You don't have to be a green fingered garden enthusiast to enjoy a plant nursery. I often visit my local nursery simply to take in a breath of fresh air and enjoy nature. However after months of being cooped at home, I've felt the call to go out and explore a little further. Of course, we are still unable to leave the province, so a road trip is off the cards. So where could I go for a day out in the sunshine without leaving Gauteng? There are tons of places to explore in the city, but I was eager to venture out a tad bit further.

My dear mother who is an avid gardener suggested we pay a visit to her favourite garden centre out in Muldersdrift - Random Harvest Indigenous Plant Nursery. I'd been here once before, but couldn't entirely remember what it was like. So I put on my face mask, packed up my hand sanitiser and set out on a mission to explore all that this indigenous plant centre has to offer. Here's what I found.

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Photo sourced from Random Harvest Indigenous Plant Nursery on Facebook.

Plant Life Galore

There is something truly magical about indigenous South African flora. While we may not have the pretty primroses of Northern rural England, our homegrown plants are magnificent in their own right. Stepping into Random Harvest Nursery I was immediately reminded of this.

Their retail nursery features a number of indigenous plant gardens and displays, showcasing just what our natural landscape has to offer. This garden-like setting aims to inspire gardeners to embrace indigenous plant-life by demonstrating its beauty. And it certainly works. Mom and I left with not one but a few new succulents to add to our rockery. Random Harvest's retail nursery also boasts a number of environmentally sustainable display gardens. Eco-conscious gardeners, make sure to stop by these gardens for awesome tips and tricks.

Quaint cottages

Random Harvest Nursery is full of wonderful surprises. During our visit we discovered that it is also a B&B! You can book an overnight stay at one of their 4-star cottages. Or spend a weekend away from the inner city hustle and bustle, enjoying the peace and tranquility of the gardens. Random Harvest's B&B is known for its hospitality and homely welcoming. Keep an eye on the nursery's Facebook page for updates on when they will be reopening under advanced level 3 lockdown.

Al fresco dining 

There's nothing that I love more than a tea garden. Dining on tea and scones under the shade of a leafy tree is my idea of heaven. So you can imagine my joy at discovering Random Harvest's onsite tea garden! Sadly due to lockdown regulations, we weren't able to join them for a seated meal. But they are serving up tasty takeaways and ready-made meals, so do pop by if you can. Grab a cup of takeaway coffee and a few homemade biscuits to enjoy on your stroll around the gardens. There are benches located around the nursery for you to perch on as well. We'll definitely be back for a seated meal in the near future.

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For More Information

Visit www.randomharvest.co.za for more information.

Details: Plot 57, Kontiki road., Muldersdrift, Gauteng | (Tel) 082 553 0598 | [email protected]

Have you been to Random Harvest Indigenous Nursery before? Let us know about your experience in the comments below! 

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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.

For more information, click here

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.

For more information, click here

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.

For more information, click here

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.

For more information, click here

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.

For more information, click here

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