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Jul 05, 2011 | Reviewed by: Sandra Amadio

THE CRADLE EXPERIENCE, Cradle of Humankind

We had a very interesting escapism, just an hour outside Joburg, in the Cradle of Humankind. Stayed at the luxurious De Hoek, a 5 star County Hotel. Although only 20 years old, it has a very colonial, lived in appeal, probably attributed to the fact that it was built onto an old farm house, using recycled antiquities such as old wooden flooring from the Wanderers stadium, a ship mask and old marble stairs.

It’s all very tastefully put together, luxurious and it definitely inspires romance. Perfect for a couple…yes, let your dirty imagination go there because you’re spot on. I wouldn’t say the rooms are over the top luxurious, but there is something about they way they are put together which gives you an instant injection of relaxation. Spend one night there and it will feel as though you’ve treated yourself to a long-weekend away. They’ll even run you a candle-lit bubble bath with champers on ice – on request. They’re very accommodating. The food, is another experience altogether. If you enjoy dishes that look prettier than an artwork, you’ll enjoy their dinners. Breakfast time is equally exquisite with a fresh, scrumptious, delectable buffet spread out across their dining hall.

We then decided to collide this luxurious experience with a completely bizarre interlude…not entirely sure why…I think we were just keen for something interesting..? We ended up having dinner at a loopy place called the Goblin’s Inn.Think of a fairy-obsessed kid and picture their imagination exploding into a restaurant and B&B wonderland…that’s what you get. It’s not exactly ‘our thing’ but it’s definitely very memorable and if you’re in the area, and in the mood to give yourself an injection of ‘huh?…hmmm…weird’, then pop in.

En route home, it was back to the luxury as we stopped off at the Cradle Restaurant for a spectacular sundowner against a setting that would have fitted perfectly into the epic ‘Out of Africa’.

Lastly, we took a trippy detour through Lanseria Airport grounds and scoped out the aeroplane graveyard. It’s an arb thing toodoo but I love planes and I’ve always loved this setting for some reason.

Wow – did all of that in the space of 30 hours or so….and we can’t understand why we’re so tired in the new week….

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Sandra Amadio has written 97 articles on toodoo.



  1. Magda commented On02/09/2011 at 8:14 am

    Good points all around. Truly appeciraetd.

  2. Alex commented On06/06/2012 at 9:37 am

    well, my visit to Ethiopia was by far the most amazing in all of Africa. maybe its beausce i had low expectations but the cultural and historical sites of this country was the most fascinating in africa, and one of the most amazing in the world. The Omo valley and the untouched tribes in southern ethiopia is like going back in time but the country does actually have an ancient calendar unique from the rest of the world. it also has very old churches, castles and settlements of both Christianity and Islam (the only country both religions can call home since their beginnings) As the capital of africa, i also found the African Union (AU) historical sites kind of interesting. the country is suprisingly very fertile and it has very high mountainous regions with massive wildlife while it also has allegedly both the hottest and lowest areas in the world geographically. the Afar region is a must see. i spent a lot of my time in Lalibela, Axum, Bahir Dar, Bale, Harar, Gondar, Afar and Addis Ababa. The exchange rate in etiopia is not as high as other african countries but it is still cheap to stay and get around in ethiopiai have been to many countries around the world and ethiopia is my top 5 destination but it does have one of the worst hotels and the worst infrastructure for tourists accomodation

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