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Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve
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. There is also an Animal Crèche and the Reserve features various species of buck, hippos, ostriches, cheetahs, lions, crocodiles and more. The reserve has an observatory and full details of events and pricing are available at the web site. Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve is home to the Wonder Cave which is estimated to be 1.5 million years old and reaches a depth of about 60m. The cave is accessible by elevator and includes a number of stalactite and stalagmite formations. The reserve is located within the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the "Cradle of Humankind".
Letamo Game Farm
Located in the region of the Cradle of Humankind, the Letamo Game Reserve consists of varied habitats which allow for it to house a large selection of buck species, hippos, Zebras and more. There is also more than 160 species of bird life and some dams. Facilities include the Forum Homini hotel, which is also home to Roots restaurant. Within a 10km radius are 13 archaeological sites to explore, including the Sterkfontein caves.
Described as the "most luxurious train in the World" the Rovos Rail Pride of Africa does regular overnight journeys between Pretoria and Cape Town. Journeys to Durban, Swakopmund, Dar Es Salaam and the Victoria Falls are also undertaken. Air-conditioned suites with en-suite bathrooms are the norm and the train has a 42-seater dining car as well as "a non-smoking Observation Car at the rear of the train, while the coach next to it contains a small smoking lounge". For more details, itineraries and a photo album visit the website.
The Sterkfontein Caves are a World Heritage Site and home to the famous Mrs Ples, a Australopithecus africanus, whose fossilised remains were discovered in the upper levels in 1947. Until now, about 500 human ancestor specimens have been excavated. Findings of about 1.5 to 2 million years old stone tools are considered to be the earliest cultural remains yet found in southern Africa. The lower levels of the caves which are open to the public contain an underground lake and limestone formations.