Gauteng's rich cultural heritage and fascinating political past offers incentive travellers a host of unforgettable experiences - from exploring our human ancestry at the Cradle of Humankind to a township tour of Soweto. Here one can visit monuments to South Africa’s political past and enjoy traditional African fare in a township shebeen.

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Gauteng is home to many Iron Age archaeoligical sites, including Melville Koppies in Johannesburg, which has remnants of a 1 000 year-old Iron Age kraal.

Gauteng province is the commercial heart of South Africa. Known as the economic powerhouse of the country, Gauteng has an electric energy and vibrant atmosphere.

Cosmopolitan in every sense, Gauteng is home to Johannesburg, Pretoria (the administrative capital of the country) and the colourful township of Soweto.

If you like nightlife and non-stop entertainment, then this is the place to be.

You'll find restaurants, shebeens, jazz haunts and clubs, and if you're looking to punish your credit card, there are numerous shopping centres offering everything from designer labels to bona fide African arts and crafts. There are also museums, galleries, nature reserves, botanical gardens and great places to explore.

Don't limit yourself to the city areas when visiting Gauteng. There are also superb attractions on the outskirts of the province including the Cradle of Humankind, the old mining town of Cullinan (where the world's largest diamond was found), the Magaliesberg mountain range, the Dinokeng tourism route and the Vaal River... and that's just for starters.

In Gauteng you can enjoy the best of modern cosmopolitan Africa, cutting-edge technology and state-of-the-art design, an excellent music and entertainment scene, and top-notch sports facilities.

Gauteng is the home of the fabled goldfields that drove South Africa's industrialisation and was the heart of South Africa's historic struggle for liberation - scene of the 1976 Soweto upprisings and the 1956 Women's March against Pass Laws.

As the business hub of the country, Gauteng has a wide range of excellent conferencing venues, facilities and services to choose from. There is something to suit your every need. So when visiting Gauteng on business, don't miss out on some of the province's major attractions, including:

  • Bungee jumping off the Orlando Cooling Towers
  • Cradle of Humankind
  • A township tour of Alexandra or Soweto
  • Rosebank's African market
  • Eating at Joe's Butchery in Alexandra
  • A night out in Newtown Precinct
  • A day trip through Dinokeng
  • Water sports on Hartebeespoort Dam
  • A visit to the Union Buildings
  • A visit to the Apartheid Museum

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

Johannesburg Tourism Company Convention Bureau
Tel: +27(0) 11 214-0700

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

Johannesburg Tourism Company
Tel: +27 11 214 0700

Tshwane Tourism Information Centre
Tel: +27 12 358 1430