You needn’t travel far outside of Johannesburg to find some truly unique entertainment experiences. Just and hour and a bit from the CBD lies a lush rural expanse that plays home to numerous outdoor adventure parks, game farms and hiking trails. The next time you find yourself with a free weekend head out to Muldersdrift or Magaliesburg to stretch your courage and have a whole lot of fun.
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Happy Island Waterworld
Nothing beats a day at the water park to cool off from the heat of summer. Bring the kids along to Happy Island Waterworld in Muldersdrift for an epic adventure. With over 15 slides and the biggest wave pool in Africa, this is a water park unlike any other in Gauteng. So, get on your cozzies and grab your floaties because it’s time to make a splash!
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Walkhaven Dog Park
Walkhaven Dog Park is one of the best outdoor spaces in Muldersdrift. If you’ve never taken your four-legged buddies for a trip to Walkhaven, now’s the time. This vast park sits on 22 hectares of land and boasts two dams perfect for a quick wash up after a roll in the mud. There is also an on-site restaurant and loads of space to set up a family-size picnic blanket.
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The Cradle of Humankind
The Cradle of Humankind is undoubtedly Muldersdrift’s biggest attraction. A UNESCO world heritage site, the Cradle of Humankind is an absolute must-visit. Come and explore the state of the art Maropeng Visitor’s Centre before taking a journey back through the ages in the Sterkfontein Caves. If you’re little ones are interested in science, history, or geography, this is the perfect school holiday outing.
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Bothongo Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve
Who knew that all it took to find the big five was a short drive to the Rhino and Lion Reserve in Muldersdrift? Take the kids on a wild adventure through the park to see how many animals they can spot. There is also a fantastic bike track and play area to keep the kids busy while you enjoy a sundowner at one of the four on-site restaurants. You’ll feel like you’ve totally escaped the city for the day.
Ngwenya Glass Country Market
Ngwenya Glass Village is a crafter’s paradise. Their expert glass blowers use an array of recycled materials to make corporate gifts, trophies, and trinkets. The main attraction, however, is the Ngwenya Glass Country Market which takes place every Sunday. Local traders pitch up their stalls to sell a variety of arts and craft goodies, home-baked goods, preserves and much more. Bring the family for a relaxed Sunday afternoon out in the tranquil Muldersdrift countryside.
Saddle Creek Adventures
Saddle Creek Adventures is situated in the picturesque Hekpoort Valley at the foot of the Magaliesberg Mountains. Just a short 45-minute drive from Johannesburg, this is the perfect place to test your courage and get the adrenalin pumping. Saddle Creek offers horse riding, quad biking, go karting and archery. After a long work week come and blow off some steam at Saddle Creek Adventures. They’ve got an on-site spa as well, so you can sit back and relax after all the fun.
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Magaliesberg Canopy Tour
This one is for the real adventure seekers. Get on your climbing gear and come explore one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world! The Magaliesberg Canopy Tour is an experience you’re not likely to forget. Featuring ten slides and eleven platforms, it’s a definite thrill. Keep an eye out for the resident Impala, Blue Wildebeest, Zebra and Duiker as you whizz down the mountainside.
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Cradle Moon Lakeside Lodge
Cradle Moon Game Lodge offers a variety of outdoor activities, including game drives, guided walks, boat cruises, fly fishing and mountain biking. Whether you are a nature enthusiast or just after the thrill of an outdoor escapade, Cradle Moon is sure to have an activity to keep you entertained. Looking for a romantic weekend getaway? Cradle Moon offers hot air balloon rides, too! Book in advance to avoid missing out.