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Gauteng Things to Do

  • Downtown

    Johannesburg Things to Do

    One of the most exciting sculptures to be established in the Jo'burg CBD in the last couple of years is a replica of the gold rhino of Mapungubwe, which is located on Fox Street, just opposite the Hollard Street pedestrian mall. As it is mounted on a plinth at about head height, so it can be surprisingly easy to overlook. The Mapungubwe rhino is...

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  • Voortrekker Monument

    Pretoria Things to Do

    Voortrekker Monument was build to commemorate the Voortrekker Pioneers and their Journey from the Cape colony into the Interior of the Country which is now called South Africa between 1835 and 1854. The Monument highlight mostly the events leading to the Battle of Blood river were scores of Zulu warriors were killed. There is a small museum inside...

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  • Gold Reef City

    Johannesburg Things to Do

    When i think of this place i feel dizzy lol, If you are an adventurers person i will recommend you to visit Gold Reef City theme park. but Paul how do i get there? the easiest way is to buy a ticket for Bus tour on www.citysightseeing.co.za/joburg.php the ticket is for the whole day and you can Hop on and Hop Off all day. you ll be able to see...

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  • The Union Building

    Pretoria Things to Do

    The Union Buildings forms the Official seat of South African Government and houses the Presidency as well as Department of Foreign Affairs. It was build between 1909 and 1913,Originally build to house the entire Public service for the Union of South Africa,It was then the largest building in the country. Many tourists visit this place...

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  • Lion Park

    Johannesburg Things to Do

    Close encounter with the lions, i would suggest you pay a visit to the Lion park..there is also giraffes,impalas and zebra at the park.there is also some lion cubs for which you're allowed to play with but you do pay for that but it's cheaper. you either use your car to enter the lion camps or a guided tour so it's up to you.the guys opting a...

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  • Church Square

    Pretoria Things to Do

    Church Square is one of the few places in the Pretoria CBD where you can get a sense of how Pretoria must have looked a century ago, and, as a result, is often used as a set for local period movies and TV series. The Square is surrounded by important civic buildings, including the Palace of Justice, the General Post Office, the Old Council Chamber...

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  • Sun City

    Johannesburg Things to Do

    Hey guys Sun city the name which is almost known to most of the passionate tourists coming to South Africa the place where there is a heaven between the mountains far away from here when you approach dis place you don even imagine of such a beautiful place between dis big mountains the scenery starts as soon as you enter the gorgeous gate of sun...

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  • Nature Reserve

    Pretoria Things to Do

    Situated south of Pretoria, I felt Rietvlei Nature Reserve had fewer wild animals that you can spot while driving. The good thing about Rietvlei is that most of the roads are tarred, there is Accomodation as well in front of a Dam(RietVlei Dam) and a Couple of Picnic spots. People do come here for fishing,boating and Camping... I read about CROCS...

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  • Soweto

    Johannesburg Things to Do

    You can enjoy Bungy Jumping, Rock Climbing , Abseiling, PaintBall etc....they do allow people to climb up to the top for Panoramic Viewing but cameras not allowed for safety reasons. there's also a resturant selling food "Chisanyama" a Zulu word meaning "Braai meat" with Pap. Beer also sold here for those feeling thirsty. There is a local DJ...

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  • Freedom Park

    Pretoria Things to Do

    I have put of writing up Freedom Park until last, because it's such a polarising monument that is difficult to provide a fair and balanced perspective on. Well, let's start with the positive. Freedom Park is a long overdue monument to South Africa's indigenous heritage, and from an architectural and aesthetic point of view, it is a beautiful...

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  • MonteCasino

    Johannesburg Things to Do

    Bright and cheerful entertainment is ongoing at Montecasino Montecasino has buskers, street performers, wandering around and entertaining people. Busking dates back through the ages to earliest times, with performers often literally “singing for their supper” as they were allowed to entertain patrons in return for their bed and board. The...

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  • Zoo

    Pretoria Things to Do

    Pretoria Zoo is located just north of the CBD and is a good zoo, particularly by developing world standards. However, over the past couple of decades, seems to have been somewhat left behind by its southerly neighbour in Johannesburg. Whereas Johannesburg Zoo seems to have managed to attract significant funding and has developed new exhibits which...

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  • Randburg Waterfront

    Johannesburg Things to Do

    Well the Randburg Waterfront has been revamped and is now called the Bright Water Commons. There is alot less water but is a 100 times nicer than before. Its a very nice to do a little shopping , they have a flea market as well as its relaxing to just to go and have lunch there. Its a nice place to take your kids cause there is various activities...

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  • Melrose House

    Pretoria Things to Do

    Melrose House is named after the famous Melrose Abbey in Scotland. It was built in 1886 by Pretoria businessman George Jesse Heys. Today this elegant house museum stands as a superb example of the transition of Victorian to Edwardian architectural styles and interiors. Inside, the museum is characterised by colourful stained glass windows,...

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  • Carlton Center

    Johannesburg Things to Do

    One of the saddest sights that you'll see from the Top of Africa viewpoint on the top floor of the Carlton Centre is the once vibrant inner city highrise suburb of Hillbrow: once THE suburb of choice for young professionals, artists, musicians and cosmopolitan immigrants. Unfortunately since its heyday in the 1970s and early 80s, Hillbrow has...

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  • Paul Kruger House

    Pretoria Things to Do

    The Kruger House was the home of SJP Kruger, who was the president of th old ZAR (Zuid Afrikaanse Republiek). Kruger was a very influential figure in South African history. I'm sure that most people are familiar with The Kruger Park (Game Reserve). His statue can be found on Chusrch Square. The museum gives a good background of his life and...

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  • Apartheid Museum

    Johannesburg Things to Do

    Jo'burg is sadly not a city blessed with as many great museums as other large cities worldwide, but the Apartheid Museum is truly world class and a moving testament to South Africa's troubled history. The title is slightly misleading, as the museum provides a comprehensive overview of South Africa's 20th century history - of which apartheid was...

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  • Transvaal Museum

    Pretoria Things to Do

    I had long intended to visit the Transvaal Museum, so when I found myself with an hour to kill before a meeting with a Government Department, I finally took the opportunity to discover what I'd been missing out on. And, it turns out that I had waited so long that they had changed the name in the interim: it's now Ditsong: National Museum of Natural...

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  • Constitution Hill

    Johannesburg Things to Do

    Perhaps the most extraordinary thing about South Africa's Constitutional Court - which is a pretty extraordinary place on all counts - is the degree of access that the public have to the building: in a post 9/11 world, it is both refreshing and somewhat surprising. I visited on a Saturday morning as part of an excellent guided tour for a small but...

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  • Montecasino

    Pretoria Things to Do

    The entire complex is designed in the style of Tuscany. If you're not gambling and not even shopping, you can still enjoy the beautiful buildings. The ceiling is painted so as to resemble a dusk sky. It's very convincing and makes for such a nice mellow atmosphere.

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  • Harbeesport Dam

    Johannesburg Things to Do

    The De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Conservation Centre is an interesting place for what the tour operators bill as a “half day tour”. You have to be up early for the 08h00 tour as it takes at least forty five minutes from Pretoria and an hour from Sandton, Johannesburg to get to the centre. There is a 13h30 tour, which is the option we used. The...

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  • Art Museum

    Pretoria Things to Do

    You can visit the Art Museum in Pretoria. There are a collection of more than 5000 works of art. Visitors have the opportunity to buy curios, African art works, sculptures, postcards, T-shirts and many more crafts at the Museum Shop.

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  • Diamonds and Gold

    Johannesburg Things to Do

    It's one thing to know that Johannesburg is a city founded on mining, but it's quite another to realise that Africa's largest bank - which has helped to fund such mining development and financed much of its expansion that way - literally extends down into its mining roots! Unlikely though it might seem, during the excavation of the foundations for...

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  • City Hall

    Pretoria Things to Do

    The City Hall is located in an area called museum park. It is opposite the Transvaal Museum. It has a clock tower with 32 bells. In front are statues of Andries Pretorius (from whom the city got its name) and his son, Marthinus Wessel Pretorius. The city hall can be visited free.

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  • Zoo

    Johannesburg Things to Do

    Things I found interesting. ...Constitution Court. A guide took us around and told us interesting stories. ...Rhino and Lion Park. We had some great looks at the animals and particularly the lions. ...Zoo Lake. Just a nice place to unwind and have an interesting walk. Coming from a small town in Canada I was amazed at all of the people I saw...

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  • Erfenissentrum

    Pretoria Things to Do

    Situated on the grounds of the Voortrekker museum, this centre is dedicated to Afrikaners and how life use to be. Some interesting things they have there, they play very very old Afrikaans music and have written the words on the walls in English. Interesting if you have time to kill, but otherwise you can really give it a miss.

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  • Nelson Mandela Square

    Johannesburg Things to Do

    Because of it's proximity to my hotel, I spent quite a bit of time at Mandela Square. The square is dominated by a large statue of Nelson Mandela which is a draw with many as they clamor to take a pic with the Iconic President of South Africa. The square is surrounded by restaurants and the large shopping center. There seems to be something...

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  • Melville

    Johannesburg Things to Do

    The Melville Koppies are part of the rugged Witwatersrand (‘White Water’) ridge that runs west-east through the western and northern suburbs of Johannesburg. Further west along the ridge is Langlaagte, the site of the first gold discovery in the Witwatersrand basin in 1886, which transformed this whole region forever - the reef was made by a...

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  • Sterkfontein

    Johannesburg Things to Do

    Mrs Ples is 2.7 million years old, but don't tell: it's impolite to discuss a woman's age, particularly someone who has aged so much. Little Foot is a child fossil over 4 million years' old. Poor child fell through a hole in the roof of the caves, died and was fossilized to be found in the present day. Thousands of other hominid and animal fossils...

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  • Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens

    Johannesburg Things to Do

    Against the backdrop of the magnificent Witpoortjie waterfall, this Garden (previously called the Witwatersrand National Botanical Garden) covers almost 300 hectares and consists of both landscaped and natural veld areas. The natural vegetation of the area is known as the "Rocky Highveld Grassland" and consists of a mosaic of grassland and...

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  • Blyde River Canyon

    Johannesburg Things to Do

    The Blyde River Canyon is one of the most spectacular views in South Africa and its cliffs rise between 600m-800m from the river bed. At the Three Rondavels viewpoint (also called The Three Sisters) is an unforgettable view of three huge rock spirals rising out of the far wall of the Blyde River Canyon. Water erosion over the years created these...

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  • Hector Pieterson Museum

    Johannesburg Things to Do

    Also in Soweto is the large Hecter Pieterson museum, which covers the events around the Soweto Uprising A great mix of photos from the time, video footage as well as the very interesting exhibits of weapons used both by the police and the protestors, including bin lids used as shields by the black protestors against the police Very good experience...

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  • Crocodile Farm

    Johannesburg Things to Do

    I went to Croc City which is a crocodile farm which is situated very close to the Lion Park. I think its about 2km or so away which will make a nice stop if you visiting the Lion Park. The staff here is very nice and made my visit very enjoyable even though I was disappointed that it was nothing I expected it to be. Maybe I was expecting it to be...

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  • Pilanesberg National Park

    Johannesburg Things to Do

    I had a few days in Jo'burg before my return home and since I wanted to see and photograph as many of South Africa's animals as possible, I decided to do a day trip to Pilanesberg Game Reserve. I was happy I decided to visit this reserve as it afforded me the possibility of seeing a large variety of birds that I did not see in Kruger. I arranged...

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  • Museum Africa

    Johannesburg Things to Do

    Museum Africa is located in the Newtown area of Johannesburg, and the building was originally a market (part of the complex is now occupied by the Market Theatre, which is probably the premier venue for plays and 'serious' theatre in Jo'burg). The building is wonderful, and on the face of it, the combination of great architecture and South...

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  • De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Centre

    Johannesburg Things to Do

    De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Centre Besides 'normal' cheetahs, De Wildt has a number of King Cheetahs, distinguished by the different coat pattern. There is also a healthy population of African wild dogs and several other native animals. If you like animals, you'll love De Wildt.

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  • Mandela Museum

    Johannesburg Things to Do

    Nice little museum in the former (although refurbished) home of Nelson Mandela with a lot of his old possessions etc and also items given as gifts to him by the people of South Africa and other countries.

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  • The Old Fort

    Johannesburg Things to Do

    This fort was the place were thousands of political leaders and ordinary people were detained and punished for their political thoughts against apartheid. Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi were also imprisoned here. A really disturbing place.

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  • Market Theatre

    Johannesburg Things to Do

    The Market Theatre in Johannesburg can definitely be regarded as the heart of the city. This art complex is a melting pot of cultures, a showcase of talent and the place where everything seems to be happening. Here one can enjoy some of the best theatre, dance and music that South Africa has to offer. Patrons come to savour the good food and to...

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  • Casinos

    Johannesburg Things to Do

    If you're on a layover in Johannesburg and are sick of the same old airport hotels you can stay at Emperor's palace complex, right by the airport. There are 3 hotels on site, but more importantly, if you're into that kind of thing, a really tacky casino. There is also a covered mall with a few shops and plenty of restaurants, if you don't want to...

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  • Archaeology and Cradle of Humankind

    Sazi Radebe, an events executive at Maropeng wrote after a training session :-" A child asks his mother: “Mother, where did we come from? And where can I go to look for the “Represented by eight simple letters. M for motherland A for ages in the making R for remembrance O for origins P for populations of the world E for evolution N for new...

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  • Magaliesburg

    The village of Magaliesburg lies just below the southern range of the Magaliesberg Mountains. The roads and rivers take similar paths, breaking though the steep ridges of the mountains in a few places, only to traverse much of the land along the valleys on either side of the two mountain ridges. This small village lies at the heart of a beautiful...

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  • Krugersdorp - West Rand

    Krugersdorp, the centre of the Mogale City region, is equidistant from both Johannesburg and Pretoria and a short drive away from the Magaliesberg mountains, with its wide range of luxury and budget accommodation.This town, the industrial hub of Western Gauteng, with its mild climate, interesting topography and rich cultural and historical...

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  • Gold Reef City

    Fancy an exploration underground? Gold Reef City is part of the over 100 km long gold reef that lays below the city of Johannesburg. Escorted tours explore the underground and one can attend demonstrations as to how gold is "made". Above the underground Gold Reef City provides a casino and entertainment park that attracts a lot of visitors...

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  • Johannesburg

    This is the largest city of South Africa and virutally created overnight when the gold boom started here at the end of the 19th century.Today one can say it is the city of South Africa where the money is, the Stock Exchange of South Africa is at home here, as are most larger corporations including all banks. Most of the foreign visitors will first...

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