Centurion is situated perfectly between Pretoria and Johannesburg in the Gauteng Province, where making money and spending money seems to be the norm. The suburb functions almost as a mini city on its own and is a hub of tourist activity and an ideal location for businessmen visiting the province.
The suburb is probably most well-known for its mall, one of the largest in South Africa. The area has become a lifestyle for those needing to be close to the city, but not wanting to live in it. Centurion has maintained a country feel despite its growth and visitors will notice the many gated villages and estates that have attracted its cosmopolitan community.
Centurion offers visitors a quiet base close to all the attractions and activities in the neighbouring suburbs, towns and cities across Gauteng and even the North West Province. The restored mining village of Cullinan is worth a visit for its lovely old buildings and of course a mine tour and the opportunity to buy diamonds on site. Hartbeespoort and Bronkhorstspruit are also only a 40 minute drive away and offer outdoor water activities. Golfers visiting Centurion will have an array of superb courses to choose from.
Visitors can do as most residents do in the area, spend time shopping. From the areas well-known Centurion Mall to weekend markets, Centurion promises not to disappoint.
The suburb offers a host of accommodation from hotels and luxury Guest Lodges and B&B’s to affordable self-catering units.
Places to Visit
Things to do and see
- Jan Smuts House Museum
- Smuts “Oubaas” Hiking Trail
- Centurion Mall
- South African Air Force Museum
- Centurion Golf Course
- Acrobranch Forest Adventure
- Irene Village Market, Irene
- Hazel Food Market in Menlo Park
- Irene Dairy Farm, Irene
- Cullinan Diamond Mine, Cullinan
- Frogs Trail, Cullinan
- McHardy House Museum, Cullinan
Centurion experiences its rainfall in the summer months, with December and January seeing the highest levels.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 14˚C and 28˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 3˚C and 21˚C.
There are Domestic and International flights into Johannesburg’s O R Tambo Airport and Lanseria Airport on a daily basis. Bus services, the Gautrain, taxis and car rental companies are available for easy access around the area.
February – Jozi Film Festival: Showcasing the latest films made by International and South African Film Makers.
April – Oppikoppi Music Festival: Held in Northam just north of Pretoria is one of the biggest Musical festivals. Camping, food, drink and international and local music!
July – Kerkvars Arts Festival: Organised by the Univercity of Pretoria Drama Students.
August – Jacaranda Agricultural Show: A huge annual agricultural exhibition, with so much more. Stalls, food, music and competitions for all ages!
October – Jacaranda Festival: Held throughout Pretoria with markets, entertainment and concerts.
Centurion developed from what was called the Lyttelton township on the farm Droogegrond. Lyttelton was renamed Verwoerdburg in 1967, after Hendrik Verwoerd the “architect of Apartheid”. As the surrounding areas grew they came under the same name and Lyttleton became known as one of the suburbs of Verwoerdburg. Other suburbs included Clubview, Zwartkop, Eldoraigne, Wierdapark and their extensions.
In 1995, soon after the end of Apartheid, the residents of the area chose the politically neutral name of Centurion. The name has no significance and was chosen to match the name of Centurion Park Cricket Ground in the area. The Cricket grounds are now known as Super Sport Park. The Indian township of Laudium and some other surrounding suburbs such as Erasmia and Claudius, which were formally part of Pretoria, were made part of Centurion. The black township of Olievenhoutbosch was created in Centurion around the same time.
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