Destinations & Attractions in East Rand, in Gauteng

East Rand Destinations & Attractions

The East Rand has recently been consolidated into the main metro municipality of Johannesburg, but still enjoys a kind of independent identity of its own. It has a quieter, slower pace than the rest of the busy metropolis, and invites visitors to enjoy its many exciting attractions and activities, while remaining in close proximity to the big city.

The East Rand’s history is rooted in the gold rush, when Europeans flooded the region in search of their fortune. This led to the growth and development of the entire region, in both its residential and commercial aspects.

The major suburbs and areas of the East Rand include Benoni, Edenvale, Germiston, Alberton and Springs. The East Rand is also the home of the OR Tambo International Airport, which is South Africa’s prime airport for all international travel. It is the base from which millions of people from all over the world have explored the borders of our beautiful country, taking home tales of the natural wonders and friendly folk.

The East Rand may not be in the centre of the activity, but it certainly has plenty in the way of things to do and see. Wild Waters is situated in Boksburg and promises days of fun for every age group. It is a water park with no fewer than nine different adventures, ranging from tame water slides to a wave pool and the adrenalin-inducing Kamikaze Slide. There are picnic spots and braai areas, as well as a little shop that provides snacks and refreshments. The putt-putt course is the perfect retreat after lunch.

The Bruma Lake Flea Market promises a world that excites the senses and stimulates the imagination. Arts, crafts and clothing stalls are complemented by the wonderful aromas and flavours of local foods. The Kids’ World ensures that little ones are also well occupied while parents or guardians browse the stalls. This market is situated very near the East Rand Mall, which is one of Gauteng’s most popular shopping centres. It is simply brimming with shops, boutiques, restaurants and coffee shops that will quell any shopping addict’s nagging spree urges.

Another one of the East Rand’s attractions is the Apartheid Museum, dedicated to an important period of South African history that has played an integral role in shaping the modern-day society. Sometimes sad, other times impressive, the people and stories that came out of this regime are noteworthy; and this museum is dedicated to their stories.


Alberton is a residential town that has a long history within the Gauteng community. As a result of not having too many businesses, it is a peaceful place with a charming ambience ...


Bedfordview is a conveniently situated spot for access to the city of Johannesburg as well as its international airport. Despite its convenience, this remains a quiet, pretty neighbourhood, known for its manicured gardens and the ...


The East Rand is home to Benoni, known for its many beautiful reservoirs and lakes. It is a lush, green area that boasts an impressive cultural diversity, which lends it a vibrancy all its own ...


Initially established as a mining town, Boksburg is a historical part of the East Rand. It has some fantastic shopping opportunities, including the famous East Rand Mall. Due to the massive Boksburg Lake, the region is also ...


With its roots firmly in gold and uranium mining, Brakpan has distinctly British origins. It remains a quieter, safer part of Gauteng that is full of character, and still considered to be somewhat conservative ...


Edenvale is a quiet retreat, despite its being conveniently perched between Johannesburg’s city centre and its international airport. It is within a short drive from all of the glamour and entertainment of the big city, but far ...


The East Rand is home to Germiston, which was established due to the gold found here in the 19th century, and continues to be an industrial area. It is nearby many of Jo’burg’s main attractions ...


Just a little more than 20 kilometres east of Johannesburg is the relatively small area of Isando. Over time, it has become more of an industrial township that plays an integral role in the industrial and commercial sector of the ...

Johannesburg Airport

The OR Tambo International Airport is the base from which most international and national visitors get to experience the wonders of South Africa. It is centrally located, and well equipped with restaurants, shops and duty-free ...

Kempton Park

Kempton Park is home to the OR Tambo International Airport, as well as shopping malls, a major industrial area and one of the largest townships in the country. It is a large town in its own rights, with an infrastructure and ...


As the commercial and media capital of southern Africa, Johannesburg is a bustling epicentre that comprises a number of different suburbs as well as areas that run and work almost independently of the greater whole, like little ...


Modderfontein is a scenic part of the East Rand in the Gauteng Province. It is small, with a total area of less than half a square kilometre and a population of around 500 people. Still, it has plenty to offer those looking for a ...


Nigel's establishment and initial development was based on the gold mining industry. Its suburban areas are green and lush, making them rather pretty. This little town is situated in convenient proximity to Johannesburg’s city ...


Although Springs is a town, it is often considered to be an extension of Johannesburg. It is part of the East Rand, and is aptly named after the natural springs that occur here. While Springs is not aesthetically wonderful, it is ...
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