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The Venue Country Hotel

The Venue Country Hotel is located along the popular Magaliesberg R512 route (Pelindaba Road) between Johannesburg and Hartbeespoort Dam. Just 12 km past Lanseria International Airport, the hotel offers guests gorgeous views of the Magaliesberg mountain range, well equipped facilities and easy access to Johannesburg, Hartbeespoort as well as the many internationally renowned attractions the Hartbeespoort Dam area has to offer. The hotel offers unparalleled conferencing facilities with an auditorium-perfect for motivational speakers, lecturing, training and corporate team building. Additionally, the hotel has a total of eight conference rooms. The Venue Country Hotel has 66 well-appointed bedrooms accompanied by friendly staff that will see to your needs from private check-ins to catered functions and meetings-just leave it to us. Stay over guests, day-time visitors and conference delegates alike can expect quality service, up-to-date facilities and culinary dishes to suit any taste from this unique establishment. Accommodation consists of: 66 rooms with hotel facilities and services including: 24 Hour reception, Wifi, Parking, Laundry Service, Restaurant, Bar, Swimming Pool, 4x4 Mountain bike track, Billiards room. Conferencing, Boardrooms and Functions - We offer a variety of options from small to large. Standard conferencing equipment and a data projector are included in the rate. Our venue is versatile enough to cater to a host of wedding options, from an intimate affair indoors to an outdoor extravaganza on our lawn. With several wedding venue options available, we can tailor make a wedding package to suit your specific needs & requirements. Things to see and do in the immediate area include: 12km - Hartbeespoort Dam, 13km - Pecanwood golf course, 18km - Jasmyn farm products, 19km - Crocodile farm at Hartbeespoort Dam, 20km - Harties party boat, 20km - Hartbeespoort aquarium. Not to mention a whole host of activities at the Hartbeespoort Dam.
The Venue Country Hotel is located along the popular Magaliesberg R512 route (Pelindaba Road) between Johannesburg and Hartbeespoort Dam. Just 12km past Lanseria International Airport, the hotel offers guests gorgeous views of the Magaliesberg mountain...
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Cradle of Humankind

The Cradle of Humankind, located in Gauteng, South Africa, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its rich fossil-bearing caves and archaeological significance. Here are ten things to see and do in and around the Cradle of Humankind:

  1. Maropeng Visitor Centre: Start your journey at the Maropeng Visitor Centre, which serves as an educational hub for understanding human evolution and the history of the Cradle of Humankind. Explore interactive exhibits, displays of fossils, and learn about the origins of humankind through multimedia presentations.

  2. Sterkfontein Caves: Visit the Sterkfontein Caves, one of the most famous fossil sites in the world. Take a guided tour deep into the caves to see the excavation sites where numerous hominid fossils, including "Mrs. Ples" and "Little Foot," were discovered.

  3. Wonder Cave: Explore the Wonder Cave, an awe-inspiring limestone cavern with massive stalactites and stalagmites. Guided tours take visitors deep underground to marvel at the geological formations and learn about the cave's history.

  4. Cradle Nature Reserve: Discover the natural beauty of the Cradle Nature Reserve through guided walks, hikes, or game drives. Keep an eye out for wildlife such as antelope, zebras, and a variety of bird species in this pristine wilderness area.

  5. Hot Air Balloon Safari: Experience the Cradle of Humankind from a bird's-eye view with a hot air balloon safari. Drift silently over the landscape at sunrise and marvel at the stunning scenery below, including the rolling hills, rivers, and game reserves.

  6. Visit the Lesedi Cultural Village: Immerse yourself in South Africa's rich cultural heritage at the Lesedi Cultural Village. Experience traditional dances, sample authentic African cuisine, and learn about the customs and rituals of the Zulu, Xhosa, Pedi, Basotho, and Ndebele peoples.

  7. Hiking and Outdoor Activities: Explore the hiking trails and outdoor activities available in the surrounding area. From guided hikes to mountain biking and horseback riding, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the natural beauty and tranquility of the region.

  8. Cradle Moon Lakeside Game Lodge: Relax and unwind at the Cradle Moon Lakeside Game Lodge, a tranquil retreat nestled on the shores of a scenic lake. Enjoy activities such as fishing, birdwatching, or simply soaking in the peaceful ambiance of the surroundings.

  9. Craft Markets and Art Galleries: Browse the craft markets and art galleries in nearby towns such as Muldersdrift and Magaliesburg. Discover unique handcrafted souvenirs, artwork, and locally-made products while supporting local artisans and businesses.

  10. Adventure Activities: For thrill-seekers, the Cradle of Humankind offers adrenaline-pumping adventure activities such as zip-lining, canopy tours, and quad biking. Test your courage and enjoy an exhilarating outdoor adventure in this scenic landscape.

Whether you're interested in archaeology, nature, culture, or adventure, the Cradle of Humankind offers a wealth of experiences for visitors to explore and enjoy.

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