2010

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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

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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

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