👣 In summer I always enjoy an early-evening walk on our smallholding. No need to get in my car to find nature, I have 8.5ha right here to explore, hoping to see the Barn Owl or some Guinea fowl, but always enjoying the Bluegum trees and beautiful grasses and wild flowers along the way.
Tarlton is a small town/village in Gauteng in South Africa. It is nearby to many attractions and there are some beautiful getaways for the whole family in the area. It is a quiet, peaceful area with beautiful scenic views.
One of the nearby attractions is the Sterkfontein Caves which is a fascinating place to visit. The caves are in the limestone quarries and are known to have been formed as far back as 20 to 30 million years ago. It is something that you have to witness for yourself to experience the true beauty of the caves. Another outing for the whole family is the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve which is popular amongst locals and visitors. The reserve boasts over 600 large game and you will be able to see lion, white rhino, buffalo, cheetah and many other animal species. The reserve is open every day and is a must while in the area. The Krugersdorp Game Reserve is also a popular destination, with a bar, a family restaurant and wildlife such as giraffe, springbuck, eland, waterbuck, hippos, impala and other mammals.
Tarlton is situated in Gauteng which enjoys warm to hot summer months with thunderstorms in the afternoons, which is sometimes accompanied by hail. The winter days are sunny but cool with temperatures dropping considerably at night and heavy frosts are not uncommon.
Mogale City (13.64km)
Little Falls (25.16km)
A few Nearby Points Of Interest
Tarlton International Raceway (Opp. Tarlton Tractors on the R24)
Vastrap Fees (Festival)
The Cradle Mountain Trophy
The Cradle Cycle Festival
Maropeng Visitor Centre
Chris Patton Pottery
Cellar Rats Port & Sherry Festival
Cellar Rats Spring Wine Festival
Annual Lovers Rock Classic and Vintage Car Show
Centenary Car Club (clubhouse at Tarlton International Raceway)
Airports close-by - Lanseria Airport / Orient Airfield / Delporton Airfield
Tarlton has a railway station originally laid out on the farm Vlakplaats 160 I.Q. and some of the divisions of Vlakplaats are Vlakplaas, Reydal, Hillside, Groenplaas, Marabeth, Beckendan, El Jesee, and Wolwekranz.
Tarlton also sports a church, two rural schools, an international jet car raceway, a post office, a police station, a filling station, a supermarket, a few flower nurseries, an air field and various other small businesses.
Just before the second Anglo Boer War (1895 - 1902), L.S. Jameson (one of Rhodes’ ‘kindergarden’ members), departed from Pitsani in Botswana travelling through Boons and Tarlton on the way to Krugersdorp to meet the ‘reformers’. They were intercepted by General Cronje and his Boers and after a short skirmish over-night (Dec 31st 1895), at Krugersdorp, where Jameson lost approximately 18 men, they surrendered to Cronje at Doornkop on the 1st January 1896.
Modern Tarlton now falls under the jurisdiction of Mogale City and is largely still a rural farming area, but with progress, many industrial enterprises are now moving in, threatening the little wildlife we have left. In the early 1970’s, there was an abundance of guinea fowl, hedgehogs, jackal, tortoises, snakes, chameleons, hares, Egyptian Geese, herons, cranes, Hadedas and various other small mammals, which are now rarely seen.
I realise progress cannot be stopped, but we can all do our little bit by having wildlife-friendly gardens and leaving open spaces as safe passage for all of them.