PLACES TO SEE IN GAUTENG, SOUTH AFRICA

 

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Gauteng Tourist Destinations and Tourist Attractions include all the places to see in Gauteng Province of South Africa

 

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Arts and Crafts

Heritage Sites and Museums

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Aquarium

Dams & Small Lakes

Natural History Sites

Animal Partks & Zoo's

Sterkfontein Caves

Nelson Mandela Museum

Botanical Gardens

Game Parks & Nature Reserves

Military History Museum

Bush Babies Monkey Sanctuary

Hartbeespoort Dam

Sandton Convention Centre

Coca Cola Dome

Cheetah & Wildlife Centre

South African Lipizzaners

Cultural Village

Lion Park

Snake & Animal Park

  Mystic Mountain Sanctuary    
 
HERITAGE SITES & MUSEUMS

The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site - tel: +27 (0)11 355 1208 - email: cradleofhumankind.gpg.gov.za
web: www.cradleofhumankind.co.za - The site is situated in the North Western corner of Gauteng, and has 13 excavated sites, amonst many unexplored ones. It has a rich anthropological value, game reserves, cultural villages and many other holiday attractions. The Site lies mainly in the Gauteng province with a small extension into the neighboring North-West province, and covers 47 000 hectares of land mostly privately owned. The Cradle of Humankind Site comprises a strip of a dozen dolomitic limestone caves containing the fossillised remains of ancient forms of animals, plants and most importantly, hominids. The dolomite in which the caves formed, started out as coral reefs growing in a worm shallow sea about 2.3 billion years ago.

Swartlrans - The earliest known deliberate use of fire, some 1,3 million years ago, have been found on this site.

Kromdraai - In 1938, the first specimen of robust ape-man was discovered at Kromdraai.

 
STERKFONTEIN CAVES

Where "Mrs Ples", a 2,5 million year old, and an almost complete skeleton estimated to be about 3,3 million years old were excavated. These caves have one of the richest and most productive anthropological sites in the world.The Sterkfontein Caves are located within the Isaac Edwin Stegmann Reserve about 10km from Krugersdorp. These caves were donated to the University of Witwatersrand by the Stegmann family. A section of the caves is open to the public, and there is a gravel platform from which the public can view the excavation site. Other facilities include a tea-room and small museum in which information about significant findings are on display.

 

The Sterkfontien cave system, about 12km north of Krugersdorp in Gauteng, is the site of some of the most important discoveries concerning human evolution.  The limestone deposit at the surface, from which the first fossils were recovered, was formed by the collapse and infilling of a cavern as it became exposed by erosion.  Underlying the old quarry is an extensive system of younger caves containing an underground lake and many limestone formations, part of which is open to tourists.


The Palaeo-Anthropological Research Unit at the Unitversity of the Witwatersrand has been excavating at Sterkfontein continuously since 1968, and more than 550 hominid fossil specimens have been found.  For the year 'Mrs Ples' was the best specimen of A. africanus. However, towards the end of 1998, an entire australopithecine skull together with its skeleton was discovered by Dr Ron Clarke, in an underground cavern beneath the surface excavations.  Owing to its great age (between about 3.2 and 3.5 million years) and completeness, this is regarded as the most important fossil find in South Africa since the Taung skull.

CULTURAL VILLAGE

MYSTIC MONKEYS AND FEATHERS WILDLIFE PARK

 
CHEETAH AND WILDLIFE CENTRE
 
AQUARIUM
 
SNAKE & ANIMAL PARK
 
ARTS AND CRAFTS
 
LION PARK

THE LION PARK

The Lion Park is situated in Gauteng Province near Lanseria Airport and Fourways within easy reach of Johannesburg and Pretoria. The park offers terrific up close views and other exciting interactions with a large variety of predators and large herbivores indigenous to AfricaThe Lion Park is home to over 80 lions including the rare white lions and many other carnivores such as cheetah, wild dog, brown and spotted hyena and black backed jackal and a wide variety of antelope which roam freely in the antelope area.Guests have an opportunity to interact with some of the animals in the Cub World area which has a giraffe feeding platform that puts you at eye level with our tame resident giraffe creating a fun experience for all ages. Then there is the popular cub interaction which allows guests to touch the cubs and take photographs.The Lion Park is open every day of the year

SOUTH AFRICAN LIPIZZANERS

SOUTH AFRICAN LIPIZZANERS

The oldest human bred horse in the world, ancestors of the Lipizzaners, have been traced to Carthaginian and Roman horses at the time Julius Caesar was Emperor of Rome. The Lipizzaner breed itself dates back to around 1562 when Archduke Maximilian started to breed Spanish horses in Lipica, a village in the modern day Slovenia. It was the need for military horses of unusual strength, loyalty and courage that inspired him to import Spanish, Italian and Arab-Oriental horses for his breeding programme. Out of this grew the famous white horse – the Lipizzaner – as we know it today.These animals are characterised by a perfect and noble physique, graceful movements, the ability to learn, liveliness, good nature, courage, toughness and stamina. In appearance they resemble in every respect the typical baroque show and parade horses

 

The history of Lipizzaner horse is linked with an umbilical cord to the one of the famouns Spanish Riding School in Vienna. The School dates back 430 years to the revival of the 'Haute Ecole d'Equitation' at the end of the 15th and beginning of the 16th centuries, as the Renaissance was sweeping through the royal courts of Europe. Horses of Spanish origin were chosen over other breeds for characteristics they possessed which made them especially suitable for classical training. Spanish Riding School of Vienna is the only riding academy in the world where the Renaissance tradition of classical horsemanship is preserved and cultivated to this day. The unique harmony of horse and rider achieved here is famous all over the world. The South African Lipizzaners have earned the honour of being the only performing Lipizzaners outside Vienna recognised by and affiliated to the Spanish Riding School and a close association is maintained between the two establishments

 

HARTBEESPOORT DAM

HARTBEESPOORT DAM
Surrounded by the majesty of the Magaliesberg mountain range, Hartbeespoortdam is very popular for weekend getaways or day trips . . .
All water sports may be enjoyed including para-sailing, windsurfing, water and jet skiing!!!
For the more adventurous, why not try paragliding, hang-gliding or hot air ballooning?
We have an aquarium, private zoo, a snake park and a cableway.
Now you can explore and discover the scenic beauty, entertaining attractions, fun activities & places of interest of this wonderful land.

BUSH BABIES MONKEY SANCTUARY

NELSON MANDELA MUSEUM

NELSON MANDELA MUSEUM
Nelson Mandela is one of the great moral and political leaders of our time: an international hero whose lifelong dedication to the fight against racial oppression in South Africa won him the Nobel Peace Prize and the presidency of his countrySince his triumphant release in 1990 from more than a quarter-century of imprisonment, Mandela has been at the centre of a most compelling and inspiring political drama - the building of a post-apartheid South Africa.

As president of the African National Congress and head of South Africa's anti-apartheid movement, he was instrumental in moving the nation toward multiracial government and majority rule. He is revered everywhere as a vital force in the fight for human rights and racial equality.The Nelson Mandela National Museum opened its doors on the 11th of February 2000 and is visited by thousands of South African and international tourists every year. It is considered one of South Africa's most significant heritage institutions.
The Museum houses an exhibition on Mandela's book " Long Walk to Freedom," gives an account of his life in context, and preserves a collection of gifts given to Mandela. It is situated in Mthatha, Eastern Cape, South Africa, one of the poorest provinces in the country and its inhabitants are rightfully proud of their favourite son.

Neson Mandela Museum Gauteng South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA NATIONAL MUSEUM OF MILITARY HISTORY

tel: 011 646 5513 -

 

Over 50 years collection of weapons of war, ranging from the Anglo-Boer war to World War 2. It is the official WW2 art museum.

KRUGERSDORP GAME RESERVE

The habitat is mainly grassveld with small dams and reedbeds at the northern-most end. The vast areas of open grassland in the reserve provide the visitor the opportunity to observe many of the grassland species of Gauteng.

 

CROCODILE RAMBLE ROUTE

The Crocodile Ramble includes The Ramble in the Cradle of Humankind & The Ramble around the Hartbeespoort Dam. Here you will find a variety of interesting products and services, ranging from restaurants, arts & crafts to conference centres and nurseries. You can also opt for picnic, nature reserves, bird walks, 4x4 trails, hiking and horse trails or a heritage tour

 

THE COCA COLA DOME

The Coca-Cola dome is situated adjacent to Northgate Shopping Centre on the corner of Olievenhout Avenue & Northumberland Road, in Johannesburg's northern suburb of North Riding. The North Riding area is just North of the N1/ Western Bypass highway. The Dome is 3.5km from Amakoekoe Guest House

 

SANDTON CONVENTION CENTRE
There is over 22,000m² of convention, exhibition and special event space. The Pavilion can seat 4,500 patrons. The Ballroom can seat 2,000 banquet guests and the 13 other meeting rooms can accommodate up to 350 delegates. The two exhibition levels have a combined floor space of 11,000m².

 

NASREC
One of Africa's largest Expo Centres that each year hosts a number of trade shows and sporting events.

For shopping and recreation, we recommend:
Northgate Shopping Centre
Westgate Shopping Centre
Fourways Mall
Sandton City
Cresta Shopping Centre
Monte Casino
Clearwater Mall

 

BOTANICAL GARDENS back to top

Johannesburg Botanical Gardens - near the Emmerentia Dam - tel: 011 888 4928 - The garden is situated on 365 acres and has a vast selection of plants and trees, including a rose garden, herbs and bonzai.

 

National Botanical Gardens - tel: 012 804 3200 - More than 500 indigenous tree and flower species in the region of 1700 flower species. Educational programmes. Picnic & Braai areas and wheelchair friendly.

 

Witwatersrand National Botanical Garden - Malcolm Road, Poortview, Roodepoort - tel: 011 958 1750
e-mail: witsnbg@mweb.co.za - Over 300 ha in size, cultivated exclusively with South African plants, it has a cycad garden, fern trail, arboretum and a waterwise demonstration garden and breeding black eagles amongst its many attractions. Sundays are "Music Festival" days. Wheelchair friendly. The garden is also known as the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden.

 

NATURAL HISTORY SITES

The Tswaing Crater - tel: 012 790 2302 - On the Gauteng/Northwest border, this meteorite crater is 1,4km in diameter, with adjacent eco-system, also an eco-museum.

ANIMAL PARKS & ZOO'S back to top
 

Croc City Crocodile Farm- tel: 083 321 1016 - cell: 083 657 7561 - e-mail: info@croccity.co.za - web: www.croccity.co.za - Croc City Crocodile Farm provides the opportunity to observe one of the world's most spectacular predators at close range. You are also given the chance to HOLD a croc hatchling, reptiles, large pythons, spiders. The tea garden offers delicious refreshments and in the curio shop you will find a wide variety of souvenirs, as well as vacuum packed crocodile meat.

 

Johannesburg Zoological Gardens - tel: 011 646 2000 - Wide variety of animals and beautiful trees, walkways, picnic area and restaurant.

 

The Lion Park - tel: 011 460 1814 - email: lionpark@cknet.co.za - web: www.lion-park.com - Over 80 lions, from cubs to fully grown and other indigenous game including hyena, cheetah, zabra etc. Restaurant & Curio shop on premises. Picnic & braai facilities and children's recreation.

 

Pretoria National Zoological Gardens - tel: 012 328 3265 - With 3500 animal species, picnic & braai areas and children's recreation, this is the best zoo in the country! Wheelchair friendly.

 

The Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve - tel: 011 411 5155 - The Reserve is an ongoing project for the construction of a viable & self-sustaning, to benefit the comunity, phasing in facilites for arts and crafts manufacturing, amongst other planned projects. Picnic & braai areas, children's recreation facilities, restaurant and accommodation on premises.

 

DAMS & SMALL LAKES back to top

Emmarentia Dam - tel: 011 646 5309 - Lovely grounds, small boat & watersport facilities, childrens recreation, picnic & braai area. Incorparates Johannesburg Botanical Gardens. Dogs allowed in some areas.

 

Gillooly's Farm - tel: 011 453 8066 - 44ha situated on the Jukskei River. Picnic & braai area, children's recreation. Ideal for family outings and short walks. Wheelchair friendly.

 

Hartbeespoort Dam - tel: 012 253 0266 - This large dam is situated in the foothills of Magaliesberg and is popular for weekend outings. Art and craft work, snake park and Cheetah Centre.

 

NATURE & GAME PARK RESERVES back to top

Aloe Ridge Nature Game Reserve - tel: 011 957 2070 - Situated in the Swartkop hills of the Cradle of Humankind - Open landrover viewing. Restaurant on premises and accommodation available. Wheelchair friendly.

 

De Wildt Cheetah Centre - tel: 012 504 1921 - Specialists in Cheetah breeding programmes. Guided tours available. Restaurant on premises.

 

Dikhololo Nature Reserve - tel: 012 277 1200 - 4-wheel-drive game viewing, children's recreation, picnic & braai facilities. Luxuary Accommodation and Restaurant on premises. Wheelchair friendly.

 

Krugersdorp Game Reserve - tel: 011 665 4342 - Large selection of game, including 4 of the "Big 5". Picnic & braai facilities, Restaurant and Childrens recreation. Accommodation and camping on premises.

 

Pilanesberg National Park - tel: 014 555 5351 - Close to Sun City. The Park contains the "Big 5" in addition to other game.The facilities include picnic & braai areas, camping sites, various accommodation and children's recreation.

 

Plant Park - tel: 011 463 5773 - Bryanston Area. A wheelchair friendly landscaped garden centre, with restaurant and children's recreation facilities.

 

Rietfontein Ridge Nature Reserve - Sandton Area. Situated on 25ha. Ideal for short walks.

 

Sandton Field & Study Centre - tel: 011 783 7407 - Park is situated on the Braamfontein Spruit. Large trees make it ideal for the picnic & braai facilities, and children's recreation.

 

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