Gauteng is the smallest province of South Africa, and the heart of its economy. It is a vibrant mix of cultures and colours with first and third world traditions.
Johannesburg, also known as Joburg or Jozi, is the capital of Gauteng and the biggest city in Africa. Pretoria, the countrys’ capital, lies to the north and is particularly beautiful in spring when thousands of jacaranda trees bloom in a mauve haze. The Cradle of Humankind, one of South Africa’s 7 Unesco World Heritage sites, is situated near Sterkfontein and has one of the world’s richest concentrations of hominid fossils.
Points of interest
The Cradle of Humankind is one of South Africa’s 7 Unesco World Heritage sites and has one of the world’s richest concentrations of hominid fossils: evidence of human evolution over the last 3.5 million years.
Soweto, originally developed as a township for black people under the apartheid system, is now a living monument of the history of political struggle combined with the hopes and aspirations of a dynamic and multi-cultural community facing the challenges of transformation.
The Apartheid Museum complex consists of 22 separate exhibition areas that take the visitor through the history of apartheid in South Africa.
Gold Reef City is an historical amusement park themed around the gold rush on the Witwatersrand.
The Union Buildings in Pretoria were designed by the architect Sir Herbert Baker and set in terraced gardens modelled on the famous Villa d’Este at Tivoli near Rome, Italy, with magnificent panoramic views overlooking the city. The Union Buildings still house the offices of the South African State President.
The Voortrekker Monument was built to commemorate the Great Trek and the Voortrekkers, (Pioneers), who left the Cape Colony in their thousands between 1835 and 1854. This enormous grey building can be seen from all directions as you near Pretoria.
A summer rainfall area, Gauteng has hot summers and cold winters with frost. Hail is common during spectacular, electric summer thunderstorms.