LOCAL ATTRACTIONS AND THINGS TO DO
Local Restaurants & Take Aways
B@Home is situated 5.5km from the newly built SPRINGS MALL offering a variety of favourite restaurants and take-away outlets such as Pizza Hut, Macdonalds, Fishaways, Debonairs, Milky Lane, Planet Fitness gym, supermarkets such as Pick n Pay and Checkers as well as health stores such as Discem and Clicks.
B@Home guest house is 10 minutes away from Carnival City Casino and Entertainment World - Gauteng's premier gambling destination, Johannesburg's light fantastic, a glittering festival for the senses, a thrill a second, a wonderland of games where fun comes in every shade of a neon rainbow! Carnival city offers world class entertainment and gaming facilities, a feast of dining options, fun-filled family entertainment and so much more!
Entertainment at Carnival City!
The entertainment facilities include the casino, 2 theatres (Mardi Gras as well the Big Top arena), the Supersportshow barand 6 xSterKinekor cinemas. These provide added enjoyment for guests from B@Home guest house - only 10 kms away.
Springs Country Club: 5 KM
Address: CnrParkes and Nigel Rd, Selection Park, Springs 1559, Johannesburg
Telephone: (+27 11) 812 1567
Pro: (+27 11) 362 5031
Fax: (+27 11) 362 5031
Length: 6352 m
Visitors Welcome everyday
Course Designer Designed in 1937
Travel to Wit Road from b@home guest house. Turn right and left into Jan Smuts at the second traffic light, the course will be on the right. At the T-junction turn right and right again into Nigel Road, keeping the course on the right. Take the second right into Parkes Avenue and the course is straight ahead.
Nigel Golf Course: 9 KM
There is a golf course nearby Nigel where you can enjoy 18 holes or just hit some practice balls.
Nigel Dam 10 KM for Exclusive Bass Angling
- Exclusive Bass Angling is a private bass fishing venue situated just outside Nigel, Gauteng. The dam offers excellent fishing for any bass enthusiast, with a variety of structure including reeds, grass, small islands with deep drop-offs. Bass ranging from 600g to 5.6kg have been caught, the average weight of fish caught ranges from 1kg to 2.8kg
- The venue is a disused quarry that has been transformed into a bass fishing paradise. While the full history of the venue is not known, bass have been in the dam since 1978. It was the
- The dam is very deep at some places and while not large, approximately 1 km long and between 100 and 200m in width, it's an ideal venue for float tube anglers. Boats are permitted however they are restricted to idle speed only. The venue is ideal for families
Marievale Bird Sanctuary 14 KM
- B@Home is 14kms from the Marievale bird sanctuary, explaining the wide variety of bird species visiting the garden
- Marievale Bird Sanctuary is situated in the southern half of the Blesbokspruit RAMSAR site, an area that is also a designated Important Bird Area (IBA SA021) in South Africa.
- The Blesbokspruit is a major perennial river in Gauteng which is flanked by extensive floodplains on either side. The sanctuary is about 10 km2 in size and comprises numerous, large, shallow water bodies dominated by tall, sometimes dense stands of emergent vegetation consisting mainly of Phragmites, Typha and Juncus reeds. Small patches of grassland are found on the eastern margin of the sanctuary. It is controlled and managed by the Gauteng Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Environment.
- Ecology The floodplains and flow of the river have been seriously affected by the building of embankments, roads, railways, pipe lines and power lines across the low-lying areas of the Blesbokspruit, mainly due to the advent of gold-mining in the 1940s. This change impeded the natural flow and created large, open, shallow stretches of water. Nowadays, excess water is pumped into the system from nearby mines, sewage treatment plants and industries, and together with the impeded drainage, has created a vast system of 'dams', vastly different to the palustrine wetland it once was. Nevertheless, this has enabled water birds, and in particular, waterfowl, to fully exploit the area as a prime breeding and feeding locality.
- In recent years, problems with reed growth and encroachment have arisen at the sanctuary, reducing the amount of open-water and shoreline habitat for many ducks and wading birds - overall numbers of water birds were significantly lower during this period. To alleviate this problem, Stan Madden and the Friends of Marievale (WESSA) initiated a large-scale reed-spraying programme in the summer of 1998/99. Results showed that areas, once choked with dense stands of reeds, opened up, creating large open-areas of shallow water and exposing greater shoreline. Drainage improved and water bird numbers subsequently increased with many ducks, moorhen, egrets and waders returning to utilise these new areas.
- Coordinated Waterbird Counts (CWAC): Marievale was first counted in January 1993. Counts have since been conducted on a regular, six monthly bases by teams of observers made up from members of the Wits Bird Club, East Rand Bird Club and Springs/Nigel branch of the Wildlife & Environment Society of South Africa.
- Waterbird highlights: CWAC data shows that the sanctuary supports up to 65 different waterbird species and 3500 individuals, particularly during summer when there is an influx of migrants. It is one of the few places in Gauteng to see Goliath Heron, Great White Heron, Black Egret, Fulvous Duck and South African Shelduck. When conditions are good it supports large numbers of Reed Cormorant, Yellowbilled Duck, African Spoonbill and Ethiopian Snipe. Marievale also provides good habitat for many summer vagrants including European Marsh Harrier, Slaty Egret, Baird's Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, Buff-breasted Sandpiper and Yellow Wagtail. The area is also a good rallid locality - African Rail, Black Crake, Purple Gallinule and Moorhen are all commonly seen at the sanctuary, with RedchestedFlufftail being recorded less frequently.