Muldersdrift, on the West Rand and just 30 minutes from Johannesburg and Pretoria, is where in 1896 Dr Leander Jameson was captured after the failed raid that bore his name.
Contemporary Muldersdrift is more tranquil.
The Rainbow Trout Farm, one of the oldest tourist attractions in the area, has public and private dams which cater for both amateur and accomplished anglers.
For those who prefer to observe animals, two reserves provide ample opportunity. The Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve houses over 600 head of game, including hippo, ostrich, springbok, wildebeest, buffalo and, of course, lion and rhino, while the Aloe Ridge Game Reserve, with its near-subtropical vegetation and climate, is home to white rhino, buffalo, hippo and antelope.
And for something completely different from game viewing, the Carnivore restaurant serves up game to serious meat-eaters. This unique eating experience has become a talking point for adventurous diners who can choose their cuts from waiters proffering a variety of roasts skewered on Masai tribal spears. The selection includes pork, beef, lamb, giraffe, crocodile and ostrich.
The squeamish may prefer animal mementoes from Ngwenya Glass Village. Named after a mountain in Swaziland that resembles a crocodile (ngwenya) where craftsmen practise glass blowing, the same techniques are demonstrated here by masters of the craft who create miniaturised Big Five collections among other artistic offerings.
Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve: +2711 957 0109
Aloe Ridge Game Reserve: +2711 957 2070
Rainbow Trout Farm: +2711 957 0008
The Carnivore: +2711 950 6000
Ngwenya Glass Village: +2711 957 3180