Places to visit in Gauteng

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Greater Johannesburg

Gold Reef City and Mining Museum is an amusement park in Johannesburg, South Africa. Located on an old gold mine that closed in 1971, the park is themed around the gold rush that started in 1886 on the Witwatersrand and the buildings on the park are designed to mimic the same period – Wikipedia.

Soweto Township is located to the south-west of Johannesburg city centre. South Africa's most famous township is also by far its largest with estimates putting the population at anywhere between two and four million residents. Although many areas are still desperately poor, like any large city there are also wealthier neighbourhoods and a sizeable growing middle-class. Whatever you choose to see in Soweto you will find that it is the people who will make your Soweto visit most memorable.

The Apartheid Museum opened in 2001 and is acknowledged as the pre-eminent museum in the world dealing with 20th century South Africa, at the heart of which is the apartheid story. The Apartheid Museum, the first of its kind, illustrates the rise and fall of apartheid.

Maboneng Precinct - Maboneng, a Sotho word meaning “place of light”, is a fitting name for a district that has fast become a centre of creative energy for Johannesburg’s urban artists.

North-west of Johannesburg – Cradle of Humankind

“The Cradle of Humankind,” is one of eight World Heritage Sites in South Africa, and the only one in Gauteng, is renowned as the place where humankind originated. It is here that Professor Raymond Dart of the University of the Witwatersrand found the first hominid, Australopithecus, in 1924 at Taung in the North West Province. It is one of the major tourist attractions in South Africa.

The Maropeng Visitor Centre, situated in the Cradle of Humankind, is an award-winning, world-class exhibition, focusing on the development of humans and our ancestors over the past few million years.

The Sterkfontein Caves is a set of limestone caves of special interest to paleo-anthropologists located in Gauteng province, about 40 kilometres northwest of Johannesburg.

Lesedi Cultural Village is a tourist village which celebrates the cultural traditions of several different peoples of Southern Africa.

The Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve “The Nearest Faraway Place” is a privately owned game reserve covering some 1200 hectares, which has opened to the public in 1990.

Pretoria

The Union Buildings form the official seat of the South African Government and also house the offices of the President of South Africa.

The Voortrekker Monument is located just south of Pretoria in South Africa. This massive granite structure is prominently located on a hilltop within a nature reserve, and was raised to commemorate the Voortrekkers who left the Cape Colony between 1835 and 1854 - Wikipedia.

Freedom Park is the South African tale in the voice of the South African people. Using our unique culture, heritage, history and spirituality, it tells of the events that shaped us and why we are who we are today.

The Rietvlei Nature Reserve which surrounds the magnificent Rietvlei Dam which supplies Pretoria with 15% of its water.

West and North-west of Pretoria

The De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Centre, also known as Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre is a captive breeding facility for South African cheetahs and other animals that is situated in the foothills of the Magaliesberg mountain range in the North West Province of South Africa – Wikipedia.

Pilanesberg National Park which is among Southern Africa’s fascinating game reserves, is possibly the most accessible. Situated in the ecologically rich transition zone between the Kalahari and the Lowveld, this vast area promises thrilling big game viewing in a malaria free environment. A wide variety of accommodation is available to suit your needs. See the big 5 and over 7 000 animals.-p>

East of Pretoria

The Cullinan Diamond Mine is renowned as a source of large, high-quality gem diamonds, including Type II stones, as well as being the world’s most important source of very rare blue diamonds.

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