Bordered by the Magaliesberg Mountains to the north - home to leopards and resident Cape vultures - and traversed by the Hekpoort River, Plumari Private Reserve is located between two of Gauteng's most picturesque regions: Hartebeespoort and Magaliesberg. This is a region of astounding natural beauty and stunning diversity; within its 4 000ha span, you'll find landscapes ranging from bushveld acacia to grass plains, poplar forests, rocky mountains and wetlands; a microcosm of South Africa's unique vegetal variety.
With a new horizon around every turn, the game reserve is remarkable for its scenic splendour, with vistas to be enjoyed from a multitude of viewpoints. More than this, its diversity provides a wide range of habitats for many different animal and bird species, with game roaming in vast herds.
Then there's the area's magic climate, with glorious sunshine creating a year-long summer. It is, in short, a rare find - a treasure where life unspools at its intended pace, bringing breath taking moments with it.
Back in 1836, William Cornwallis Harris, a British engineer, artist and hunter, wrote of seeing herds of elephant in the Magaliesberg. Effusive in his description, he said that "the face of the landscape was actually covered with wild elephants. There could not have been fewer than 300 within the scope of our vision."
Numbers may have dwindled since then, but there's no doubt that the area continues to be a hot spot for nature lovers. Indeed, it is perhaps the only place where Gautengdwellers can experience an authentic safari without having to travel for many hundreds of kilometres first.
Just an hour away from Johannesburg and Pretoria - so close that you can even come for the day. No other destination offers such a great game experience, this close to the city - you'd have to drive for three hours to enjoy a safari of the same quality. Remember, too, that many game lodges do not allow children; therefore, Plumari Private Reserve is the ideal destination to teach your children about the wonders of the bush and share precious family moments in South Africa's natural heritage.