Explore – The Wilcrest Apartment

Places to explore in Midrand

Popularly known as the halfway city the Midrand is situated in the heart of Gauteng, Midrand is between Johannesburg and Pretoria and is surrounded by many places of Culture, Wild Life and Entertainment. It has vast places of interest, entertainment and tourism for one to explore. It is never a dull moment when you come to stay at The Wilcrest Apartment. Be ready to be wowed by her majestic views, rare farm in the city, a surprisingly ancient historical site and so much more. Just a few minutes out you will be viewing the magnificent wild.




Sights and Landmarks: The Cradle of Humankind

The Cradle of humankind, a world heritage site, is just an hour’s drive from the wilcrest apartment.offers visitors the opportunity to learn about stones and bones, wine and dine in tranquil surroundings, try out a range of adrenaline-pumping activities, have a beautiful wedding, discover a range of wonderful wildlife, and experience the culture and craft. The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site is one of 10 in the country. It's the world's richest hominin site, home to around 40% of the world's human ancestor fossils.The area is also home to a diversity of birds, animals and plants, some of which are rare or endangered.




Tours: Gecko Jewellers and Mapatiza Mine

See stones and crystals being tumbled and process. Enjoy coffee or a light snack in the outdoor shaded cafe' Beautifully laid out jewellery shop with exquisite collections of semi precious stones, crystals, minerals. Even a massive world globe coated with stone chips. Underground tours are available and all in a lovely leafy suburb.A worthwhile experience all round. A world of Gemstones! The largest gemstone showroom in Africa. Hundreds of beautiful jewellery designs. Our jewellery is all locally made so that you can enjoy factory prices. We have a huge selection of ; sterling silver jewellery, loose gemstones, rocks, crystals, beads, carvings, water features and collectibles that will hypnotize even the most avid collector. Our popular stones include: Amethyst, Citrine, Peridot, Garnet, Topaz, Tanzanite, Sapphire, Turquoise, Aquamarine, Carnelian, Jasper, Onyx, Crystal Quartz, Rose Quartz, Flourite, Lapis Lazuli, Obsidian, Ruby, Emerald, Tourmaline, Opal, and much more. Our stones are of the best quality, 100% authentic and great value for money. Take the family on an amazing underground gemstone mine tour on site, where we will show you how gemstones are mined, polished and set into beautiful jewelry. Enjoy a delightful meal at our coffee shop while your young gem hunters search for gems in our scratch patch. Fun for the whole family!




Sights and Landmarks Irene farm

A working dairy farm in the city is not something one would expect to find nowadays. Situated in the heart of Gauteng, in the beautiful village of Irene, the Van der Byl family (now in their fifth generation) have generously welcomed locals and visitors from afar, on to their farm for many years – allowing young and old to enjoy the dairy farm experience without having to leave the city. With its rustic farm feel, Irene Farm has never lost its old-world charm although it has expanded and developed its offerings over the years. Two restaurants on-site (The Barn and The Deck), a great kiddies playground and areas to stroll around whilst enjoying the farm animals in beautiful surrounds make it a memorable family day out. If you are looking for farm style, home baked goodness and fresh farm milk, then a visit to The Dairy Shop situated at the entrance to the farm is a must. In addition to this, it’s a wonderful venue for weddings, kiddies parties and special occasions.Irene farm is just 21 minutes away from the apartment .




Zoos and Aquariums: Lory Park

Lory Park is arguably the best zoo to go to in South Africa, all the cages are so well maintained clean, spotless, the animals are also in such a good condition A lovely outing on a Sunday with our family. Definitely a zoo with a difference. Almost all the big cats can be viewed, including lion, leopard, tiger, jaguar, cheetah, etc. Lots of other animals can be seen as well. Regular "learning" shows are happening all the time. Interaction with owls amazing. Little restaurant with basics available, as well as braai spots for the picnickers. Children find the experience amazing. Easy to reach with lots of safe parking. Don't miss out on the feeding of the cats!! Lory Park 21 minute drive from the wilcrest apartment.