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Joburg: Wildlife, good food and outdoor fun

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See the best wildlife and nature spots in and around Joburg. Find the best restaurants and shop like an expert. The best of Joburg in a nutshell.

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  • History Buff
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Like a Local

23 Places

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23 Places

Wimpy

Restaurants

Il Giardino Degli Ulivi

Restaurants

44 Stanley

Shopping Malls

The Mall of Rosebank

Shopping Malls

Cafe del Sol Classico

Restaurants

Europa

Restaurants

Wondercave

Caverns & Caves

Col'Cacchio Northgate

Restaurants

Mugg & Bean

Restaurants

Papachinos

Restaurants

Gautrain

Mass Transportation Systems

Johannesburg Zoo

Zoos

Thundergun Steakhouse

Restaurants

Casalinga Ristorante Italiano

Restaurants

Gold Reef City

Casinos, Theme Parks

Ngwenya glass factory

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve

Zoos

Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens

Gardens

Silver Birch

Restaurants

Hartbeespoort Dam

Dams

African Pride Mount Grace Country House & Spa

Hotels

Heia Safari Ranch

Hotels

Lion and Safari Park

Safaris, Nature & Wildlife Tours

Rainbowsend1's City Tips

  • Plan your days carefully. Know 'where' you are going and exactly how to get there. If not, take a guided tour.
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    Wimpy
    Restaurants (Fast food)
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    Rainbowsend1 Says:

    Wimpy offers good fast food. Menu has something for everyone from breakfast, Burgers, salads, chicken and steak. The best waffles in the South. Coffee is always good. No-fuss food and reasonably priced. Good value.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Thrifty Traveller
    Tips
    • Streaky Bacon Breakfast for R24.00. One of the best deals around.
    From the community
    Ranked #919 of 999 restaurants in Johannesburg
    • Airport quality, just OK 22/10/2017
    • Good breakfast 22/10/2017
    • Wimpy
    Address:
    OR Tambo Int Airport Landside
    Shop R800
    Johannesburg
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 11 431 2309
    Other:
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    Il Giardino Degli Ulivi
    Restaurants (Italian, Pizza, European)
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    Rainbowsend1 Says:

    The place to eat at 44 Stanley. Nothing beats the ambience and excellent food. The setting under the trees, next to the water fountain. People watching, friends, a glass of wine- relaxing. Pastas, Pizzas etc very fresh with unique combinations. There is a venue for functions - beautiful.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Closed on a Monday.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #136 of 999 restaurants in Johannesburg
    • Awesome venue for a relaxed Sunday. 08/10/2017
    • Vibey garden dining 19/08/2017
    • Il Giardino Degli Ulivi
    Address:
    44 Stanley Avenue
    Sunnyside
    Johannesburg 2092
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 84 511 1200
    Hours:
    Sun
    09:00 - 17:00
    Mon - Sat
    09:00 - 21:00
    Other:
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    44 Stanley
    Shopping Malls
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    Rainbowsend1 Says:

    Boutique shops, antiques, books, designer furniture, french furniture, the most adorable babies/toddler clothing and toy store. Take the morning to stroll through and en up at Il Giardino for lunch - that's a must do. Unique experience.

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Most places closed on a Monday.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #36 of 180 things to do in Johannesburg
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Cool place 19/10/2017
    • Salvation 06/10/2017
    • 44 Stanley
    Address:
    44 Stanley Avenue
    Johannesburg 2092
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 11 482 7795
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    The Mall of Rosebank
    Shopping Malls
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    Rainbowsend1 Says:

    Shop like a pro all under one roof! Big brand names, small boutique shops, even the best little Toy Store in Joburg - Lilliputs should not be missed by all ages. The Woolworths is super. River Island is a must and I never leave without a visit to Exclusive Books. Trendy and fun. Well planned shopping centre with something for everyone.

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Give yourself enough time to explore all floors.
    From the community
    Ranked #21 of 180 things to do in Johannesburg
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Large mall and starting point for hop on/off bus 24/09/2017
    • Mall + market just do it 10/09/2017
    • The Mall of Rosebank
    Address:
    between Bath and Cradock Avenues
    Johannesburg
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 11 788 5530
    Other:
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    Cafe del Sol Classico
    Restaurants (Italian, Mediterranean, European)
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    Rainbowsend1 Says:

    This little gem is a bit off the beaten track in Olivedale, but boy oh boy the food is worth the travel. Be sure to book and don't be in a rush. This is a restaurant for foodies and people who enjoy a really superb meal.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • It is not a scenic setting at all, but the food is the main attraction.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 999 restaurants in Johannesburg
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing food in this Hidden Gem 17/10/2017
    • Great lunch 16/10/2017
    • Cafe del Sol Classico
    Address:
    Olivedale Corner Centre
    Corner of Olive & President Fouche Roads
    Johannesburg
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 11 704 6493
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    12:00 - 15:00
    Tue - Sat
    18:00 - 21:30
    Other:
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    Europa
    Restaurants (Cafe, Mediterranean)
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    Rainbowsend1 Says:

    My favourite is Chicken Limone -every time. They serve a super breakfast and vast selection on the menu filled with lovely dishes - lunche or dinner. Lovely vibe. Good coffee. But for me, it's always the Chicken Limone with Roast Veggies that warms my heart.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • My favourite is in Melrose Arch,.There is even one tucked away at OR Tambo International Airport. .
    From the community
    Ranked #556 of 999 restaurants in Johannesburg
    • Awesome experience 11/07/2017
    • Very averafe 25/03/2017
    • Europa
    Address:
    Melrose Arch
    Corner Atholl Oaklands Road & Corlett Drive, Melrose Arch
    Johannesburg 2196
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 11 684 1494
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    Wondercave
    Caverns & Caves
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    Rainbowsend1 Says:

    Plan a day trip out to the North of Joburg to discover a few hidden gems. Wondercave is one. It's interesting, adventurous and well worth the drive. Visit the adjoining Rhino and Lion Park as part of your excursion. Have lunch at the restaurant at the Rhino Park. This is a full day trip, but a must see for nature lovers.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • In the Cradle of Mankind. You could also have lunch at the Cradle Restaurant.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #25 of 180 things to do in Johannesburg
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Going to the Rhino & Lion Park in Kromdraai, then you must do the Wondercave 03/10/2017
    • Awesome Cave Experience 05/09/2017
    • Wondercave
    Address:
    Route A
    Just off Kromdraai Road
    Johannesburg 2040
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 11 957 0106
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    08:00 - 17:00
    Sat - Sun
    08:00 - 19:00
    Other:
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    Col'Cacchio Northgate
    Restaurants (Italian, Pizza)
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    Rainbowsend1 Says:

    Good food in a classy ambience. Pizzas, Pasta etc. with designer fillings and flavours. Lovely view all the way to Magaliesberg.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • They have a well known SA Chef designed pizza every month which is worth a taste.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #647 of 999 restaurants in Johannesburg
    • Great food and service 08/01/2017
    • Lunch 03/01/2017
    • Col'Cacchio Northgate
    Address:
    Shop No. 6A, Phase 6
    Northgate Shopping Centre
    Johannesburg
    South Africa
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:30 - 23:00
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    Mugg & Bean
    Restaurants (Cafe)
    Rainbowsend1 Says:

    Gigantic muffins. Great Coffee. Wide selection of good food on the menu. Something for everyone. Well worth a visit.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • Breakfast SA style 17/10/2016
    • Dinner with my wife 08/08/2016
    • Mugg & Bean
    Address:
    76 4th Ave
    Johannesburg
    South Africa
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    Papachinos
    Restaurants (Pizza, Contemporary)
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    Rainbowsend1 Says:

    A must do if you are near Fourways area (North of Joburg) / also one near Clearwater on the West Rand. Open air restaurant with lovely play area for children. Lovely food, pizzas, pasta etc. A place to spend a whole morning, afternoon or evening. Be sure to book.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Kids make your own Pizza!
    From the community
    Ranked #183 of 999 restaurants in Johannesburg
    • Great service 04/10/2017
    • Very reliable food, busy though 01/10/2017
    • Papachinos
    Address:
    Sevens Decor Centre
    Cnr The Straight & Witkoppen Roads, Pineslopes, Fourways
    Johannesburg
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 11 467 4460
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 - 16:00
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 - 21:00
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    Gautrain
    Mass Transportation Systems
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    Rainbowsend1 Says:

    World class, fast, efficient, clean. Good security. Best way to get to Sandton from OR Tambo Int. Airport. On time, regular trains to Pretoria or Park Station in Joburg.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 180 things to do in Johannesburg
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • An interesting experience of travel 22/10/2017
    • Modern, but not particularly economical, way to travel 21/10/2017
    • Gautrain
    Phone:
    +27 11 759 7217
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    Johannesburg Zoo
    Zoos
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    Rainbowsend1 Says:

    Spend a day seeing a huge selection of animals in a lovely zoo environment. Lions, Elephants, monkeys, reptiles galore. All of Africa's animal kingdom is in as natural a environment as a zoo allows. If you don't have time to go on safari or to Kruger, the Joburg Zoo is your answer. Lovely park like areas to sit and rest. A train takes you through the whole zoo of you feel like it. The Lion enclosure as well as other Big cats is natural and you are sure to be able to take lovely photo's from close-up.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Take a picnic or eat at the small restaurant.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 180 things to do in Johannesburg
    • Much above an average Zoo 22/10/2017
    • Enjoyable 22/10/2017
    • Johannesburg Zoo
    Address:
    Upper Park Road near Jan Smuts
    Johannesburg 2122
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 11 646 2000
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:30 - 17:00
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    Thundergun Steakhouse
    Restaurants (Steakhouse, Bar, Barbecue)
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    Rainbowsend1 Says:

    If it's steak and ribs you are after, Thundergun is the place to go. Generous helpings, succulent meat with condiments and a variety of burgers, chicken, you choose. You will leave having experienced on of Joburg's favourite Steak Houses. Good fun.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #19 of 999 restaurants in Johannesburg
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Sunday lunch 20/10/2017
    • Best for steaks and burgers 13/10/2017
    • Thundergun Steakhouse
    Address:
    Palala Centre, Shop 5
    Corner Beyers Naude and Lewisham Road
    Johannesburg
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 11 678 7224
    Hours:
    Sun
    17:30 - 20:30
    Sun - Sat
    11:30 - 15:00
    Mon - Thu
    17:30 - 21:30
    Fri - Sat
    17:30 - 22:30
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    Casalinga Ristorante Italiano
    Restaurants (Italian)
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    Rainbowsend1 Says:

    In a class of its own. Award winning country restaurant. Classy Italian dishes prepared fresh from homegrown ingredients on the premises. A bit out of town but the setting and ambience is breathtakingly beautiful. Not your average Italian food restaurant. Attention to detail, beautiful flowers, a fireplace in winter, very cozy and romantic. Lovely gardens and roses surround a historic building. Fine cuisine. Just make a reservation, you'll be glad you did.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • Please make a reservation to avoid disappointment.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #43 of 999 restaurants in Johannesburg
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Outstanding food always! 19/10/2017
    • Birthday 09/10/2017
    • Casalinga Ristorante Italiano
    Address:
    Rocky Ridge Road, off Beyers Naude Drive, Muldersdrift
    Johannesburg
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 11 957 3311
    Hours:
    Wed - Sun
    12:00 - 15:30
    18:00 - 21:30
    Other:
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    Gold Reef City
    Casinos, Theme Parks
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    Rainbowsend1 Says:

    Fun place to spend a day. Visit this mining town of the Gold Rush era. Lots to do for everyone. Young and young at heart.Shops, eateries, fairground, giant rollercoaster, rides, live shows, historic tours. Adventure park with adjoining Hotel and Casino very near the city centre to the South.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Wear comfortable shoes!
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 180 things to do in Johannesburg
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • REAL FAMILY FUN 20/10/2017
    • City of Gold 18/10/2017
    • Gold Reef City
    Phone:
    +27 86 144 7744
    Hours:
    Wed - Sat
    09:30 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Ngwenya glass factory
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
    Rainbowsend1 Says:

    See glass being moulded into the most exquisite pieces. Very interesting and worth a visit. Buy a special momento knowing that you witnessed how it was made. Shops and snacks on site.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Senior
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #79 of 180 things to do in Johannesburg
    • Fabulous little place. High quality products and reasonable prices. 28/09/2017
    • Interesting and Good Shopping 09/05/2017
    Address:
    off Beyers Naude Drive
    Muldersdrift
    Johannesburg
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 11 796 3006
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    Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve
    Zoos
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    Rainbowsend1 Says:

    A day spent at the Lion and Rhino Nature Reserve is a must for those who are keen to see the biggest selection of wildlife and exotic cats within 30 minutes drive of Joburg. Take binoculars if you have. The game roams free but roads lead to quite close to most. You could also be lucky to see them at a water hole. Huge list of animals, birds even crocodiles and reptiles. A definate must see.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Go early and fale visit in the adjoining Wonder Cave.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 11 things to do in Muldersdrift
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Perfect day out with visitors 22/10/2017
    • Do this! 20/10/2017
    • Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve
    Address:
    520 Kromdraai Road
    Krugersdorp
    Muldersdrift 1739
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 11 957 0349
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 16:00
    Other:
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    Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens
    Gardens
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    Rainbowsend1 Says:

    For a quite day in the most relaxing setting, make your way to Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens. Try to see the nesting pair of Veraux's Eagles on the cliff near the waterfall. Go on hikes into the lovely park. Go bird watching at the hide. Lie on a blanket under the trees and day dream. Take a picnic basket or eat at the restaurant on the premises. Families, kids, young and young at heart will enjoy this wonderful tranquil garden filled with a vast treasure of flora and fauna.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Take binoculars to see the eagles much better. Wear comfortable shoes.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 17 things to do in Roodepoort
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good old fashioned out door fun 14/10/2017
    • Gautang at it's Best 11/10/2017
    • Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens
    Address:
    Malcolm Road
    Poortview
    Roodepoort 1732
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 86 100 1278
    Price range:
    US$45 - US$45
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Silver Birch
    Restaurants
    Rainbowsend1 Says:

    Pick a table under the trees, near the kiddies playground and relax with lovely food for all. Kids make their own pizzas and are amazed by the huge playground including pony rides and dodgems! Really a feast for families with small kids, friends, families. Within the Lifestyle Garden Complex, wonder round shops and roses. Excellent food, superb scones with jam and cream - my personal favourite.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Take the kids!
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 114 restaurants in Randburg
    • breakfasts and light lunches 13/10/2017
    • Lovely brunch 04/10/2017
    • Silver Birch
    Address:
    Beyers Naude Drive
    Randburg 2170
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 11 792 5714
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    Hartbeespoort Dam
    Dams
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    Rainbowsend1 Says:

    About an hour's drive from Joburg. Beautiful mountains with lovely big dam. Lots of stalls and shopping in the area. Restaurants almost all the way round. Be sure to visit the Cable Car to the top op the Magaliesberg. There is also a Snake and Reptile park in the area. The Dam wall is historic and you can park and walk along the dam wall. Beautiful natural setting amongst the Magaliesberg.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Make a day of it and travel right round the dam.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 27 things to do in Hartbeespoort
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Trip Over Hartebeespoort Dam Wall 22/10/2017
    • Lovely views, hope they sort the weed problem 18/10/2017
    • Hartbeespoort Dam
    Address:
    R511, Chameleon Village
    Hartbeespoort
    South Africa
    Other:
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    African Pride Mount Grace Country House & Spa
    Hotels
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    Rainbowsend1 Says:

    Just 45 minutes drive from Sandton. This gem is sure to surprise you. Tranquil setting, superb food, spa, hiking, fishing. To get away from the city this is the answer. The Hotel prides itself of it's personalised service and old world charm. Views, tranquility and peaceful getaway.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Book for at least 2 nights to get the most out of your stay.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 7 Hotels in Magaliesburg
    • A disappointing return 22/10/2017
    • Sunday buffet 15/10/2017
    • African Pride Mount Grace Country House & Spa
    Address:
    Old Rustenburg Road
    Private bag 5004
    Magaliesburg 1791
    South Africa
    Other:
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    Heia Safari Ranch
    Hotels
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    Rainbowsend1 Says:

    The in-your-face game experience. Stay amongst the animals roaming free on this lovely estate. Giraffe, zebra and more will welcome you. Swim and mountain bike in the area. Lovely getaway for families and couples.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nature Lover
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 11 Accommodation in Muldersdrift
    • Worst & most expensive lunch ever 24/07/2017
    • Day Visit 23/05/2017
    • Heia Safari Ranch
    Address:
    P O Box 1387
    Muldersdrift 2040
    South Africa
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    Lion and Safari Park
    Safaris, Nature & Wildlife Tours
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    Rainbowsend1 Says:

    Up close and very personal. Lion cubs to pet. Lions surrounding your car. A must see for wild life enthusiasts not fortunate enough to have time to go to Kruger Park. Lion Park has all the thrills in a nutshell.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Do not open your car windows or get out of your car to take close-up photos - ever.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Broederstroom
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Must see in Joburg 22/10/2017
    • Nice place to see lions 22/10/2017
    • Lion and Safari Park
    Address:
    R512 Pelindaba Rd
    North West
    Broederstroom 0240
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 87 150 0100
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 20:00
    Other:
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