Ideas in Gauteng
Here are some suggestions for activities and attractions in Gauteng that your guests might be interested in. It is important to be knowledgeable about attractions in your area – if you recommend something that your guests really enjoy, it will make their day.
Most visitors love cultural experiences, and it pays to know about those in your area.
Here are some examples of what guests could do:
- Visit the Apartheid Museum
- Visit Vilakazi Street in Soweto, the only street in the world on which two Nobel laureates have lived – Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu
- Visit Constitution Hill
- Visit the Mandela House Museum
- Visit the gold mine at Gold Reef City theme park, and even take a guided tour around parts of the mine (and go on some rides)
- Visit the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, one of the most important palaeoanthropological sites in the world. Here tourists can experience a walk through time in the Visitor Centre, and see places where significant fossil finds have been made
- See all types of dancing, from traditional and gumboot all the way to ballet at the Johannesburg Theatre
- See the huge, granite Voortrekker Monument outside Pretoria, which was erected to pay homage to the Voortrekkers, who travelled an arduous journey to the area during the Great Trek of the 19th century
Scenic beauty spots
Many tourists look forward to enjoying the natural beauty of our country. Make sure you can point them to the most picturesque spots.
Here are just a few examples of what guests could see:
- The Magaliesberg Mountains, where guests can explore quartzite cliffs, rivers, waterfalls and steep ravines
- The Cradle of Humankind – besides being a World Heritage Site – is also stunningly beautiful. If at all possible, guests should visit in the late afternoon and evening, as watching the sun set over the place from where we all originated is an experience not soon forgotten
- The botanical gardens in Pretoria have been carefully cultivated to allow visitors to immerse themselves in natural beauty
- Although it is the most densely populated province, there are many natural areas in Gauteng. Find out which are near you and how visitors can get there
South Africa is famed for its wildlife. Our land is home to many, diverse creatures, many of which tourists will have never seen before, and which they probably haven’t seen in the wild.
The majority of visitors to South Africa can’t wait to go on a safari or game drive, so make sure you know where they can do this.
Here are a couple of examples of where guests could go:
- Dinokeng Game Reserve, Gauteng’s first Big Five game reserve, where visitors can book a game drive with one of Dinokeng’s rangers
- The Lion Park in Lanseria, where visitors can see lions, possibly have an opportunity to play with lion cubs, and get close to many other species of animals
- The National Zoological Gardens (Pretoria Zoo), where although visitors can’t see animals in the wild, they can see them up close (and be guaranteed to see them) while resting assured that the National Zoological Gardens is among the top zoos in the world, and devotes itself to wildlife conservation
Deep blue plus
Just because Gauteng is a landlocked province doesn’t mean your visitors can’t prepare themselves for their seaside adventures.
- If they are interested in securing their Padi qualifications so that they can scuba-dive when they get down to the coast – or even in some of the area’s dams, such as Miracle Waters – they can qualify through Padi South Africa.
- There’s also Wild Waters, a water park in Boksburg, near Johannesburg, that offers exhilarating rides for all ages – from super tubes to rapids to a wave pool.
Culture and lifestyle
Gauteng has a range of art galleries that pay homage to the country’s historic and contemporary artists, from Gerard Sekoto to Alexis Preller, Maud Sumner, Sydney Kumalo, Ezrom Legae and William Kentridge.
- Be sure to recommend that your visitors take a stroll through the Johannesburg Art Gallery, the Pretoria Art Museum, the Wits Art Museum and the area’s many private galleries, such as the Goodman Gallery. And if your visitors would rather stay outside, there are a number of art walks through Johannesburg that offer a completely different perspective on the city and its artistic heritage.
- Also worth visiting is the Satyagraha House in Johannesburg, which dates back to 1907 and was where Mahatma Gandhi lived for a short time during his 21-year stay in South Africa.
- When the sun goes down, suggest that your visitors experience some of South Africa’s finest theatrical performances at the Pretoria State Theatre. Alternatively, if a drink or dance floor beckons, be sure to recommend that your visitors immerse themselves some of Johannesburg’s vibrant nightlife. Braamfontein offers a particularly cosmopolitan variety of entertainment options.
For the adrenalin-hungry, there are any number of options for visitors to Gauteng to get their blood pumping. Here are just a couple of suggestions:
- Bungee jump off the Orlando Towers in Soweto for an urban experience like no other
- Launch yourself out of a plane with the Johannesburg or Pretoria Skydiving Clubs
- Hit the rides at Gold Reef City, which range from the easy and enjoyable to the death-defying and heart-hammering
- Throw yourself onto a quad bike and tackle the province’s nature trails and racing tracks
- Of course, if you venture just a little bit further, the Magaliesberg will cater to your every adventurous whim, from cave spelunking to kloofing to hot-air ballooning
Lap of luxury
When only the best will do, Gauteng has a lot to offer.
- There are many high-class restaurants in Gauteng. Find out which establishments near you have the best standards and reputations.
- Find out which fancy shops or upscale shopping centres are nearest to you. Often guests with a taste for luxury will want to go home with some special items bought during their holiday.
If you are interested in reading about more attractions in Gauteng, visit the South African Tourism website.
Guests also appreciate having an idea of what there is to do in other areas, so find out where they are going next and offer some ideas for what they might like to do when they get there.