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IIf you’re looking to enjoy some fun time in Gauteng while also traveling back into the history of South Africa, then here are a few places you should consider visiting:
1. The Hector Pieterson Memorial and Apartheid Museum
The Hector Pieterson Memorial is dedicated to the memory of the 1976 student uprisings that took Soweto by storm. The protests were by Black students who were fighting against the usage of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction in schools.
The Apartheid Museum goes through the entire history of Apartheid in the country and the impact this had on daily life.
22. The Cradle of Humankind
The Cradle of Humankind region in South Africa, which is almost 90 minutes' drive from the Johannesburg city centre. It gives visitors the chance to learn about the evolutionary process of humans and for people to learn about stones and bones. There is also a variety of adrenaline filled activities that visitors can experience. It is also a World Heritage Site that’s home to a wide variety of birds, animals and plants.
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33. Gold Reef City
Gold Reef City is home to one of Johannesburg’s top attractions. The theme park is one of the biggest in South Africa and will take you back to the gold rush era.
With 16 thrill rides, 14 dedicated rides for the kiddies, Jump City Trampoline Park, the only authentic underground mine tour in Johannesburg, 12 dining options, 7 retail stores, plus 15 other attractions!
It’s time to share great experiences and make better memories.
Get to this theme park today and experience a full day of endless thrills from only R125 per person!
4. Vaal Meander
The opportunity to experience the Vaal River in all its glory is always a welcome one. The area has a number of restaurants, hotels and a fully-fledged events calendar of all the activities organised in the area.
5. Nizamiye Mosque
Looming over Midrand the mosque is the biggest in the southern hemisphere. It currently stands in a complex that has a school, a clinic, a niche supermarket and a bakery among other things. The mosque was built by a Turkish philanthropist. It has 21 domes, and all the marble, carpets, stained glass and ceramics used in its construction were brought from Turkey.
It was completed in 2012 and is modelled on the 16th century Ottoman Selimiye Cammii mosque in Edirne, Turkey. The main dome is framed by four towering minarets and rises 32m. More than 200 stained-glass windows decorate the building. The spectacular prayer hall can accommodate more than 3 000 people.
In addition to the prayer hall, the main building also houses a small exhibition about Ottoman architecture, meeting rooms and a peaceful courtyard, all of which can be visited. Women will be provided with shawls to cover up and all visitors are asked to remove their shoes before entering the prayer hall.
South African urban architectural design tours introduce visitors to the eclectic array of styles and influences behind the country’s most iconic buildings.
South African Breweries’ World of Beer in Newtown Cultural Precinct, Johannesburg, presents a fascinating history of beer globally, and brewing in South Africa – with some welcome samples thrown in.
Leafy Greenside in Johannesburg looks spectacular in spring and offers excellent restaurants and bars, great shopping and nearby outdoor attractions like golf, water sports and botanical gardens.
Wits Art Museum – part of the University of the Witwatersrand – houses an African art collection that was started in the 1920s and includes masks, photographs, paintings and more.
Sandton is Johannesburg’s financial capital, as well as boasting 5-star luxury hotels, world-class conference venues and premier shopping destinations, including Sandton City, Nelson Mandela Square and the Marc.
In Pretoria (sometimes referred to as Tshwane) there are plenty of day spas, health hydros and wellness retreats within the city itself and in easy driving distance to restore your energy.
Johannesburg might be something of an urban jungle, but it also has some wonderful natural attractions. The land on which Johannesburg is built was once grassland, but is now the biggest urban forest in the world, with over 10 million trees in its city, gardens, 600 parks, open spaces and suburbs.