Budmarsh is conveniently located in the heart of what the Magaliesberg has to offer, which makes it the ideal base for those looking to explore this beautiful area.
Trout and fly-fishing
Budmarsh is situated less than a few kilometers from the source of the Magalies River. In winter, our dam is stocked with the best trout from Mpumalanga province, and is ideal for those looking to relax and enjoy a quiet afternoon of fly-fishing.
Cheese tasting at the Van Gaalen Cheese Factory
Open seven days a week, the Van Gaalen farm produces a delicious range of cheeses based on traditional Dutch recipes. The factory offers guided tours for those interested in learning more about the cheese-making process, as well as cheese tasting sessions. The farm shop features a wonderful selection of cheeses and other foodie delights, and visitors can tuck into a superb breakfast or lunch while enjoying glorious views of the mountains and nearby dam.
A visit to the Elephant Sanctuary
The Elephant Sanctuary offers visitors a remarkable opportunity to interact with its beautiful residents. Visitors are invited to touch, brush down and feed these magnificent creatures while learning more about them.
Our more adventurous guests may want to treat themselves to a spectacular hot air balloon ride, organised by Bill Harrop's “Original” Balloon Safaris. The thrill of such an experience is indescribable, and a wonderful memory you're sure to cherish forever.
A visit to the Bush Babies Monkey Sanctuary
Wander through thriving indigenous forests on elevated wooden walkways, and experience a variety of exotic monkeys and birdlife in their natural habitat. Visitors to the Bush Babies Monkey Sanctuary will not be disappointed, as the tours are highly informative, and leisurely walks above the forest floor most enjoyable.
Exploring the Blaauwbank Historical Gold Mine
Explore the workings of the oldest gold mine in Gauteng. Visitors can enjoy guided tours, gold panning and hikes, while more adventurous spirits can embark on mine shaft abseiling adventures.
A visit to Maropeng – visitor centre for the Cradle of Humankind
A trip to Maropeng is an experience you won't want to miss. A mere 10km from the world-reknowned Sterkfontein Caves - also worth a visit - Maropeng boasts a superb exhibition devoted to documenting the evolution of modern humankind, and the remarkable archaeological and palaeoanthropological discoveries in the area.
Gliding above the trees with Magaliesberg Canopy Tours
Experience this beautiful area from a fresh perspective, on an exciting canopy tour through Ysterhout Kloof. Hooked to a safe zip line, glide over the landscape, stopping at various platforms to enjoy expansive views. These tours are particularly popular and booking is essential.
Davies Aircraft Corporation
Enjoy magnificent views of the Magaliesberg from the cockpit of a Thunderbird microlight aeroplane – a memorable experience to enjoy with a loved one, or an ideal and unique corporate activity. These flights are also very popular, so be sure to book your place in advance.