Gauteng

South Africa's economic powerhouse, the Place of Gold offers visitors to the area a multitude of cultural people, historical places, recreational facilities and scenic beauty.

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1. Central Region- Gauteng

Central Region, Gauteng, South Africa Camping Accommodation - Caravan Parks, Camping Sites, Holiday ResortsThe Central Region of Gauteng is a diverse metropolis of wealth, culture and heritage, with the city of Johannesburg at the centre of this tiny region. Joburg has a very multi cultural society, which offers visitors to the area unique experiences such as the traditional herbalists at the Mai Mai Market, a lift to the top of the Carlton, or even a trip to the heart of the mines to see how things are done. The best thing about this tiny urban region must be its friendly people, with their warmth and hospitality.

Area Attractions

Emmarentia Dam, GOld Reef City, Montecasino and the Montecasino Bird Park, Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens, The Mai Mai Market, Top of the Carlton Centre, MuseumAfrica, Zoo Lake, Parktown Westcliff Heritage Trail, Johannesburg Zoo, Randburg Waterfront, South African Breweries township tours, theatres, art galleries, street and craft markets, musuems, historical sites and buildings, pubs and clubs and cinemas.

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2. Eastern Region - Gauteng

Eastern Region, Gauteng, South Africa Camping Accommodation - Caravan Parks, Camping Sites, Holiday ResortsThe Eastern Region stretches from Kempton Park right down to the Free State and across to Mpumalanga, the area encompasses the Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve just outside Heidelburg which is rich in wildlife and has over 200 bird species. The Eastern Region is definitely about getting away from it all, relaxing under the trees, hiking through the bush, going for a horse ride and bird watching. Peace and tranquility permeate the clean fresh air and invigorate body and mind.

Area Attractions

Suikerboskrans Nature Reserve, Newmarket Racecourse, Benoni Bunny Park, Benoni Musuem, Bruma Lake Flea Market, Ceasars, Carnical City, Gillooly's Farm, New China Town, Rondebult Bird Sanctuary, Marievale Bird Sancturay, historical sites, 4x4 routes, hiking trails, game viewing, picnics, watersports and bird watching.

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3. Northern Region - Gauteng

Northern Region, Gauteng, South Africa Camping Accommodation - Caravan Parks, Camping Sites, Holiday ResortsThe Northern Region of Gauteng includes the city of Pretoria, a traditional, cultural, historical and academic fusion of the past, the present and the future. The National Zoological Gardens is home to over 3500 animal species and the nearby Rietvlei Nature Reserve is the perfect Big 5 game viewing spot. The region is close to the Bronkhorstspruit Dam and the Hartbeespoort Dam where hiking trails, 4x4 routes, horse riding and hand made arts and crafts are plentiful.

Area Attractions

Melrose House, National Zoological Gardens (Pretoria Zoo), Paul Kruger Musuem, Sammy Marks Museum, State Theatre, Transvaal Museum, Union Buildings, Voortrekker Monument, Wonderboom, Roodeplaat Dam Nature Reserve, Bronkhorstspruit Dam, Rietvlei Nature Reserve, Onderstepoort Nature Reserve, historical sites and museums, hiking, mountain bike trails, picnics, fishing, 4x4 routes, game viewing, bird watching and horse riding.

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4. Southern Region - Gauteng

At the very southern edge of Gauteng is the Vaal River and the Lock Vaal, Gauteng's water playground. Offering sunset river cruises onboard luxurious houseboats, fishing, water skiing, power boating, hiking, horse riding and canoeing. Take a drive along one of the many self-drive routes on the Vaal Meander and enjoy some of the locally created crafts, adventure sports, restaurants and picnic spots. This region also offers cultural villages and tours, museums and monuments, historical sites and buildings.

Area Attraction

Vaal Meander, Cheetah Trail, Bokmakierie Trail, Diepkloof Farm Museum, Loch Vaal, Vaal Dam, Al Tiley Gallery, Khoikhoi Ruins, Gawie de Beer Nature Reserve, historical sites, horse riding, fishing, saliling, power boating, water sports, hiking, river cruises, mountain biking, quad biking, 4x4 routes, mine tours, game viewing and bird watching.

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5. Western Region - Gauteng

Western Region, Gauteng, South Africa Camping Accommodation - Caravan Parks, Camping Sites, Holiday ResortsThe Western Region is home to the Cradle of Humankind, the Sterkfontein Caves and the Magaliesburg Mountains, it's any nature lovers paradise. There are numerous game and nature reserves as well as the Witwatersrand National Botanical Gardens and the Rhino and Lion Park. Take a trip on the Magaliesburg Cable Way or the Magaliesburg Train for an experience to remember. This is most definitely the most scenic and interesting region in Gauteng.

Area Attractions

Sterkfontein Caves, Cradle of Humankind, Kromdraai Conservancy, Wonder Cave, Kromdraai Mine, rainbow Trout Farm, Rhino and Lion Park, Krugersdorp Game Reserve, Paardekraal Monument, Roodepoort City Theatre and State Opera House, Roodepoort Museum, Witwatersrand National Botanical Gardens, Sir Abe Bailey Nature Reserve, Blaauwbank Mine, Lesedi Cultural Village, Magaliesburg Cable Way, Snake and Animal Park, Van Gaalen Cheese Farm, horse riding, white water rafting, mountaineering, hiking trails, mine tours, bird watching, mountain biking, water sports and historical sites.

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Gauteng Travel Info

Gauteng Travel Info
Information on Gauteng Tourism Offices

Gauteng Tourism Authority
Tel: 011 327 2000

Information centres can be found at the following places:

O.R. Tambo Int. Airport
Tel: 011 390 3602

Rosebank Craft Market
Tel: 011 327 2000

Sandton City
Tel: 011 784 9597

Travelling Tips

Entry Requirements
A Passport valid for six months after date of entry; contact your nearest travel agent or embassy for up-to-date information.  Entry permits are issued on arrival to visitors from many British Commonwealth countries and are valid for 90 days.

Currency
The Rand is South Africa’s currency and is denoted by the R. 100 cents make up R1 (One Rand).  Foreign currency can be exchanged at most banks and Bureaux de Changes.  Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Diners Club are accepted.

Taxes and Refunds
All goods and services are priced to include value added tax of 14%.  Visitors may reclaim VAT at their point of departure provided recepts are produced. Total value of purchases must be over R250.00 to reclaim VAT.

Clothing
Summers need light cotton clothing and a light jersey for cool evenings.  Winter needs warmer clothing with a sweater or jacket for cool mornings and evenings.  Hats, sunglasses, insect repellant and rainwear for the rainy season are essential.

Languages
There are 11 official languages in South Africa.  English is spoken throughout South Africa and most businesses and banks communicate in English.

Health
There is a wide network of hospitals, both public and private, throughout the country offering excellent services.
International visitors should have health insurance to assist in paying for private hospital fees.  If you are entering a Malaria area, medical precautions should be taken.  Consult a pharmacist for more advice and insect repellant is essential.  Tap water is safe and clean to drink.

Banking Hours
Banks are open Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 15:30 and Saturdays from 09:00 to 11:00.  Banks are closed on Sundays and Public Holidays.

Useful Numbers
Tourism and Safety Information Line - 083 123 2345, Police - 10111, Fire Brigade - 1022, Ambulance - 10222