Destinations & Attractions in West Rand, in Gauteng

West Rand Destinations & Attractions

From as early as the late 1900’s, the area now known as the West Rand (as well as its surrounds) has been acclaimed for the rich gold that its mines have yielded. This led to an influx of people from all over Europe, who came to this “City of Gold” in search of their fortune. Today, the West Rand is not only known for its history, but also for its natural beauty.

The official borders of the West Rand are Randfontein and Roodepoort. It comprises a number of well-known suburbs; including Lanseria, Muldersdrift, Hartbeespoort Dam, Ruimsig, and Carletonville.

Part of the natural appeal of the West Rand is that much of it remains rural. It is fringed by the Magaliesberg Mountain Range, which is not only spectacular to look at, but historically and archaeologically priceless. These mountains are recognised as being the oldest in the world, far older than Mount Everest. This is one of the prime mountain climbing spots in the country, as well as a key destination for those that love the splendour of nature. These mountains are home to more than 130 different tree species, in addition to countless flowers, shrubs, grasses and ferns. There are hundreds of animal species here, which include more than 300 different varieties of birdlife.

The Cradle of Humankind is a major part of the West Rand’s tourist offering, and the only World Heritage Site in Gauteng. This is widely believed to be the site of the world’s first human beings as we know them today, since this is where some of the oldest fossils have been discovered. The Sterkfontein Caves are part of this region, and have played an integral part of the historical wealth of the area, unveiling prehistoric secrets to eager explorers. Taking a hot air balloon ride above this area is a spectacular way to enjoy the unrivalled scenery.

Due to the region’s gorgeous stretches of wide open landscape, the West Rand and its surrounds are ideal for game reserves. These include the Heia Safari Game Reserve, Oori Nature Reserve and the Plumari Game Reserve.

The Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens provide a haven of tranquillity within the hustle and bustle of Johannesburg. It comprises nearly 300 hectares of manicured gardens and ranges from grasslands and savannahs to the rich foliage found on river banks. There are a number of walking trails through the gardens, as well as a wetland and a bird hide from which visitors can enjoy the antics of hundreds of different bird species. In addition, there are a number of reptiles, mammals (including antelope), and insects to enjoy as they enjoy their unspoilt natural surrounds.


The mining town of Carletonville lies west of Johannesburg, out beyond Westonaria close to the N12. The town is busy, due in no small part to the fact that it lies in one of the richest gold-producing parts of the world One of ...


Elandsdrift is a beautiful part of Gauteng, en route to the famous Cradle of Mankind and the magnificent Magaliesberg Mountain Range. This makes it the ideal spot for families and friends wanting to get away from it all, while ...

Florida Hills

The gorgeous town of Florida Hills is part of the West Rand in the Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality. This is, of course, part of the South African province of Gauteng. This means that, although being relatively ...


Kloofendal is a suburb in Roodepoort, which is part of the West Rand of the Greater Johannesburg region. It is less than 30 kilometres from the city centre, which is constantly abuzz with shops, galleries, boutiques, ...


The mining town of Krugersdorp has a long, rich history and heritage in terms of the colonial influx to South Africa, when Europeans arrived in search of riches. Despite its historical value, it is modern; well-equipped with all ...


Lanseria is a small area just 20 minutes from Sandton and its many businesses and shopping malls. It is best known for its airport, which is being used more and more. Due to its position in the countryside, Lanseria is great for ...

Little Falls

Once upon a time, Little Falls was to 'doer and gone' (local speak for 'to hell and gone') out in the country and you had to travel some way from the centre of Johannesburg to reach it. After you had put the city behind you, you ...


Breath-taking beauty and natural riches await visitors to the Magaliesberg Region in Gauteng. These are recognised as the oldest mountains in the world and are, therefore, more than just exquisite to look at. They are also very ...


For a taste of the South African countryside, Muldersdrift is the perfect retreat. The scenery is exquisite, and all of the facilities of the big city are nearby. It is close to a number of natural and historical areas, as well ...


Randfontein showcases the beauty of the Gauteng Province and its countryside to perfection. It has a rich mining history, giving it a distinctive heritage that makes it a great tourist retreat ...


Renosterspruit is nestled within the Crocodile River Valley, and is a lush, green part of Gauteng. As such, it has an array of wonderful fauna and flora, which are a delight to visitors. This is the idyllic retreat for tired ...


What used to be a secluded town in its own right has expanded into the residential, commercial and agricultural hub of Roodepoort. The homes have a historical charm that gives the town centre a historical look and feel ...


Ruimsig has all of the charm and appeal of an out-of-town retreat, although not being that far from the centres of Johannesburg. This makes it a fabulous weekend getaway for the families and friends of Johannesburg, as well as to ...


Gauteng might be the smallest province in the country, but it is home to an enormous variety of attractions, activities and towns that are well worth the visit. These include the epicentre, Johannesburg, as well as the ...
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