The Cradle Boutique Hotel and Nature Reserve

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Luxury and unique accommodation in the heart of The Cradle of Humankind. Eco-friendly timber suites with glamping tents. From R950.00 per person.
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Luxury and unique accommodation in the heart of The Cradle of Humankind. Eco-friendly timber suites with glamping tents. From R950.00 per person.


Type: Boutique Hotel, Glamping, Bed and Breakfast

Capacity: 52

Rates: From R950.00 per person per night


The Cradle Boutique Hotel and Nature Reserve is ideally positioned just 45 minutes from Johannesburg and 10 minutes from Lanseria Airport. This upmarket, chic hotel is the perfect escape for families, couples and groups of friends in need of a unique and upmarket country escape. 


The luxury bush hotel comprises 16 eco-friendly suites which are raised on stilts and beautifully designed, taking into account the natural surroundings. In addition, the luxury tented camp is perfect for that ultimate glamping experience – be it a corporate getaway or a simple escape with close friends.


The Suites comprise of the Luxury, the Luxury Plus and the Executive Suites. Each offer a king bed or 2 x ¾ beds (with the option of adding an additional bed for 1 child), complete with a private deck overlooking beautiful views, an en-suite shower, DSTV, Wi-Fi, mini bar, air-conditioning and hospitality tray. 


The Luxury Plus suite has an extended deck area and the Executive Suite offers an en-suite shower with bath. 


The Sky Room is a uniquely designed container, which offers the same amenities. The added luxury being the high, endless views and an outdoor jacuzzi on the deck.


The Junior Suite offers panoramic views with a private viewing deck and verandah, in addition this suite has a "chill" area. The Sunset Suite has a separate lounge area. The Owners Suite is constructed from local stone and comprises an outdoor private shower, a fully equipped kitchen, dining room, work station and 2 outdoor verandahs. 


For the ultimate bush experience – the tented camps comprise 10 beautifully designed safari tents. Each tent is nestled under the White Stinkwood trees and is complete with bedding, crisp linen, private verandahs and en-suite bathrooms. The tents are ideal for group getaways and provide a central camp area in the tented lounge or dining area. Book the tented camp out as a group and claim the exclusivity that comes with this Glamping experience.


The Cradle Restaurant boasts a wide open verandah with incredible views of the valley below. A modern masterpiece with floor-to ceiling glass doors and famous for its tasty breakfasts, long lazy lunches and delectable dinners (with an extensive wine list). The restaurant is situated on a 9000 hectare property and serves up “Bush Bistro” meals.  


A variety of on-site and off-site activities are available. The hotel offers picnic lunches amongst the Stinkwood Trees and The Malapa Human Origins Tour, (a private guided tour in open game drive vehicle to experience two active fossil digs in the heart of the Cradle of Humankind and two world famous sites — Gladysvale and Malapa). 


In addition, morning and afternoon game drives and guided hikes within the nature reserve prove as the perfect start or end to each day, with a 25km circuit for mountain bikers.


The natural wetland pool is the perfect for lazy lounging with a cocktail in hand and is available for all guests to take delight in. In-room spa treatments are also available (to be booked in advance)


The reserve is part of an ancient landscape that protects the largest area of high-altitude grassland in South Africa. It is home to leopard, brown hyena, carakul, jackal, giraffe and many other species. 



Rates are a guide price and will be confirmed when making your reservation


Luxury Room

From R1 900.00 per night (2 guests)


Luxury Plus 

From R2 200.00 per night (2 guests)


Executive Room

From R2 700.00 per night (2 guests)


Sky Room

From R3 200.00 per night (2 guests)


Junior Suite

From R3 500.00 per night (2 guests)


Owners Suite 

From R4 300.00 per night (2 guests)


Sunset Suite 

From R4 400.00 per night (2 guests)


Tented Camp

From R3 200.00 per night (2 guests)



Rates include breakfast

Dinner and breakfast rates available on request



Airport Transfers 

Baby Sitting

Cots Available


House Keeping



Ceiling Fans

Room Safe

Secure Parking

Swimming Pool



Conference Facilities



No smoking indoors 

No pets permitted 

Children welcome  

Specific details

Area Activities: 4x4 Trails, Bar, Bird Watching, Fishing, Game Drives, Golf, Hiking Trails, Horse Riding, Mountain Biking, Quad Bikes, Restaurant, Running Trails, Shopping / Markets, Spa, Yoga
Facilities: Air Conditioning, Fans, Conference facilities, DSTV, Fire Place, Television, Wedding Facilities, Wellness/Spa, Housekeeping, Wi-Fi, Restaurant, Bar, Swimming Pool, Braai facilities, Jacuzzi, Hairdryer, Linen, Towels
Star Grading: Not Rated
Accommodation Type Bed & Breakfast, Boutique Hotel, Chalet, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast, Hotel, Luxury, Tented, Apartment, Conference Venue, Wellness Centre/Spa


Muldersdrift, Gauteng, South Africa
Route T9, Kromdraai Road, Lanseria , 1748