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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

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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.

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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. 

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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

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Travel tips for pets - the unconventional family members

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Travel tips for pets - the unconventional family members

Often our pets are part of the family. For some people that extends to travelling with their pets.

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Surgery and safari in South Africa

Wildlife safari
Surgery and safari in South Africa

When it comes to post recovery and recuperation, going on safari is a good choice.

Wildlife safari

Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve - ecotourism at its sweetest

Wildlife safari
Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve - ecotourism at its sweetest

It’s so close to Joburg you can see the city skyline from some vantage points. But you’re still in the wild—with over 200 species of birds, big game animals and predators.

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Train journeys - an unforgettable experience with someone special

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Train journeys - an unforgettable experience with someone special

What can beat that feeling of going to sleep with a Karoo moon in the sky outside, and waking up to a pot of fresh coffee, surrounded by Cape vineyards as the Blue Train makes her stately way into the Mother City?

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The fascination of South African cave adventures

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The fascination of South African cave adventures

South Africa offers a variety of caves for you to explore, from hominid fossil sites and ancient San cave paintings.

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Quirky hotels - trailers, ox wagons, tree houses and even a castle (3)

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Music of South Africa - discover the rhythmic heartbeat

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Music of South Africa - discover the rhythmic heartbeat

The music culture in South Africa is made up of diverse genres, from jazz, hip hop, kwaito and gospel to pop and alternative rock.

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Roodeplaat Dam Nature Reserve - Africa in a day

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Roodeplaat Dam Nature Reserve - Africa in a day

Just 22km north of Pretoria, you’ll find the Roodeplaat Dam Nature Reserve Wildlife Sanctuary where you can picnic, go fishing, do some game viewing and finally tick those elusive bird species off your spotting list.

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Montecasino - explore Italy while visiting Johannesburg

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Montecasino - explore Italy while visiting Johannesburg

Designed to meticulously represent an old Italian village in Tuscany, this entertainment complex has over 2km of restaurants and entertainment venues, and an 8500m2 gaming casino.

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11 South African drinks you’ll definitely love

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11 South African drinks you’ll definitely love

From soft red tea leaves and fermented milk to home-made beers and pub-favoured shooters, these are some of South Africa’s finest drinks.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The best places to enjoy nature in Gauteng

Breathtaking scenery
The best places to enjoy nature in Gauteng

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

Main city

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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