5 Reasons Why You Need To Visit Maropeng – Cradle of Humankind

It's A World Heritage Site

Officially being recognised as a World Heritage Site in 1999, Maropeng – Cradle of Humankind has been dubbed as the place where it all began: the birth of humanity. Why here of all places in the world, you may ask? Well, for starters, it is one of the world’s richest fossil sites.

Here, fossils discovered within the Sterkfontein Caves date back to more than 4-million years ago. And secondly, the caves themselves are certainly amazing, not only for their spectacular views and structures, but also because it's a time travelling vortex that'll take you back to the prehistoric age of our planet.

This destination is extremely interesting, exciting and thrilling, and is a must-visit you need to do at least once. Also, Maropeng and the Sterkfontein Caves are both located within close proximity to active scientific dig sites, where researchers are digging, reconstructing and researching humanity’s complex origin.

Fun fact: Did you know that an estimated 40% of all the world's human ancestor fossils have been found in the Cradle of Humankind?

It's Edutaining!

Visiting Maropeng – Cradle of Humankind is the perfect outing for the entire family. Not only is it educational, teaching visitors about the beginnings of humankind, but it is also loads of fun. The award-winning world-class exhibition, the Maropeng Visitor Centre, showcases the development and evolution of humans, as well as all of the interesting fossil and excavation discoveries that have been made in the area over the years.

Here, guests will enjoy a self-guided and interactive journey through time, beginning with the formation of the planet, then moving forward through the evolutionary processes over thousands and millions of years, to the world as we know it at present. You'll also get the opportunity to view fossils that are millions of years old, find out how humankind came to be, see stone tools that are up to 1-million years old, and so much more.

To get your tickets to visit the Maropeng Visitor Centre, be sure to book online as they are not selling tickets onsite. Please see the Maropeng Visitor Centre's operating hours, costs and further details below:

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Image from Maropeng Visitor Centre.

You'll Explore 4-Million Year Old Caves

One of the tours you absolutely need to do when you visit Maropeng – Cradle of Humankind is the Sterkfontein Caves tour! We promise you, you will be absolutely amazed by the time you have ended viewing and exploring this breathtaking cave. The Sterkfontein Caves are renowned for their fossil discoveries, the most notable and well-known being the find of Mrs Ples, the most complete skull of a 2.1-million-year-old Australopithecus Africanus ever found in South Africa; and Little Foot, an almost complete Australopithecus skeleton that's more than 3-million years old.

The walking tours through the Sterkfontein Caves starts above ground, and will delve deep into the caves, showcasing where scientists discovered many hominid and other animal fossils. You'll also get to view the amazing sights of the cave itself, filled with various stalactite and stalagmite formations along the cave's floor and ceiling.

To get your tickets to visit the Sterkfontein Caves, be sure to book online as they do not sell tickets onsite. Please see the Sterkfontein Caves's operating hours, costs and further details below:

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The Sterkfontein Caves. Image from Maropeng.

It's A Lovely Getaway Destination

Why not make a weekend of it and plan a quick getaway with your family at the Maropeng Boutique Hotel? This beautiful destination offers 24 bedrooms, that can accommodate up to 48 people. Here, you'll get to enjoy the beautiful views of the Witwatersberg and Magaliesberg ranges, be within walking distance from Maropeng Visitor Centre and a short 10km drive from the Sterkfontein Caves. Their room rate includes free high-speed internet, air conditioning, a lovely breakfast, free parking, as well as access to the pool, restaurant and bar, and wheelchair access.

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The Maropeng Hotel Lounge. Image from Maropeng.

Dining With A View

Feeling hungry after all of your exploring and learning about the beginning of humankind? Then why not refuelled and delight your taste buds at the onsite Tumulus Restaurant? Situated on the first floor of the ever-bustling Maropeng Visitor Centre, this restaurant offers their diners not only something delicious to dine on, but also some of the best views in Gauteng. This is the perfect location to enjoy sundowners as the sunsets, enjoy a romantic dinner for two, or treat the family to some light meals before or after your adventure through the Maropeng Visitor Centre or the Sterkfontein Caves.

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Tumulus Restaurant. Image from Maropeng.

For More Information

For more information about Maropeng – Cradle of Humankind and the Sterkfontein Caves, visit www.maropeng.co.za.

You can also contact them on 014 577 9000 or i[email protected].

Don't forget to follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest news, events, exhibitions, discoveries and more.

Game Farms Around Johannesburg

Cradle Moon Lakeside Game Lodge 

Cradle Moon Lakeside Game Lodge is situated in Muldersdrift, near to the Cradle of Humankind. The lodge offers a wide variety of outdoor activities for all ages, including trail runs, cycling, swimming, paddling, fly fishing and game drives. The wildlife here is diverse, spanning over a vast sub-Saharan landscape. You can go on guided wildlife walks or game drives of up to eight people. Make your trip to Cradle Moon worth the while and book an overnight stay at one of their bungalows.

*Under level 3 lockdown restrictions, Cradle Moon Lodge is open to day visitors. Click here to see their full policy on allowing visitors into the lodge during this period.

Details: Plot 59 Beyers Naude Drive, Muldersdrift, Gauteng | (Tel) (011) 919 5000 / 087 110 1231 | [email protected]

Ezemvelo Nature Reserve 

Ezemvelo Nature Reserve is located near Bronkhorstspruit, approximately 90 minutes outside of Johannesburg. Set out in the early morning to take a guided game drive around their farm. There are many mammal species to be spotted along the drive. Keep an eye out for zebras, black and blue wildebeests, blesbucks and red hartebeests among others. You can also do a bit of bird spotting while relaxing at the tranquil Wilge River. The game drive takes approximately two hours, so plan your trip accordingly. If you would like to stay over for the night, book out one of the reserves chalets or mountain huts. They also offer camping options for those who prefer to get right up close with nature.

*Ezemvelo Nature Reserve is currently open to day visitors for self game drives. Keep an eye on their website for updates.

Details: Ezemvelo Nature Reserve, R25, Bronkhorstspruit | (Tel) +27 13 680 1399 / 087 405 3554 | [email protected]

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Photo sourced from Ezemvelo Nature Reserve on Facebook.

Valley Lodge & Spa

If you could use a good pampering on your escape out of the city, book yourself into Valley Lodge and Spa. Located in the serene Magaliesberg, this four star lodge offers a ton of activities to keep you busy. Take a meander through the nature reserve and bird sanctuary to discover a variety of animals and birds. The reserve is home to a number of Burchell's zebra, impala, rock hyrax (Dassie), vervet Monkeys and Bush babies. Bring along your binoculars to avoid missing these critters among the tall grasses and trees.

*Follow Valley Lodge & Spa on Facebook for updates on their opening dates under level 3 lockdown.

Details: 13 Jennings Street, Magaliesburg | (Tel) +27 14 577 1301 / 05 | [email protected]

Rietvlei Nature Reserve 

Rietvlei Nature Reserve is located in Pretoria, but it's well worth the drive. The reserve is approximately 4000 hectares in size, offering you tons of space to explore the wild outdoors. Come and take a drive through the park to see how many animals you can spot. Rietvlei Nature Reserve is home to a number of mammals, birds and fish as it encloses Rietvlei Dam. Bring your fishing rods along to do a spot of angling if you wish. This is the perfect place to escape from the city for a day, but be sure to head out early as queuing to get into the reserve can get quite backed up.

*Under level 3 lockdown restrictions, Rietvlei Nature Reserve is open for self game drives between 07:00 - 17:00 daily. No visitors will be allowed into the park after 15:00. Follow Rietvlei Nature Reserve on Facebook for updates.

Details: (Tel) 012 358 1811/12 | [email protected] | 14 Game Reserve Ave, Rietvallei 377-Jr, Pretoria, Gauteng.

Photo sourced from Rietvlei Nature Reserve on Facebook.

Looking to spend more time in the outdoors, exploring nature? Check out our list of top nature reserves situated in and around Johannesburg. 

Explore Nature In And Around The City

Hiking 

Hiking is permitted under level 3 lockdown, so long as you keep a good distance from others and avoid trekking in large groups. You must also wear a face mask at all times and may only hike between the stipulated exercising hours, which are 06:00 - 18:00. Most public parks are not open to the public yet, but there are a couple of top hiking spots that you can visit in level 3 lockdown. Many of these spots are free to enter, as well, so you can save those precious pennies for more outdoor adventures after lockdown has fully ended.

Modderfontein Nature Reserve 

Modderfontein Nature Reserve is open to runners, cyclists and hikers in level 3 lockdown. Come and enjoy the tranquility of the outdoors and get in a good dose of sunshine on one of their many meandering trails. The reserve is open between 06:00 - 18:00 all days of the week, so you can get as much exercise in as possible. Stop along the way to do a little bird watching and take in the beauty that this city park has to offer.

Hennops Hiking Trail

The Hennops Hiking Trail is 45 minutes outside of Johannesburg, but it's well worth the drive. This untainted family farm offers three hiking trails of different lengths and difficulty levels. Put on your hiking boots and come out for a one-of-a-kind adventure. You do not have to pre-book to visit the farm, but you must comply with COVID-19 regulations at all times. The farm closes daily at 17:00. Happy hiking!

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Hennops Hiking Trail

Fishing 

Grab your tackle, because it's time to go fishing! While there aren't many fishing spots within the city, the nearby Vaal Triangle offers ample space to cast your rod and reel in a few big catches. Just remember that you cannot leave the Gauteng province to go fishing or hunting, so keep within home ground.

Suikerwater Fishing 

Suikerwater Fishing is a public camp area and top fishing spot located near Suikerbosrand River. Bring your own gear and set up for a day of peace and serenity on the banks of the water. Of course, you will not be able to stay over for the night so be sure to pack up early.

Ezemvelo Nature Reserve

Ezemvelo Nature Reserve is situated near Bronkhorstspruit. Take a trip with the family to this expansive reserve to enjoy a day of mountain biking, hiking, game drives, bird watching and fishing. Bookings are required and there will be a cap of 50 vehicles per day over weekends. You may not have more than five people in one vehicle and you must wear face masks at all times. The reserve is open on weekends between 08:00 - 17:00. To make your booking, please email [email protected]

Arnold Chatz Nogwala Run 2015, Ezemvelo Nature Reserve. Images by www.runtrail.co.za.

Game Drives 

Did you know that there are quite a number of game farms and nature reserves situated in and around Johannesburg? So while we may not be able to travel across the country to explore the great outdoors, we can still enjoy the abundance of nature that lives just outside our front doors. Don't forget to bring your camera along to snap all those picture-perfect wildlife moments from the safety of your car.

Rietvlei Nature Reserve 

This Pretoria nature reserve covers over 4000 hectares and has survived as a conservation area since 1929 despite its urban locale. Take a slow drive around the reserve, trying to spot all its vast wildlife. Rietvlei is open to the public between 06:00 - 18:00, so you really can make this an all-day trip. Reserve your booking by emailing [email protected]

Cradle Moon Lakeside Game Lodge 

If you prefer not to drive long distances to experience nature, book a day trip to Cradle Moon Lakeside Game Lodge. It's only 30 minutes from Sandton, so you can be there and back home in a jiffy. In level 3 lockdown, the lodge is fully back up and running. Their full list of activities include running, mountain biking, swimming, canoe and bicycle rentals, hiking, paddling, fly fishing, self game drives and boat cruises. Limited food and drinks will also be for sale to keep you refreshed on your journey around the farm. Contact them on [email protected] to make a booking.

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Photo sourced from Cradle Moon Lakeside Game Lodge on Facebook.

Do you know of any other hiking trails, fishing spots or game reserves open in level 3 lockdown? Let us know about them!

ArteBOTANICA - Nirox Sculpture Park

What Is It?

Join the Nirox Foundation for their inaugural ArteBOTANICA event. Bringing together art, installation, fashion and sustainability, this event will see some of South Africa's best artists and creators display their work within the beautiful outdoor setting of the Nirox Sculpture Park. Audiences must dress up as well, embracing the green and white colours of nature. Come and showcase your personal fashion story alongside the fabulous evening catwalk. ArteBOTANICA is not to be missed, so get your tickets as soon as possible!

When Is It?

Saturday, 09 November 2019 at 10:00 - 19:00.

Where Is It?

Nirox Sculpture Park, 24 Kromdraai Rd, Kromdraai, 1739 Krugersdorp, Gauteng.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R300 -R350 per person. Children under 12 enter free.

Click here to book your tickets.

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Details: [email protected]

Diverse Places To Celebrate Your Heritage In The City

Vilakazi Street

Soweto is undoubtedly one of the most culturally diverse and historic spaces in Johannesburg. If you have never taken a trip down the iconic Vilakazi Street, there is no better time than now. Littered with heritage, Vilakazi Street played home to former president Nelson Mandela and struggle stalwart Winnie Madikizela Mandela, as well as Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Pop into the Mandela House museum or visit the Hector Petersen Memorial to learn more about the rich history of Soweto and its people.

What's the best way to get around Soweto? Bicycle of course! Join Soweto Backpackers for a bicycle tour around Soweto. Their knowledgeable tour guides will guide you through the busy streets, stopping at the most important sites along the way. Click here for more information.

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Hector Peterson Memorial

Ditsong National Museum of Military History

If you have ever visited the Johannesburg Zoo, we can bet that you have seen the signs directing towards the Museum of Military History. However, many of us rarely stop to explore their range of military memorabilia. Featuring 44,000 items related to South Africa's military history, this museum is a must-visit. Originally established to acknowledge South Africa's contribution to the First World War (1914 - 1918), the Museum of Military History is now the symbolic home for all veterans in South Africa. All soldiers are recognised here for their efforts - from WW2 generals through to guerrilla fighters in the Angolan War and Umkhonto weSizwe soldiers.

Come and celebrate our country's expansive, yet often overlooked military heritage. The museum is child-friendly, so you can bring the whole gang along.

Click here for more information.

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Kensington Scottish War Memorial 

The Kensington War Memorial once stood in homage to the Scottish Horse regiment which fought in the South African War (1899 - 1902), as well as both World Wars. Overlooking what was once one of the largest camps of the South African War, this statue on a hill has come to take on new meaning. It now stands as a multi-cultural heritage monument, reflecting on the lessons learnt from a dark period in history. The War Memorial has recently undergone much-needed restoration and is again open to visitors. From the peak of Caledonia Hill, where it is built, you can take in the fantastic view of the suburb below.

Lesedi Cultural Village 

Lesedi Cultural Village is nestled within the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site. Showcasing five traditional homesteads inhabited by Zulu, Xhosa, Pedi, Basotho and Ndebele tribes. Stop by here on your way back from a visit to the Sterkfontein Caves or Maropeng Visitors Centre. While it may be slightly 'touristy', Lesedi Cultural Village is nonetheless a wonderful place to celebrate your heritage. Join in on a song or dance performed by village residents, or pick up a memento from the market. Or, tuck into some authentic South African cuisine at their restaurant. Either way, you are sure to have a great time!

Click here for more information.

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Heidelberg Heritage Museum

Heidelberg borders Gauteng and Mpumalanga. One of Gauteng's oldest established towns, Heidelberg has played an important role in South African history. The Victorian style of this quaint dorpie will have you travelling back in time to when ox wagons roamed the streets. Visit the Heidelberg Heritage Museum to discover all the town has to offer. Check out the Old Station Building - a National Monument completed in 1896. Or, sit down for a meal inside a restored locomotive dining coach. The museum also showcases some of Heidelberg's most famous visitors, including Winston Churchill, Former President Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Ghandi.

Click here for more information.

The Pioneer Museum

Finally, we have the Pioneer Museum. Situated in Pretoria East, this national museum features typical pioneer furniture, original homesteads and super cool interactive activities. Churn your own butter or make a candle out of animal lard. Alternatively, you can sit back and relax while the kids have turns feeding the farm animals. We guarantee that you will leave with a greater appreciation for modern technology.

Click here for more information.

Do you know of any other great heritage sites in Joburg worth visiting? Let us know about them!

Please note: Due to lockdown restrictions, please contact the venues above to enquire if they're open and operating, and receive information on dates and times for tours.

The Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve Says NO to Cub Petting

The Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve Is Under New Management

The Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve in the Cradle of Humankind will no longer be offering cub petting to the public, with immediate effect.

For 30 years, the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve has shared its love of wildlife with local and international visitors. But times have changed. Under the new ownership of the Bothongo Group, the reserve is refocusing its efforts on animal welfare.

Recently appointed Chief Operations Officer of the reserve, Mike Fynn, explains:

Breeding and rearing animals for the purpose of cub petting and interaction is not only undesirable from an animal welfare perspective, it’s also not a sustainable business model. From now on, we will focus on educating the public about wildlife and the importance of conservation. This is why, with immediate effect, we choose to put a stop to cub petting at the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve and sincerely hope that other facilities responsibly follow suit.

Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve

Over the past few months, the reserve has initiated a three-year plan to upgrade all of its public facilities, habitats and wildlife enclosures, which will be remodeled around the welfare and wellbeing of its animals. Many of them are species that are endangered due to human activity and habitat loss.

According to Fynn, the reserve team will dedicate themselves to a new internal mantra of being a ‘nurture reserve’.

In addition, they will commit to the following:

To those of our visitors who are disappointed that they can no longer cuddle a lion cub at our reserve: this is the right thing to do,” says Khupe. “As animal lovers, we understand how charismatic African wildlife is. But the truth is that our love for our animals may inadvertently harm them, even though we don’t mean to.”

She adds that she’s excited about this new journey: “We take the opportunity to re-welcome the greater public, wildlife stakeholders, tour operators and travel agents to actively support our reserve as it evolves into a BIG, must-see destination, that provides an authentic and informative wild animal experience for generations to come. Our wildlife family now has a voice again.

For More Information

For more information about the Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve, visit www.rhinolion.co.za.

You can also contact them on 011 957 0106/9 or [email protected].

Don't forget to give them a like on Facebook.

How To Get The Kids Sparked Up About Science

Little Einsteins

Children with an interest in science may have higher confidence levels than those who don't. This is because knowing how the world works the way it does, gives kids a sense of placement and understanding. Plus, science fields are always expanding, looking for a fresh young perspective. Get your child sparked up about science by taking them to holiday clubs and workshops. Otherwise, make a day of it and take the kids to one of Joburg's top museums. Once you have thoroughly explored the city's science centres, you can tackle a couple of DIY experiments at home.

Museums & Science Centres

Sci Bono Discovery Centre

The Sci Bono Discovery Centre is a dedicated science centre which caters to young minds. The centre supports maths, science and technology education. Sci Bono features over 350 interactive maths, science and technology exhibits, making it the largest and most visited science centre in South Africa. They host regular holiday programmes, as well as large scale exhibitions. Kids are invited to interact and play with the permanent exhibits at the centre. So, not only are they having fun, but learning at the very same time!

Click here to see what's currently being exhibited at the Sci Bono Discovery Centre.

Details: Corner of Miriam Makeba and Helen Joseph Streets, Newtown, Johannesburg | 011 639 8400 | [email protected]

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Sci Bono Discovery Centre

WITS Life Sciences Museum

The WITS Life Sciences Musuem is the only natural history museum located in Johannesburg. If your child has a keen interest in biology, archaeology or even just creepy, crawly things, this museum is definitely worth a visit. The main display area features skeletons, models and preserved specimens, as well as tanks with live fish and other animals. If you step just outside the museum, you can also meet WITS' resident iguana!

The museum is only open from 08:30 to 16:00 on weekdays, so take a day off during the school holidays to explore the natural world with the kids.

Details: 33 Station St, Braamfontein, University of the Witwatersrand, East Campus | 011 717 6467

Adler Museum of Medicine

The Adler Museum of Medicine is located at the WITS Medical campus in Parktown. The museum contains interesting and invaluable collections depicting the history of medicine, dentistry and pharmacy through the ages. However, what makes this medical science centre so special is the reconstructions of an African herb shop, a patient consulting a sangoma (traditional healer), a 20th century Johannesburg pharmacy, a doctor's consulting room, a dental surgery, an operating theatre and an optometry display of the same period.

If your child has a keen interest in medical science, this is the ideal place to take them.

Details: University of the Witwatersrand Medical School, 7 York Road, Parktown, Johannesburg | 011 717 2081 | [email protected]

WITS Planetarium

Is your little one an astronaut in the making? Take them to the WITS Planetarium. Completed in October 1960, the WITS Planetarium was the first full-sized planetarium in Africa and the second in the Southern Hemisphere. Children aged 5 - 18 years old can learn about all the wonders space has to offer here. Adults are welcome, too, so tag along for a great learning experience.

Click here to see upcoming shows at the Planetarium.

Details: University of the Witwatersrand, Yale road, East Campus, Braamfontein, Johannesburg | 011 717 1390 | [email protected]

Cradle of Humankind

The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site is a must-see for kids interested in paleontology, archaeology and natural history. Situated just 45 minutes outside of Joburg, this world class science centre offers kids and adults guided tours through the Maropeng Visitors Centre and the Sterkfontein Caves. So, make the most of your trip and learn all about humankind's fascinating origins.

Details: R400, Mogale, 1911, Krugersdorp | +27 (0)14 577 9000 | [email protected]

Science clubs

Live Kaizen - STEM Holiday Clubs

Live Kaizen is a kids science club, dedicated to building a strong foundation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects in children between five to 10 years of age. They believe that by nurturing your child's curiosity, they can develop the skills to be able to master complex scientific principles. Their holiday clubs usually run for five to 10 days, covering a range of topics. Kids are encouraged to learn through interactive play, fun experiments and song.

Details: Cnr. Marlborough and Richmond Ave., Craighall Park, Johannesburg | 011 447 3973 | [email protected]

Little Scientists

Little Scientists offer STEM orientated after school extramural activities for pre-primary and primary school aged children. They provide a happy learning environment for kids to play and experiment in. In addition, young scientists learn about noteworthy physicists, engineers and inventors to help inspire them and encourage a passion for the field. Little Scientists also offer Party Labs - science themed birthday parties! Featuring wacky experiments, science props and costumes, the Party Lab is the perfect way to celebrate your little Einstein's next birthday.

Details: 96 Olive Crest Estate, Northriding, Johannesburg | 072 980 5886 | [email protected]

Little Professors

Little Professors are based in Joburg and Cape Town. This kids science club combines STEM subjects with art, to give your child an all round learning experience. By allowing kids to express their inner creativity and curiosity, Little Professors put the fun back into science. Children as young as two years old are welcome to join the Little Discovery classes. These classes stimulate sensory play and fine motor skills, while teaching little ones about the world, including the introduction to numbers, shapes, animals, plants and bug life.

Details: Randburg, Johannesburg | +27 79 878 5903 | [email protected]

Nutty Scientists

Nutty Scientists have been teaching kids all about the sciences since 1996. Their focus on STEAM subjects, as well as nurturing self-esteem in young minds is what sets them apart from the rest. They offer everything from after school extra murals, to holiday camps and special events. Give your child the confidence boost they need by enrolling them in one of the Nutty Scientists' fun classes.

Details: 38 Hans Crescent, Bryanston, Johannesburg | 083 675 8076 | [email protected]

DIY

Prefer to do things your own way? No problem! Get your hands on the Little Professors STEAM science kits from Takealot. These nifty boxes include fun DIY experiments and activities to keep you and the kids busy for hours. If you want something a little more advanced, check out Toys R Us' range of science and robotic kits. Our top choice is the 4M Salt Water Powered Robot. Simply assemble the robot, add salty water to the power compartment and off it goes! Also, check out our helpful article on at home science experiments to do with the kids.

Happy experimenting! 

Mix Fest 2019

What Is It?

Mix 93.8 FM and Channeled Events bring you the first ever Mix Fest, this September. This two day music festival is hosted by the Cradle Moon Game Lodge, at the Cradle of Humankind. The event not only boasts a stellar music line-up, but also multiple bars and a pop-up food market. There is accommodation available at the venue. Alternatively, there is a park and ride shuttle option which travels to and from Montecasino each day.

The line-up includes:

Mango Groove, Jeremy Loops, Springbok Nude Girls, Desmond and the Tutus, Watershed, Shortstraw, Rubber Duc, The Black Cat Bones, CrashCarBurn, Shotgun Tori, Wolfgang Marrow, The Color Blew, CHLLFCTRY, Jerry and the Bandits, Michael Lesar and the Mix FM Presenters and DJs!

September is deaf-awareness month. As such, Mix 93.8 FM will donate a portion of all ticket sales to the Rotary Club. Donations will also be accepted towards the charity organization at the Silent Mix private headphone party on the Saturday night.

When Is It?

Saturday, 28 September - Sunday, 29 September 2019.

Where Is It?

Cradle Moon Lakeside Game Lodge, 59 Beyers Naude Drive, Muldersdrift, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost between R450 - R5 500 per person. For kids (3 -12 years), tickets cost R50.

Get your tickets at Howler.

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Contact them on 062 934 4366.

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Long to Long: Little Sun Walk With Nita's Kitchen

What Is It?

The American Express NIROX Winter Sculpture Fair will be hosted in May 2019. This annual event kicks off this year with something a little different this year. Come down to the sculpture park for the Long to Long: Little Sun Walk - a sunset walk into the NIROX hinterland followed by an ‘Asado’ dinner prepared by Che Argentinian Grill at NITA’s Kitchen. The walk takes you up to visit the hilltop installation of Standing Stone Circle by the celebrated British artist Richard Long. Following a drink at sunset, guests will walk back to NIROX for their dinner at NITA's.

The Little Sun Walk is a collaboration between the Danish Embassy, The NIROX Foundation and Little Sun, a global project founded by internationally renowned artist Olafur Eliasson, which aims to make clean energy a reality worldwide. As dusk sets, the walk will be lit by Little Sun solar lights carried by schoolchildren. Participating schools include the National School for the Arts (NSA), the Matla School, Kromdraai, and schools serviced by the Columba Leadership Academy. Each adult ticket purchased for the event will provide one solar lamp to a student living with unreliable or no access to electricity. Using solar energy in remote areas means the children can read, study, and play safely after the sun has set.

Please note that good fitness and footwear is a requirement for the walk. It is recommend that all participants bring their own water bottle to stay hydrated.

When Is It?

Saturday, 4 May 2019 at 13:00 - 20:00. The walk begins at 15:30.

Where Is It?

NIROX Sculpture Park, 24 Kromdraai Rd, Kromdraai, Krugersdorp.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R600 per person (online only). Booking is essential.

The ticket price includes:

Book your tickets online via Howler.

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Things To Do In Muldersdrift

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Eat Vegan Food At Leafy Greens

If ever you find yourself in the Muldersdrift area, you have to pay Leafy Greens a visit. This vegan-friendly café is situated on an organic farm and is an oasis that provides only the healthiest vegetarian and vegan foods that come straight from their own farm. Take in the stunning setting and help yourself to the mouth-watering options on the buffet table, or order delicious items from their menu such as dairy-free toasted cheese and tomato on sourdough bread, a baked cheese-free pizza or a delectable vegan burger, made with a quinoa patty. There is also a shop on-site that sells all kinds of good-for-you things – from food and natural beauty products to blenders and more! Everything you need for a healthy lifestyle is here.

Address: Rocky Ridge Road, Muldersdrift, Johannesburg.

For more information, visit their website here

Have A Hearty Meal At Casalinga

Right next door to the above-mentioned Leafy Greens is Casalinga, an Italian-styled country bistro that doubles as a wedding venue, so you can imagine just how stunning it is. Check this place out for a delicious meal – it’s particularly great for a hearty Sunday lunch. If that's not enough to get you drooling, consider this: they also have a chocolatier on the premises called the Chocolate Tier (ha, get it?) where you can indulge in a delightful chocolate experience!

Address: Rocky Ridge Road, Muldersdrift, Johannesburg.

For more information, click here

Visit The Cradle Of Humankind

The Cradle of Humankind is a fascinating place that’s definitely worth a visit (or re-visit) for everyone! Maropeng, the official visitor centre for the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, provides a wealth of information when it comes to the development of humans over the last few millions of years. Visitors will get the opportunity to see fossils, learn about the origins of humankind and inspect stone tools that are over one million years old! It’s a fascinating place to visit for people of all ages.

Address: Just off the R563 Hekpoort Road, Sterkfontein.

For more information, click here

Explore the Sterkfontein Caves

The Sterkfontein Caves are located in Maropeng and are world famous for the amazing fossil discoveries that have been made here. It’s recommended that you take a tour through the caves so that you don't miss out on anything! The most significant fossil discoveries in the caves were 'Mrs Ples', a 2.1-million-year-old Australopithecus skull, and 'Little Foot', an almost complete Australopithecus skeleton that is over three-million years old! Note: if you take the tour, don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes as it involves quite a bit of walking.

Address: Just off the R563 Hekpoort Road, Sterkfontein.

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Go On A Hike

If you need to get some fresh country air in your lungs, why not lace your takkies up and take a hike in the beautiful Magaliesberg area? The Rustig resort has many trails to choose from depending on how much you want to challenge yourself. From the 18km Magalieskraans Trail to the 3km Olivenhout Trail, there’s a hike suitable for everyone’s level of fitness.

For more information about Rustig Resort, click here

Ride Your Bike

If you’re into mountain biking, Magaliesburg is the perfect place to get your wheels in motion. The Skeerpoort trail is a great MTB route where you will be able to really get your heart pumping! When you’re done, why not stick around at the Van Gaalen Cheese Farm and indulge in a cheesy post-workout treat? You totally deserve it after all that riding!

For more information about Van Gaalen Cheese Farm, click here

Have Tea At Garden World

There’s nothing quite like having tea in a nursery, right? Garden World is a tranquil spot that’s perfect for when you want to shut off from the world for a bit. At the tea garden, you can indulge in a range of teatime treats, including farmhouse breakfasts, freshly-baked scones, toasted sandwiches and more! This venue also hosts kitchen teas, hen parties and other special occasions. Don’t forget to stock up on all your garden supplies while you’re here.

Address: Muldersdrift Road, Krugersdorp.

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Taste Beer At Gilroy's

Calling all beer lovers to Gilroy’s Brewery. Here, you’ll learn all about the history of beer and how it’s created. Plus, you’ll get to taste the grains while learning about Gilroy’s four award-winning brews. There is a restaurant on site, where you will find everything from gammon steak with mash and sauerkraut to beef and onion pie, apple crumble and more. Plus, there is live entertainment on weekends, so, even if you don’t like beer, Gilroy’s Brewery definitely worth a visit.

Address: Beyers Naudé & R114, Muldersdrift, Krugersdorp.

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Bring The Dogs To Walkhaven

If you’ve got furry family members and want to take them somewhere different for some socialising and a spot of exercise, why not take a trip to the Muldersdrift side of town and let them swim the in the dam, run around the park and play with other dogs? It’s a great day out in the countryside, so be sure to head over the next time both you and your pets need a bit of fresh air! Visitors are welcome to bring picnic baskets and settle down for a tasty meal on the lush grass. Walkhaven also boasts a tea garden and braai areas.

Address: Walkhaven Dog Park, Plot 77, Zwartkop.

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Get Pampered At Riverview Spa

Treat yourself to a pamper session at Riverview Spa the next time you’re in the Magaliesberg area. Look out for their Moonlight Spa, which happens on the first Friday of each month – how divine does that sound? There is a kids’ spa as well, so if you’ve got your little ones with you, they can get a bit of pampering done, too! There’s also a coffee shop on site so rest assured, you won’t go hungry or thirsty.

Address: Memory Mountain, Country Manor, Zwartkop, Muldersdrift.

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Do you know of any other fun things to do in Muldersdrift? Let us know about them!

 

Luxury Summer Escape At African Pride Mount Grace Country House & Spa, Autograph Collection

You’re in the country and it’s time to unwind with a romantic summer countryside getaway. African Pride Mount Grace Country House & Spa is proud to have recently joined the distinctive and extraordinary Autograph Collection by Marriott brand. It’s all about ultimate relaxation away from the hustle and bustle of the city and creating memories with loved ones in the all-encompassing surroundings of the Cradle of Humankind, whilst taking in the hues and soft lavender fragrances scattered throughout the property.

Nestled in a charming country setting amongst the Magaliesburg Mountains, merely an hour’s drive from Johannesburg or Pretoria, the African Pride Mount Grace Country House & Spa, Autograph Collection is an oasis of tranquillity to recharge in body, mind and spirit, the perfect destination for couples or families looking for a city escape this summer.

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Delight Your Palate

There are many dining options on-site to choose from to suit every occasion and mood. Have something to celebrate? Enjoy a romantic picnic supplied by the venue on the beautiful lawns at the spa while taking in the scenic views of the Magaliesberg. A wide selection of seasonal fruit, sandwiches, charcuterie, pâtés and desserts are available. For bookings, contact Reservations on [email protected] or call 014 577 5600 at least two hours prior.

The à la carte restaurant, Rambling Vine, offers diners an exceptional experience, complemented by exclusive wines. This is the perfect venue to enjoy a romantic meal. They also host food and wine pairing dinners once a month featuring a different winemaker each time. For more information and bookings, contact Reservations on [email protected] or call 014 577 5600. Please note the restaurant is not suitable for children under the age of 16.

The Twist Restaurant specialises in creating delicious dishes with the finest local and organic ingredients and dining is buffet-style. The restaurant also hosts a weekly Sunday lunch that can be enjoyed while taking in the country scenery. Contact Reservations for bookings.

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For The Children

The hotel offers a Kids Club facility which gives parents a chance to enjoy time together while their children are looked after and entertained. The Kids Club caters for all age groups from toddlers to teens, keeping them occupied over weekends, long weekends and school holidays. A Kids Holiday Programme runs during the summer school holidays.

For active guests, the Mountain Bike Activity Centre, The Cog & Sprocket, caters for both mountain bike and trail-running enthusiasts. It offers access to single tracks (varying in distance from 1.29km – 12km) along with a number of other facilities including deli-style dining, showers, bike wash bays and ample parking. More reasons to escape to the countryside.

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Time To Relax & Unwind

Time spent in the countryside would not be complete without the opportunity to relax, recharge and rejuvenate at the award-winning Mount Grace Spa. Located at the top of the property with beautiful views, it has 18 treatment rooms, nine of which are for couples. The spa offers a variety of treatments and promotions designed to give you a blissful pampering.

End your treatment with a complimentary hydrotherapy journey, which includes time in the steam room and on the reflexology walkway. For in-house guests, there is a spa entrance fee of R250 for the use of these facilities, should no treatments be booked (excluding the floatation pool). A R350 spa entrance fee applies for day visitors for the use of the spa facilities (excluding the floatation pool).

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Out & About

Outdoor activities include birding and tennis and there’s a useful activity guide that provides on-property information, including the bird species you can spot during your stay. There’s also information about exciting things to do in the area.

Escape the city this summer for a Magaliesburg countryside getaway

Exclusive Offers

Country Weekend Getaway

Spoil yourself with a luxury break this summer, whether for a romantic weekend, to celebrate a special occasion or simply to relax in the lap of luxury. This offer includes:

This offer is valid Friday to Monday from 03 September 2018 - 31 March 2019 and excludes 23 December 2018 - 01 January 2019. It's available seven days a week between 20 – 25 March 2019. Minimum two-night stay, terms and conditions apply.

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Summer Campaign

Summer is in the air and it’s the perfect time to book your holiday, whether for a romantic break or a fun-filled family getaway. Enjoy a 15% discount off their Best Available Rate when booking 30 days in advance.

This offer is valid seven days a week from 07 December 2018 – 20 January 2019. Terms and conditions apply. Subject to availability.

Contact Reservations for additional offers not listed here.

Summer Spa Experience

Create your own countryside Summer Spa Experience by selecting FOUR treatments from the following list to make up your own pamper session. The cost is R1 200 per person for two hours.

This offer is valid Monday to Friday from 01 December - 14 December 2018 and 10 January - 28 February 2019. Not valid over public holidays. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with other promotional offers. Full pre-payment required. No cancellations accepted. Terms and conditions apply. Valid Sunday 14:00 to Friday 14:00 only. Strictly no children under the age of 16 allowed at the spa.

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Enjoy complimentary use of the spa’s hydrotherapy journey which includes the use of the steam room, Jacuzzi, rock pool and reflexology walkway. Contact the spa team about other offers or view them online at www.marriott.com/jnbmm.

For More Information

For more information about African Pride Mount Grace Country House & Spa, Autograph Collection, visit www.marriott.com/jnbmm.

You can also contact them on 014 577 5600 or [email protected].

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