The Cyclist, the Beer and the Vegetable Patch

Private Property South Africa
Shaun Wewege

As roads in Johannesburg become increasingly congested, more cyclists and runners are training in areas around the Cradle of Humankind as there is less traffic and dedicated bike lanes. Hungry athletes also need to carbo load, which is why venues that cater for them seem to be flourishing.

Teak Place lies on the Kromdraai Road in the Cradle of Humankind and is a favourite amongst cyclists, runners, organic vegetable lovers and lazy Sunday breakfast enthusiasts. What sets them apart is that they, literally, offer something for everyone.

There are mountain bike trails of varying degrees of difficulty (I recommend the green trail as I am less fond of flying over the handle bars than I used to be), a BMX track, running trails, a 25m swimming pool and, of course, kilometres of roads around the venue where runners, triathletes and cyclists can train. There is a restaurant on the premises which serves light meals and ice cold beer, which is quite possibly the best post-exercise drink, though medical practitioners would disagree!

With society moving towards living greener lifestyles, global organic food and drink sales tallied at $60 billion in 2010, which represents a three times higher yield than in 2000. While Johannesburg is not short of markets that sell organic products, Teak Place has a vegetable patch that allows visitors to pick their own produce. At present, they are the only venue to offer such a facility. Grab a basket, stroll through the patch and select the veggies you feel look the most delectable. Or better yet, why not let the kids do all the work and pick greens while you relax in the restaurant with a frosty?

If you are visiting Gauteng you can book a stay-over in one of the 11 suites available. The Cradle of Humankind is a short drive from central Johannesburg and Sandton, is near the N14 which takes commuters towards Centurion and Pretoria and is about fifteen minutes away from Lanseria Airport.

Teak Place is also a handy base for tourists. Their proximity to the Lion and Rhino Park, Sterkfontein Caves, Maropeng Visitors Centre and wedding venues means you won’t have to spend hours on the road in order to enjoy the sites, experiences and cuisine that the Cradle has in store for guests.

If you wish to use the sporting facilities at Teak Place there is a R30 day pass. This allows you to use the various biking and running trails, swimming pool and shower amenities. There is a bike wash on the premises (at an additional cost) and a check-in/check-out system that prevents random strangers from wandering off with your bicycle.

Visit www.teakplace.co.za for further information.

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