Gauteng and the North West
The economic powerhouse of South Africa, Gauteng includes the the "City of Gold, Johannesburg, the vibrant metropolis of Soweto, and our tree-lined administrative capital, Pretoria. It is also home to the one of the oldest tourist attractions in the country - the Cradle of Humankind, one of the richest early human archeological sites in the world; and the altogether newer, world-famous resort of Sun City. Together with the North West province, Gauteng offers a diverse selection of safari experiences in private reserves and lodges, significant for their malaria-free status.
Known as eGoli, the Sotho name for "City of Gold", Johannesburg is a cosmopolitan and vibrant city with numerous attractions, including many museums, the beautiful zoological gardens, several cultural villages, Gold Reef City and Soweto - South Africa's most famous black city comprising nearly 60 townships and informal settlements. Tours of Soweto are popular, giving visitors an insight into the daily life of so many of our people.
Sun City and The Lost City
Located just 2 hours' drive from Johannesburg, and close to the Pilanesberg National Park, South Africa 's premier holiday resort offers a multitude of attractions and activities. This visionary entertainment complex includes 4 hotels, 2 18-hole Gary Player designed golf courses, casinos, theatre extravaganzas, gourmet restaurants, the Valley of Waves and the extraordinary Lost City. Hiking, horse-riding and mountain bike trails lead through the surrounding bush, and a variety of water and other sports keep even the most energetic visitor active!
Pilansberg National Park
Home to the Big Five as well as one of the world's largest white rhino populations, the 580sq km park has nearly 200km of game-viewing roads as well as numerous viewing points, picnic sites and hides. Accommodation ranges from luxury lodges to park chalets.
Cradle of Humankind
Situated in the dolomite hills west of Johannesburg, the area includes the underground chambers of the Sterkfontein caves as well as the Wonder Cave - a huge subterranean cavern featuring 15m stalagtites and stalagmites. One of the richest early human archaeological sites in the world, to date over 600 hominid (early human) fossils and 9000 stone tools have been discovered. Daily guided tours of the caves and adjoining Robert Broom Museum available.
De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Centre
Situated close to the Hartbeespoort Dam, an hour's drive from Johannesburg, the centre, established in 1971, is famous for successfully bringing the cheetah back from the brink of extinction through its captive breeding programmes. The centre's conservation and breeding programmes include other rare and endangered animal species such as wild dog, brown hyaena, serval, suni antelope, blue and red duiker, bontebok, riverine rabbit and vultures - including the very rare Egyptian vulture. Guided tours available.
One of the country's premier wildlife areas, the Waterberg is located just a few hours' drive north of Johannesburg. Hosting several private game reserves and lodges, as well as the Marakele National Park, and boasting malaria-free status, the Waterberg is an increasingly popular holiday destination. Luxury lodges and safari camps offer Big 5 safaris, superb hospitality and unspoilt bush and mountain landscapes.