First established as a hunting lodge, the Hunter’s Rest Mountain Resort in the Magaliesberg mountains of the North West province has been around for more than a century, and is constantly being maintained and upgraded for the modern travelling family – without any loss of its olde worlde charm and atmosphere.

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The Hunter’s Rest Mountain Resort lies over an area of 6 000 hectares and backs onto the beautiful Kgaswane Mountain Reserve.

Hunter's Rest Mountain Resort outside Rustenburg in the North West Province has one of the most colourful hotel histories in South Africa.

The founder of Hunter’s Rest was one George Wellington Rex III, the grandson of the more famous George Rex of Knysna. George Rex was said to have been the illegitimate son of King George III of Britain.

George Rex had nine children, but his grandson George Wellington Rex fathered no fewer than 14 with his wife, Georgina.

George Wellington Rex came to the Magaliesberg area in the mid-1880s to hunt big game. He stayed on, and became firm friends with President Paul Kruger, who by then had become a substantial land owner in the area.

Kruger ceded part of his Magaliesberg land to Rex, who then built Hunter’s Rest on the property. At first, it was a private hunter’s lodge for George Wellington Rex and his friends. It was later developed into a hotel, but the olde worlde charm and Victorian character was retained.

Hunter’s Rest Hotel, now re-launched as the Hunter’s Rest Mountain Resort, has been one of the most popular destinations in the North West province for decades.

It’s a big family resort, with more than 90 rooms, sub-tropical gardens and a raft of outdoor activities from tennis to putt-putt, volleyball to hiking trails.

Pride of the resort is the Hunter’s Rest golf course. One of the innovative features at the course is night golf, played with luminescent balls. This has proved to be very popular, especially as an element in a corporate- or conference package.

Resort management are constantly devising new services and surprises for guests at Hunter’s Lodge. They work hard at creating the kind of top-class ambience that makes the resort so popular.

When you dine at Hunter’s Lodge, it will invariably be from a gourmet menu in a romantic, candle-lit restaurant. Saturday lunches are lazy poolside affairs and on Sundays it’s all about the famous Hunter’s Rest smorgasbord.

The resort also does its fair share for the local communities and the environment. Old linen goes off to the Rustenburg SPCA, cash and goods are sent to a wildlife rehabilitation centre and donations are regularly made to local childcare community initiatives.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

Hunter’s Rest Mountain Resort
Tel: +27 (0)14 537 8300
Email: hunters@huntersresthotel.co.za

How to get here

Hunter’s Rest lies 12km outside Rustenburg. The listed Hunter’s Rest website carries full directions to the resort – and there’s a useful map as well.

Around the area

There’s a lot to do in the Magaliesberg, especially if you like historic tours or outdoor adventures – check the listed Magalies Meander website. One of the top attractions in the area is the Maropeng, the official visitors' centre of the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, and the nearby Sterkfontein Caves.

Tours to do

Check the listed Magalies Meander website for activity options in the area.

Get around

Drive yourself to the resort, have the staff park your vehicle and enjoy the grounds on foot.

What will it cost

From R880 to R1800 per person per night, depending on the room and the season.

Length of stay

Set aside two or three days for your Magaliesberg visit.

What to pack

Pack seasonally, pack for the outdoors, bring smart-casual clothes for dinner and don’t forget your sporting gear.

What to eat

The resort prides itself on its fine table. You’ll eat healthily but well.

Best buys

Why not treat yourself and your partner to a pamper session at the resort’s wellness centre?