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.



The ideal way of celebrating being alone in our beautiful gardens.  

Our Executive Chef will fill your wicker picnic basket with a selection of tasty treats, allowing you to spend a peaceful afternoon on our lush lawns under the trees, blankets and pillows will be provided.

Keep an eye out for the beautiful birds found in the area, in particular the elusive golden oriel, and our resident fish eagles and kingfishers.

The picnic menu is at the Chef’s discretion but special dietary requirements can be made.




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 and Bass from Mpumalanga province, and is ideal for those looking to relax and enjoy a quiet afternoon of fly-fishing.


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.


Spa  Treatments


At Budmarsh your contentment and relaxation is important to us. On request, we will arrange special spa treatments in the comfort of your room.

De-stress as you treat yourself to luxurious treatments such as a Swedish full body massage with aroma or hot-stone, hand treatment- exfoliation and massage, manicure or pedicure, the ideal indulgence for couples looking to unwind or enjoy a romantic weekend escape or just as a memorable gift.


Cheese  Tasting


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.


Hot  Air Ballooning


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.

The  Cradle of  Humankind


A trip to Maropeng is an experience you won’t want to miss. A mere 10km from the world-renowned Sterkfontein Caves , Maropeng boasts a superb exhibition devoted to documenting the evolution of modern humankind, and the remarkable archaeological and paleo-anthropological discoveries in the area.


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.


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.