon straight out of the tub. If you are on a diet; you have been warned. They are only open by appointment, so make sure you call ahead. At times, they also organise themed lunches. Check out this blog about a fantastic farm to fork lunch we had there a while back.
For a long, lazy lunch head to Black Horse Brewery. The brewery itself is housed in a repurposed barn, and you literally sit in amongst the brewing tanks. There are also plenty of tables outside, in the shade of the large pecan nut trees. Black Horse is bustling with energy; pets and children are welcomed and the farm itself has friendly dogs and the gorgeous black horses that have given the place its name. There is a nice selection of craft beers available, and the food is mostly simple, delicious pub fare made with fresh and locally sourced ingredients. Be sure to book a table in advance, it gets very busy at the weekends!
Black Horse also has a lovely guesthouse on the premises; a perfect way to extend your stay on this beautiful farm. If you want to stay in more style, De Hoek Country Hotel is just around the corner. Here you can enjoy old world charm in a 5-star environment, complete with afternoon tea and gourmet dinners. De Hoek support local people and places through a range of initiatives, such as a chef traineeship. You can read more about De Hoek here.
There is plenty more to do in Magaliesberg, including hiking and mountainbiking, learning about our origin at the Cradle of Humakind and water sports and the Hartebeesport Dam to mention a few. But the ones above are my absolute favourite, and truly slow experiences.