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.

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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

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The Farmhouse. Source: Rusting

Backpackers

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.

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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 offer game drives twice a day, the morning game drive at 08:00 and the afternoon game drive is at 16:30. Cost is R150 per person and R75 per child under the age of 12, but just keep in mind that NO children under the age of 10 are allowed on the drive. To find out more about availability, visit reception or give them a call.

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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:

Corporate:

Private Functions: 

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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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A Little Bit Of History 

Most of us know Mike's Kitchen as a well-established family restaurant chain. However, their branch in Parktown has a little more history to it. The building, known as Eikenlaan, was completed in 1905 for photographer and land developer, James Goch. Later, the mansion was sold to become the Ennsimore Residential Hotel. Fast forward to 1978, the building was under threat of demolition to make way for the M1 motorway. In stepped the management of Mike's Kitchen and the Parktown Heritage Trust to save this historic landmark. With 12,000 public and media signatures, they managed to save the building, transforming it into the familiar family-friendly restaurant it is today.

Today, Mike's Kitchen Parktown remains one of only two Randlord Mansions, which can be viewed freely by the public. It also still houses the original stained glass windows, high pressed ceilings and balustrade. Common myth says that the mansion may be haunted, which draws in as many visitors as the generous menu. If you have time to spare over the holidays, bring yourself and the kids for a bite to eat. It's the perfect spot for late breakfast, tea or even a special family dinner.

Mikes Kitchen

A Spot Of Breakfast 

One of the highlights of my university experience was brunching at Mike's Kitchen Parktown with friends. Taking ourselves on a short 'adventure' from Braamfontein to Parktown, this was a test of our new-found adulthood. Now, I must disclaim that Mike's Kitchen Parktown is almost always packed to the brim. If you want to avoid a lengthy wait at the bar for a table (and a serious struggle for parking), book in advance! You can choose to sit inside the old heritage building, but we preferred the luscious outdoor setting. Under the shade of trees, with the smell of blossoms in the air, this place hearkens back to its heydays of croquette on the lawn and afternoon teas.

The staff at Mike's are abundantly friendly and will often make time for a quick chat in between taking down orders. While their breakfast menu has changed slightly since my days of 'adventure', they still offer all the good old classics, from Eggs Benedict served with a choice of hickory ham, bacon or salmon, to a hearty South African brekkie of eggs, bacon, boerewors, a burger patty, mushrooms, grilled tomato and toast. They also serve vegetarian options and delicious bowls of oats for the health conscious. Served with a warming coffee or cheeky Mimosa, this is brunch at its very best.

Gourmet Grub

The remainder of the Mike's Kitchen menu is too extensive to list here. However, I will mention their signature hamburgers and boozy shakes. Mike's burgers are hearty and packed with flavour. Choose your patty from a selection of pure beef, falafel, soya, chicken breast or lamb. You can then keep it simple with a Classic Burger or go all out with their Jawbreaker - two patties, served with cheddar and mozzarella slices, onion, tomato, gherkins, avo, lettuce, bacon and topped with three golden onion rings!

What goes better with a messy hamburger than a thick, sweet milkshake? A boozy concoction of ice cream and spirits, of course! Inspired by traditional South African desserts and drinks, these milkshakes are a must-try. I recommend the Loslyf Melktert - a vanilla milkshake with a kick of vodka and Mike's secret milktart ingredients.

Mikes Kitchen

For More Information

Visit the Mike's Kitchen Parktown website for more information about their heritage and menu offerings.

Details: No 15 St. Andrews Road, Parktown, Johannesburg | 011 484 2688 | [email protected]