Gauteng game lodges may be in short supply but what you do find, will leave you wowed. Gauteng may be the smallest of South Africa’s provinces, but it packs a punch. Known as the ‘Place of Gold,’ you’ll certainly feel like you’ve hit the jackpot on a holiday in Gauteng. Whether you are exploring the Apartheid Museum and Nelson Mandela Square in bustling Johannesburg or exploring the quieter corners of the province, checking in to your Cradle of Humankind accommodation and discovering the origins of humanity, or simply relaxing on a bush break, you’re in for a getaway to remember.
While bustling Johannesburg and the Jacaranda City of Pretoria are certainly the best-known regions of Gauteng, you’ll also find heaps of hidden gems. When the movers and shakers of the cities need a break from the frenetic pace, they make a beeline for the Magaliesberg Mountains in the east and the private game reserves close to the cities. The UNESCO World Heritage site Cradle of Humankind is a must-do. Here, in one of the most unique sites on the entire planet, you can get to grips with the mysteries of the Sterkfontein Caves and the origins of our ancestors.
Holiday in Gauteng and you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the wealth of things to do:
It is best to plan a holiday in Gauteng during the spring and summer months (September – February) when the weather is at its finest. A festive season break in Gauteng is especially ideal as the province is often at its quietest during this time, with most locals heading to the coast.
Visitors can make use of the efficient Gautrain – the first rapid rail network in all of Africa, stretching across 80 kilometres and 10 stations. Having said that, renting a car is still the preferred transport option of choice for many travellers.
There are many accommodation options for your holiday in Gauteng, including budget-friendly, self-catering, ultra-luxe hotels and a handful of Gauteng game lodges and Cradle of Humankind accommodation. You can opt to stay in the buzz of the city or venture towards the outskirts of the province to reconnect with nature and take in South Africa’s beautiful mountain and bushveld vistas.