Elandsdrift, West Rand
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Virtually on the doorstep of the Cradle of Humankind, Elandsdrift, just outside Johannesburg en route to the Magaliesberg, lies in a more rural part of the city, perfect for weekend getaways and popular for wedding venues and business breakaways. Elandsdrift is close to Lanseria airport, making it ideal for those on fleeting visits to the city - by landing here you circumvent the city and its notorious traffic, and yet have easy access to Fourways, Sandton, Randburg and Pretoria.
Elandsdrift and the surrounding area is a beautifully scenic and tranquil part of the city. It lies perched on the edge of Jo’burg’s sprawl - far enough out of the city to have largely escaped the push of development that has hit Johannesburg like a tidal wave over the last few years, yet if you need access to the city, it has good access to the major highways of the N1 and R28.
The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site lies just west of Elandsdrift - some 47 000 hectares that include 13 excavated sites that have revealed an incredible amount about life-forms going back over millions of years, bearing in mind that human ancestry started to evolve 200 000 years ago. These sites include the exciting Sterkfontein cave, probably the most famous of all the hominin related caves in the world because of the discovery of ‘Mrs Ples’ and ‘Little Foot’ who has still not yet been fully excavated.
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The Cradle of Humankind Site comprises a strip of a dozen dolomitic limestone caves containing the fossillised remains of ancient forms of animals, plants and most importantly, hominids. The dolomite in which the caves formed, started out as coral reefs growing in a worm shallow sea about 2.3 billion years ago ... more information
Croc City Crocodile Farm provides the opportunity for the public to observe one of the world's most spectacular predators at close range. Croc City is home to more than 800 crocodiles, ranging from hatchlings, to large adults of over four metres in length. Croc City is the first ... more information
When kulula began operating daily flights to and from Cape Town and Durban from Lanseria Airport in 2005, Lanseria Airport, formerly regarded by all and sundry as merely a grass airstrip somewhere in the northern reaches of Johannesburg, began to play a more serious role in the minds of travellers in ... more information
If you are pressed for time, or your trip does not include a journey to one of the major game reserves in South Africa, then it follows that you might still want to view lions 'up close and personal' in a wildlife conservation enclosure. Infact, if you've just jetted in via Lanseria Airport, you could make it one of the first ... more information
Shades of Ngwenya is a glass factory situated at the Ngwenya Glass Village, where you can watch a group of local glass blowers creating an enchanting array of glassware, and a range of animals and birds of Africa. And all of this in the pretty area of Muldersdrift, about 20 minutes drive from Johannesburg, Gauteng ... more information
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