Gauteng is the smallest of South Africa’s nine provinces, but also the most densely populated and the fastest growing province. It is a province of contrasts – old and new, contemporary and traditional, dense cities and wide-open grasslands, all co-existing.
Consider Gauteng as more of an urban type compared to Eastern cape and Mpumalanga. It is by far the busiest province of all South Africa. For me, Gauteng is South Africa’s New York. It is also a shopping haven, with malls offering both local and international products. Culture in Gauteng is solely different, like that of an urban indulgence and a work hard, play hard mentality.
If you are party person, visit the nightlife in Johannesburg, try its hottest and famous restaurants and bars.
Although the province is ruled mostly by urban areas, there are many things that you can do in the province, whether you favour a night on the town, a game drive or some great shopping. Immerse yourself in Gauteng’s cultural scene – there are museums, galleries, theatres, historical sites, cultural hubs and a number of music festivals.
There are also bunch of natural attractions you can visit, like the Dinokeng Game Reserve, where it houses Gauteng’s Big Five nature reserve; the Pretoria National Botanical Garden; and the Magaliesberg mountains. Visit the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, to look at some of the fossils at the most important palaeo anthropological sites in the world. In the site, scientists have discovered important fossils that give us more information about the predecessors of modern humans.
In your visit to the busy province of Gauteng stop by the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg. It is a museum that has the country’s record of the struggles during the time of Apartheid. Learn more about the country’s history for the museum has over 20 exhibition areas that include film footage, text panels and artefacts.
If you want to see some ancient fossil go to Cradle of mankind, the place is about an hour drive from Johanessburg. Witness the extraordinary fossil record of early human ancestors.
Visit also Gauteng’s best restaurants and your travel will not be complete without the food trip. Check out Irene Dairy Farm and Dine De Hoek Country House, and enjoy your meal along with the fantastic views in Tres Jolie restaurant. There’s a lot more to find and dine in Gauteng.