The best brunch spots in the Cradle of Humankind

  • March 09, 2016 | Zimkhitha Sulelo

We have selected the best brunch spots in the World Heritage site – from fine dining to family friendly restaurants that everyone will enjoy.

Le Sel

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The restaurant is situated inside a private farm on top of a hill with breathtaking views of the bush below. The restaurant makes the most of its surroundings with an outdoor setting allowing guests 180˚views of the scenery below which makes it a perfect spot for lazy, long lunches. The kitchen is run by chef Coco Reinarhz who fuses African flavours with classic French cuisine to celebrate his Burundian and French heritage. Their à la carte and set menus change seasonally, offering patrons a variety of meal selections. Guests can expect anything from braised lamb shank with Moroccan spices and couscous, to grilled tuna Niçoise-style on baby potatoes, or tapas, which are perfect to share as a group. Those who wish to be closer to the bush can order a picnic basket and enjoy the outdoors under a tree. This is the perfect romantic setting for couples. Game drives are also available to enjoy before or after lunch. Booking is essential.


Makiti Restaurant is built on 50 hectares of land and its beautiful surroundings make it a popular wedding venue. It is also a perfect spot for brunch, especially for families exploring the Maropeng area.

The restaurant has a large play area for children to enjoy before or after lunch. The restaurant menu has strong South African influences with a number of Cape Malay dishes on offer. For lunch you can expect juicy burgers, pizzas and seafood baskets. They also have the South African favourite, bobotie, served with rice.

If you have a sweet tooth, Belgian waffles with vanilla ice cream is a good option, or keep it local with their unique koeksuster waffle.

If the budget doesn’t allow for a restaurant outing, pack your own picnic basket with cold meat, cheeses, fruit and breadrolls, and find a pretty spot to roll out your blanket and enjoy lunch in a tranquil setting.

Roots at Forum Homini

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If you are dining at Roots, be prepared for a little artwork on your plate as each dish – made mainly from local produce – is beautifully presented. This is not a place to dine at if you are in a hurry. Lunch could be a six-course culinary treat with appetisers and teasers leading you to the next dish. They also have a special five-course Saturday brunch menus. While you are enjoying your meal, you can take in the views of the lake and the surrounding indigenous vegetation.

Their cuisine features French, African and Asian influences and changes often. All you have to do is sit back, relax and let the chef wow you.

African Pride Mount Grace Country House and Spa

African Pride Mount Grace Country House and Spa is located just beneath the Magaliesburg mountains with stunning views of the range. Here it's all about relaxation and being pampered while taking in the fresh country air. For lunch try the Twist Restaurant for buffet-style meals where you can expect anything from waffles to homemade pastries.

After your meal, choose to take a walk around the gardens or simply book a relaxing treatment at the spa.

The Other Side 

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The Other Side Restaurant is situated on Monaghan farm where the menu features fresh dishes with ingredients grown on the farm. The restaurant has a relaxed atmosphere and a huge playground for children. This makes it a perfect stop for a family outing.

Before you sit down to enjoy your meal you can have a look at the fresh produce on display, some of which might end up on your lunch plate. The restaurant is popular for its Sunday buffets. On any other day you can expect pizza and fresh pasta on the menu.

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