The Windmill restaurant stands like a beacon in the centre of what is the beginning of a small, new development. Turning off the road and through the Jasmyn gate, we parked – along with a surprising number of vehicles for 10h30 on a Sunday morning. But then we didn’t know the full extent of what lay ahead…
Lindfield is a turn of the century Herbert Baker home in the leafy suburb of Auckland Park , Johannesburg. The true magic of this fascinating lived-in Victorian Museum lies within its walls where for two generations, the women of the Love family have amassed and cared for a vast collection of 19th and early 20th century furniture, art, decorative and utilitarian objects representative of the entire Victorian, Edwardian and Art Nouveau period.
Lory Park is a sanctuary and haven to a huge variety of Wildlife. They are situated in Midrand and not only house endangered and exotic animals, but also offer services such as Bird Lodging for people who are going away and don’t know what to do with their pets.
What was a series of industrial buildings is now a relaxed meander through 25 specialty boutiques, restaurants and design studios. The Synergy of creative souls, aloes, 1930s architecture and deliciously unique products – from clothing, toys, objects, to food and furnishings – make for an ambiance that is refreshing as it is quintessentially Johannesburg.
Montecasino Bird Gardens
Montecasino Bird Gardens are the only bird park of its kind in Africa. Wander along enchanted walkways within magnificent gardens and marvel at a variety of colourful birds, mammals, reptiles and unusual animals from around the world. You’ll find over 60 species of birds including Scarlet Ibises, Royal Starlings and Nicobar pigeons, reptiles and small mammals, with smaller antelope wandering freely in the undergrowth.