Tshwane Metropolitan and Metsweding
Did you know?
The Tswaing Crater in the Tshwane Metropolitan, Gauteng, was formed 220 000 years ago.
The Tshwane Metropolitan and Metsweding areas are located north of Johannesburg. Gauteng's Tshwane Metropolitan houses the administrative capital city of Pretoria while the neighbouring municipal district of Metsweding forms Gauteng's most northern border with Mpumalanga, Limpopo and North West.
Both the Tshwane Metropolitan and Metsweding regions have plenty to offer visitors, with numerous tourism routes that highlight their natural, cultural and historical attractions.
Pretoria, also called the Jacaranda City, had roles in both the South African War and the country's freedom struggle. This history is recounted through its museums and monuments, and can be rediscovered on the Setso, Struggle and Freedom, and Park Heritage tourism routes.
Visitors will be pleasantly surprised by the metro's natural attractions. It's home to the Rietvlei Nature Reserve which features, amongst others, white rhino, buffalo and cheetah; the 12ha Austin Roberts Memorial Bird Sanctuary; the Groenkloof Nature Reserve; and the Wonderboom Nature Reserve, famed for its 1 000-year-old Wonderboom (wonder tree).
A major Tshwane attraction is the Tswaing Crater, a 1.4km-diameter meteorite crater that is ranked as one of the world's best-preserved meteorite impact craters.
Metro cultural experiences include arts and crafts markets, art galleries, theatres the Cultural History Museum, and township tours.
The neighbouring Metsweding region offers vast stretches of Highveld bush that features game and nature reserves, and several conservancies. Here you can enjoy hot air ballooning, horse riding, hiking and walking, mountain biking, game viewing and bird watching, all in a rustic setting.
A definite 'must-see' is the quaint mining village of Cullinan, which produced the world's largest diamond, the Cullinan Diamond. Take a trip down the Cullinan Mine, do a heritage tour or simply wander around the village, taking in its pretty streets and old Victorian charm.
In Bronkhorstspruit, attractions include the Bronkhorst Spruit Dam for water sports, the Nan Hua Buddhist Temple, and Loopspruit Winery - the most northerly positioned wine estate in South Africa.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Gauteng Tourism Authority
Tel: +27 (0)11 639 1600
Tshwane Tourism Authority
Tel: +27 (0)12 328 5961
Mobile: +27 (0) 72 344 3072
Mobile: +27 (0)82 852 3010