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Palmenhof Executive Estate nestles among tall palms in the century-old village of Kroondal - a German farming community, just off the N4 and 10km on the Pretoria side of Rustenburg. (North West Province of South Africa). 

The Palmenhof Story
The homestead was built in 1905 on a section of the farm Kroondal. This farm was bought by and divided among a group of farmers, including many of the offspring of the original missionaries. Among the early missionaries was Heinrich Penzhorn, who arrived in 1866 and worked 30 years among the Bafokeng people. Such was his lifelong friendship with their Chief Mokgatle that he and his wife are buried next to the chief.

Naboth Mokgatle, the Chief's grandson, fled South Africa during apartheid years, but his autobiography mentions the remarkable Mrs Penzhorn and the homeopathic medicine she used to treat the ill among the tribe. She was also the tribe's midwife.

Displayed in the garden: a steam engine, restored by Otto Harms, the owner's father - until his death in 1980, one of the country's last working blacksmiths.


The Homestead
At Palmenhof Estate you will be welcomed by Verena Harms, the great granddaughter of Heinrich Penzhorn and the fourth generation of Penzhorns to live at Palmenhof, a section of the farm Kroondal.

Here guests are surrounded by the priceless peace of a lush bushveld garden. Many linger on the spacious deck late into the evening, captivated by the sounds of owls and bush babies in the cool night. The interior delights with tasteful decor and comfort. Guests enjoy the freedom of private entrances to seven en-suite rooms - each unique and equipped with pure cotton percale bed linen and state-of-the- art mattresses. The morning brings a hearty country breakfast. Palmenhof is an ideal overnight stop-over for businessmen calling on the local platinum and chrome industries in and around Rustenburg as for the travellers en route to Namibia, Northern Cape and Botswana.

Kroondal Attractions
The most remarkable building in this century-old village is the first church, built in 1896 and a national monument since 1980. The church was partly funded from the personal pocket of Boer Republic President Paul Kruger who remained in power until the end of the Boer War in 1910.

The old grain mill has been restored as a coffee shop. In fact, many of the old modern day inhabitants of Kroondal are descendants of the first missionaries and enthusiastic upholders of their established traditions - among these, a grand annual 'Bazar' and a widely recognized brass band, for which instruments were first ordered from Germany in 1889. The German school (somewhat modernized!) was established in a sturdy native hut in 1892.

Area Attractions
The Kgaswane Mountain Reserve (8km) features a variety of buck, but especially the rare Sable and an endangered Cape Vulture breeding colony. Various self-drive, hiking and biking routes are available as well as overnight facilities.

Waterval Mall (6km) for comprehensive shopping needs as well as a variety of restaurants.

The Cradle of Humankind (65km) These famous archaeological sites are well developed to allow tourists to overnight and eat in style whilst learning and participating. The Cradle sites comprise a strip of a dozen caves containing the fossilised remains of ancient forms of animals, plants and most importantly, hominids. The caves have produced over 850 hominid fossil remains - one of the world's richest concentrations. In 1947 the almost complete skull of an adult female Australopithecus Africanus was found - popularly known as 'Mrs.Ples', estimated to be around 2.8 million years.

The Pilanesberg Game Reserve (60km) where the Big Five cannot hide from your camera. Decent restaurants there and at nearby Sun City. 
The world-renowned Sun City Resort (60 km) for gaming, water-sport and many other exciting activities. Various restaurants to suit every pocket.

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