Gauteng

Situated in the Highveld, Gauteng is South Africa’s smallest province in South Africa. It contains the country’s largest city – Johannesburg, the country’s administrative capital – Pretoria, and other large areas like Midrand and Vanderbijlpark. The ancient region around the city of Johannesburg includes the discovery site of a 3.5 million-year-old human ancestor and is also home to the Cradle of Humankind. The city’s exciting modern-day history only began in 1886 with the discovery of gold and the Witwatersrand reef, giving Gauteng its name – which means ‘Place of Gold’ in the Sotho languages.
The Vaal River, which separates Gauteng from the Free State, provides many adventures and paradise locations; the Magaliesberg Mountains are on the doorstep of the city, and the considerable number of game reserves, waterfalls, forests and streams provide you with perfect escape options. For a taste of culture, Johannesburg and Pretoria are the two major cities in the province. Pretoria provides a laid-back and refreshing atmosphere with its jacaranda-lined streets and well-kept old buildings, while Johannesburg is one of the world’s youngest major cities and the powerhouse of the African continent.
Gauteng is a year-round destination. The summer months average maximum temperatures in the high twenties, but the area also experiences summer-rainfall – making the weather great all year round for city, camping or bush trips. If its game viewing you’re after – winter is the best time to visit. The weather is colder than the summer months and the veld less-thick so you’re able to see more animals..
From backpackers and farm lodges, right through to luxurious 5-star hotels and upscale resorts, a truly magical experience awaits those who visit this South African treasure. Find all of our Gauteng accommodation specials below..
Most of the province is highly urbanised and industrialised, but with over 30 game reserves, national parks, conservancies, sanctuaries, protected wetlands and of course the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens – you are treated to a wide variety of fauna and flora in Gauteng. Johannesburg is even home to the largest human-made urban forest in the world!

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