Destinations & Attractions in Northern Gauteng, in Gauteng

Northern Gauteng Destinations & Attractions

Gauteng is a province of diversity and excitement, where tourism and commerce converge to celebrate all that is African. Northern Gauteng is not an official region, but is informally made up of Tshwane and Metsweding, which includes Pretoria.

Apart from Pretoria, the area of Northern Gauteng is rather rural, giving it a charming feel that is quite irresistible to many of its visitors. For this reason, Northern Gauteng is a popular base for travellers that want to explore the bustling metropolis of Johannesburg and surrounds while soaking up all of its small-town appeal.

Pretoria is a major town in Northern Gauteng. Not only is it South Africa’s administrative capital, but it also boasts plenty of history. It is also called Tshwane and Jacaranda City for its abundance of purple-bloomed jacaranda trees, which are simply spectacular when flowering. Pretoria is relatively near to the heart of Johannesburg and its international airport, OR Tambo. It is well connected via a series of highways. However, Pretoria also has plenty of attractions of its own. Some of the best known highlights include Freedom Park, the Union Buildings, the Voortrekker Monument, and the Pretoria Art Museum. It is home to a number of natural areas, such as the Groenkloof Nature Reserve, National Botanical Gardens, National Zoological Gardens and the Wonderboom Nature Reserve. Of course, it is not only the ideal destination for nature-lovers. Shoppers have an enormous variety of top-class malls in Pretoria. Some of these include Brooklyn Mall, Centurion Mall and Menlyn Park.

The small area of Irene is host to the Irene Village Market on the second and last Saturday of every month. Here, more than 300 stalls can be found, each with a unique offering; ranging from food, arts and crafts to clothing, curios, flowers and antiques. There is entertainment for children, giving their parents the chance to relax, knowing how much fun their little ones are having. The market is open between 09h00 and 14h00.

Centurion is situated between Pretoria and Johannesburg and is best known for its luxurious estate living and awesome shopping opportunities. Whether you are looking for a few convenience items or want to splurge on an all-out shopping spree, Centurion promises the ideal stores.

Cullinan, on the other hand, is a charming little town once known solely for being a mining village and the home of the mammoth Cullinan Diamond. This is the world’s largest rough gem-quality diamond ever found. This town has loads of history and character, and is guaranteed to endear visitors.

Other significant towns and areas of Northern Gauteng include Bronkhorstspruit, Mamelodi, Midrand and Irene.

Boekenhoutskloof

Boekenhoutskloof showcases the South African bushveld in all of its unspoilt glory and beauty. It is a bird-watcher’s paradise as it sits nestled on the slopes of the Bobbejaans Mountain Range; less than 30 minutes from Pretoria ...

Bronkhorstspruit

Bronkhorstspruit is a small farming town that is known and loved for its undeniable natural splendour as well as for being home to the Nan Hua Buddhist Temple (the largest Buddhist seminary on the continent). This is the ...

Buffelsdrift

Buffelsdrift Conservancy is conveniently situated near to both Pretoria and Johannesburg, but is surrounded by flawless South African scenery. It is ideal for those who love the outdoors and want to spend time being part of the ...

Centurion

Centurion is the address of choice for those that want to be close to both Johannesburg and Pretoria, while staying out of the hubbub of the city centre. The lifestyle estates here are in high demand, while the malls are a ...

Cullinan

Famous for being the site of the largest rough gem-quality diamond in the world, Cullinan is a charming village that remains historically relevant. The Oak and Jacaranda trees flank the roads, making for a picturesque little ...

De Wagensdrift

De Wagensdrift is farming country, characterised by vast stretches of countryside that rises to meet pristine African skies. Its neighbour is the historical little town of Cullinan, putting De Wagensdrift on the map in terms of ...

Doornkloof

It is interesting, when you start tracing its roots, to realise that this part of northern Johannesburg, known as Centurion, has its heritage steeped in history despite being modern. Lying between Pretoria and Midrand it once ...

Eldoraigne

Eldoraigne lies just outside Centurion and is an upmarket neighbourhood favoured by young couples or individuals buying their first homes. It is centrally situated and accessible via a number of the major motorways ...

Hammanskraal

Hammanskraal is a small town that showcases the informal settlements and the township way of life in South Africa. Tourism is encouraged in an effort to provide social and economic upliftment to these township residents, who have ...

Hennops River

Hennops River is the solution for travellers that want to experience the untouched beauty of the South African countryside, while not being too far away from the conveniences and amenities of the city. Still, it is close to ...

Irene

Tall trees flank the streets of the residential neighbourhoods of Irene, creating a dreamy little village in which to live in peaceful surrounds. The country feeling permeates every part of Irene, making it a hidden treasure for ...

Leeuwkloof Valley

While the Leeuwkloof Valley may be situated just outside Johannesburg and Pretoria, it exudes all of the serenity and seclusion of a faraway land. It is naturally beautiful, and home to a fabulous variety of fauna and flora ...

Olifantsfontein

Johannesburg and Pretoria are the epicentres of the small province of Gauteng. The size of this province should not belie its important place on the South African and international maps, though, as Gauteng remains the country’s ...

Pretoria

Pretoria, or Jacaranda City, is the administrative capital of the country, making it extremely significant politically and historically. More than this, it is a picturesque little town that is charming and inviting ...

Rayton

Rayton is another little town with its roots in the diamond rush of the 1800’s. The historical remnants of this important time and the classic style of architecture make for a fascinating visit ...

Roodeplaat

The Roodeplaat Dam has been a very important resource for irrigation since the mid-20th century. It and its surrounds are home to abundant wildlife, including many bird-species, which makes it a nature-lover’s delight ...

Wierda Park

Wierda Park, neighbour to Eldoraigne and Hennopspark, lies in the heart of Centurion with easy access to the N1, N14 and R114, also known as Ruimte (space) Road, which passes through the suburb. The roads are lined with big ...
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