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GAUTENG

The name Gauteng derives from the Sotho/Setswana word meaning "Place of Gold" as much of the wealth of this province has come from this precious metal. Gauteng is undoubtedly the shopping mecca of South Africa. Being among the world’s largest producers of gold and diamonds, jewellery and precious stones shops are abundant and affordable.

 

 

 

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

1 Johannesburg: The city is the technological and financial forerunner of Africa, South Africa's premier business destination and, including Soweto, home to more than five million people. A place not to be missed in Johannesburg is the Apartheid museum, an extraordinarily powerful museum, certain to become one of Johannesburg's most important tourist attractions.

2 Gold Reef City: Has been described as one of the most extraordinary and unique theme park complexes in the world. The gold Reef City Hotel therefore fits in perfectly. This prominent 5-star hotel has been designed in a grand house, luxurious style. Visits down an old mine shaft is part of the unique experience offered.

3 Soweto: Soweto is a famous former township from the times of Apartheid. Starting about 15 km away from the centre of Johannesburg, it comprises some 63 sq. km, where an estimated three million people live. Soweto is a city of contrasts

 

with luxurious mansions across the road from tin shanties, and green fields and streams around the corner from piles of garbage. Places of interest include Nelson Mandela's House, the modest bungalow where Mandela and his former wife Winnie lived in the 1950s and early 1960s before he went to prison.

4 Sandton: Only twenty years ago, Sandton, north of Johannesburg, was an open strip of highveld used largely for horse riding. It is now the Gauteng property of choice, a sophisticated, upmarket suburb featuring expensive shops, world-class hotels and Johannesburg's most illustrious corporate addresses. Sandton City offers the ultimate shopping experience. The Village Walk Shopping Centre is a quaint centre designed in a Neapolitan style and features stylish shops, coffeehouses and cinemas.

5 Hartbeespoort Dam: An extremely popular area south of the Magaliesberg range, with the Hartbeesport Dam its major attraction.

 

 

The Dam, with its spectacular scenery and proximity to Johannesburg and Pretoria, is the principal water recreation area of

the Northern Gauteng province. The area offers a haven of hiking trails, craft shops and cultural villages.

6 Cradle of Humankind: Only 45 minutes drive from Johannesburg, nestling in the peaceful Sterkfontein valley, lies the Cradle of Humankind - a World Heritage Site - and the world's richest hominid site. This ancient cave system has over the years revealed a sequence of deposits with fossils dating from about 3.5 to 1.5 million years ago.

 

7 Wonder Cave: The Wonder Cave is located in the internationally known valley of Kromdraai, amidst famous palae ontological sites containing the oldest relics of mankind. This natural wonder, only open to the public since 1991, boasts an enormous single chamber which one enters by elevator beside walls decorated with beautiful formations up to 15m high.

8 Heia Safari Ranch: An authentic Zulu village built entirely with materials imported from Zululand. Set on a game reserve of 1000ha w h i c h n e s t l e s snuggly at the foot of the Swartkop Mountains. Twenty two game species find their home in this unspoiled African bushveld. For bird lovers 176 species have been recorded.

 9 The Blue Train: Traversing South Africa's varied landscapes along four alternative routes, the train combines all the comfort and luxury of a five-star hotel with an unparalleled journey. The uncompromising elegance of the train offers the discerning traveller a luxury journey in a timeless world of grace and romance, where some of the world's most dramatic scenery stirs the imagination. Routes include Cape Town - Pretoria - Cape Town: 1600km - 26 hours / 1 night; and Cape Town - Port Elizabeth - Cape Town: 1068km - 40 hours / 2 nights.

H.E. MS Shogole
Consul-General
 
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