Top 10: Natural attractions in Gauteng

Johannesburg natural attractions include botanical gardens. Johannesburg's natural attractions include the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden.

1 Cradle 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. more

2 Walter 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 more

3 Rhino 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

4 Rietvlei 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. more

5 Tswaing Crater

Just 40 km 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.

6 Melville 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. more

7 Suikerbosrand 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 more

8 Roodeplaat Dam Nature Reserve

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

9 Dinokeng

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

10 Groenkloof 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