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.
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:
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 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 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.
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 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.
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.
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:
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].
I've been living in the West Rand my entire life. From the coffee shops of Krugersdorp, to the craft breweries of Magaliesburg, I've seen it all. Well, that was until I stumbled across Random Harvest Country Cottages in Muldersdrift.
Hidden on a dirt road just off of the infamous Magalies Wedding Mile, Random Harvest is a nursery, tea garden and bed and breakfast. It is a popular hangout spot for those living in the northern and western suburbs of Johannesburg. Random Harvest serves as the perfect escape from the city that's just down the road from town.
I was fortunate enough to spend some time with the owner, Linda. She took me on a tour of the 21Ha farm and showed me the grassland which she is quite proud of. Random Harvest is home to 159 bird species (confirmed by an ornithologist) and is a great place to walk around. Here you can rekindle your love for nature or ponder whether or not you should sell your house and move to the countryside (if only it were that easy, right?).
Breakfast was a pleasure. In fact, their entire menu is stuffed with amazing delights, most of which are made in-house. For instance, the toast served with breakfast is freshly baked by the Random Harvest kitchen. The butter that accompanies breakfast is also freshly made from their very own cow's milk. Food is served al fresco under a spread of monkey thorn acacias which provide shade and serenity for the dining experience. Menu items range from farmhouse style breakfasts to delicate homemade Guinness pies. As a side note, they serve the most delicious chocolate milkshakes.
Be it a quick brunch with friends, breakfast with family or an overnight stay, Random Harvest offers that simple farm living we've all been yearning for.
By Shawn Greyling
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