Matthew and Lee Berger, at Malapa, in the Cradle of Humankind 1.8 million years ago
Small – less than 500 cm3 An upright-walking, distant relative of humans, with a combination of characters of and (a transitional species).
probably had the potential to fashion stone and bone tools
with “cave-style” accommodation (think a designer Flintstones theme) in lovely grounds.
There are 12 standard luxury suites. The Honeymoon Suite is quite popular. Visit www.forumhomini.com.
De Hoek Country House is not too far away and the Valley Lodge in Magaliesburg is known to be good value for money in the area. Visit www.dehoek.com.
There are a number of family-friendly hotels and lodges to choose from in the Muldersdrift area, including Misty Hills Country Hotel (mistyhillscountryhotel.com), the cottages at Apricot Hill (www.apricothill.co.za), and numerous guest houses and farm stays, including Hollybrooke Farms (www.hollybrooke.co.za).
If you’re in the mood for camping, there are selfcatering chalets and camping spots at Die Appelboom Farm (appelboomfarm.com), Lovers Rock (www.loversrock.co.za) and Stoney Ridge Campsite (stoneyridge.co.za).
You can also stay over at the Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve in a rest camp with equipped chalets.
Need to stock up?
If you need to stock up for your self-catering weekend getaway and forgot to do so before you left home, you can pop into the Cradlestone Mall. It should be your onestop shop for all groceries and requirements. Visit www.cradlestonemall.co.za.
Fun attractions (in the region)
Visit the Nirox Sculpture Park when it’s open. Check on the website at www.niroxarts.com. The next exhibition opens this month.
Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve: Great for a family outing. There are a variety of animals to see at this reserve, including an animal crèche. Game drives are on offer and you can also head off to visit the Wonder Cave, which is on the property.
There are trail rides on offer at Shepherd’s Fold Stables in the Elandsdrift Valley (bordering the Cradle) for those who want the outback experience.
Gilroy Brewery in Muldersdrift is a great place to taste local beer and browse around the Ngwenya Glass Village.
You can also go on all types of adventures with In the Gorge Adventures, including 4x4 trails, archery, claypigeon shooting, mountain biking and paintball.
Goblin’s Cove Restaurant and shop are worth a visit for some creative inspiration. For more information on Maropeng and the Cradle of Humankind: Telephone: 014 577 9000 Visit: www.maropeng.co.za Hotel: 014 577 9000