Relax, Revitalize, Energize!
As Lifestyle Health experts, Hoogland's team has guided guests to increased wellbeing and vitality for over 40 years.
The Greatest Wealth is Health As Lifestyle Health experts, Hoogland’s team has guided guests to increased wellbeing and vitality for over 40 years. Whether you need to tackle any lifestyle disease, experience medically supervised fasting or enjoy a period of deep relaxation and rejuvenation, we are at your service. With the benefit of a comprehensive holistic health and medical team, varied hydrotherapies, an adjustable diet programme, exercise, health workshops, and a whole range of massage and beauty therapies, you will be mentally, emotionally & physically recharged. A short distance from Pretoria and Johannesburg in Gauteng. Hoogland Health Hydro is nestled in the scenic Shurveberg Mountains, in Gauteng’s largest private game reserve. Fresh air and natural beauty abound.
What To Bring:
At least 2 bathing suits
A Towelling Gown (if you don't have one, you can purchase one in our little shop)
Comfortable clothing/gym wear
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This is dependant on your treatment/s.
Contact us to find out about our special spa package offerings.
Dress is very relaxed and informal. Most guests stay in their toweling gowns and gym wear for the entire day.
Booking is essential.
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Three generations of holistic health care
Hoogland is a family owned and run Health Hydro, established in 1977 by Abraham Kruger and his wife, Annette. It is now the 3rd generation Krugers and their dedicated staff who are caring for guests, many of whom have become like family over the years.
More than a Spa – Much more
Over the years the word spa has been used extensively in South Africa to describe many things, some of them not really living up to what you expect. Have a look at the International Spa Association’s definitions of different types of Spa. Hoogland will fit the bill for as a Destination Spa, a Medical Spa, and a Mineral Spring Spa, but we are also much more than that.
Some people describe Hoogland as a Health Farm because of the beautiful setting in the picturesque Shurveberg hills, some people describe us as a health retreat because it is one of the few places you can visit on your own and regroup naturally, and to some people, it is a home away from home.
Hoogland is a peaceful haven where people from all walks of life come to manage their health and well-being holistically in a homely yet professional environment.
Integrative wellness in a comforting environment
A variety of supporting therapies and therapists, including registered medical practitioners and complementary healers, help to enhance integrative mental, emotional and physical wellness.
Nourishing, balanced buffet-style meals, nurturing staff, soothing Hydro therapies and the ageless piece of the rocky Schurveberg Mountains in our dedicated nature reserve, makes Hoogland an unparalleled retreat.
Manage stress, maintain a strong, healthy body and instill a positive attitude. Within an hour’s drive from the center of Pretoria or Johannesburg, enter a realm that will surprise you. Tucked away in a valley resembling a giant crater, opening onto the picturesque Hennops River Valley, Hoogland Health Hydro was one of the pioneers of natural health promotion in South Africa and innovators in maintaining that sparkle so typically overwhelmed by the demands of the ‘real world’.
Many of the holistic medical treatments initiated at Hoogland since the 1970s have since been imitated by spas around the country. In order to maintain the in-depth experience of the original, Hoogland still integrates these as well as pampering therapeutic massage and beauty therapies into an environment of exquisite natural beauty and backs it up with round-the-clock professional medical care.
Hiking among the numerous species of antelope in the dedicated nature reserve, breathing the air freshened by indigenous flora and bathing in superior mineral water form the backbone of a natural cure which enhances the professional treatments. Knowing you are going to sleep where you woke up puts the finishing touches on an experience guaranteed to make a real difference.
Annette S. Kruger ( 1924 – 2010) was well known and loved by all Hoogland guests over the years. Here is a short history which she wrote about Hoogland.
She loved sharing the beauty of Hoogland with everyone, planned all the walking trails into the hills, knew the trees, birds and showed her passion for it through guided walks and pressed flower pictures.
The pressed flower pictures throughout the building were all done by her, and every single flower, grass, and leaf in them were picked on Hoogland.
THE HISTORY OF HOOGLAND FROM 1967 – by Annette Kruger
From 1962 to 1967 the Kruger family lived in Benoni. During this time we had a smallholding on the Vaal River where we used to go for weekends. In 1967 Mr. Kruger brought his business to Pretoria. As it was too far to go to the Vaal River for weekends, we sold the smallholding and went looking for another plot nearby. We could not find anything to our liking. Then we heard of a dilapidated Guest Farm, in the Schurveberg Mountains, that was for sale. We visited the place and the whole family fell in love with it. So in 1967, we bought the place. Being up in the mountains, Mr. Kruger named it aptly “Hoogland”.
After a few months of weekly visits, we decided to come and live on Hoogland. We organized one of the buildings as a home, demolished the rest and moved in. After another few months, we finally felt sure that this was the ideal place to live. So we decided to build a proper home. The site we chose was where the old restaurant had been. We decided to build big so that the building can be changed back into a Guest farm if we so decide.
The building was completed in 1972 and consisted of five stories:
The basement was a workshop.
Level two was a hobby center with a studio for painting, a laboratory for experimenting, a room for building model airplanes an inside heated pool and an outside cold pool.
Level three had the living- and dining rooms, the kitchen, cold pantry, and laundry.
Level four consisted of the bedrooms: the senior’s bedroom en-suite with balcony, a bedroom each for the four children, and two guest rooms, all with en-suite bathrooms.
There was also a study for Mr. Kruger, a workroom for Mrs. Kruger, and an Auditorium for showing films. (There was no TV at the time.)
Level five was a hydroponic garden.
There was a parking area where the Kiepersol theatre and shops are now.
During 1977 the children started leaving home. With only the two seniors in the big building, we thought of changing Hoogland back to a guest farm. But then a friend who used to go to High Rustenburg Hydro asked why not a Hydro? There was a chiropractor at that resort who wanted to go on his own. So Dr. Mike Harris came up, took a lease on the place and made the necessary alterations to change it into a small Hydro. He named it Hoogland Hydro One. The Krugers moved to Pretoria.
After 15 months Dr. Harris had problems so that he could not go on with the Hydro. That is when we decided that we do not like living in town anymore – so, we were come out to run the Hydro. And the children decided to come back to help us.
Abrie, the eldest, has a B. Comm degree, took over the books. Andre, the third son, with a BSc degree, married, with two children, decided to become the Hydro’s doctor. So he started his medical studies from scratch. Ilette, the daughter, busy with her B.Comm degree, decided to study through Unisa while taking care of the personnel. After a while, Roelof, the second son, who was farming, joined the family too.
With the friendly help of High Rustenberg’s owner, Mr. Sapporetti, their head doctor, Dr. Chaitow and Dr. Harriss’s staff that stayed behind, we learned what was necessary to run the Hydro.
While Dr. Harris had caravans for the overflow of Hydro guests, we decided to have everything under one roof. So we removed the hydroponic garden from level 5 and built 18 bedrooms, leaving a balcony open for sunbathing. The dining room and kitchen were enlarged and the laundry moved out of the main building.
When the therapy-area became too small, we build a new extension duplicating the water therapies and fitting nine cubicles for massaging. On top of this area, we made a large exercise area and staff tearoom.
The basement was changed into doctor’s consulting rooms and a laboratory, a theatre for T.V., a billiard room and table tennis area. When more bedrooms were needed, we built on an extension to the east with a new reception area and three levels of bedrooms. The space between the old and new buildings was turned into a new reception area and offices. The old reception area was changed into the Kiepersol Theatre for television, lectures and demonstrations, a small shop and a storeroom.
Guests at Hoogland drink a lot of water. To make this drinking more pleasant we decided to bottle water with a sparkle. This became so popular that a new company for the sale of Hoogland water was launched: “Aqua Minerale”. The water from the bottling plant comes from underneath the new section of the building. The builders had to drill some holes to test the underground formation and found water. To make sure that the bottled water is absolutely pure, we decided to use water from this borehole for bottling purposes. So, a separate pipeline leads from this borehole to the bottling plant.
Hoogland has more than enough water for its needs. Apart from the source of our bottled water, we have three boreholes behind the Hydro. One was drilled on the location of the original spring. There is also a borehole at the entrance gate, with piping leading to the communal reservoir. So, apart from all the water used in the Hydro the grounds around the building can be watered year in and year out to form an oasis, even with the rest of the area is dry.
The Hydro is situated on a 398-hectare property. On it, we planned and had 45 kilometers of trails laid out. When we decided to introduce game, we fenced the whole property with a game fence. Apart from the wildlife that had been here already: jackal, rhebuck, duiker, rabbits, rock rabbit, tortoises, etc., we brought in wildebeest, zebra, blesbuck, impala, eland, hartebeest, and kudu. Unfortunately, the kudu has jumped the fence, but the rest of the game is doing fine.
There are many birds at Hoogland. Bird clubs love to come here and 82 species have been identified. There are 66 different kinds of indigenous trees of which may have been marked with the name-plates of the Dendrological Society. There is also a big variety of indigenous plants, and after good rains, the veldt is full of flowers.