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Gauteng

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GGauteng is an urban playground – think large shopping malls, bars, hotels, casinos and a vibrant cultural and entertainment scene. It is South Africa’s economic powerhouse, and is fast-paced, high-tech and ever changing.

Gauteng is the smallest of South Africa’s nine provinces, but also the most densely populated and the fastest growing – not too surprising, really, as Gauteng means ‘place of gold’ (gold has been intertwined with the province’s history ever since its discovery in the Johannesburg area in 1886).

It is a province of contrasts – old and new, contemporary and traditional, dense cities and wide-open grasslands, all co-existing.

Although dominated by urban areas, there are a number of great natural attractions, like the Dinokeng Game Reserve, Gauteng’s only Big Five nature reserve; the Pretoria National Botanical Garden; and the Magaliesberg mountains.

 

GGauteng is also home to the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, which contains some of the most important palaeoanthropological sites in the world. Here, scientists have discovered important fossils that tell us much about the predecessors of modern humans.

Most of Gauteng is on the Highveld, a high-altitude grassland; its spectacular Highveld thunderstorms are legendary.

There’s plenty for you to do in Gauteng, whether you favour a night on the town, a game drive or some great shopping. Immerse yourself in Gauteng’s cultural scene – there are museums, galleries, theatres, historical sites, cultural hubs and a number of music festivals.

Gauteng boasts a world-class infrastructure and a large range of accommodation, from the ultra-luxurious to budget options.

Explore Gauteng

Soweto Wine & Lifesytle Festival

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Soweto Wine & Lifesytle Festival

The Soweto Wine & Lifestyle Festival is a must-attend festival in Soweto. The show exhibits a combination of wine, travel destinations, food and lifestyle products. This festival is the hub for the country’s finest innovators, bringing together winemakers, artisanal chefs, designers, crafters and entrepreneurs for a three-day cultural experience, unique to Soweto. The festival was originally designed to bring Cape wines into Johannesburg’s largest township, Soweto – which is known for its trendsetting values and people – to expose this magnificent movement to the country’s oldest, unique wine etiquettes and cultures. Come and experience the best wines the Cape has to offer; check out travel retailers with a huge choice of holidays and weekends away; indulge in a wide selection of gastronomies to suit all tastes from top restaurants, local bistros and food vendors; and enjoy music from Soweto’s famous set.

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Standard Bank Joy of Jazz

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Standard Bank Joy of Jazz

The Standard Bank Joy of Jazz is held in Johannesburg each year, and showcases 35 performances on four stages in three days. It’s an initiative that seeks to contribute to social cohesion, economic growth and cultural tourism. The Joy of Jazz Festival presents a diverse range of jazz styles inclusive of the giants of jazz and the upcoming young artists. There is something for everyone in the line-up every year, which is truly inspirational. The show promises to bring audiences some exciting and innovative collaborations this year.

RMB WineX Wine Festival

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RMB WineX Wine Festival

The RMB WineX Festival is an annual event that is not to be missed be any wine connoisseur. It showcases a wide range of brands, boutique wines, crystal stemware and more. The undisputed festival of choice for the discerning wine consumer, the RMB WineX Wine Festival celebrates the “art of wine”. The show boasts the greatest selection of South Africa's top cellars under one roof, together with an exciting array of newcomers, boutique producers and garagistes – all who have one thing in common, they are all passionate about fermented grapes. RMB WineX is the wine happening of the year, where winemakers divulge expert knowledge to an attentive audience and Jozi wine lovers meet to socialise over a glass of good wine. Additionally, visitors can get handy tips and learn the latest in winemaking trends. There are also plenty of products that are available for purchasing – from gadgets, olives and oils, imported decanters, design coolers, artisanal cheeses and storage systems. 

Whisky Live

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Whisky Live

Whisky Live is an annual festival that focuses on whisky and its culture. It attracts approximately 20 000 people and offers a range of whisky tasting events year-round to suit every palate – from the “just curious” newcomer to the seasoned connoisseur, there is something for everyone. Whisky Live is celebrated in Cape Town, Pretoria and Durban - traditionally held in the first six months of the year. The world’s biggest event of its kind, the Whisky Live Festival is held annually in November in Sandton. This event is a whisky extravaganza in the truest sense of the word, with more than 10 000 people visiting the festival over three nights to sample new whiskies and purchase gift packs ahead of the festive season rush. Tickets go on sale from 1 October 2017

Shebeens – your uniquely South African local tavern experience

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Shebeens – your uniquely South African local tavern experience

The first shebeens in South Africa were local bars and taverns where mostly working-class urban males could unwind, socialise, and escape the oppression of life during the Apartheid era.

Ten free things to do in the City of Gold

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Ten free things to do in the City of Gold

Ten amazing things to do for free in Johannesburg.

Rietvlei Nature Reserve - a land of water

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Rietvlei Nature Reserve - a land of water

Have the perfect picnic, enjoy some cycling and horse riding or view wildlife while you explore the Rietvlei Nature Reserve.

All aboard - The Magaliesburg Express

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All aboard - The Magaliesburg Express

If you have ever wanted to experience an adventure by a steam locomotive, then this day trip from Joburg to Magaliesburg and back again will charm you with the romance of days gone by.

Vibrant clubs, bars and restaurants – this is gay-friendly Johannesburg

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Vibrant clubs, bars and restaurants – this is gay-friendly Johannesburg

South Africa is known as a gay-friendly destination and Johannesburg is no exception.

The best places to enjoy nature in Gauteng

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The best places to enjoy nature in Gauteng

Gauteng boasts amazing tourist attractions that are worth visiting more than once.

Adventure in style through Southern Africa with the Shongololo Express

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Adventure in style through Southern Africa with the Shongololo Express

There's something so peaceful, adventurous and yet cosseting about luxury train travel in South Africa, and the Shongololo Express is no exception.

Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden

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Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden

Just 30 km west of the Johannesburg city centre, is an amazingly quaint experience fondly known as the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden.

The Vaal River — this river has something for everyone

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The Vaal River — this river has something for everyone

Whether you want to white-water raft down exhilarating rapids or want to relax in a luxurious guesthouse overlooking the soothing water, the Vaal River is a water-lover’s paradise.

The loveliest garden – Jozi’s Botanical Garden

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The loveliest garden – Jozi’s Botanical Garden

The Johannesburg Botanical Garden offers a green space in the middle of an urban area.

Shopping in South Africa - a world-class experience

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Shopping in South Africa - a world-class experience

Look out for goods that are Proudly South African to support the local industries.

The fascinating story behind the birth of gumboot dancing

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The fascinating story behind the birth of gumboot dancing

Gumboot dancing was originally a means of communication amongst miners who were forbidden from talking to one another.

Explore South Africa’s top 10 vibrant cities

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Explore South Africa’s top 10 vibrant cities

From picturesque Cape Town and laid-back Durban to friendly Port Elizabeth and bustling Johannesburg, here’s a rundown of the top 10 cities.

Luxury in South Africa

Luxury in South Africa

With a rich cultural history, some of the finest wines in the world, gourmet food and enchanting adventures, let South Africa show you why it is a shining jewel of luxury travel.

Open-top bus tours in Johannesburg

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Open-top bus tours in Johannesburg

The open-top bus tours run all day, every day, with on-board commentary, 12 fascinating stops and easy access to all the attractions.

Party the night away at top South African nightclubs

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Party the night away at top South African nightclubs

South Africa has a vibrant nightlife and all the major cities offer something different.

The Old Synagogue - from Jewish place of worship to historic courtroom

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The Old Synagogue - from Jewish place of worship to historic courtroom

Paul Kruger Street Synagogue, the first synagogue to be constructed in Pretoria, was expropriated by the government in 1952 and converted into a special Supreme Court.

Emirates Airline Park - How Emirates Airline Park played host to SA’s post-apartheid reconciliation

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Emirates Airline Park - How Emirates Airline Park played host to SA’s post-apartheid reconciliation

Emirates Airline Park played a significant role in South African sporting history, after hosting the 1995 Rugby World Cup final.

2010 FIFA World Cup™: Not a bird, not a plane, it’s SA’s flag flying high

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2010 FIFA World Cup™: Not a bird, not a plane, it’s SA’s flag flying high

After 6 years sustained hard work under the watchful eye of global critics, South Africa proved that it could successfully host the 2010 FIFA World Cup™.

Freedom Park – a celebration of humanity and freedom

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Freedom Park – a celebration of humanity and freedom

Freedom Park in Pretoria is a celebration of humanity and freedom.

MMain Attractions

Apartheid Museum and the Cradle of Humankind
The Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg documents South Africa’s Freedom Struggle during the days of apartheid. Set on 7ha of landscaped grounds, the museum has over 20 exhibition areas that include film footage, text panels and artefacts. About an hour’s drive from Johannesburg is the Cradle of Humankind, which is renowned for its extraordinary fossil record of early human ancestors.

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Johannesburg
The capital of Gauteng was built on the discovery of gold in 1886. It is now a vibrant megacity (the greater Johannesburg area is home to about 10-million people) that is the economic powerhouse of the country.

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