Gauteng is a dynamic province. Considered the commercial heart of the country, its energy and vibe are tangible from the moment you arrive. From historical and cultural attractions that speak of the country’s turbulent past, to world-class cities that are distinctly African, Gauteng has plenty to offer visitors.

Did you know?

Some of the world's oldest hominid remains have been found at Gauteng's Cradle of Humankind.

The province of Gauteng is the commercial powerhouse of South Africa. However, its offerings are not limited to commerce and industry, its tourism contribution is equally impressive, with Johannesburg, Pretoria, Soweto, Cullinan and Magaliesburg all ranking as top Gauteng attractions.

Anchored by the historical cities of Johannesburg and Pretoria, Gauteng provides plenty in the way of shopping and entertainment through its network of malls, casinos, flea markets and suburban stores.

Both cities house a number of museums, including the Hector Pieterson Museum, Apartheid Museum, Constitution Hill, Museum of Military History, Pretoria Art Museum and Museum Africa, among others.

Johannesburg and Pretoria are also home to several theatres and playhouses, offering authentic South African musical performances, drama, ballet and local comedies, as well as international blockbusters.

Soweto is a very popular Gauteng destination. This is largely due to the pivotal role it played in South Africa's struggle for freedom but also, because of the unique cultural experiences it offers. Adventure tourism is also taking off and visitors can bungee jump from Soweto's iconic Orlando Towers.

On the outskirts of these bustling metropoles, the cityscapes give way to Highveld grasslands that stretch out to the province's borders.

In Johannesburg, these extend south to the Sedibeng region and the Vaal River, and west towards the popular Cradle of Humankind, Sterkfontein Caves and the charming country village of Magaliesburg.

At Pretoria, they extend north into the Dinokeng tourism region, which is home to the quaint mining town of Cullinan with its diamond history, and vast savannahs that feature a number of game reserves.

Apart from township tours, visitors to Gauteng can also enjoy many other experiences, such as visits to the Rhino and Lion Park, cultural villages, game reserves, botanical gardens, art galleries, and lots more.

Shopping is a must, with many excellent curio shops to be found at Sandton City, Rosebank Mall and Nelson Mandela Square − where you'll also find an enormous statue of Nelson Mandela − great for photographs and lunch.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

Gauteng Tourism Authority:
Tel: +27 (0)11 639 1600

Johannesburg Tourism Authority:
Tel: +27 (0)11 214 0700

Tshwane Tourism Authority:
Tel: +27 (0)12 328 5961

How to get here

Fly direct from any of South Africa’s major cities into OR Tambo International Airport at Johannesburg. If you’re driving, from Durban take the N3 motorway to Johannesburg and from Cape Town take the N1 motorway to Johannesburg.

Best time to visit

Gauteng is an all-year-round destination. Spring to autumn (September to May) is beautiful and warm, with hot summer days that usually bring rain. Winter days are mild, but morning and evenings very cold.

Around the area

Sterkfontein Caves, Maropeng Visitors Centre, Wonder Cave, the Vaal River, the Vredefort Dome, Pilanesburg, Sun City, and Dinokeng are popular attractions on the outskirts of the Gauteng Province.

Tours to do

Tours of Soweto and walking tours of Parktown and Westcliff are popular. Newtown has an excellent self-guided Heritage Trail. Gauteng tour operators will tailor a tour to suit your particular interests.

Get around

Ttransport options in Gauteng include Metro buses, the Reya Vaya BRT, metered taxis, and the Gautrain high-speed rail link that connects OR Tambo International Airport, downtown Johannesburg, Sandton, and Pretoria.

Where to stay

Gauteng covers the full spectrum of accommodation options. Major international and local hotel chains are concentrated around Johannesburg, Pretoria, and Sandton.

What to eat

Cuisine in Gauteng is truly international, reflecting the many nationalities that live in the province. Choose between international fast food chains or foods from across Africa, Asia and Europe, as well as regional South African cuisines such as Cape Malay and traditional boerekos.

What's happening

Gauteng hosts a number of food and wine shows throughout the year, as well as business and leisure expos, music concerts, and parades.

National Day festivals like Youth Day on 16 June, and cultural festivals like Diwali and Chinese New Year are also celebrated.

Best buys

Commemorative gold coins and gold jewellery, African curios, ready-to-wear couture from local and African designers and artwork.