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1. Alberton

Alberton Civic Centre

The Soul of the South The town of Alberton lies along the banks of the Natal Spruit in the East Rand of Gauteng. It is primarily a residential area with its residents commuting to the nearby city of Johannesburg, only 15 km’s away, or other surrounding suburbs to make a living. From a town planning perspective, Alberton is truly unique in that is does not have a reason for its location apart from its proximity to the major population centres which also includes Pretoria. The area offers a variety of shopping malls and entertainment facilities. The community is “close knit” and Alberton hosts a fair amount of events providing plenty of family fun for its residents throughout the…

2. Bluff

A four kilometer bush-covered ridge which provides the land-locked harbour of Port Natal, renamed Durban, with its southern arm is known as the Bluff, or to the Zulus as isiBubulungu, meaning 'the long bulky thing'. The Bluff comprises of several suburbs and has the finest bathing, fishing and surfing beaches in the area. It is a popular holiday spot for those 'in the know'. Much of the accommodation establishments overlook the Indian Ocean where dolphins frolic close to shore all year round and where in winter, whales are often spotted. The Bluff is Durban’s most prominent natural landmark; the ridge is actually a 90m high dune of silt and sand, laid down long ago when the sea level was higher. The ridge provides the harbour with a landfall and protection from south-easterly…

3. Cato Ridge

Cato Ridge is a small village situated about 30 km south-east of Pietermaritzburg, along the Mariannhill Toll Road between Assagay and Camperdown. Cato Ridge has grown, due to the overflow from both Durban and Pietermaritzburg, into a fairly large residential area, but also a large industrial area, which does not make it an attractive holiday destination. Despite this, Cato Ridge is surrounded by beautiful countryside and plenty of tourist type activities and attractions and its neighbours Inchanga, Hillcrest and Kloof, offer some fine accommodation for visitors wanting to explore the area. It serves as a doorway to both the Natal Midlands and the Valley of 1000 Hills which offers and abundance of outdoor experiences and there are also boat cruises on Shongweni, Nagle and Inanda Dams.…

4. Durban

South Beach pools

South Africa's Pleasure Capital by the Sea Durban is the largest city in the Province of ZwaZulu-Natal of South Africa. Situated on the eastern seaboard of Africa, it is known as South Africa’s pleasure capital by the sea. Durban is a natural paradise with sun-kissed beaches, sub-tropical climate and probably best known for its lifeguard protected beaches. Its famous Golden Mile of beachfront provides any visitor with many seaside activities – surfing, swimming, fishing, scuba diving, body boarding and more. This city, however, offers a unique experience that is more than just its beaches. Its rich cultural diversity offers its visitors wonderful foods, festivals and shopping. The…

5. 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…

6. Estcourt

St Matthews Church in Estcourt

Gateway to the Battlefields Estcourt is located four hours from Johannesburg and two hours from Durban, en route to the central Drakensberg attraction of Giant’s Castle. The picturesque town lies along the Bushmans River, from which the town originally took its name, and is considered the gateway to the Battlefields Route – just south of Estcourt was the southernmost point reached by the Boer Forces during The Anglo Boer War and it marks the beginning of the Kwazulu-Natal Battlefields Route. Estcourt is ideally situated with easy access to Winterton, Frere, Colenso, Ladysmith, Howick, Nottingam Road and Weenen and all the attractions that go along with these quaint towns.…

7. Germiston

Competition winning design of the Civic Centre

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…

8. Harrismith

The magnificent Town Hall building

Free State’s Diamond in the RoughHarrismith is a typical Free State town situated almost exactly halfway between Johannesburg and Durban. It is here that many travellers between the two cities make their midway stop to fill up both on food and fuel.Despite the town mostly being known as a halfway-house stop, tourists have recently discovered that the quaint farming town is the ideal destination to escape the stresses of the city and recharge your batteries, take a 48 hr break from a long trip or even hold a conference. The town is perfect for indulging in outdoor activities like hiking, mountain biking, fishing, golfing or 4x4 trailing.Full of history, Harrismith is well known for its…

9. Heidelberg (GP)

City Hall with Global Fountain

Heidelberg in the Gauteng Province of South Africa can be found just off the N3 Highway about 50 km outside of Johannesburg. The town is situated at the eastern end of the Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve, a large tract of land that is South Africa’s highest point at approximately 2000 m above sea level. This nature reserve is named after the Sugar Bush or Protea Caffra and is probably the main reason tourists visit the area. With many hiking trails plus a 60 km route you can take by car, we suggest an early start as the weather can get very warm during the day. Heidelberg offers a picturesque country lifestyle, steeped in history so there are a fair amount of attractions in the form of…

10. Hilton

The picturesque village of Hilton lies nestled just 12 km away in the hills above Pietermaritzburg, at the start of the Midlands Meander. Misty rains maintain the area in perpetual greenness, Hilton is one of the loveliest residential districts of KwaZulu-Natal. Hilton has managed to retain a distinctly English country village feel with tree-lined streets, some Tudor-style architecture, only two traffic lights, a country club and garden clubs. Annual flower shows are held here, and the well-known Hilton College Arts Festival brings the village to life with drama, music and arts and crafts during the month of September. A few stunning natural attractions in the area include World’s View, Howick Falls and Karkloof and the resort at Midmar Dam offers more exciting activities such as…

11. Howick

The spectacular Howick falls

Waterfall Country The little, yet fascinating village of Howick lies just 40 kms from Pietermaritzburg, forming part of the renowned Midlands Meander, and surrounded by other quaint villages such as Karkloof, Merrivale and Lion’s River. The town is known is known as the place of many waterfalls, owing to the many tributaries of the uMngeni River that tumble down gorges and over sharp inclines on their way to the Indian Ocean, some 95 kms to the east. Howick is probably most visited because of the Howick Falls, a 100 metre cascade of water, practically in the centre of town. The falls were known by the Zulus as KwaNogqaza - place of the tall one - and first seen by European travellers…

12. Inchanga

Inchanga is a delightful country style area approximately halfway between Pietermaritzburg and Durban. Its cute station is a real example of Victorian architecture and a reason on its own to visit the area. Once a month over the weekend, a steam train runs from Durban to Inchanga and travellers can visit the Inchange Craft Market at the station where locals set up craft and food stalls with fun activities such as pony rides for the kids. Close to the station is the well-known Inchanga Hotel which stands proudly along the edge of the picturesque Valley of a 1000 Hills. Inchanga is a wonderful spot to stay for a breakaway, close to the city but still in the countryside. With the Valley of 1000 Hills literally on your doorstep the outdoor lifestyle here offers walking and biking trails,…

13. Johannesburg

Johannesburg skyline as viewed from the M2     (Photo : KC Le Roux)

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…

14. Katlehong

Next to the N3 highway, sandwiched between another two townships,Thokoza and Vosloorus, 35 km east of Johannesburg and south of Germiston, likes the township of Katlehong.Katlehong, meaning ‘place of success', is a high-density area that was established in 1945. The southern part of the township consists of six informal settlements with serious overcrowding problems. To make ends meet there are shacks set up for rent in the already tiny yards that exist. Five to six families often have to share one toilet and inspite of being surrounded by an industrial area, there is a very high level of unemployment.Katlehong is one of the most poorly served areas in Gauteng in terms of community development and together with Thokoza and Vosloorus it forms the second largest black township, after that…

15. 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…

16. Mooi River

The disused railway station, now a popular restaurant

Gateway to the Midlands Mooi River, meaning “pretty river” in Afrikaans, lies some 60 km north of Pietermaritzburg and just 5 minutes from the N3 which leads you into central Drakensberg. The countryside surrounding the town varies from mountains to rolling hills and grassland and the area is a well-watered landscape. Mooi River is conveniently situated to use as a base to explore this beautiful area being only a half hour from the Drakensberg mountains and approximately an hour and a half from the coast. It is also close to the battlefields area and Mooi River also forms part of the popular Midlands Meander self-drive arts and crafts route! Mooi River is also known as one of the…

17. Nottingham Road

Heart of the Midlands Nottingham Road is situated just minutes from the foothills of the Drakensberg, within easy reach of the main road between Johannesburg and Durban. It is known as the heart of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands Meander. This small, quaint village is known to its locals as “Notties” and lies in a picturesque landscape of rolling green hills, dotted with fly-fishing dams. Notties offers visitors real old-world English charm with traditional taverns, an eclectic mix of art and crafts and historical attractions. The locals are friendly and a “must do”, is a visit to the local Nottingham Road Brewery. It is a delightful rustic brewery which produces beers with original names like a ‘whistling weasel pale ale’, a ‘pie-eyed possum pilsner’, a ‘pickled pig porter’…

18. Pietermaritzburg

The City Hall,  largest red-brick building in the Southern Hemisphere

Capital of KwaZulu-Natal Pietermaritzburg is the capital of the province of KwaZulu-Natal and the second largest city in the province. It is one of the best-preserved Victorian cities in the world. It is the administrative capital of the province and is conveniently situated between Durban and Johannesburg, near the Drakensberg and several game reserves, Pietermaritzburg is a convenient stop over and base to explore KwaZulu-Natal. One of its most attractive features is that it is a city set amidst the forested hills and rolling countryside of the Natal-Midlands. Pietermaritzburg is the largest town in the Natal Midlands, a scenic retreat that boasts unmatched natural beauty, charming…

19. Pinetown

Pinetown is a small town lying inland from Durban, situated between Kloof and Westville, and is home to one of the oldest Cricket Clubs in the Province. Pinetown nestles at the foot of Field’s Hill - the stretch that forms part of the annual Comrades Marathon - and has quick access to major routes, making it easy to reach Durban and other areas of KwaZulu-Natal. The suburb itself is home to a number of museums, shopping malls, nature reserves and is very close to Durbans’ beaches. The Golden Mile, the 15 km stretch of golden beaches from the Suncoast Casino to Ushaka Marine World, is only 13 km away and are excellent for swimming, surfing, sun tanning, paddling, and boogey boarding. Nature lovers can enjoy an easy walk to a beautiful waterfall at the Paradise Valley Nature Reserve…

20. Queensburgh

Queensburgh is a small town situated only 15 minutes inland from the city of Durban and centrally situated for easy access to all main highways, M7, N2 and N3. The little town has grown in popularity, mainly because of its ideal location, and Queensburgh now includes as many as 10 suburbs and is just a short drive from other areas such as Pinetown, Hillcrest, Kloof, Chatsworth, central Durban as well as the Pavilion Shopping Centre. While most tourists head straight for the beach, there are many little gems dotted along the way that are often missed in the quest for the ultimate seaside vacation and Queensburgh is just such a town as it introduces you to an inland vacation as well. Beautiful landscapes and Queensburgh in particular boasts parks and nearby nature reserves with plentiful…

21. Rietfontein Nature Reserve

Friendly and cute Duiker near the parking area

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…

22. 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…

23. Swinburne

Swinburne with Rensburgkop Mountain in the background

Swinburne is located just south of Harrismith, halfway between Johannesburg and Durban along the N3. Swinburne is a welcome stop-off spot between these two cities and anyone who has travelled this route has most likely stopped here at one time or another, whether or not they were aware that it was Swinburne or not. Despite not having much to offer as a town except a petrol station, basic shop and the Hound & Hare Restaurant and Pub, it is most likely this real obscurity and calm that makes travellers want to stay longer. Rensburgkop is a well-known landmark alongside the N3 and nestled below this towering rock, alongside the Wilge River is the small quaint village of Swinburne.…

24. Van Reenen

The Green Lantern Inn entrance

Van Reenen sits on the border of the Free State and KwaZulu-Natal between the towns of Harrismith and Ladysmith. It lies on the well-known N3, which connects Johannesburg with Durban, and has been regarded by many as the halfway mark along your journey. The small town is famous for two reasons, the Van Reenen Pass and the Llandaff Oratory (The Little Church). The Pass is well known for its mist and sometimes slippery dangerous conditions and the Church for being the smallest Roman Catholic Church in the world! The Church was built by a father in honour of his son who died in a mining accident.  The Windy Corner is a definite if you are spending time in this quaint and peaceful little…

25. Villiers

Villiers bridge over the Vaal River

At the point where the main tarmac road from Gauteng to Harrismith crosses the Vaal River into the Free State, the town of Villiers was established in 1891 on portions of the farms Grootdraai and Pearson Valley and named after Lourens de Villiers, who owned the land. It became a municipality in 1917. The district produces maize and cattle. A boating, swimming and fishing recreational area has been created on the southern bank of the Vaal River, with bungalows and a caravan park.

26. Vosloorus

Vosloorus is a township situated in the Boksburg municipality, just east of Katlehong and Alberton, on the N3, running through Gauteng. It was established in 1963 when Africans were moved from Stirtonville because it was considered by the apartheid government to be too close to a white town. Stirtonville, renamed Reiger Park, has since become home to Boksburg's black community. In 1983 Vosloorus was given full municipal status and a local authority established. During the 1980s Vosloorus was the only local authority in the region in which elections were run by ethnic groups. There were no geographic wards but each ethnic group in the township elected a councillor.There are still some residents left who used to live in Stirtonville. Although apartheid has long been dismantled under…

27. Wagendrift Nature Reserve

Wagendrift Dam

Wagendrift Nature Reserve is a pretty inland resort, 6km from Estcourt. The reserve surrounds a dam of the same name and includes activities such as: Birding Boating Fishing Game viewingHiking Swimming There is 980 ha of beautiful scenery with a self-guided trail along the Bushman’s River. On a good day the keen fisherman may hook himself any of a number of fish species commonly found here: Bass Carp Bluegill Eel and sometimes even trout The reserve was named after a drift through the Bushman's River favoured by transport wagons from Port Natal en-route to the Witwatersrand, where the gold fields attracted many people at that time. Contact DetailsVal Lawson Tel: +27 36 352 5520…

28. Warden

The largest D R Church in South Africa seating 1,750 persons

Warden is a small town situated in the Free State Province of South Africa on the N3 highway and owes its existence to the agricultural activities of the district. The town was named after the former Harrismith magistrate Charles Frederick Warden and was laid out in 1912 on the farm 'Rietvlei'. It became a municipality in 1920. Warden has one of the largest Dutch Reformed sandstone Churches in South Africa, built in 1917 but only completed in 1923 after the local farmers sold off 600 sheep and 1500 head of cattle to subsidize its completion. The Church is larger than the Sydney Opera House with seating for 1,750 persons. It is said that the sandstone contains various fossils like shell and…