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From forgotten gems to new adventure spots, there are dime-a-dozen places in Gauteng that will remind you of the province’s treasures. We’ve rounded up 10:

 

Gauteng, South Africa (23 April,2023) — With provinces like the Western Cape often hogging the tourism limelight, it’s easy to forget the other treasured spots that lie scattered across South Africa. Gauteng may be associated with its fast-paced, city-slicker mindset, but travel a little further out of your comfort zone and you might just find your next favourite hangout or piece of peace:

1. Go Back in Time with The Cradle of Human Kind’s Maropeng Visitor’s Centre 

 

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Just half an hour out from Sandton lies ‘the beginning of everything’. Maropeng Visitor Centre at the Cradle of Humankind is a place for the curious or anyone whose always wanted to go back in time. 

Take your time exploring the history of humanity and evolution and follow whatever portion of the award-winning exhibit calls you most. 

  • Location: R400, 1911

2. Catch the Blooming Cosmo’s of Delta Park

April is the season of the cosmos, and there are few places that show them off quite like Delta Park. Dubbed the ‘green oasis’ of Johannesburg, Delta Park is the breath of fresh air anyone looking to escape the concrete jungle should turn to. 

  • Location: 77 Craighall Rd, Victory Park, Randburg, 2195

3. Enjoy Epic Views of Gauteng via Harties Cableway

 

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The Hartbeesport Aerial Cableway will give you perspective (and a one-of-a-kind view of the Magaliesberg mountains).

Especially fitting for any couple looking for something beyond dinner dates, you’ll gaze out at a stretch of the dam and feel, quite literally, on top of Gauteng. 

  • Location: Plot 3, Melodie Melodie agricultural holdings, Hartbeespoort, 0260

4. Hike through Groenkloof Nature Reserve 

Fancy spotting a giraffe along a hike? How about horseback riding with some of the best views of Pretoria guiding your way? 

Groenkloof Nature Reserve is one of the top hiking trails to try in Gauteng, known for the host of animals that live there (from ostriches to zebras) is one spot that’ll take your breath away for more reasons than your hiking pace. 

Fun Fact: Groenkloof Nature Reserve is also believed to be the oldest game reserve on the entire continent. 

  • Location: Christina De Wit Ave, Road, Pretoria, 0027

5. Discover Gauteng Street Art in Maboneng

 

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Street art is a huge part of Johannesburg culture, with many streets standing in as galleries themselves. Explore the larger-than-life murals on a guided tour and learn more about the artists on a mission to beautify the city and change its narratives one piece at a time. 

6. Pick Berries at The Field Berry Farm

A local raspberry farm that’ll make life a little sweeter. Pick some berries with anyone who needs to stop overspending on them at local grocery stores, put on some sunblock and enjoy something wholesome in the city.

P.S April will be the last ‘best time’ to go until Jan!

7. Chase the Gauteng sunset along Munro Drive Lookout

 

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A local favourite, Munro Drive in Houghton is one of the best places to catch something every Joburger can appreciate about the city: the sunset. 

A stumped mountain pass stretching less than a kilometre, you’ll catch gorgeous views of the city along its steep hill.

  • Location: Houghton Estate, Johannesburg, 2198

8. Find Peace at The Pretoria National Botanical Gardens

 

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One of the most gorgeous National Botanical Gardens, perfect for a picnic, a moment or two of silence and of course, any plant parent’s natural habitat.

  • Location: 2 Cussonia Street, Brummeria, Pretoria, 0184

9. Have a thrill at Adventure Zone Cullinan

 

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Along the Diamond Route lies the tiny town of Cullinan. Go a little further east and you’ll find Muningi Gorge where Adventure Zone invites you to enjoy an adrenaline rush.

Zipline, abseil or enjoy a gorgeous hike (which vary in length so you can pick your endurance) and experience the rush of being one with nature in Gauteng and trying something new in the same breath.

  • Location: 103 Oak Ave, Cullinan, 1000

10. Take a Walk with Your Dog through The Wilds

The Wilds Nature Reserve is one of the best spaces for dogs and Joburgers. With koppies gorgeous gardens and waterfalls to gaze at, you’ll walk through one of Joburg’s most peaceful places.

  • Location: Houghton Dr, Houghton Estate, Johannesburg, 2198

P.S: The Wilds is a must for anyone who wants to capture the city’s skyline!


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