A tranquil and working farm run by a hospitable Scotsman with a passion for Africa, Hollybrooke Adventure Farm can be found at the base of the Magaliesberg Mountains on the banks of the Magalies River, 40 minutes from Johannesburg and Tshwane.
An idyllic natural retreat, Hollybrooke has been the site of many a celebration, from a family weekend getaway, fairy tale weddings, to team-building, school and church groups.
Accommodation is provided in the Fish Eagle and Kingfisher Chalets, secluded and picturesque thatched roofed suites overlooking the Magalies River. The beauty of the surrounding landscape creates a romantic air and there are a number of adorable little picnic spots on the embankment that complement the warm and homely chalets. Each chalet sleeps 4. There are little gardens bursting with bright little flowers outside.
Hollybrooke also offers its rock-hewn Farm House, built from natural materials gathered on the farm itself to house 14 people in rustic comfort. Each room has its own porch (or stoep as South Africans love to call it!) which tells many days of relaxation, reading, board games and resting after an adventure day.
Speaking of adventures, Hollybrooke offers guided horse trails along the banks of the Magalies and Skeerpoort rivers amidst panoramic views of the mountains, eco-quad biking, swimming with horses or paintball. Or why not try the archery, air rifle shooting, mountain biking, volleyball or clay pigeon shooting? For the more relaxation inclined, there’s also walking trails, outdoor chess and lovely little picnic spots.
Afterwards, guests can kick back in the Coffee Shoppe in the shade under the thorn trees and enjoy some of Betsie, your host’s, famous catering. You can also make friends with the many farm animals and cattle grazing in their own designated areas, which add to the warm and friendly atmosphere.
Hollybrooke can cater to weddings for up to 80 people, providing an intimate and quaint environment. The farm also offers an outdoor education program designed for group functions of 24 or less, in particular young people, who can learn a little bushcraft in between their adventures! In addition, a number of leadership activities are available for team building exercises.