Eastern Cape

Top 10

Natural attractions in Gauteng

1Cradle of Humankind

The Cradle of Humankind is an absolute must-see. The Maropeng Visitor’s centre will give you insight into the origins of mankind. Head down into the Sterkfontein caves for an enlightening experience as nature leads the way.

2Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens

One of the great escapes from Johannesburg and Tshwane, the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens are found in almost 300 hectares of landscaped and natural gardens – great for picnicking and bird-watching

3Rhino and Lion Park

This is a privately-owned reserve situated in the Cradle of Humankind and his home to over 600 head of game, and is definitely worth a visit

4Rietvlei Nature Reserve

Located to the South of Pretoria, this nature reserve and wetland is the province’s best kept secret. Here, you can see zebra, buffalo, rhino and hippo

5Tswaing Crater

Just 40 kilometres north of Pretoria you’ll find the Tswaing Crater – the site of where an asteroid left a massive impact crater some 200 000 years ago

6Melville Koppies

These rugged koppies close to the suburb of Melville have evidence of Stone Age village and iron-smelting works. The flora includes 80% of the species recorded on in Gauteng. Great for walks and hikes

7Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve

This Nature Reserve south of Johannesburg covers 13 337 hectares of ridges, plains and kloofs – look out for supporting antelope, baboon, cheetah and hyena.

8Roodeplaat Dam Nature Reserve

Located 22 kilometres from Pretoria, this area is rich in wildlife (zebra, kudu, waterbuck, blue wildebeest) and birdlife.

9Dinokeng

Known as the ‘Place of Rivers’ one can also go on game drives in the Dinokeng tourism region. Plans are that one-day this area will be host to the Big Five.

10Groenkloof Nature Reserve

one of the first-ever declared nature reserves in the old Transvaal, Groenkloof Nature Reserve is home to kudu, impala, blue wildebeest and ostrich. Guided hiking trails on offer.