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Things to Do

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. Below are some of the activities within the 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.

Cheese tasting


Enjoy a scenic 15 minute drive from Budmarsh to Saddle Creek Adventures, where guests can enjoy a wide variety of activities and packages. Horse Trails, Quad Bike Trails, Archery , Off Road Go Karting and an Epic Mountain Biking Trail are all on offer. For those who want to do it all, book for the popular JUMBO COMBO. When not making memories on the many activities, relax with a cocktail or cup of coffee in the thatch lapa taking in the views and enjoying the music and friendly sound of laughter and fun.  Please ask for a brochure at reception or visit the saddle creek adventures informative website.

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.

Bush Baby

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.