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Three must-visit Joburg markets

Field Market

Field & Study Park, corner 14th Street & Louise Avenue, Parkmore, Joburg; 10am-3pm on the second Saturday of each month

This trendy open-air market can be found in the Field & Study Park, nestled under the trees along the Braamfontein spruit. It offers a wide array of yummy fresh artisanal foods, craft drinks, unique quality clothes, cool jewellery, one-of-a-kind art and lots more, and features live indie/folk-style music which really rounds off the experience as you picnic with kids, family and friends on the grass under the trees.

Entry is free, R10 for secure parking. Some traders accept credit cards, so bring enough cash or use Snapscan – the majority of traders provide this cashless payment option; download it and set it up on your smartphone beforehand so you can spend more time enjoying the market! Dogs on short leashes are also welcome.

These must visit locations are some of the best adventures you can make for a day out in Gauteng.

www.fieldmarket.co.za, email thefieldmarket@gmail.com, call 072 778 8044

The Horwoods Farm Family Market is back!

Homestead Road, Edenvale; 9.30am-4pm on the first Sunday of every month

The Horwoods Family Market is run by Jhb Food and Craft Markets at Horwoods Farm Park in the heart of Edenvale. It has more than 125 stands selling a variety of goods including something for everyone and to suit every pocket; with a beer tent with craft beers and cocktails, a beautiful tea garden, live entertainment, delicious gourmet foods, loads for the kids to do and even a doggie parlour! 
There's an entry fee of R10 per person for walk-ins or R20 per car parking inside, but this isn't for profit – it goes towards maintaining and upgrading the park and facilities, and SOS private security company keeps watch and everyone safe so you can relax and partake in the fun.

www.jhbfoodandcraftmarkets.com, email jhbfoodandcraftmarkets@gmail.com

Facebook: @JHBFOODANDCRAFTMARKETS

Jozi Real Food Vegan Market

Pirates Sports Club, 25 Braeside Road, Greenside; 8.30am-1.30pm every Saturday

As more people move towards a more conscious lifestyle, the need for access to vegan food at affordable prices has grown. Jozi Real Food Vegan Market is a new monthly market specialising in all things vegan, providing a wholesome and consistent environment in which to stock up.

The market is child and pet-friendly, and the setting is spacious, lush and green. Enjoy a range of inspired vegan cuisine, superfoods, health supplements, vegan cheeses and yoghurts, sauces, preserves, jams and pickles, vegan bars, muesli, ice-creams, coffee and raw juices, as well as clothing, jewellery and arts & crafts. There's also live music, entry is free and there's lots of safe parking.

www.jozirealfoodmarket.co.za, email whitespace@mweb.co.za, call 083 532 2992

Facebook: @JoziRealFoodMarket

Two historic farm stays...

Rustig, Magaliesberg

GPS S25°48’30.6” E27°38’17.2”

Rustig is a well-established family-owned-and-run farm on the southern slope of the Magaliesberg. From its tobacco-growing roots in the 1930s, the farm now specialises in cattle and game and is a convenient 45-minute escape from both Joburg and Pretoria. With comfy accommodation, wholesome food and a beautiful pool, Rustig is ideal for family breakaways, team building and weddings where the bridal party can stay in the original farmhouse, Heritage House, now classified as a heritage site. It's varied accommodation also includes the Farmhouse, Stone House, backpackers' and self-contained, self-catering four and six-sleeper tents.

Twice-daily game drives offer sightings of black impala, blesbok, sable, eland, kudu, red hartbees, zebra, steenbok, impala, nyala, duiker and warthog. You can even arrange an idyllic bush breakfast! Its hiking trails – for novice walkers through to experienced hikers – are clearly marked and offer scenic views of the farm and mountain range. For the more daring, the 13km and 15-18km night hikes are recommended all year round. Rustig has just the right combination of peace and tranquillity to help rediscover your equilibrium.

To book call 079 490 2690 or visit www.rustig.co.za

Step back in time at the Paul Kruger Country House Museum

R565, Rustenburg

Stephanus Johannes Paulus Kruger or ‘Oom Paul’ was state president of the old Zuid-Afrikaanse Republiek. Before he gained acclaim as the face of Boer resistance against the British during the South African War (1899-1902), he was a successful farmer who owned and worked several farms in the Rustenburg district.

One of these farms was Boekenhoutfontein, whose buildings were devastated by the British during the Boer War. The farm passed to Kruger’s descendants following his death in 1904 and was declared a national monument in 1971. It has since been restored and is now home to the Paul Kruger Country House Museum, and Kedar Heritage Lodge, Conference Centre & Spa on a game-fenced 1 200 acres populated with game including eland, blesbok, impala, bushbuck, nyala, kudu, zebra, blue wildebeest, giraffe and sable.

About the Museum

The collection of unique historic buildings offer a fascinating insight into a time when South Africa was locked in a struggle for sovereignty with the British Empire. The monuments pay tribute to the fighting men of the Anglo Boer War and were created by renowned South African artist Adam Madebe. Kruger’s rifle is on display, as are his many bibles, the bellows organ that was played by his wife, as well as numerous gifts given to him by visiting state dignitaries. Family graves can be found in the nearby koppies where he hid his horses from British forces.

Enjoy lunch at one of the restaurants (The Armoury restaurant, The Boma and Heroes' Bar), or stay overnight at the Lodge at Kedar that offers the President's Passport to the Past Special – A guided tour of Paul Kruger Country House Museum and other memorials including Sol Plaatje, Gandhi and Emily Back to mention a few, plus a chicken burger and soft drink – R100 per person (discounts applicable for groups of more than 20 people).

www.kedar.co.za, email kedaradmin@rali.co.za, call 014 573 3218 or 0861 007 428