Love where you live in Gauteng. Much more than just the bustling metropolis of the City of Gold, Gauteng presents both the local and the domestic visitor with a wealth of experiences to discover.
Here are just a few of our Flight Centre expert's favourites of what to see in Gauteng – plus what to eat and experience along the way.
What to see in Gauteng
Journey back in time
Journey back millions of years to explore the origins of humankind. The UNESCO World Heritage site of the Cradle of Humankind is situated just 50km northwest of Johannesburg, making for an ideal day trip from the city.
The Cradle of Humankind is world-famous for its fossil-rich sites and limestone caves, the most significant on the continent. Learn about history at the Maropeng Visitor Centre and head down into the Sterkfontein Caves. It's an enriching and educational experience for the whole family.
Explore the heart of Soweto
Support the local community and enjoy diving deep into the history and traditions of South
Africa's most famous neighbourhood. Bike tours are popular taking you past neighbourhood favourites and the iconic Vilakazi Street – renowned for being the home of two Nobel Peace Prize winners: Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Bungee Jump, Orlando Towers
If you're after the rush of adventure, head up to the Orlando Towers. Initially, the site of a
the coal-fired power station, today the brightly coloured towers covered in local murals are one of Soweto's most iconic attractions.
Choose from abseiling, bungee-swinging, zip-lining or pendulum swinging, paintball or rock climbing, and post-adrenalin rush treat yourself to some lip-smacking shisa nyama at Chaf Pozi.
No visit to Gauteng is complete without popping it to spend some time in the trendy Maboneng Precinct,in the heart of the city. This urban-mixed community is a feast for the senses, filled with art and renewed hope. Catch an Indie flick at the cinema or soak up the creative atmosphere from the different rooftop areas.
Shop up a storm at the Mall of Africa
If lockdown has left you in desperate need of some retail therapy, grab your mask and hand sanitiser and head to the Mall of Africa. Don't forget the reusable shopping bags either.
The massive mall is Africa's largest shopping mall to be built in just one phase. Browse over 300 shops and enjoy a coffee or lunch. The mall has its own dedicated Gautrain bus route too.
Beat the heat at the waterpark
Nothing quite beats the warmth of sultry Joburg summer days better than a visit to the city's waterparks.
Bring along the swimsuit and sunscreen and make a day of it at Happy Island, boasting the enormous wave pool in Africa, Wild Waters, Pines Resort Krugersdorp, the AquaDome and more. Many parks, while closed for now, are offering "buy now visit later'' season passes and tickets so you can support them now and save on your future visit.
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If the kids are up for mingling with the wildlife, don't forget about Johannesburg or Pretoria Zoo either! Or journey up into the starry night sky and the heavens at the Planetarium.