Last week I stayed at two lovely getaway spots within an hour (give or take) of Joburg: Farmhouse@58 in the the Cradle of Humankind and the Donkey Dairy in Magaliesburg. It felt incredible to get out of the city after two months of no traveling. The pandemic makes me forget how essential it is to recharge my batteries in nature every once in a while, and I couldn’t have chosen two better (or more different) places to do this. I’m blogging about the Farmhouse today and the Donkey Dairy is coming next week.
The Farmhouse is part of a much larger, holistic project called project58, which includes the development of a working farm, a farm-to-table restaurant, various community initiatives, art projects, and more. I was only there for one evening and the project is still unfolding, so I won’t try to explain everything that’s going on. But there’s a lot more information on the Farmhouse website.
During our 18-hour stay at the Farmhouse, my media colleagues and I managed to take a sunset hike through the ancient hills of the Cradle of Humankind, eat a delicious, three-course dinner and hearty breakfast, learn about breathwork at the base of a whooshing waterfall, and sleep to the sound of chirping frogs in the pond beside our rooms. I think every one of us left feeling rejuvenated.
Here are my favorite photos.
I really enjoyed my day at the Farmhouse and would love to go back for a longer stay. It’s a perfect pandemic getaway spot.
Stay tuned for the Donkey Dairy, which I’m insanely excited to tell you about, next week.
My stay at the Farmhouse was courtesy of Curiocity Africa. Opinions expressed are mine.
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Pretty funny that you were too hungry to take dinner photos!
I was seriously hangry.
Looks wonderful and so close to Johannesburg!
That area is one of the last and nicest bits of natural Highveld left. So much has gone to urban development and agriculture. It was the “prairies” of South Africa. At this time of year the sakabula birds (long tailed widow birds) should be in full, flowing-tailed breeding splendour.
It’s so subtle but such a beautiful landscape at the same time. I didn’t notice any widow birds but I’ve seen them before at this time of year – stunning.
NIROX is a wonderful place and we try to go there as much as possible. Nature is awesome and I can’t wait for the rest of the project to start………and survive.
Yes it seems to be moving forward nicely.