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Cradle of Humankind Accommodation

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No8 Guest House

5 Reviews
Sleeps 16 in 8 rooms

No8 Guest House is situated in Krugersdorp North at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac in a green, leafy part of the suburb. We are 1,5km from...
No8 Guest House is situated in Krugersdorp North at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac in a green, leafy part of the suburb. We are 1,5km from the Key West Shopping Centre, within a 5 minute drive of a wide variety of attractions in The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site and 7km from Silver Star Casino and Cradlestone Mall. We are less than 10km from Chamdor which makes us ideally situated for business travellers. There are a number of function and wedding venues around the cradle of Humankind and Muldersdrift which are within a short drive from us.

All rooms have kitchenettes with a fridge, microwave oven, kettle and basic utensils. The house is equipped with free uncapped high speed Wi-Fi internet access, TVs with full DStv, en-suite bathrooms, and private entrances with own outdoor smoking area. The laundry is free of charge for guests staying two nights or more from Monday to Friday. All rooms have private entrances and each key has a gate remote, so that guests can come and go as they please. There is ample safe parking space.

On site facilities include a large swimming pool, beautiful koi pond with outdoor entertainment area, large well equipped communal kitchen, safe parking with motorised gates and a braai area. A full English breakfast or omelette with continental self-service breakfast and fruit salad is included in the rate. We prepare a pre-plated two-course dinner on weekdays, which is left in the fridge of the room's kitchenette. Dinner needs to be booked one day in advance. We prepare lunch packs Monday to Friday. Please book 24 hours in advance.
from R800

The Rabbit Hole Hotel

6 Reviews
Sleeps 31 in 16 rooms

The Rabbit Hole Hotel in Krugersdorp North offers quality accommodation and excellent food in a charmingly surreal setting. Colourful...
The Rabbit Hole Hotel in Krugersdorp North offers quality accommodation and excellent food in a charmingly surreal setting. Colourful design combined with attention to the functional requirements of business travellers make The Rabbit Hole a favourite of many business travellers to Chamdor, Krugersdorp and the rest of the West Rand and to tourists exploring the many attractions in the nearby Cradle of Humankind. The Rabbit Hole Hotel offers 17 beautiful en-suite rooms. All rooms have TV with DStv, free wireless Internet access, tea and coffee-making facilities, writing desk with lamp, private patio with table and chairs and ample safe parking space with motorized gates.

Environment and attractions: At the Rabbit Hole we strive to make all our guests feel at home. All rooms have separate entrances, which lead directly onto their own patios and then into garden, the result is that one has enough private space to relax.

The Rabbit Hole is 200m walking distance from a wide range of restaurants along the side of Pretorius Park Dam at the Key West shopping Centre. Attractions in the area include the Cradle of Humankind, which starts less than 5km from The Rabbit hole. The Rhino and Lion Park, Maropeng, and the Sterkfontein Caves are among the sites that make the Cradle of Humankind an unforgettable experience.

The Rabbit Hole is in close proximity to the Krugersdorp Golf Course 500m. We are 15 minutes’ drive from Lanseria Airport, and 45 to 60 minutes’ drive from Oliver Tambo International Airport.

Laundry is done Monday to Friday, free of charge for guests staying two nights or more. Internet access: Free wireless internet access in al rooms. Wedding guests: We do not directly cater for weddings; however, wedding guests from other venues often stay with us. Our garden is often used for wedding photographs.

Breakfast is included in our rates and consists of a selection of coffee, tea, fruit juice, a wide range of cereals, bread, and fresh fruit. In addition to this, a choice of either an English breakfast, which consists of eggs, bacon, cocktail sausages, tomato, mushrooms and cheese, or an omelet will be offered.

Our restaurant is open from Wednesdays to Saturdays from 11:00 to 21:00 and Sundays from 11:00 to 15:00. Dinner will be available on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday evenings with advanced booking of one day ahead. Lunch packs are available on request. Guests with specific dietary requirements should let us know in advance so that we can cater for their needs.

Transfer to and from OR Tambo International Airport, Lanseria Airport and Chamdor can be arranged by the manager on duty, but should preferably be booked in advance. Awards: MCCI/Mogale Chamber of Commerce and Industry, award for best guesthouse. West Rand District Municipality Award for Best Guest House.
from R720

African Sky Guest House

12 Reviews
Sleeps 57 in 17 rooms

There are 13 private en-suite rooms, can accommodate larger groups, also self-catering units available. Our perfect location is what sets...
There are 13 private en-suite rooms, can accommodate larger groups, also self-catering units available. Our perfect location is what sets us apart. We are well situated in Krugersdorp, bordering Roodepoort - at the top end of Voortrekker Road, just before it becomes Ontdekkers Road. Minutes away from West Gate Shopping centre, and a mere 7 km drive from Key West Shopping centre.

Close to industrial areas: Chamdor, Factoria, Electron and Robertville makes us the ideal stay for groups working or business travellers to these areas. Leisure travellers find that we are a stone through away from many attractions offered in Krugersdorp as well as the city of Roodepoort, but at very reasonable rates. To mention a few facilities in the nearby vicinity - Silver Star Casino 9 km, Mosaic Theatre 12 km from us, Ruimsig Sport Stadium 7 km, and Witpoortjie Recreation Centre 3 km. OR Tambo International Airport is a 40 minute drive and Lanseria Airport is a 20 minute drive away.

The guest house is built like an L-shape and offers rooms with private entrances and en-suite bathrooms. There is secure off road parking. Owner’s home and guestrooms are separated by a tranquil garden and the sparking pool, ensuring your private and enjoyable stay. Guest may use the pool and braai facilities any time.

On other premises is a four bedroom house available for long stay groups working in the area complete with full service full time cook and laundry, cleaning done daily.

If you are looking for an immaculate place to stay, at truly competitive rates, then look no further. Come and experience our friendly and genuine warm hearted hospitality under the beautiful African Sky.
from R500

The Elements

11 Reviews
Sleeps 3 in 1 room

The Elements is a rustic house set in the Magaliesberg Mountains on an established small-holding that has been drawing power from the...
The Elements is a rustic house set in the Magaliesberg Mountains on an established small-holding that has been drawing power from the natural elements for around 10 years. The house is basic but ideal for an escape from the city. The house has one bedroom with a double bed and an en-suite bathroom. An additional single bed can be added on request. There is a basic kitchen area and outdoor seating with views for miles.

Sunshine rules the energy on this exclusive retreat, it pumps the borehole water, lights the light bulbs and cools the fridges. When the sun is resting and the clouds roll in, the wind turbine takes over her easy load and the same efficiency is achieved. The beautiful power of our natural elements are your hosts, so come and absorb their energy. Relax, take a walk in the mountains or cycle many of the spectacular bike trail in this pristine environment.

The beautiful surroundings of the house are perfect for guests who want to get lost in nature. The Magaliesberg Mountains are rich with hiking trails, gullies and kloofs and are a playground for hikers, rock climbers and abseilers.
from R900

Aviators Retreat

3 Reviews
Sleeps 14 in 6 rooms

Aviators Retreat offers guests fully furnished self-catering accommodation, resulting in an ideal overnight stay that will leave you...
Aviators Retreat offers guests fully furnished self-catering accommodation, resulting in an ideal overnight stay that will leave you refreshed and ready for the next day; whatever it may offer.

The rooms each consist of a double bed and a sleeper couch, an en-suite bathroom and a fully equipped kitchen with a fridge, a microwave, a stove and cupboards. Guests also have the option of a DStv bouquet in their rooms. Various breakfasts and light meals are available to give you energy and vitality, keeping you on your feet and at your best.

This overnight facility is situated close to the heart of Cradle of humankind, the Lion and Rhino Park, the all new Silverstar Casino and a variety of shopping centres.

The town of Krugersdorp is home to the Krugersdorp Game Reserve and is ideal for a quick trip to escape the hustle and bustle. One is almost guaranteed to see hippo, giraffe, buffalo, zebra and a variety of different buck. Guests can go on a night drive and visit the separate enclosed area which contains the lions.
from R550

Sky Lodge

33 Reviews
Sleeps 50 in 9 rooms

Sky Lodge is a unique stone and thatch getaway in the Hartbeespoort Dam area. The lodge is located on 50 hectares of magnificent...
Sky Lodge is a unique stone and thatch getaway in the Hartbeespoort Dam area. The lodge is located on 50 hectares of magnificent mountainside and offers majestic views of the Hartbeespoort Dam and surrounding Magaliesberg Mountains.

The Red Sky Lodge and Blue Sky Lodge are two large exclusive stone lodges on top of the hill with private pools. Lower down the valley we have the private Stone Lodge, as well as the romantic stone suites with spa baths which are suitable for couples, and two bedroom and two bathroom family cottages which are suitable for four guests each. Each unit has a well-equipped kitchen and is fully equipped for self-catering. The lodges and suites each have a patio deck area and spectacular views of the surrounding mountains.

Activities include hiking the gorge and surrounding mountains on the farm, mountain biking, paintball and archery.
We also have a fantastic conference centre on top of the hill.
from R1150

Olive Tree Guesthouse

12 Reviews
Sleeps 12 in 5 rooms

Nestled in a secluded valley, Olive Tree Farm is perfect for a romantic break in the majestic Magalies mountains. If you want to explore...
Nestled in a secluded valley, Olive Tree Farm is perfect for a romantic break in the majestic Magalies mountains. If you want to explore the many fascinating aspects of the Magalies Meander or you just need to unwind, Olive Tree Farm offers you luxurious rooms in serene surroundings. There are 3 exclusive self contained suites, each offering: * Deck with panoramic view * Beautiful large bathroom with bath and shower * Underfloor heating * DSTV * Comfortable lounge with plush furnishings * Wood burning fireplace * Fully equipped kitchen unit * Swimming pool * 100% cotton linen * Various walks on the 26ha property Each suite is available on a self-catering or bed and breakfast basis. Olive Tree Farm is situated an hour away from both Pretoria and Johannesburg.
from R1300

Mamagalie Mountain Lodge

123 Reviews
Sleeps 24 in 5 rooms

In the heart of the magnificent Magaliesberg mountain range lies Mamagalie Mountain Lodge. Head northwest from Johannesburg and after a one...
In the heart of the magnificent Magaliesberg mountain range lies Mamagalie Mountain Lodge. Head northwest from Johannesburg and after a one and a half hour's journey our warm welcome awaits you.
On arrival, relax and unwind with a refreshing drink, then take time to enjoy the majestic views over the Buffelspoort Valley and dam while you cool off in the swimming pool. Spend the evenings in peaceful elegance, cuddled up to a cozy log fire, or sit around the fire pit and after cooking your meal, enjoy the star studded skies and listen to the nocturnal inhabitants commence their vigil. Welcome the new day with a stroll through the secluded kloof, and listen to the exquisite sounds of the wakening bush.

We have 1000 acres of private and pristine bush and mountain veld for you to explore at your leisure. An energetic walk to the top of the mountain will give you views you only dream of, and if it is warm enough, take a dip in the pure, sparkling rock pools. The bush is a nature lover's paradise, with numerous species of flora and fauna. Bird lovers are normally assured of sightings of the Black (Vereaux's) Eagle and Cape Vulture, as well as an abundance of the smaller species.You are certain to enjoy absolute privacy as the lodge is only let to one party at a time. Sleeping from two to twelve people in stylish luxury, our accommodation has been described as 'world class'.

We allow our guests to take time away from the daily grind, as our friendly staff services the lodge.This self-catering luxury unit has a fully equipped kitchen, furnished to the highest standards with a large stove, fridge/freezer, and convection microwave. The only things you will need during your stay are food and beverage. We believe our four star grading is well deserved, but don't let us try and convince you, come and visit us and find out for yourself. Our newly opened Bush Lodge provides the ultimate in privacy , this 4 star unit has a private plunge pool and braai area and is built over three levels into the tree canopy. Sleeping from 2-4 people it has a luxurious bathroom with bath and shower, separate toilet. The kitchen is fully equipped with gas stove and oven and a large fridge/freezer. There is no microwave or T.V. We believe this unit offers the most affordable 4 star accommodation in the country.

We regret we only accept two-night stays over weekends.
from R700

Lavender Lake Farm - The Cottage

6 Reviews
Sleeps 12 in 2 rooms

Offering an authentic farm environment where dam, fields, orchards and rock pools scatter the...
Offering an authentic farm environment where dam, fields, orchards and rock pools scatter the landscape, the cottage on Lavender Lake Farm will become your dream home in the country.

The cottage is fully equipped and easily accommodates six guests in two bedrooms. Here winter evenings are best spent tucked around the cosy fireplace, while starlit summer nights should be spent outside listening to the nightly serenade of the river residents.

Your time at the cottage includes exclusive use of the dam for swimming and fishing. The cottage is completely fenced, so your socialized pets are welcome to join you on your daily excursions. Two dogs are allowed for free, but additional dogs will be charged R50 thereafter.
from R1000

Magalies Manor

33 Reviews
Sleeps 76 in 32 rooms

In a valley nestled in the Magaliesberg mountain range lies an elegant and gracious country retreat, just 45 minutes from Johannesburg. ...
In a valley nestled in the Magaliesberg mountain range lies an elegant and gracious country retreat, just 45 minutes from Johannesburg. Magalies Manor is a small but exclusive country establishment, offering the very best of cuisine, personalized service and privacy in a picturesque garden setting. Hidden amongst the abundant gardens, Magalies Manor features beautifully appointed, private luxury rooms graced with sweeping views of the Magaliesberg panorama.

Wine and dine in the private dining room or the terrace room, where you can sample the best of continental buffets, table d'hôte and fine desserts. Enjoy a variety of cocktails, wine and malts, a game of pool, and on a cold Magalies evening, sip port by the fireplace in the bar. In this idyllic setting and crisp mountain air, spend the day by the pool, bird watch or simply relax and read a book.

Our children policy is as follows: Children under the age of 6 are free of charge if sharing with two parents. Children between the ages of 6 to 11 pay half price if sharing with two parents. Children from 12 and older pay full rates, but are still required to share with at least one adult.
from R1440

Kloofzicht Lodge & Spa

4 Reviews
Sleeps 172 in 50 rooms

Welcome to Kloofzicht Lodge & Spa, where tranquillity and elegance originate. Kloofzicht Lodge & Spa is nestled at the foothills of the...
Welcome to Kloofzicht Lodge & Spa, where tranquillity and elegance originate. Kloofzicht Lodge & Spa is nestled at the foothills of the Zwartkops Mountains in the Cradle of Humankind; it is the essence of tranquillity and ultimate luxury, a comfortable 40 minute drive from both Johannesburg and Pretoria.

Guests entering the luxurious Kloofzicht Lodge & Spa are greeted with the stunning vista of endless stretches of water as the infinity pool spills over into the Kloofzicht dam, finally settling into the Zwartkops mountains in the distance.

Kloofzicht Lodge & Spa comprises 18 deluxe superior suites, 10 superior suites, 20 executive suites and 12 family/executive twin suites, overlooking either the six exquisite fly fishing dams or the unspoilt Zwartkops gorge and mountain. Five star conference and wedding facilities satisfy the needs of even the most discerning guests.

The small but magnificent nature reserve upon which Kloofzicht is built, is home to kudu, impala, blue wildebeest, eland, red hartebeest, springbuck, gemsbok, zebra as well as a fascinating array of bird life. Kloofzicht is home to the Fly Fishing Academy.

Kloofzicht Lodge & Spa has 6 exquisite Fly Fishing Dams all which may be fished in with the exception of our Main Members Dam. All our dams are stocked with a variety of fish species such as Trout, Bass, Carp, and Yellow Fish and Tilapia. Fishing is open from 06:00 until 18:00 and is subject to the occupancy of the hotel.
from R2048

Hodge Podge Lodge Backpackers

9 Reviews
Sleeps 162 in 31 rooms

Hodge Podge Lodge Backpackers is set against the Magaliesberg Mountain Range and offers...
Hodge Podge Lodge Backpackers is set against the Magaliesberg Mountain Range and offers accommodation for tourists looking to relax in a tranquil environment.

The wooden cottages and dorms are styled to meet the needs of individual guests and groups. The backpackers has a very unique bar in the communal lapa called the Middle Of The Road Taste. The bar blends a bit of old and new as well as the comfort of Rhodesian Teak tables with directors’ chairs. With pool and poker table, Wi-Fi access, and a swimming pool, Hodge Podge is a backpacker's paradise.

Surrounded by a beautiful garden, Hodge can accommodate up to 130 guests. Meals are catered for upon request. African food is a specialty including the traditional potjiekos, all prepared on an open fire.
from R370

Blue Roan Country Lodge

75 Reviews
Sleeps 16 in 7 rooms

Break away from the city and relax in one of our seven new, affordable and very comfortable self-catering units in a tranquil and beautiful...
Break away from the city and relax in one of our seven new, affordable and very comfortable self-catering units in a tranquil and beautiful setting with panoramic views of the Magaliesberg Mountains. This is the ideal private and peaceful hideaway for those wanting to totally relax and escape from the noise of the city, and for this reason children over 14 are welcome.

Your well-behaved pets are also welcome by arrangement, even your horse. We have our own lovable dogs, cats and horses and the farm is named after our Blue Roan spaniels.This 4 Star graded secluded and romantic, pet friendly, fully equipped self-catering units for couples. Enjoy Jacuzzi baths, log fireplaces, DStv, private patios with braai areas and wonderful mountain views on a private farm.

The luxurious units are very spacious with TVs, DVD players, fireplaces and fully equipped kitchenettes. All units have Jacuzzi/spa baths. The farm has rolling green lawns, walking trails, horse paddocks and endless views of the beautiful Magaliesburg Mountains. A spacious lapa by a stunning rock swimming pool is a lovely place to enjoy the sunny days, or just shoot some pool in the bar.

If you don't want to sacrifice luxury for a stay in the country, then this is the place for you. There is plenty to do in the area and we are easy to find just 8 km from the town of Magaliesburg on a tar road. Midweek special rates on request.
from R1100

Cradle Valley

Sleeps 30 in 12 rooms

Lying just off one of the main highways in the Muldersdrift area, Cradle Valley offers bed and breakfast accommodation to guests. This is...
Lying just off one of the main highways in the Muldersdrift area, Cradle Valley offers bed and breakfast accommodation to guests. This is a great option for corporate or leisure travellers en route to Potchefstroom or Pretoria.

This picturesque guest house offers 12 charming suites, of which all have en-suite bathrooms and private entrances. Each room has tea and coffee facilities, a TV with selected DStv channels, a bar fridge and Wi-Fi Internet access. These comfortably furnished suites also offer lovely views of the surrounding area.

Guests can enjoy a delicious breakfast as a great start to the day. Dinner can also be arranged on request at an additional cost. The garden provides an idyllic place to relax, while the swimming pool is the perfect spot to cool off while appreciating the majestic mountain views.
from R1000

Bushwillow Tented Camp

Sleeps 60 in 10 rooms

Situated in Muldersdrift only 30 minutes from both Johannesburg and Pretoria, Bush Willow Tented Camp offers a unique experience. The small...
Situated in Muldersdrift only 30 minutes from both Johannesburg and Pretoria, Bush Willow Tented Camp offers a unique experience. The small tented camp is built in a sector of Glenburn Lodge which is surrounded by indigenous bush at the foot of the Zwartkops Mountains, on the banks of the Blaauwbank River.

Accommodation comprises ten large comfortable walk-in tents, sleeping between four and six people each, with hot indoor showers and a small kitchenette. All meals are prepared and enjoyed in the thatched boma area where one can relax with a glass of wine while the tantalizing aroma of food fills the air. The tented camp can be booked exclusively by a group in conjunction with the full take-up of all the tents, accommodating up to 60 people. Please note that from the second night onwards, guests will pay a cheaper rate per tent, hence we advise guests to request the appropriate tariffs. Guests can bring their own bedding or it can be supplied at an additional cost of R70.

The latest addition to the Glenburn offering is Glenwillow conference venue within the Bush Willow Tented Camp. Ideally situated on the Blaauwbank River, this venue accommodates between 20 and 60 guests for conferences. A thatch gazebo overlooking the mountain can be utilised as a breakaway area. Established team building companies are rating this venue as one of the best in Gauteng due to its natural surroundings and ample space for team building activities, drumming and fire-walking. In addition to this, the exclusive use of a heated swimming pool, access to river fishing as well as nature walks along marked trails in the mountain are some of the leisure activities available.

With rugby, hockey, cricket and gym facilities, Bush Willow is an inviting option for school, provincial and international sport teams requiring training facilities. Glenburn Lodge is a proud sponsor of the Golden Lions who utilise the facilities for training purposes.

If an Africa-inspired wedding is on your wedding wish list, look no further than Bush Willow Tented Camp where a boma, indigenous vegetation and river frontage awaits you in the shade of the Zwartkops Mountain. Ideally situated on the Blaauwbank River, Bush Willow Tented Camp offers a fun-filled alternative for weddings with its boma, ten tents and heated swimming pool. Each tent accommodates up to six guests and is equipped with a kitchenette, hot water shower and toilet. Standard bedding and duvets can be provided or brides may choose to involve the services or a décor or rental company to decorate the tents. This secluded venue accommodates between 20 and 60 guests for weddings. A thatch gazebo overlooking the mountain is utilised as a chapel. The area can be exclusively booked by a group in conjunction with the full take-up of all the tents, accommodating up to 60 persons at a very competitive rate. Although the tented camp is a self-catering venue for leisure guests, weddings can be catered for by Glenburn Lodge and an extensive range of mouth-watering menus are available.
from R860

Bankenveld House Bed and Breakfast

3 Reviews
Sleeps 8 in 4 rooms

Welcome to Bankenveld House, situated amongst the rocky outcrops in Krugersdorp, where Tienie and...
Welcome to Bankenveld House, situated amongst the rocky outcrops in Krugersdorp, where Tienie and Karen Stander enjoy sharing their hospitality and making your stay comfortable and memorable. Bankenveld House has panoramic views of the Cradle of Humankind, where guests can enjoy the bird life in the garden, listen to the calls of the Black Backed jackal during the evenings, or the Vervet monkeys chattering in the trees.

We commit to always provide our guests with comfortable, clean and luxurious rooms, with an extra effort to ensure your privacy. As your hosts we are available for advising on local dining options, arranging a barbecue in the boma or on the deck, visiting places of interest, as well as arranging transport for connecting flights. At Bankenveld House, you can expect to experience a peaceful stay whilst also having the convenience of being near the city of Johannesburg.
from R900

Magaliqua Guest House

1 Review
Sleeps 10 in 2 rooms

Magaliqua Guest House is perched on a hill in the leafy suburb of Noordheuwel in Krugersdorp, with breathtaking views of the Magaliesberg....
Magaliqua Guest House is perched on a hill in the leafy suburb of Noordheuwel in Krugersdorp, with breathtaking views of the Magaliesberg. We are a comfortable 45 minute drive from Johannesburg and Sandton, 20 minutes from Lanseria Airport, and 55 minutes from OR Tambo International Airport.

We offer two luxuriously furnished self-catering apartments with five spacious bedrooms, four bathrooms, two comfortable lounges, two fully-equipped kitchens, and a laundry. We also offer conference facilities for small groups up to 12 people.
from R600

Stone Hill

22 Reviews
Sleeps 34 in 9 rooms

Are you in need of a warm and relaxed getaway in the country. Within an hour from Johannesburg or Pretoria, nestled in the hills of the...
Are you in need of a warm and relaxed getaway in the country. Within an hour from Johannesburg or Pretoria, nestled in the hills of the Magaliesberg, on a private mountain bushveld farm, with stunning views, is Stone Hill.

Perched high above the distant village of Magaliesburg, we offer seven top class, fully-equipped luxurious self-catering timber cottages, accommodating from two to eight guests each. All have open plan lounges with log fireplaces, fully fitted kitchens, bedrooms and full bathrooms. Each is individually fenced for pets and each has a large verandah and braai area.
All the cottages are separate and private and are at least 20 metres from each other. We are family and pet friendly and we welcome all breeds of house trained and socialized dogs. The small splash pool is central and within easy reach and the view down the valley is breathtaking.

Stone Hill facilities are designed and equipped to give you the feeling of home from home and to make your stay that much more comfortable. There are TV’s in all of cottages with selected DStv channels for your entertainment.

The farm supports indigenous small game and birdlife and we have introduced a 5 km walking trail where your dog/s can run unleashed and there are concrete benches for the weary to sit and catch their breath! Please remember to pack water bowls and drinks for the walk!

The Magaliesberg are almost 100 times older than the Himalayas and the area is historically and archaeologically rich. It is here that Mankind originated, in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site. Today there is still evidence of Stone Age and Iron Age early man to be found. Stone Hill is only 11 kms from Maropeng Visitor’s Centre and 15 kms from the Sterkfontein Caves.

Over the centuries, many wars have been waged across the hills, the most recent being the Anglo Boer War. At Stone Hill, a site has been found from that period and the pieces are displayed for visitors who may be interested. The collection is dated somewhere between 1899 to1902.

Stone Hill offers privacy, peace and seclusion and it is where your internal clock instinctively slows to the rhythm of the bush. The welcome is warm and the attention is personalised so come and barbeque under the stars and hear the call of the jackals. The perfect escape! Stone Hill is a wonderful cure for stressed city living.
from R1240

Puschka Farm

19 Reviews
Sleeps 18 in 3 rooms

Puschka is an organic farm situated in the beautiful Naauwpoort Valley, in the foothills of the majestic Magaliesberg Mountain Range, with...
Puschka is an organic farm situated in the beautiful Naauwpoort Valley, in the foothills of the majestic Magaliesberg Mountain Range, with the Hex River winding its way through the valley and farm. The farm offers two lovely self-catering units; Puschka House and Puschka Cottage. They are ideal for romantic couples, families and friendly get-togethers.

Puschka Cottage is nestled in the bush on the side of a hill and has its own swimming pool. Perfect for a romantic getaway for two people or for a family of six, this thatched cottage has a large living room with a fireplace kitchen, a shared full bathroom and a separate toilet. Three bedrooms lead off to a small sitting area with an anthracite stove for winter evenings, as well as a TV with DStv and a DVD player. Guests can enjoy a lovely braai outside and cool down in the large swimming pool.

Puschka House is located on the opposite side of the river, amongst large gum trees giving it a typical South African farmhouse feel. Slightly bigger, the house can sleep a family or a group of eight people. The four bedrooms lead to the living area and share two bathrooms and a separate toilet. The large living and dining area has a fireplace and is equipped with a TV with DStv and a DVD player. The large kitchen has a wood burning stove for cold winter nights. Guests can relax on the stoep while enjoying a braai or cool down in the plunge pool. Please note that pets are not allowed and cell phone reception is poor.

While visiting Puschka Farm, why not climb up to the top of the hill for incredible views and sunsets or enjoy activities like horse riding and tree hopping on a Canopy Tour. Guests can enjoy a special dinner at the famous Mount Grace Hotel. For birdwatchers, the farm has a prolific bird life and you may even offer the chance to see some of the local game such as kudu, jackal, bushbuck, warthog and leopard which are rarely seen. Guests can go for walks, go mountain biking or view the animals on the farm such as nguni cattle, boer goats, chickens, turkeys, geese and horses. For something different, join the "Cooking in the Country” classes which take place in Puschka House. It focuses on cooking, eating and fun. Guests are guaranteed to have a good time whether you come along and join a group of like-minded people or whether you make up your own group. This is an ideal way to break down barriers in a group and do some team building.
from R620

Intaba Thulile

12 Reviews
Sleeps 24 in 6 rooms

Intaba Thulile,peaceful mountain, is a 450 hectare private game farm within the Magaliesburg Nature Conservancy. As it is within easy...
Intaba Thulile,peaceful mountain, is a 450 hectare private game farm within the Magaliesburg Nature Conservancy. As it is within easy access to Johannesburg approximately 80 km west and some 90 km from Pretoria, it is a perfect distance for getaway weekend for those seeking refuge from the rigors of urban stress.

The rolling savannah grassland plain, pristine bush, and the distinctive suikerbos and kiepersol tress are guarded over by the imposing amber cliffs of the mountain. With its abundant birdlife, and variety of trees, ferns, flowers and grasses, the reserve is a delight for birdwatchers and botanists. It is a paintbox of colours: greens of every hue; reds, yellows, whites, blues and pinks of the many flowers. With a variety of buck as well as warthog, jackal, ostriches, and a pair of gorgeous, graceful giraffe, game viewers will not be disappointed.

We offer self-catering accommodation in lovely wooden chalets set amongst the trees and with stunning views of the mountain. Simply relax on the comfortable deck and bask in the peace while you listen to the sounds of nature and gaze upon the unforgettable views; or actively explore the ancient kloofs, the cliffs, the crevices, and the extraordinary rock formations. We offer hiking, walking, mountain biking, swimming, game viewing and horse riding.
from R750

Cradle of Humankind South Africa

Cradle of Humankind  Accommodation

A mere hour's drive from Johannesburg, the Cradle of Humankind is a place of major significance. It was here we first became human. Here where we first stood upright on our own two, rather oddly shaped, feet, explored the uses to which we could put our usefully opposed thumbs, and experimented with more and more sophisticated grunts as we tried to make sense of our environment. Its also the place where 1.8 million years ago we first "domesticated" fire.
You can do a tour of the Sterkfontein Caves, where there is a small interpretive museum, but you'll get more out of a visit here if you take a dedicated tour with a knowledgeable guide who can tell you about the various discoveries.

OK – to be perfectly honest, it's unlikely that these hominids lived only in the Sterkfontein area – they probably ranged all over southern Africa but, in order for fossils to be preserved, they need to die under ideal conditions – ideal conditions for fossil formation, not ideal conditions for life, obviously.

And the Cradle of Humankind, with its heavy deposits of limestone, offered the perfect environment for the preservation of these ancient skeletons. Since 1947, when Robert Broom discovered the first hominid fossil, who came to be known as Mrs Ples, literally thousands of fossils have been found at Sterkfontein and the other sites that make up the Cradle of Humankind.

But, even if you're not particularly interested in visiting the place where our ancestors hung out, the Cradle of Humankind is a great place to visit and it is close to Pretoria and Johannesburg. There are enough small game farms, caves, restaurants, craft shops and guesthouses to keep you occupied for a couple of days. You could even go for a hot air balloon ride. The Cradle is also close to the town of Magaliesburg and the Magaliesberg Mountains.

World Heritage Sites – Fossil Hominid Sites of Sterkfontein, Swartkrans, Kromdraai, and Environs

The Cradle of Humankind was proclaimed one of South Africa's first World Heritage Sites in 1999.

Sterkfontein, Swartkrans, Kromdraai, and Environs Krugersdorp, Gauteng S25º55'45 E27º 47'20

Makapan Valley Mokopane (Potgietersrus), Limpopo, South Africa S24º9'31 E29º10'37

Taung Skull Fossil Site Taung, North West, South Africa S27º37'10 E24º37'59

The Taung Skull Fossil Site, part of the extension, is the place where in 1924 the celebrated Taung Skull - a specimen of the species Australopithecus africanus - was found. Makapan Valley, also in the site, features in its many archaeological caves traces of human occupation and evolution dating back some 3.3 million years. The area contains essential elements that define the origin and evolution of humankind. Fossils found there have enabled the identification of several specimens of early hominids, more particularly specimens of Paranthropus, dating back between 4.5 million and 2.5 million years as well as evidence of the domestication of fire 1.8 million to 1 million years ago. It is an extension to the site inscribed in 1999.

UNESCO World Heritage Site Selection Criteria

  • (iii). To bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappeared.
  • (vi). To be directly or tangibly associated with events or living traditions, with ideas, or with beliefs, with artistic and literary works of outstanding universal significance. (The Committee considers that this criterion should preferably be used in conjunction with other criteria).

Source: UNESCO

A mere hour's drive from Johannesburg, the Cradle of Humankind is a place of major significance. It was here we first became human. Here where we first stood upright on our own two, rather oddly shaped, feet, explored the uses to which we could put...

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