Sandton, Gauteng's economic powerhouse Sandton, Gauteng's economic powerhouse

Gauteng's rich cultural heritage and fascinating political past offers meeting planners and conference organisers 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 or a township shebeen.

Did you know?

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, the province is home to Johannesburg, Pretoria (the administrative capital of the country) and the colourful township of Soweto.

Johannesburg is the definitive home of Gauteng meetings and other business events. With modern infrastructure, cutting edge telecommunications and IT services, top-class meeting and events venues, luxurious hotels, and a vibrant cosmopolitan atmosphere combined with an African flavour, Johannesburg is truly a city like no other.

If you enjoy nightlife and non-stop entertainment, then Johannesburg is the place to be. You'll find restaurants, shebeens, jazz haunts and clubs. 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 other interesting places to explore. 

In cosmopolitan Sandton - Johannesburg’s leading business hub and the home of Africa’s richest square mile, you’ll find many corporate headquarters, the Johannesburg Securities Exchange, the award winning Sandton Convention Centre, and a wide choice of international branded hotels with high-tech meeting and event facilities. Here you’ll also find 4 world-class shopping centres and a wealth of leisure facilities from bars and restaurants to theatres, art galleries, cinemas and entertainment venues.

Access to the Sandton CBD and adjacent surburbs for Gauteng meetings is easy with the Gautrain high-speed rail service that transports passengers from OR Tambo International Airport into the heart of Sandton in just 15 minutes. Feeder bus services are operated from the station to many of Johannesburg's suburbs.

Besides the Sandton Convention Centre, Gauteng has many other excellent meeting venues. In Midrand, between Johannesburg and Pretoria, you'll find the award-winning Gallagher Convention Centre. It can accommodate up to 12 000 visitors in a variety of venues. The CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria can accommodate up to 450 people in its largest venue.

Emperors Palace Convention Centre, located near OR Tambo International Airport, can host 6 000 delegates, while Gold Reef City Casino with its theme park depicting turn-of-the century gold mining can cater for 550 delegates. Its location next to the Apartheid Museum and Soweto makes it an ideal venue from which to explore South Africa's political past.

In Johannesburg you'll also find Montecasino Corporate Events (600 delegates), the Indaba Hotel & Conference Center (600 delegates), and the very upmarket Summer Place (350 delegates).

But don't limit yourself to the city areas when visiting Gauteng. There are also superb meeting facilities and attractions in other areas like the Cradle of Humankind, the old mining town of Cullinan (where the world's largest diamond was found), the Magaliesberg, Dinokeng tourism route and the Vaal River.

At the Cradle of Humankind, where you can explore our fascinating human ancestry, you'll find the Maropeng Conference Centre (490 delegates), while the Magaliesberg Manor Conference Centre can cater for conferences of 100. You'll also find the beautiful Avianto Conference Centre (200 guests) near Pretoria, and n'Gomo Safari Lodge (100 delegates) in Muldersdrift.

Gauteng activities and highlights at a glance

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

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

Gauteng Tourism Authority
Tel: +27 (0)11 085 2500
Email: info@gauteng.net

Johannesburg Tourism
Tel: +27 (0)11 214-0700
Email: info@joburgtourism.com

Tshwane Tourism Information Centre
Tel: +27 (0)12 358-1430
Email: tourisminfo@tshwane.gov.za

How to get here

International airlines from all over the world fly into Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport.

Best time to visit

Johannesburg is a year-round destination with warm summers and mild winters.

Get around

There are many ways to get around Johannesburg from hiring a car to taxis and private transfers to the Rea Vaya Bus Rapid Transit System.

What to pack

In spring and summer (September to May) pack your T-shirts, shorts, bathing suits and sunscreen. In winter some days and most nights can be chilly so bring some warm clothing.

What to eat

Johannesburg is home to some of the best restaurants in South Africa. You will find all types of cuisine here from typical South African fare to many types of international cuisine from French, Greek, Italian , Indian, Chinese and Japanese to kosher and halaal.