The fresh air, breathtaking scenery and quiet of the country is a sure way to alleviate stress naturally. If you’re feeling strangled by the pressures of life, book a relaxing holiday in beautiful Muldersdrift.
Urbanites don’t have to worry about travelling far to reach their destination; Muldersdrift is less than an hour from the heart of the city, 15 minutes from Lanseria Airport, and provides easy access to the business and shopping hubs of Fourways and Sandton.
Whether visiting the area for business or pleasure, Valverde Eco Hotel is an ideal establishment to base yourself, considered by past guests as a quintessential ‘home from home’.
You and your partner will be accommodated in spacious country-style ensuite rooms, featuring bathrooms with a shower, and double bed or a set of twin beds. Free Wifi spots are available in the rooms.
Spend your time at Valverde eating well at the in-house restaurant, The Fat Olive. It offers delicious gourmet dishes and a comprehensive a-la-carte menu. Otherwise, ease away stress with luxurious pampering at Aloe Verde Spa. Various spa packages and specials are available - be sure to book your spot ahead of time.
Indulging and relaxing aside, there are plenty of activities to keep you occupied during your stay.
The Cradle of Humankind, the area’s top-rated attraction, is a must-visit for those interested in human evolution. Believed to be the site of the origin of the modern human race by several archaeologists, scientists and anthropologists, The Cradle Of Humankind is home to more than a dozen ancient caves where the fossilised remains of early hominids have been extracted in the last century.
The Sterkfontein Caves, located 10km outside of Krugersdorp and 50km outside of Johannesburg, is where the first adult Australopithecus was discovered in 1936, and later, in 1948, the first almost complete female Australopithecus skull nicknamed ‘Mrs Ples’ was discovered.
The Wonder Caves is South Africa’s third-largest showcase in Southern Africa. You can descend 40 metres underground in an open lift, or abseil. At the bottom, you’ll be privy to otherworldly dripstone formations.
The Cradle Nature Reserve, a 3000-hectare reserve, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wildlife you'll see here includes white rhino, giraffe, brown hyena, wildebeest, and if you’re lucky, elusive leopards. The best way to view them is on game drives or bush walks, which grants you special insight into the abundance of flora and fauna in the area.
A unique (and romantic) way of seeing the landscape is from great heights, aboard a classic hot air balloon. Your flight will take you over the Cradle of Humankind and the Magaliesberg Mountains. The best time to go is in the early morning, or dusk when the light is soft and ethereal.
Find stress relief on the golf course if exploring in the outdoors isn’t your idea of a relaxing time. There are some excellent championship 18-hole estates, including Blair Athol (members only), Randfontein Golf Course, and Durban Deep Golf Estate.
Embrace peace and tranquillity in the country without having to travel far!
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