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Rustic Rose Guest House
63 Venus Street Boksburg 1461 South Africa
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The Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve offers day visitors a kiosk, curio shop, restaurant, play park, snake displays, barbecue facilities and swimming pool. Opening hours are daily from 08h00 - 15h45. For those planning a stay-over there is a rest camp which offers self-catering chalets and log cabins. Activities such as abseiling, game drives and horse trails can be arranged.
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The lower levels of the caves which are open to the public contain an underground lake and limestone formations.
Letamo Game Farm
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