President Paul Kruger’s farm, Boekenhoutfontein, and the historic buildings, were declared a National Monument in 1971. Kedar aquired the property, in partnership with the President Kruger Trust, and the land around the museum has been incorporated into Kedar’s game farm. The main Kruger House is a museum showcasing a wide range of Kruger memorabilia and other items of historical interest.
Other facilities include an outstanding restaurant with many Boer War memorabilia, a large swimming pool, game drives and an enclosure housing Stoffel and Matilda, two specimens of the endangered Pygmy Hippo species. In the evenings the Metswedi bar allows guests to partake of sun downers while watching the sunset over the natural bush.
All this, just one and a half hour’s drive from Johannesburg and Pretoria, and only 20 minutes from Sun City and the Pilanesburg Game Reserve - home of the Big Five.
Accommodation at Kedar Country Hotel, Conference Centre & Spa offers 62 African-themed, rustic, stone and thatch rooms comprising 12 Standard twin rooms and 33 Deluxe rooms, 15 Super Deluxe rooms with outdoor showers in enclosed gardens, a Royal Suite with outdoor shower, plunge pool and fireplace and a Presidential Suite with plunge pool, fireplace and gazebo.
All the rooms are decorated with vibrant, hand painted ethnic print fabrics and African artwork - a true reflection of the treasures of Africa. All rooms have a radio, TV and tea & coffee-making facilities.
We consider the resort to be a sanctuary from the hectic pace of modern day living.
Conference facilities at Kedar include:
- Boekenhoutfontein (150 Cinema);
- Kukama 1 (36);
- Kukama 2 (24);
- Boardroom (10);
- Summer House (50);
- Molotlegi (30).
Kedar provides secure African style settings for conferences, weddings and private or corporate functions. The facilities have African features and open-air areas for traditional African buffets and braais.
Paying tribute to South African history, the 120 seater restaurant is decorated with portraits and weaponry from the Anglo-Boer war period. The Armoury Restaurant offers guests the perfect setting to enjoy traditional South African fare.
Reservations are essential.
Tel: +27 (0)14 573 3218
Fax: +27 (0)14 573 3377
With its unique entrance set amongst large indigenous trees with a central fire and a traditional outdoor cooking area, offering a uniquely African ambience for relaxed informal buffets and braais, or more formal functions, around a central fire. This outdoor venue, seating 300 people, offers an uniquely African ambience for your buffets and braais. This venue has proved to be most popular for informal parties and weddings. Open by arrangement only or special occasions.
Offers light lunches, refreshments and drinks with an outdoor seating area. The Metswedi Bar, which means “drinking place”, provides a full range of local and imported beverages, cocktails and South African wines, as well as a pub lunch menu. There is colour TV in the bar for sports enthusiasts.
The Victorian style house Pieter Kruger built for his family during the late 1800s now houses the 1872 Restaurant. It caters for 80 people and offers an excellent venue for those special functions. Open by arrangement only.
It is often forgotten that, before becoming President of the old Suid-Afrikaanse Republiek, Paul Kruger was a successful farmer who owned and worked several farms in the Rustenburg district. On one of these - Boekenhoutfontein - stands the Paul Kruger Country Museum which encompasses a collection of unique historic buildings, offering a fascinating insight into Kruger's life and a time when South Africa was locked in a struggle for sovereignty with the British Empire. Declared a national monument in 1936, and preserved by the Simon van der Stel Foundation since 1971, it is now administered by Kedar Country Hotel, Conference Centre & Spa and has been restored to its former glory.
The buildings were damaged by British forces during the Anglo Boer War, and after President Kruger's death in exile in 1904, the property passed to his descendants. "Boekenhoutfontein belongs to you - preserve it as your own" - Simon v.d. Stel Foundation.The main house, where Kruger lived with his 16 children and his second wife, Gezina, is a solid and stately building which portrays his invincible belief in the future of his country.
Built in a neat row, the buildings bear witness to his sense of order and symmetry. Simple building methods and materials are evident, such as rough beechwood lintels, cow dung, peach pip and blood floors and roof beams fastened by dowels and leather thongs. Period furniture and authentic wallpaper have been recreated by craftsmen in Europe; Kruger's rifle is on show - possibly the one with which he killed a lion at the tender age of 14 - together with one of his many bibles and the bellows organ, played by his wife Gezina, plus many gifts given to him by visiting state dignitaries. The Bronkhorst House, dating back to the early 1840s, was occupied by Kruger while he was building his first house at Boekenhoutfontein. It is reportedly the oldest white owned dwelling in the then Zuid Afrikaansche Republiek. This property neighbours the Bafokeng nation whom Kruger befriended and persuaded to register their land rights, resulting in today's great Bafokeng wealth generated through its royalties from the platinum mines.
In close proximity can be found family graves, the koppie where Kruger often sought religious guidance and the saddle in the hills where he hid his horses from the British forces. The old schoolhouse, which has served many purposes over the years, can be transformed into a simple chapel & conference room. The dams built by Kruger have also been restored and today serve as watering holes for the herds of game which can be viewed roaming the surrounding untouched bushveld.
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