Gauteng meaning Place of Gold. It is South Africa’s smallest, most densely populated province with no foreign borders. Pretoria, Johannesburg, Germiston, and Vereeniging are some of the main cities to be found. Pretoria is known as “Jacaranda City” due to its mauve blossomed tree-lined streets, featuring several natural and cultural attractions such as significant old buildings and museums worth exploring.

Swartkrans, Sterkfontein, Kromdraai and environs are collectively known as the Cradle of Humankind. An area of 16548 square km designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site where fossils sites can be explored. 

The climate is mostly influenced by altitude even though the province is at a subtropical latitude. The climate is cooler in Johannesburg at 1700m in comparison to Pretoria at 1330m above sea level. Winters are crisp and dry with frost occurring often in southern areas. Summer months average about 17°C and maximum of approximately 28°C, whilst winter months averages 5°C and maximum of 19°C. Pretoria experiences much of the same whether as Johannesburg but it is also known as the rainfall region.

Recommended Sights & Activities


Don’t miss our recommended sights and activities:

♥ Travel through time, visit the World Heritage Site of the Sterkfontein Caves at the Cradle of Humankind

♥ Bring out your inner child and brave the rollercoaster at Golf Reef City theme park

♥ Shop up a storm with the rich and famous in Sandton or Rosebank

♥ Go on a guided city walk or tour of Soweto

♥ Visit the Apartheid Museum that graphically portrays the apartheid story through media content

Sights & Activities


  • Bungee Jumping Orlando
  • Drive a race car around a race track
  • Gold Reef City
  • Cradle of Humankind
  • Cullinan Mines
  • Freedom Park
  • Union Buildings
  • Apartheid Museum
  • Johannesburg graffiti scenes
  • Maboneng
  • Soweto
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