Welcome to Gauteng!
If you are in search of urban vibes, Gauteng will captivate you. Whilst its history lies embedded in the discovery of gold, today Gauteng not only has one of the best infrastructures, but its population form part of a vibrant mix of energy and diversity that make it one of the wealthiest provinces in Africa and the entertainment epicentre of South Africa.
Hot air balloon rides, bungee jumping, mountain biking and walking in Nelson Mandela’s footsteps… these are a few of our favourite must-do’s when you visit Gauteng.
Gauteng also has a unique geological history that’s evident at the South African World Heritage Site, the Cradle of Humankind. This vast valley full of caves and fossils is one of the African continent’s most important archaeological sites.
TOP REASONS TO VISIT
Cradle of Humankind
Explore 13 excavation sites that are recognised as South African World Heritage Sites and experience the birthplace of humankind first-hand. The official visitor centres for the Cradle of Humankind, Maropeng and the Sterkfontein Caves, are within an easy hour’s drive from Johannesburg.
This Museum brings to life the intricacies, horrors and demise of the apartheid system. Situated at the Gold Reef City campus in Ormonde, a must if you are looking for things to do in Gauteng, the museum illustrates the fall of apartheid and rise of the New South Africa through dramatic photographs, videos, press clips, personal artefacts and moving anecdotes.
It represents South Africa’s dark past and its bright post-apartheid future. Johannesburg’s most notorious historic prisons (all of them now museums) sit side by side with the home of the Constitutional Court, a symbol of South Africa’s triumphant democracy. The site is located on the ridge between two city neighbourhoods, Hillbrow and Braamfontein, overlooking central Johannesburg and is one of the most important tourist attractions in South Africa.
Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens
The gardens provide a wonderful retreat away from the bustle of city life. Alongside the waterfall, a pair of Verreaux Eagles (Black Eagles) has been resident for over 30 years. The waterfall is the most popular spot in the Garden and walking trails around this area are self-guided. Discover 300 hectares of indigenous fauna and flora, walkways, picnic areas and much more!
A heritage precinct nestled on the Salvokop on the southern edge of Pretoria and is one of many historical attractions in Gauteng. It is a site of remembrance, where South Africa honours those who sacrificed their lives in the struggle for a free and democratic South Africa.
Pretoria’s Union Buildings, the official seat of the national government, house the offices of the South African president and are located atop the Meintjieskop in the Arcadia suburb of Tshwane. An important South African heritage site, the impressive building is surrounded by terraced gardens that offer panoramic views over the city.
Venture into Soweto for an insightful experience in a place where the reality of our country’s violent past exists unassumingly alongside the peaceful present. Here you can Bungee Jump from the Orlando Towers.
Gold Reef City
An amusement park in Johannesburg, located on an old gold mine which closed in 1971. The park is themed around the gold rush that started in 1886, with more than 30 roller coasters and thrill rides, an interactive history of gold mining and a 4D Theater.
For those who can’t resist the lure of bright lights, roulette wheels, card tables and slot machines, there is a wide choice of casinos in Gauteng. While some are fully fledged, stand-alone casinos, others form part of hotel complexes that offer accommodation, restaurants and shopping within their precincts.
Meet before sunrise at the Magalies River Valley, and moments later you’ll be floating over the tree tops watching the light travel over the land as you look out over the Cradle of Humankind, or perhaps drift above the Magaliesberg Mountain Range, in a region boasting some of the best ballooning weather in the world.
Was constructed between 1938 and 1949 to honour the journey of the Voortrekkers, who journeyed north over the coastal mountains of the Cape into the heart of the African veld. The monument located in Pretoria and surrounded by a nature reserve.
Arts on Main
This multifaceted arts centre, occupying a former warehouse with a courtyard, has a mission to generate some cultural vibrancy in the Maboneng Precinct. The once-dilapidated building has been transformed into a creative haven with cultural spaces, artists’ studios, galleries, various retail areas and restaurants, offering visitors regular performances and events. It’s also home to an incredibly popular Sunday market.
Famous for the discovery of what became known as the Cullinan Diamond – the largest rough gem-quality diamond ever found. Streets are lined with both Jacarandas and Oak trees and is a living museum with beautifully preserved Edwardian period buildings, complete with picket fences, cool porches, appealing little gardens and many restaurants and coffee shops.
Cullinan still serves the premier mine, located on a rich diamond-bearing kimberlite pipe, the largest in South Africa. The mine is the third largest diamond producer in the country.
WHERE TO GO
Pretoria & Centurion
South Africa’s administrative centre is a handsome city, with several gracious old houses in large, leafy suburbs. Wide streets are lined with a purple haze of jacarandas in October and November. Officially, the greater Pretoria region, which also includes Centurion and few of smaller towns and townships, is called Tshwane.
Johannesburg & Sandton
The second largest city in Africa, after Lagos in Nigeria, also known as Joburg or Jozi, offers visitors an experience as unique and diverse as the city itself. Whether you are on business, in search of a cultural encounter, an adrenaline rush or simply want to relax and unwind for a few days, the city of Johannesburg has everything you’re looking for and more!
Sandton continues to reign as the most important business, tourism, leisure and retail hub of Gauteng. Sandton continues to offer first-class services to those who ‘Work, Stay, Play or Shop’ here. It is a destination of choice for many, and offers everything from exclusive hotels to guest house accommodation, transport, conferencing and entertainment as well as varied retail offerings.
Nelson Mandela Square, adjoined to Sandton City, celebrates African hospitality and international style. Home to some of South Africa’s finest restaurants, exclusive couture and designer labels and a European-style piazza. Nelson Mandela Square offers chic sophistication, culture and glamour all under the African sun.