Tourist Attractions of Gauteng
Tourist Attractions of South Africa
South Africa is a vast and extremely fascinating country that packs a powerful tourist punch. Few countries can match it for variety and diversity in attractions, activities and cultural groups. From art and history to food and wine, wildlife and nature, nightlife, shopping and even places of worship – there is so much on offer to attract, entice and entertain.
The Western Cape with its mountains and oceans offers scenery that has inspired thousands of descriptions. It has great beaches, World Heritage sites, romantic winelands and museums that celebrate a rich cultural heritage. You can’t talk about a trip to Cape Town without discussing the fabulous cuisine and shopping options that draw tourists time and time again.
Gauteng’s brash exterior belies its depth, uncovered at numerous cultural and historical attractions. Places like Constitution Hill, the Apartheid Museum and Soweto feature alongside chi-chi restaurants, funky galleries, shopping malls and fascinating visits to the Cradle of Humankind, where all our stories began.
In Mpumalanga you’ll find a host of nature-related attractions, arts and crafts outlets, country towns, cultural villages and stupendous scenery along the well-known Panorama route. Of course one of the major attractions is the world-famous Kruger National Park.
Limpopo shares this wildlife sanctuary - the size of a small country - and has many of its own nature reserves. It also boasts the fascinating Mapungubwe, where once an ancient kingdom developed a field of influence that spread beyond the continent. Intriguing groups such as the Venda and the Balobedu still practise culturally-rich traditions in the far north of this region.
The North West is all about Sun City, and the Pilanesberg and Madikwe Game Reserves, but don’t forget the mampoer farms and the idiosyncrasies of the Marico, the cultural mélange at Lesedi on the shores of the Hartebeespoort Dam or the little town of Taung where the famous skull of the same name was discovered. From the Margaret Roberts Herbal Farm (De Wildt) to Sol Plaaitje’s house in Mafikeng, there’s much to explore.
Immense skies and enormous spaces characterise the Northern Cape, along with attractions such as the Big Hole in Kimberley, the Loeriesfontein Windmill Museum and the myths and legends as taught by the ancient San. The Augrabies Falls National Park, the Ais/Ais Richtersveld National Park and the Riemvasmaak community all offer interesting experiences and insights.
KwaZulu-Natal has its own brand of uniqueness when it comes to tourist attractions. Here you can visit a Hare Krishna temple in Durban, pay your respects at the Battlefields in the Midlands, come face to face with Zulu culture and celebrate some of the finest beaches along the Indian Ocean coastline. Sunny year-round, the province has great places to shop, eat, and discover.
The Eastern Cape is a place of rich heritage and struggle sites. Here historic monuments find their place alongside fun aquariums and beachside establishments. Malaria-free game sanctuaries and numerous nature reserves thrill adventure-seekers and nature-lovers.
Small towns and homegrown hospitality are the distinctive attributes of the Free State. Visit the Basotho Cultural Village on the way to the spectacular Golden Gate National Park, visit the Choet Visser Rugby Museum in Bloemfontein or the Fertility Caves (outside Clarens). Make your way to the fun galleries of Clarens, feast visually on the sandstone sights of Ficksburg and drink in the fascinating history of the provincial capital, Bloemfontein.
Wherever you go around the country, you’re bound to find a fun attraction, a moving museum, a great place to enjoy the local vibes. Enjoy surfing the Nightjar site for the best attractions on offer in each of the provinces.
Articles & Blogs
Township Twitching8:21pm 25 Feb
By Nick Dail
I arrive at the Orlando Towers a little early (Google Maps has done this Capetonian proud) and sit and wait for Raymond to arrive. The Towers are a popular destination for bungee jumping and go-karting, but at this time of the morning, the staff are still doing quality checks. When I tell them I’m here for a birding tour they look confused, to say the least.
Every time someone new arrives, I wonder if it’s my man. I shouldn’t have worried. The binoculars hung around Raymond’s neck are a dead giveaway, but that’s where the birding stereotypes end. He’s younger than...
Hadogenes gunningi11:55am 15 Dec
The scorpion in the photo is Hadogenes gunningi. It was photographed in Proteadal, Gauteng Province and submitted to ScorpionMAP (http://vmus.adu.org.za/) by Luke Verburgt. This scorpion belongs to the Hemiscorpiidae family.
Scorpions are ancient animals, and fossil records indicate that they were already in existence about 425 – 450 million years ago during the Silurian period and evolved from an amphibious ancestor. They occur in habitats ranging from forest to deserts but it is in the arid areas that they are most common and...
Nightjar Travelled11:55am 21 Oct
I recently popped out to the crocodile park near Lanseria airport for some photos, but did not realise that they have a small but interesting snake collection as well. I was innocently bumbling along, snapping the odd picture, when I turned around and this mamba took a pot shot at me. I don't know who got a bigger fright - me at seeing the snake, or the snake at being stopped by the glass... but it was a memorable moment! I never realised that the snakes are actually fully aware of what's going on outside the glass!
– Erik on Instagram (@...
Stroke a White Lion Cub11:55am 19 Oct
The African sun rises over the horizon signifying the start of an adventurous day. Lions roar, elephants roam the savannah, a herd of buck take a quick drink at the waterhole and the meerkat scouts for its next nibble. The dawn brings about a flock of birds fluttering in the tree outside my window and I can almost smell the damp of the grass outside... okay that’s just my bath towel hanging over the door but you get the idea!
The ‘Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve’ is one of Johannesburg's Big 5 Tourist Destinations and reaches tops on my list of ‘must see places’. This privately...
Nightjar Travelled11:55am 2 Sep
Did you know that there are over 6 million trees in Johannesburg?! On a recent trip up North I noticed that this buzzing city of commerce is actually surprisingly green. Even in the hub of Sandton's shopping you don't have to go far to find a patch of green, and more often than not someone will have taken the time to pop in a colourful flower or two.
Here's an interesting read on the history of the city's trees: