CHARTWELL IS BEST KNOWN FOR its country atmosphere and living. All plots are from 2.5 to 10 acres in size, so it is very peaceful. The Lion Park is on the border of Chartwell West 1 km away as the crow flies and just 5 km south is the busy metropolis of fourways with lots of malls and shops, MonteCasino and plenty of activity like live theatre, ice rink, extravaganzas, bird park etc. Chartwell is a place where you can relax and just enjoy yourself.
GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT Lion park where you are allowed to touch and play with the lion cubs.
THE BEST holiday PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN AT birdpark in MonteCasino.
OTHER HAPPY SNAPS AT any of the riding stables in Chartwell or even going for a horse ride at the Rhino and Lion park.
WHEN THE WEATHER’S GOOD, I LIKE TO have a braai in the state of the art communal braai area at Hoopoe Haven Lodge.
WHEN THE WEATHER’S BAD, I LIKE TO curl up in the lounge of hoopoe haven lodge with a huge fire burning.
I THINK THE BEST TIME OF YEAR TO VISIT IS all year round, BECAUSE the temperature is very moderate. We have relatively mild winters and the summer is very pleasant and not too hot (max about 30 degrees).
MY FAVOURITE BREAKFAST SPOT IS Hoopoe Haven Lodge we do a really good full English breakfast for our guests and being the owner it is free to me.
FOR LUNCH, I SUGGEST Mugg and Bean at Broadacres.
MY FAVOURITE RESTAURANT IS Aleks Kitchen in Chartwell North, TRY THE eisbein. Also for an evening out there is the Chiefs Boma at the Indaba Hotel with a magnificent buffet and tribal dancing or one of the world class restaurants in the Montecasino complex .
BEST LATE NIGHT SNACK FROM one of the Broadacres take aways like Fish and Chip co, Nandos, Grey Wolf Spur, KFC etc. Most of them will deliver to Hoopoe Haven.
MY FAVOURITE SPOT IS the bird gardens at MonteCasino.
FOR A NIGHT OUT ON THE TOWN TRY a bit of a gambling at the casino followed by an extravaganza or live theatre and a good meal, all at the MonteCasino complex.
IF YOU WANT TO MEET LOCALS, GO TO the Virgin Active Gym at Cedar Square or one of the many pubs in the area.
Chartwell’s BEST KEPT SECRET IS the fact that it is so peaceful here, even though you are only 5 kms away from one of the fastest growing business areas in South Africa (Fourways).
MY FAVOURITE THING TO DO WITH FRIENDS IS swim in the crystal clear pool at Hoopoe Haven lodge followed by a braai while the children play in our landscaped gardens and lawns.
FOR SOME CULTURE / LIVE MUSIC, I LIKE TO GO TO the Pieter Toerien Theatre at MonteCasino for live theatre or to the Teatro for an extravaganza like the ‘Nutcracker on Ice’ or ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ or whatever is on at the time.
TO RELAX AND RESTORE MY SOUL, I LIKE TO just sit in the shade on the lodge balcony and watch the birdlife and really great sunsets while downing a cool Castle Lager.
IF YOU’RE FEELING ADVENTUROUS, TRY horseback riding at the Rhino and Lion park or even go on a hot air balloon ride (very expensive but I believe it is well worth it) or maybe go elephant back riding at Hartebeestpoort Dam, or a visit to De Wildt Cheetah Park about 35km away.
MY FAVOURITE DRIVE IS to the Cradle of Humankind and Hartebeestport Dam on the crocodile ramble.
MY FAVOURITE food SHOP IS the world class award winning Super Spa in Broadacres just 1 km down the road. You can buy virtually everything you would need for our self-catering cottages there at a very reasonable price and they also have some really good freshly prepared hot meals for take aways.
MY FAVOURITE bird WATCHING SPOT IS by the koi pond at Hoopoe Haven Lodge Annex at 04h30 when we feed the birds.
IF YOU’RE HERE IN October, JOIN IN THE FUN AT the annual Chartwell fun run.
MY FAVOURITE PARK IS the MonteCasino bird gardens. CHECK OUT THE scarlet ibis.
MY FAVOURITE BUILDING IS MonteCasino, FOR ITS gambling, restaurants and live theatre.
TRAVELLING WITH CHILDREN? A FUN OUTING IS a trip to the Northgate ice rink or playing with the lion cubs at either the lion park or rhino and lion nature reserve.
BEST CHEAP AND CHEERFUL OUTING IS a local horse ride around Chartwell.
WHEN MONEY’S NO OBJECT, I LIKE TO splurge out on a really good meal at the Meat company in MonteCasino or go elephant back riding at Hartebeestpoort Dam.
THE MOST UNUSUAL THING I SEE HERE IS a Giant African Bullfrog. The Chartwell wetlands are it’s fourth most important breeding area. It is HUGE.
MY FAVOURITE WEEKEND GETAWAY IS going on the crocodile ramble, but you might try the crocodile park 5 km away or Lesedi Cultural Village 25 km away or the Cradle of Humankind where Mrs Ples was discovered.
WHEN I WANT TO GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY, I try to plant bird friendly indigenous trees and plants to encourage the bird life in the area. There are over 50 different resident birds at Hoopoe Haven Lodge and have seen another 50 or so visitors like the giant eagle owl, crimson breasted shrike, etc.
I Love Chartwell Because of the country atmosphere and peace and quiet and the fact it is so close to so many activities. Chartwell is so conveniently situated that you could spend a month here and go on a different outing every day.
Hoopoe Haven Guest House
Hoopoe Haven is a small and peaceful country guest house, situated in beautiful Chartwell, but it is just a stones throw away from Montecasino, Lion Park, 3 shopping malls, Lanseria Airport, live theatre and nearby Cradle of Humankind, Coca-Cola Dome, Lesedi Cultural Village just to name a few highlights. Hoopoe Haven is positioned on 2 acres of landscaped gardens in the countryside with horse trails around and a beautiful view of the Magaliesberg Mountains.
Lion Park: +27 (0)11 691-9905
MonteCasino: +27 (0)11 510-7000
Mugg & Bean Broadacres: +27 (0)11 465-0155
Aleks Kitchen: +27 (0)11 460-1470 / +27 (0)72 023-0773
Chiefs Boma: +27 (0)11 840-6600
Virgin Active Gym at Cedar Square: +27 (0)11 467-2366
Hot Air Ballooning: +27 (0)84 602-3491
De Wildt Cheetah Centre: +27 (0)12 504-9906 / 7 / 8
North Gate Ice Park: +27 (0)11 794-8706
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