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Top 10 places to see in Gauteng

Travelling to Gauteng on business or holiday? View our extensive Gauteng tourist attraction guide, highlighting things to do and places to see. Gauteng offers a wide range tourist attractions for every personality, from the stay-at-home types to the adventurous at heart.

  • Maboneng Precinct

    1. Maboneng Precinct

    The Maboneng Precinct is a regenerated neighbourhood, located in the heart of Johannesburg, that has been transformed from a no-go zone into a hub of creative energy. With a mix of art galleries, and retail and studio space on offer, the precinct draws the inner-city public, as well as the chic, art-going crowd of the city’s northern suburbs, bringing life back into downtown Johannesburg.

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  • Cradle of Humankind

    2. Cradle of Humankind

    This World Heritage Site covers an area of 47 000 hectares and is considered to be the birthplace of humanity. Over a 1 000 hominid (ancestors of humankind) fossils have been found in the Cradle of Humankind. The Maropeng Visitor Centre provides visitor with the opportunity to tour through the development of the earth and humankind.

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  • Gold Reef City

    3. Gold Reef City

    Built around a 19th Century Gold Mine, this world-class theme park has something for everyone. Gold Reef City plays host to a theme park, a variety of restaurants, a theatre, a casino, and a hotel and conference centre.

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  • The Elephant Sanctuary

    4. The Elephant Sanctuary

    The Elephant Sanctuary is situated at Hartebeespoort Dam, east of Johannesburg. This sanctuary provides both an educational and interactive experience for guests. The Elephant Sanctuary offers guests the opportunity to feed, touch and even ride the elephants.

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  • Monte Casino

    5. Monte Casino

    Located in Fourways, Monte Casino is a leading entertainment destination. This representation of a Tuscan Village features hotels, a casino, restaurants and bars, a variety of shopping outlets, cinema screens, a theatre and much more to provide entertainment for all kinds of guests.

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  • Orlando Towers

    6. Orlando Towers

    If adrenaline is the order of the day, then look no further than the Orlando Towers in Soweto. Bungee Jump, Power Swing, Internal Swing or Rap Jump to get back down. For those less daring, the Viewing Platform offers 360-degree views of Soweto.

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  • Tswaing Meteorite Crater

    7. Tswaing Meteorite Crater

    40km north of Pretoria, hidden by a ring of hills, lies the Tswaing Meteorite Crater. Formed over 200 000 years ago, this is one of four meteorite craters in South Africa. Visitors can enjoy a picnic or a hike around the rim of the ancient crater.

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  • Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens

    8. Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens

    This Botanical Garden in Roodepoort invites guest to come and enjoy the beauty and tranquility of nature. Set against the backdrop of the Witpoortjie Falls, the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden is home to a variety of plant species and wildlife.

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  • Sandton City

    9. Sandton City

    Located in Northern Johannesburg, Sandton City is one of Africa's leading and most prestigious shopping centres. The centre houses close to 300 local and international retailers, and is conveniently located within walking distance of the Sandton Gautrain station and within easy access from highways and main roads within Sandton CBD.

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  • Magaliesburg Express

    10. Magaliesburg Express

    Explore the Magaliesburg by steam train. The Magaliesburg Express will take you on a day trip into the heart of this beautiful region. The train makes a stop right next to the historic Magalies train station along the Magalies river, where passangers can picnic and braai. The return journey is the highlight of the day with steep gradients and sharp curves as the train climbs from Magaliesburg to Krugersdorp. Trains depart from Johannesburg Park station, and tickets must be pre-booked.

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