Gauteng Province is the economic powerhouse of South Africa and Africa. It is the country's most densely populated province and is home to the biggest city, Johannesburg. Its population numbers more than 12.3 million people. Gauteng means "place of gold". It pays tribute to the central role gold has played in the economy and development of the province. Gauteng is also home to the biggest international transport hub in Africa, the OR Tambo International Airport (ORTIA).
The province's main tourist attraction lies in its cities and history. The cities offer world class shopping and entertainment centres. Gauteng's history goes all the way back to our earliest human ancestors. Some of the oldest archaeological humanoid finds have been made at Sterkfontein. Black tribes moved into the area from further north some 2000 years ago and the first European hunters made brief incursions into the area some 200 years ago. The Voortrekkers (Boer-pioneers) settled around Pretoria in the 1850's. The relative calm and peace in this remote corner of the earth ended with the discovery of gold in 1886. Since then the tiny backwater, today known as Gauteng, rocketed onto the world map. Today it is a cosmopolitan, multicultural hub with people from all walks of life and from all four corners of the world.-->
Tour popular attractions in Pretoria, the Executive Capital of South Africa, including the Voortrekker Monument, Church Square, the Kruger House and the Union Buildings. The city was named after the Voortrekker (pioneer) leader Andries Pretorius. It borders Johannesburg to the north.
Highlights: Pretoria , Voortrekker Monument , Kruger House , Union Buildings .
Johannesburg is the financial capital of South Africa and capital of the Gauteng province. South Africans also call the city Egoli, Jozi or Joburg. The city and surrounds could keep you busy for weeks on end. See our city and day tours.
Pretoria is the executive Capital of South Africa. Pretoria was named after the Voortrekker (Boer pioneer) leader Andries Pretorius. It falls under the metropolitan municipality of Tshwane. The debate around changing the name of the city to Tshwane is ongoing (2013).
Soweto, outside Johannesburg, is South Africa’s largest “black township". It is home to a mix of languages and cultures from across South Africa and Africa. Soweto played an important role in the struggle against Apartheid. Landmarks include Nelson Mandela’s Soweto house, the Hector Pieterson Museum & Memorial, etc