In the area 1 – Marister - Benoni

Situated 30km outside Johannesburg and 40km from Pretoria, the little agricultural suburb of Marister, Benoni offers the best of both worlds.

A mere 2km from the equestrian estate Dunblane and 5km from golf and wildlife estate Serengeti, the wide open spaces of Marister provides a country-feel without the seclusion from the rest of society.

Known as an outstanding urban and rural region, Marister is recognised for its high quality of life, respect for the environment and natural landscape to provide horse-lovers with the ideal environment to become one with nature. Equestrian sports for young and old are dotted across Benoni and include polo, polocrosse, dressage, show jumping, mounted games, personal lessons and so much more.

If horse riding is not your activity of preference, Marister provides the perfect scenery for country walks, cycling and quad biking. Willowmore Park, an international cricket venue, is also just down the road so that you are still able to support your favourite team, The Proteas.

And if you’re not interested in physical activity, the unpolluted night sky offers a star-studded show which has to be seen. With a little persistence and a guide book, star gazing could become a fulltime pastime.

Alternatively, other attractions in Benoni are the Wetland Area where you can marvel at the large number of waterfowl, both indigenous and migratory, or you could visit the Benoni Museum which details the town's history. There are also bird sanctuaries on the lakes on the edge of the city that have a shoreline of over 40km as well trails to suit everyone.

And if you’re in the mood to just be still, there is nothing more thought-provoking than sitting beside a crackling fire and having the tranquil sounds of nature filling your ears.

Marister is a magical experience of country life and offers an overall relaxing atmosphere to raise children in a healthy environment or to retire in the serenity of stillness.

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