Stretching all the way from Pretoria in the north to Vereeniging in the south, Gauteng is the beating heart of South Africa. Its status as South Africa’s wealthiest province has made it a paragon of ‘Modern Africa’ – but there’s much more to Gauteng than prosperity. Its stark Highveld landscape is steeped in South African history.
Johannesburg is the economic epicentre of both Gauteng and of the country. Nicknamed the ‘City of Gold’ – thanks to its past as a mining mecca – Johannesburg is a magnetic metropolis that attracts people and money to its buzzing streets. Home to the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and one of the largest shopping centres in Africa, this city might as well make ‘work hard, play hard’ its unofficial motto. Pretoria is Joburg’s more relaxed neighbour, with its jacaranda-lined streets and historical monuments offering a pleasant change of pace.
Gauteng is, however, not just a province of cities. If you want to break away from the hustle and bustle, head west: the small town of Magaliesburg offers a tranquil bushveld getaway while the Cradle of Humankind in Sterkfontein allows visitors to venture back to the roots of their existence. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1999, the Cradle of Humankind is the birthplace of humanity and is home to around 40% of the world’s human ancestral fossils.
- The Cradle of Humankind in Sterkfontein – the birth of humanity – where you’ll where around 40% of the world’s human ancestral fossils were found
- The affluent Sandton in Johannesburg where the country’s stock exchange as well as one of Africa’s biggest shopping centres can be found
- Pretoria – the administrative capital of South Africa – is home to the Union Buildings and the Presidential Office
- The town of Magaliesburg allows you to have a tranquil countryside getaway – without straying too far from city life