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
Maboneng9:30am 4 Nov
You would never guess that in the heart of Hillbrow you would find a world filled with thriving businesses, trendy markets, delicious coffee shops, museums and creative spaces. The Maboneng Precinct in Johannesburg has taken me and, I’m pretty sure, the rest of South Africa by surprise by emerging as one of the favourite places to go to when visiting Jozi. The atmosphere is tangible with the excitement of this new urban development and the experience of Maboneng satisfies all the senses. The food from the Neighbourgoods Market, the sounds of...
Hot Air Ballooning at De Hoek Country Hotel11:32pm 22 Feb
The weekend of 21-23 March 2014 has been set aside for De Hoek Country Hotel’s ballooning adventure weekend, in conjunction with Air Ventures Hot Air Ballooning. The exquisite Magaliesberg mountain range, where this country hotel is situated, is an ideal area for this activity.
Weekend guests taking advantage of this event will be welcomed to De Hoek on Friday and have a leisurely afternoon before the presentation of hot air ballooning at 18.30. A delicious three course dinner will be served afterwards.
On Saturday morning at 05.00, guests will meet on the Bridge Bistro...
Zoo with a View10:30am 6 Feb
Zoo with a view
Set aside a full day to explore the National Zoological Gardens in Tshwane, Pretoria. It’s so big you need a cableway to fully experience its magnitude. Take an aerial journey across the 85-hectare property and try spot some of the 7000 animals on your way across. Once you arrive at the far side of the zoo take a moment to enjoy the hilltop views of leafy Pretoria. At only R10 for a one-way ticket it’s a magical way to experience the concrete jungle. And if heights aren't you’re thing, whiz around the zoo in a golf cart.
- Megan Pilditch...
Staying Home in Gauteng and Loving It9:35pm 28 Nov
By Lisa Johnston
Any self-respecting Gautenger knows that the best time to enjoy the province is over the December holiday period. The mobs and their hyperactive offspring have packed their buckets and spades and headed to the coast. The roads are blissfully uncongested, reducing an hour-long commute to a mere 20 minutes, and the weather is pure bliss. The characteristic grisliness of overworked office folk is replaced with easy smiles...