Muldersdrift, West Rand
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This particularly pretty part of the world used to be real countryside, way outside of Johannesburg, for escapees of the city lifestyle. Whilst today the small farms and smallholdings still exist, Muldersdrift has now become something of a village, its borders literally melded with the outer suburbs around Northgate.
Muldersdrift is a wonderful place to stay whilst in Johannesburg, particularly if your needs are to the north of the city. Your evenings are peaceful and tranquil yet your access to Fourways, Sandton, Randburg and even Pretoria is easy, and Lanseria airport is a mere 15 minutes away. There is beauty in the grasslands and natural indigenous vegetation in Muldersdrift, which lies in the heart of the Kromdraai Valley home to the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage site.
Visit the Wondercave, one of the show caves of the heritage site and the third largest cave in South Africa. It may consist only of a single chamber, but it’s huge - large enough to hold a rugby field - and visitors descend some 40 metres via an open lift from the surface, or you can abseil down. One can view some incredible formations that include cave pearls and pools, whilst stalagmites are up to 15 metres high. An added highlight to your trip could be the little observatory near Wondercave where astronomer Bill Hollenbach gives talks and shows about comets, meteors and perilous asteroids.
Not as obvious as the Sterkfontein caves and the discovery of Mrs Ples, there is a private nature reserve, the Cradle, that lies within the larger Cradle of Humankind. Explore indigenous forests and streams; and scour grassland for antelope, giraffe and zebras.
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"I enjoyed stargazing, exploring caves and relaxing in this peaceful place. Muldersdrift is often forgotten by most but worth visiting, even if for a day or ..." - Amy, Cape Town
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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
The habitat is mainly grassveld with small dams and reedbeds at the northern-most end. The vast areas of open grassland in the reserve provide the visitor the opportunity to observe many of the grassland species of Gauteng. West of Johannesburg, on the outskirts of the suburban area, is the... 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
Lying in the beautiful Crocodile River Valley some 40 minutes from Johannesburg, to the south of the Magaliesberg Mountains, lies the Oori Nature Reserve (Oori is Tswana for Crocodile). The total area of about 750 hectares is made up of roughly 40 properties, all of which have done away with... 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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