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1. Centurion

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…

2. Edenvale

Edenvale is a popular area in Johannesburg and is ideally situated approximately halfway between O R Tambo International Airport and the city centre. Being so close to all the major parts of the city of Johannesburg has made Edenvale a comfortable place to live. Edenvale is a quiet town with a peaceful atmosphere. It is close to many places of interest and has a few activities of its own that are well worth visiting. It is also close to shopping malls including Eastgate, Johannesburg’s first “super-regional” shopping centre. For the sporty types, Edenvale has a host of activities available such as a gym, indoor action cricket and soccer arenas, squash courts and indoor volleyball. It also boasts two beautiful golf courses and a nature reserve, ideal for cycling, jogging or…

3. Germiston

Germiston, on the East Rand in the Province of Gauteng, South Africa is situated 26 km outside of Johannesburg City Centre. Germiston city is home to the worlds’ largest gold refinery and some 700 factories of which are also some of the biggest in the world. It is South Africa’s sixth largest city and boasts the country’s biggest railway junction. Although Germiston is largely an industrial area, it is close to shopping malls and has a variety of fine restaurants, sporting activities and historical experiences for tourists and businessmen alike to enjoy. The Germiston Lake is a popular weekend spot for wind surfing and rowing competitions. Places to Visit Things to do and see…

4. Hartbeespoort

Hartbeespoort in the North West of South Africa, also fondly known as “Harties”, is a small resort town situated on the slopes of the Magaliesberg Mountain and the banks of the Hartbeespoort Dam. Only an hours’ drive from Pretoria or Johannesburg this town is easily accessible. A single-lane road follows the waters’ edge along the north side of the Dam and passes though the 56.6 m long tunnel that leads over the Dam. It is along this road that you will find shops, restaurants, markets and attractions. The Chameleon Village Craft Market on the other side of the tunnel is an ideal shopping venue for African curios. Enjoy elephant rides at the Elephant Sanctuary or early risers can…

5. Johannesburg

The City that Gold built Johannesburg, the largest city in South Africa is the Provincial Capital of Gauteng. This unique city is often referred to as Jozi, Jo’burg, Egoli or City of Gold as it is home to some of the worlds’ richest gold fields. Johannesburg is also the wealthiest city and economic powerhouse in Africa. It is for this reason that many visitors come to Jozi as it is seen as a multi-cultural mix of people in a booming, happening and trendy city. Sandton has become the new hub of the city, after businesses transferred from the city centre, and it is here in this leafy green suburb you will find the famous malls and social gatherings. The cultural district of Newtown on…

6. Kempton Park

Kempton Park was established in 1903 when Karl Wolff sub-divided a portion of his Zuurfontein farm into residential stands and named the new village Kempten after the Bavarian town of his birth. The name of the town was later anglicised to Kempton Park. Kempton Park is located north-east of Johannesburg and south of Pretoria lying in the middle of the two cities. In 1952 Jan Smuts Airport was built on land next to the town, which later became the main gateway into South Africa for air traffic and is now the busiest airport on the African continent. The airport's name was changed to Johannesburg International Airport in the late 1990s and more recently to OR Tambo International Airport (August 2006). Kempton Park was declared a city in 1992 and became part of the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan…

7. Midrand

Midrand forms part of the City of Johannesburg, situated between Sandton and Centurion. It was originally a small village, quite aptly named Halfway House, as it served as a refreshment station for people making the trip between Johannesburg and Pretoria in the past. Midrand has experienced a great deal of growth and development in the last decade and today it almost connects the two cities with several of its own suburbs. It is built around the N1 with its own Gautrain Station ensuring quick access to the tourist hotspots of Johannesburg and Pretoria such as Montecasino, Sandton City, Kruger House Museum or the Union Buildings, plus it has its own international airport for light aircraft, Grand Central. The area has fast become a large business hub, large enough to rival that of…

8. Mooinooi

Another Small Mining Town Mooinooi lies in the North West Province, approximately halfway between Brits or Hartbeespoort and Rustenburg. Mooinooi is a small mining town just west of Magalisburg, it rests in a valley that used to grow citrus fruit. The town makes for a perfect break for city dwellers from Johannesburg and Pretoria and offers a variety of outdoor activities in the area surrounding the town. In particular, the activities include hiking trails, 4 X 4 trails, birding and game viewing. Many of these opportunities are on private farms and visitors may need permission to use some of the trails. Nearby Hartbeespoort, or Harties as the locals call it, is a wonderful spot to enjoy craft markets, restaurants, animal parks and of course water sports and if you need to get a little…

9. Rietfontein Natuurreservaat

Rietfontein Nature Reserve is a 25 hectare reserve situated in the midst of suburbia and is home to rock koppies and the following animals: Blesbok Duiker Hedgehog Klipspringer Mongoose Spotted Genet Rietfontein is also home to a myriad of birds including: Bulbul Collared Barbet Glossy Starling Grey Go-Away-Bird (Grey Lourie) Guineafowl Hadeda Olive Thrush Sacred Ibis Sparrow Speckled Pigeon (Rock Pigeon) Spotted Eagle Owl The Reserve is the perfect place for family hikes and picnics. There is an short and relatively easy walking trail in the reserve - suitable for kids - which takes visitors to the top of the ridge with great views of Sandton. It also has an educational centre and…

10. Rustenburg

In a green, well-wooded setting, overlooked by the re-tinted heights of the Magaliesberg, a church and a township was established in September 1851. This was the second Dutch Reformed parish in the then Transvaal. Rustenburg ('a place of rest') grew as the church and administrative centre for a rich farming area producing citrus, tropical and sub-tropical fruits, cattle, Virginia tobacco, groundnuts, sunflower seeds, maize and wheat. Boekenhoutfontein farm, north-west of Rustenburg, was the home of President Paul Kruger. Of its original 500 hectares, 32 are maintained as a museum. On the grounds are a cottage of 1841, the then Transvaal's oldest pioneer house - a house built by Kruger when he moved there in 1863 - the Kruger homestead, built by the President in 1870s - and a house built…

11. Sandton

Sandton, in the Province of Gauteng, South Africa is situated 15 km outside of Johannesburg City Centre. This unique town reigns as the most important business and financial district in South Africa and possibly the Sub-Saharan Africa. Sandton has a Manhattan-style skyline with spectacular skyscrapers that act as landmarks throughout Johannesburg. The most famous being the Sandton City Pyramid Rooftop which draws many a wealthy tourist to shop. Nelson Mandela Square is situated in this shopping centre and is a cascade of restaurants alongside each other. It is here the wealthy locals and tourists alike are found on a daily basis, visiting art galleries, movies, theatres, coffee shops, restaurants, expos, conventions, pubs and clubs. Places to Visit Things to do and see: Sandton…