Gauteng is characterised by a cosmopolitan, multicultural mix of people from all walks of life. The province’s unique cultural and social legacy is evident from the variety of restaurants, museums, theatres, cultural precincts and craft markets. Millions of years of Gauteng history are preserved in the World Heritage Site, the Cradle of Humankind, just an hour from Johannesburg and Pretoria. A must for any visitor is a trip to the award-winning Maropeng Visitor Centre. Well worth a visit is the Maboneng Precinct in Johannesburg, which is full of modern loft apartments, stunning shops, restaurants and entertainment areas, as well as offices, a hotel and a museum. Take a tour to the Freedom Park in Pretoria which celebrates the nation’s heroes, history and democracy. Relive the tension of 11 July 1963 at Liliesleaf Farm; learn about events that occurred in Soweto that were pivotal in the struggle against apartheid at the Apartheid Museum; or visit Constitution Hill, which highlights the remarkable history of South Africa Law and the road to democracy.
For nature and outdoors lovers, there are more than enough to explore as the province boasts an array of reserves, parks and lodges. Adventure tourism opportunities also galore. Don’t miss one of Gauteng’s top tourist attraction, the Lion and Safari Park situated in Broederstroom; the national botanical gardens in Pretoria and Johannesburg; Dinokeng Game Reserve, north of Pretoria; the National Zoological Gardens of South Africa; to name but a few. Some 40 km outside of Pretoria one finds the Tswaing Crater; an impact crater left by a meteorite that hit the Earth more than 200 000 years ago. Gauteng also offers the leisure traveller a fine variety of top-notch restaurants and five-star venues. The province also boasts some of South Africa’s most impressive malls, as well as a diverse range of weekend markets and food shows. For more information, contact: Gauteng Tourism Authority https://www.gauteng.net