Destinations & Attractions in Southern Gauteng, in Gauteng

Southern Gauteng Destinations & Attractions

Southern Gauteng is home to a number of significant towns, attractions and activities. As a result, it continues to be a popular destination amongst tourists; one that keeps growing and developing in response. It enjoys convenient positioning, close to the OR Tambo International Airport, Pretoria, Durban and Bloemfontein. This makes it a great base from which to explore the rest of Gauteng and parts of KwaZulu Natal.

The Vaal River is a major component of Southern Gauteng, not only for its geographical wealth, but also in terms of its contribution to the tourist industry. This river is, obviously, fabulous for water sports and those that love spending time in the cool waters of its pristine expanses. Popular sports here include boating, fishing, and cruising the river on a formal tour. Picnicking on the river banks is a fabulous option for families with children that love being in and around the water on warm summer’s days. More than this, the Vaal River and its immediate surroundings also offer game drives, beer tastings, wine tastings, and bird watching.

Interestingly, this area has a rich history, having been inhabited by humans for countless ages. In fact, this entire region is believed to be close to the origin of humankind (the Magaliesberg Mountain Range and the Sterkfontein Caves). The Leeukuil Palaeontological Site and Redan Rock in Vereeniging are both sites of rock carvings and cave paintings, where the lives of the prehistoric folk is recorded in fascinating art that was left behind as an invaluable testimony. Some of these are believed to be as old as 300 million years.

The Vaal Meander is a route that is dedicated to the arts and crafts of Southern Gauteng and its people. It was established decades ago and includes crockery, cutlery, pottery, glasswork, candles, papers, fabrics, paintings / art and furniture. Wondering along this route will reveal the multi-faceted lure of South Africa, inviting visitors to peer into the talents behind the beaming faces that welcome local and international travellers.

Southern Gauteng is a region of natural beauty and abundance, and there are plenty of attractions in this area that are dedicated to the fauna, flora and natural splendour that define this magnificent country. Popular attractions include the Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve and the area of and around the Vaal River.

Other major towns of Southern Gauteng include Eikenhof, Heidelberg, Sasolburg, Vanderbijlpark, and Walkerville.

Heidelberg

Just an hour’s drive from the vibrant city hub of Johannesburg is the fairly sizeable town of Heidelberg. It lies at the foot of the beautiful Suikerbosrand, and is home to the popular Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve, which attracts ...

Henley-on-Klip

Perched peacefully on the banks of the Klip River, lies the quiet little town of Henley-On-Klip. This quaint farming centre gives its visitors the real sense of being away from the stresses and strains of city life, and is ...

Meyerton

Meyerton is part of the Vaal Triangle, but remains largely rural, despite being quite centrally situated. It is a popular spot for those wanting access to the Vaal Dam and the Klip River, which are both fabulous weekend retreats ...

Sasolburg

Situated on the southern banks of the Vaal river, Sasolburg forms part of the Vaal Triangle (Vanderbijlpark, Vereeniging and Sasolburg). Sasolburg is a sizeable town, measuring just less than 80 square kilometres in area, ...

Vaal Marina

Exactly as its name suggests, Vaal Marina is a marina on the Vaal Dam due south of Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve outside of Johannesburg. The properties here are sought after waterfront homes with views over the dam, one of the ...

Vanderbijlpark

Vanderbijlpark is an industrial hub that is part of the Vaal Triangle. It is known for hosting some very exciting events throughout the year, including regattas. It is within an easy drive from Johannesburg, and continues to host ...

Vereeniging

Vereeniging is a town dedicated to coal mining and farming, giving it a distinctly rustic appeal. It is part of the Vaal Triangle, just 60 kilometres away from the centre of Johannesburg and its malls, restaurants, entertainment ...

Walkerville

Walkerville is a peaceful, historical town that is charming and inviting, especially to Jo’burg locals looking to get away from the city for the weekend. It is a farming community in which locals know one another. Walkerville is ...
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