A Little Background

We will give you a little bit of a disclaimer: when travelling to this beautiful spot in Hekpoort, PLEASE make sure you take a bakkie or a car that's not low suspension or low on ground clearance, as the dirt road to the property is exceptionally rocky, bumpy and treacherous (trust us, this is from our own personal experience!) But once you get there, it's all worth it.

Rustig is a beautiful, well-established family farm that's run by the Oosthuizen family. This plot was a tobacco farm way back in the 1930s and now specialises in cattle and game, and of course, providing us city slickers with an idyllic country escape from the city. This location offers accommodation, amazing hiking trails, an upmarket wedding venue overlooking the lush gardens, and just a serene place to getaway from everyday life and just unwind.


Want To Stay A Weekend?

Now, if you're looking to stay the weekend to chill out and reconnect with Mother Nature, there are many accommodation options available - the Heritage House, the Farmhouse, the Stone House, the four-sleeper tent, the six-sleeper tent or the Backpackers. Each one has it's own unique charm, feel and budget. We stayed in the lovely Farmhouse which can sleep 10 people in its five spacious rooms. Another thing we really loved about this Farmhouse was its LARGE kitchen with heated floors (the weekend we chose to getaway on was FREEZING!) and the big veranda complete with comfy couches and braai area. But as for the other options, here's a few details:

Heritage House

The Heritage House features a Victorian-style bathroom, a rustic farm-style kitchen ( equipped with a fridge, microwave, kettle, and limited cutlery and crockery, however no stove or oven). There's a beautiful formal lounge that opens onto a veranda which overlooks the formal rose garden.

The Stone House

The Stone House is rustic and is one of the oldest buildings on the farm. It sleeps 4 in its 2 bedrooms. The main bedroom features a double bed while the second room a bunk bed. There is a small kitchenette and access to the ablution block is only a 5-7 meters away


The Farmhouse. Source: Rusting


The name of this one says it all - it's a backpacker spot. It's literally just a place to sleep for the night. There is a communal kitchenette and easy access to the nearby ablution block. This venue also features a big braai area, a pack of braai wood, camping chairs and three bunk beds per room.

The Tents

As for the tents, you can take your pick from the four- and six-sleeper on the property. They're both charming and are completely self-contained and self-catering, each with it’s own en-suite bathroom.

There's Activities To Get You Active!

There best part about being at Rustig is exploring the property, and what better way to do this than by doing a hiking, going on a game drive or testing out the off road biking trails (just remember to BYOB - bring your own bike!).

Since we didn't have bikes, we decided to try out one of the hiking trails on the farm. There are three trails varying in difficulty available for farm guests and day visitors:

Olivenhout Hiking Trail – 3km - The Yellow Trail

Witstinkhout Hiking Trail – 5km - The Red Trail

Karee Hiking Trail – 13km - The Green Trail

The Witstinkhout Hiking Trail was lovely, offering amazing views of the property and the Magaliesberg Mountains. Once we got to the "top" of the trail, there was a massive and oh-so beautiful "cave" (for a lack of a better word). We took a long rest there before descending back down to the Farmhouse. Just don't forget to take a cap, sunscreen, comfortable hiking shoes and a couple of litres of water with you.


Source: Kim Brown

There's a 13km overnight hiking trail for those brave and adventurous at heart. It's perfect if you're interested in an off-the-grid experience. There's no hot water and no electricity. Only what you've packed in your rucksack and the equipment you bring. Click here for more information about this.

They also offers a Book-a-Braai package for all of their all staying guests, hikers and day visitors.  If you completed the 13km hike and want to enjoy a scenic braai afterwards, there may not be enough time for this before Rustig's closing time. But, the Book-a-Braai offering ensures that your braai is ready and waiting when you complete your hike at about 15:00. It’s also the perfect for outdoor relaxation without worrying about the task of preparing and braaing, as it’s all done for you.


The Venue Is Perfect For Weddings And Functions

Rustig is Gauteng’s best kept secret when it comes to the perfect countryside wedding venue. They have everything you need to pull off the wedding of your dreams without a hitch. The location offers magnificent views, a five-star wedding hall with an expansive veranda overlooking a beautiful terrace garden as well as fine dining catering on offer. Rustig provides couples with affordable sophistication in the countryside. The idyllic grounds are perfect for beautiful photos. There are wonderful packages available to make your experience as easy and enjoyable as possible. Weddings at Rustig offers:

Rustig is also ideal for conferences, corporate functions and team builds. The hall transforms into an ideal work environment including cinema style seating and conference equipment. You can arrange any function imaginable, including:


Private Functions: 


For More Information

For more information about this stunning countryside escape, visit their website at www.rustig.co.za.

You can contact them on 079 490 2690 or [email protected].

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Rosebank is known as the vibrant multi-cultural district of Johannesburg. This lively suburb is always bustling with people from all walks of life due to being a busy business node and popular tourist attraction. This area is a one-of-a-kind, offering visitors a pleasant working, retail and entertainment destination that's sure to delight. Since this suburb is quite compact, businessmen, travellers and local residents can walk the area, exploring and viewing the many various features that make Rosebank unique, en route to their desired destination.

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When visiting this suburb, be sure to visit one of their exciting and ever-busy shopping destinations! There are three shopping centres to visit on your next trip to this part of town, namely the Rosebank Mall, The Zone @ Rosebank, and the Mutual Square. You're sure to find all of your retail needs at one of these local shopping hubs, covering everything from health and beauty, fashion and footwear, art and home décor to tech, grocery shopping, gifts and accessories, and much more. There's also a collection of wholesalers within the area if you're looking to stock up on bulk items.

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This area is home to many impressive schools, waiting to provide your children with the best education possible and help them grow into their talents and skills. Take your pick from their collection of public and private schools, beginning with pre-school that'll set them on their way to excellence, building their education and growing as an individual through primary and high school, all the way to attending and graduating with a specialised degree or diploma from a tertiary institute. A few to mention on our list of schools in the area includes Kingsmead College, St Teresa's, Little Ashford, Rosebank College, Rosebank Primary and the Private Hotel School.

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After walking about the tight-knit suburb, surely you have worked up an appetite! Make a pit stop at one of the many restaurants, cafés, coffee stops and dining spots available within the area. No matter what your taste buds are craving, there's sure to be a restaurant serving up something delicious. From quick takeaways to grab on-the-go while shopping up a storm or between business meetings to a relaxing sit-down with the family or friends, the area boasts a wide range of international and local cuisines, including Italian, Mediterranean, Indian, fast food, Asian and much more.

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Hotels & Accommodation

Visiting this vibrant and lively destination for business? Or just spending the weekend to relax, unwind and explore everything this suburb has to offer during a quick and well-deserved getaway?  No matter what your occasion or reason, Rosebank offers an impressive collection of top-notch hotels and accommodations to suit your needs and budget, all within close proximity to popular business, entertainment and retail destinations. Choose from a wide variety of accommodation styles, rooms, rates and locations. From luxurious and opulent to affordable yet comfy, there's an ideal home away from home awaiting your arrival. To name a few, why not consider The Capital On Bath, The Vantage Rosebank, The Residency Jellicoe, Southern Sun Rosebank and the Clico Boutique Hotel?

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From exciting daytime excursions with the whole family to lively nightlife thrills that sure to keep you up until the early hours of the morning, this suburb offers residents, fun seekers and tourists loads of entertainment that's sure to delight. One must-visit is the Keyes Art Mile, boasting a vibrant precinct offering an interesting collection of galleries, design stores, fine restaurants and more. You can also catch the latest blockbusters at Ster-Kinekor at The Zone @ Rosebank or the Rosebank Mall. Also, if you're looking for a unique experience, be sure not to miss the lively Rosebank Sunday Market, celebrating diversity through a variety of craft stalls selling everything from arts and décor, clothing and tech accessories to authentic African crafts and memorabilia and gourmet delights.

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Jobs In Rosebank

Since this is one of the busiest business nodes in Johannesburg, there's no doubt that there are many job opportunities within this suburb, all you need to do is update your CV and apply. Visit Indeed’s Rosebank Jobs page to see what jobs and vacancies are available within the area to get your started on your path to success. Other than the opportunity to work in such a bright and unique area in the city, you'll also be within close proximity to all the thrills and delights Rosebank has to offer, ideal for after work adventures.

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Property In Rosebank

Since you're on the hunt for a job in the area, why not take the plunge and find the perfect place to call home to complete your move to this stunning suburb? This area is the ideal area if you're looking to be central and have easy access to many lifestyle and entertainment luxuries. When it comes to property and apartments, Rosebank will certainly have just the space for you to enjoy, decorate and make memories in. Visit Property24 and take a look at the various property and apartment options currently on the market.

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Convention Centres

Rosebank is not only all about the thrilling entertainment, restaurants and retail, but it's also all about business, making connections and moving up the corporate ladder! And if you're looking for conferencing venues offering everything you need to host a successful and productive meeting, then why not consider finding the ideal space in Rosebank? From hotels boasting state-of-the-art equipment and professional services to secluded and more intimate rooms offering privacy as well as peace and quiet, Rosebank has a selection of locations to choose from. Just to name a few, there's the Business Exchange Rosebank, Pembi Rosebank Conference Centre, 54 On Bath, Crowne Plaza and the Clico Boutique Hotel.

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Barnyard Theatre is going big with some epic Summer Holiday Specials that are too good to miss! So, whether you need an excuse to get out of the house, a quick entertainment solution, or simply want to do something different this December, here are our four reasons why you MUST visit Barnyard Theatre this festive season. Ocean holidays are so last season — stay in Jozi and get to your favourite Barnyard for the ultimate summer holiday vibe.

1. Unmissable Ticket Discounts

It's the December holidays, which only means one thing — bring on the fun times! And what better way to do that than heading to Barnyard Theatre and enjoying an entertaining show without busting your festive budget? From 18 December 2018 to 31 January 2019, only pay R130 per person for selected Barnyard shows at their Gauteng venues. PLUS, at select Barnyard Theatres, you can score even more with their Tuesdays Buy-One-Get-One-FREE deal and Sundays 50% off for pensioners.

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2. Kids Get In FREE During The Summer Holidays

Need a quick boredom killer? Take advantage of this summer holiday special where kids under the age of 12 get in for FREE on Sunday matinee shows and Gold Reef City Barnyard’s Saturday matinee shows (limited to 2 kids per paying adult). Not only is this fun for the kids, but it also gives you the chance to enjoy special family time. No more whiny kids complaining about being bored.

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3. Celebrate New Year's The Right Way

Have no plans for New Year's Eve? Then why not gather up your loved ones for the Barnyard Theatre New Year's Eve Party! Party the night away Barnyard-style with a refreshing drink on arrival, delicious snacks, an awesome show, as well as a fun surprise accessory to make sure you look the part for the celebrations. Tickets cost R395 per person at their Gauteng & Suncoast venues (Cape Town R400 per person), so make sure you get yours now before it's too late. There'll also be delicious food on sale which can be pre-ordered or purchased on the evening. It’s the best place to be on the last night of 2018!

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4. It's A Great Date Night Out!

For a date night that's a little more exciting than the usual, why not grab your sweetheart by the hand and enjoy Barnyard Theatre's Experience Package For 2: This offer is valid for Barnyard shows taking centre stage from 18 December 2018 - 28 February 2019*. At only R350 per couple, you'll be treated to two Barnyard show tickets (one for each of you), one large pizza to share, as well as one bottle of Durbanville Hills OR two soft drinks. Now that's an awesome date night idea right there!

*Ts & Cs apply. Offer excludes 31 December 2018 and 14 February 2019. *Valid at Gauteng venues. Wine not for sale to persons under the age of 18.

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Suncoast Barnyard Opens This December

Did you know that a new Suncoast Barnyard will be launching on 12 December 2018 with the acclaimed hit production Big Top Rock? To find out more, visit www.barnyardtheatre.co.za/suncoast.

Don’t forget that The Barnyard Theatres are the ideal venues for conferences, fundraisers, year-end parties, birthday bashes and more!

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They have a wide variety of services and skills including décor hire, events coordination, food and catering and so much more. This venue also caters for wedding, kid’s parties, baby showers, conferences, family gatherings and birthday parties too.

Whatever theme that you have in my mind, Black Olive will make it a reality, they have the perfect setup and skills to make your event a memorable one.

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Studio Blu gives you an alternative and different conferencing experience. The warehouse styled venue offers conference rooms, banquet style events, evenings events and so much more.

They also offer catering services and boasts a state-of-the-art in house kitchen for banquet style events ranging from 50 to 800 guests, conferences of up to 700 delegates, cocktail functions of up to 1 100 guests and weddings of up to 700 guests.

The building has also been designed to accommodate and provide access for disabled visitors.

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Turbine Hall has an architectural history behind it.

The iconic building, situated in the heart of the arts and culture precinct, Newtown, is a venue that is known to host world class events, conferences and is the city’s most desirable wedding and party venue.

Turbine Hall boasts a variety of conference rooms or exhibition space, fit for any occasion. The venue also has a fully equipped, lavish and stylish bar that makes it perfect to host functions.

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Sandton Convention Centre is located in the business district of Sandton. It is best known for being Southern Africa's top multi-purpose exhibition centre and the most prestigious conference venue.

The venue offers access to 11 000 secure parking bays, high-end shopping and entertainment complexes just adjacent to it, and over 5 000 lavish hotel rooms. Also known as SA's most technologically advanced convention centre, it measures over 22 000m² of exhibition, conference and special event space.

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The classy Hyatt Regency allows you to host your Johannesburg conference, convention or meeting at their amazing venue.

The world renowned venue boasts fully modernised conference rooms, professional planning and catering, quick and convenient servicing, professionalism, style, class and so much more.

Whether you’re looking to plan a small or large conference, you can certainly impress at this stylish venue.

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Valverde offers affordable but top quality accommodation set in four hectares of beautifully landscaped gardens in peaceful surroundings.

The venue is a spacious country estate residence, offering weddings, conferences and accommodation in 12 country-style rooms. All the rooms have en-suite bathrooms and safe and are appointed to ensure your stay will be one to be remembered.

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Sci-Bono Discovery Centre is located in Newtown. It is best known as place of learning, skills development and interactive discovery. The centre includes state of the art classrooms, a 240 seater auditorium, two fully equipped science laboratories and an ICT laboratory and caters for birthday parties and learning holiday programmes.

It also offers Speak2aScientist that provides an informal platform for the community to engage with scientist and the latest scientific research. This takes place on the last Thursday evening of the month, 18h00 for 18h30 and lasts until 20h30. Free, safe and well lit parking is available directly in front of the building and the coffee shop is open for light refreshments.

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