South African travel advice when visiting Gauteng
Gauteng is the smallest province in South Africa, and it is also its industrial, financial and commercial center and gateway to South Africa. It was here where the cradle of mankind is located, where gold was discovered, apartheid fell, the new constitution was written and Nelson Mandela inaugurated the office of President. Huge history for any place, but in Gauteng anything is possible.
A sense of excitement pervades this technologically advanced, culturally diverse and vibrant artistic destination that beckons the visitor with many opportunities to discover and experience its precious life spirit.
Located at an average altitude of 1,500 meters above sea level, Gauteng falls in the summer precipitation zone with afternoon thunderstorms occurring. Daily temperatures range from a maximum of 26°C in midsummer to a maximum of 16°C in winter.
Excellent shopping facilities ranging from exclusive, luxury or trendy items in modern malls to arts and crafts bargains at ‘flea markets’ and roadside stalls. Visit Sandton City, Rosebank (The Mall, The Zone, Galleries, and Rooftop Market on Sundays), Menlyn Park Shopping Center, Oriental Plaza, Market Square Precint (on weekends), Jewel City (for diamonds straight away) of Cutting Tools) and Michael Mount Organic Market. Special purchases include designer clothes and fashion items; jewelry (especially gold and diamonds); Decoration items, traditional African masks, and craft items such as bead work and carving.
Description of the main attractions:
A World Heritage Site, it is known as the Cradle of Humankind, where our ancestors walked over 4 million years ago. It is the richest site in the world for Australopithecus fossils.
The most famous town in South Africa and the center of the struggle for freedom during the years of apartheid. Visit Nelson Mandela’s Old House, Freedom Square, Hector Peterson Memorial and other sites of struggle.
The ‘City of Gold’ is a vibrant, eclectic city with a vibrant heartbeat. The economic powerhouse of the country, “Joburg” or “Jozi” offers not only business opportunities, but history, culture, shopping and entertainment. Visit Sandton, Rosebank, MonteCasino, MuseumAfrica, Newtown Cultural Precinct, Johannesburg Art Gallery and Melville Copis.
A small village in the heart of an area of mountains, valleys, rivers and indigenous forests; Enjoy fly fishing, visit country guesthouses, inns, arts and crafts studios, various trails (hiking, horse and mountain bike), Magalies Express and historical war sites.
Gold Reef City and Apartheid Museum:
Lots of fun to be had at this family-friendly theme park with countless breathtaking rides, built on the site of an authentic Victorian gold mine. Next to the town of Gold Reef is the Apartheid Museum, with its haunting exhibits depicting South Africa’s turbulent history.
Lesedi Cultural Village:
An amazing experience of tribal dance and traditional African villages showcasing the cultures and crafts of the Zulu, Ndebele, Sotho, Pedi and Xhosa tribes.
The seat of the South African Department and Overseas Missions, Pretoria is a stately city that explodes in an abundance of purple jacaranda blossoms in October. Don’t miss the Union Buildings; the National Zoo, Aquarium, and Reptile Garden; national botanical gardens; Church Square Melrose House Pretoria Museum of Art and Voortrekker Memorial.
Against the backdrop of the Magaliesberg Ridge, the town and dam of Hartebeespoort offers visitors water entertainment options, an aquarium, a snake park, roadside kiosks, game drives and a cable car. This area is the final refuge of the Cape Vulture.
The largest diamond in the world was discovered in Cullinan in 1905 and has a value of 3106 carats. Visitors can go on a tour of the Cullinan Diamond Mine and purchase diamonds at the Cullinan Diamond Market; The town also has many turn-of-the-century homes.
Tswaing Crater Location:
A huge meteorite hit the Earth more than 220,000 years ago, leaving a crater about 1.13 kilometers wide and 200 meters deep. This area is home to 320 species of birds and 420 species of plants.