A win of a weekend: adventure wine, reading, relaxing

December 4, 2014

When I got the email inviting me to Mpumalanga to stay at the newly refurbished Malaga Hotel, it took me about three seconds to reply “yes please”. Okay, make that two. I mean, I didn’t need that much time to figure out that I could do with a weekend away with gorgeous surrounds, and where I could be as busy or as idle as I wanted.

I’ve been to the Waterval Boven area a few times, and it’s a really pretty location. Malaga is about 20km from the town of Waterval Boven, on the banks of the Elands River, and about a three-hour drive from Joburg (useful tip: there’s a Vida Coffee shop and some great biltong at the Shell Garage on the way, in Middelberg).

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Malaga can either be used as a stopover for trips to the Kruger Park or elsewhere in Mpumalanga, but with a resort-type feel and facilities, plus excursions and activities in the area, it’s a great destination on its own. You won’t find fancy frills and unaffordable rates here, and it’s a place that’s accessible, rather than aspirational.


I loved this personal welcome letter, with my blog’s logo on it

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Malaga is awesome for kids and parents. For starters, it’s in a malaria-free area, and there are spacious and comfortable family suites. The gardens are huge (amazing for hide and seek, and bird spotting), and there’s a pool, loungers, jungle gym and hammocks. Food is fresh, simple and tasty with lots of options for fussier eaters.

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What did we get up to? Well, I read 3/4 of my new book, had an afternoon nap (newsworthy in itself), ran, ate and visited Ou Kaapsehoop. We also went on a rock climbing excursion, where my five-year-old son took to it like a mountain goat. He absolutely loved it, and I think this might be the start of more visits to the area.

As for me, while I didn’t soar a rockface, I’m still on a high from some country air, time with my little dude, and a place that begged for relaxation and being disconnected in the best way.

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Cool things to do in the area:

– Visit the Elands River Falls

– See the wild horses or go for rides at Ou Kaapsehoop, or simply visit the lovely town

– Go mountain biking and trail running on set trails (the hotel has details of all of these)

– Go abseiling or rock climbing (we went on a climbing excursion with Roc n Rope)

– Visit the Dullstroom Bird of Prey and Rehabilitation Centre (around 43km away). While you’re there, you can also shop in the area, or stock up on trout and some of the best macadamia nuts I’ve ever eaten.

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For more information on Malaga, head to their site , or find them on Facebook.







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  • Beryl Kairuz

    what an awesome place sure could do with a much needed break

    December 4, 2014 at 5:58 am Reply

    stunning place would love to experience it.

    December 4, 2014 at 6:14 am Reply
  • Nicole Naicker


    December 4, 2014 at 6:35 am Reply
    • Nicole Naicker

      Totally breathtaking would love to be dining with fine wine there.Just Marvellous atmosphere

      December 4, 2014 at 6:43 am Reply
  • Emy Clarke

    Wow, looks amazing! Could seriously do with a holiday!

    December 4, 2014 at 7:48 am Reply
  • Rene

    Looks like the perfect setting for Dr Seuss and Marian Keyes!

    December 4, 2014 at 12:31 pm Reply
  • stella atkinson

    would be an amazing! Birthday prezzie

    December 4, 2014 at 5:29 pm Reply
  • Vanessa

    Looks really pretty! And the beds look very inviting!

    December 4, 2014 at 6:29 pm Reply
  • Catherine

    Wow looks like you had a stunning time

    December 5, 2014 at 7:57 am Reply
  • Mrs FF

    Looks amazing. A hidden gem

    December 6, 2014 at 4:44 am Reply
  • Esda D

    Ooooh please pick me. We will use it as a babymoon with our bub arriving in May 🙂

    December 7, 2014 at 10:10 am Reply
  • Tony D

    Please we just need a break!

    December 7, 2014 at 10:12 am Reply
  • Bertha Shepherd

    My husband just had a neck op and it would be lovely to recover in peace 🙂

    December 7, 2014 at 10:14 am Reply
  • Hettie Stassen

    Please this is so serene!

    December 7, 2014 at 10:16 am Reply
  • Marcelle

    Looks really lovely.

    December 8, 2014 at 6:09 pm Reply
  • Delfina De Faria


    December 9, 2014 at 6:54 am Reply
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