48 Hours in Gauteng: Discover the riches of the province of gold

2019-09-22 09:22
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The smallest province in South Africa is also the most populous.

Welcome to Gauteng, the place most people head to in search of fame or fortune. Situated in the Highveld, Gauteng is also home to South Africa's administrative capital, Pretoria.

Gauteng is filled with a variety of experiences and amazing tourist destinations, what else would you expect from the province that is home to the largest city and one of the 50 largest urban areas in the world. The city of Johannesburg is normally the first stop for tourists and even citizens of the country because of its beautiful skyscrapers and most importantly the history associated with the city.

If you thought Gauteng is only made up of the fast-paced city also known as Jozi, here is a quick guide to explore the province and its smaller regions.

Lets go digging for gold.

Maropeng Visitor's Center

This municipal Maropeng sign was photographed in T

Maropeng Tumulus Building, Maropeng Exhibition Cen

Just outside of Johannesburg lies an award-winning visitor's center exhibiting the development of humans from the earliest species recorded. Walking through Maropeng is like taking a journey back in time from the Big Bang to life as we know it today.

Learn about fossils and what makes us human, the fossils exhibited at Maropeng date back over a million years, revealing that we are not the first inhabitants of the world.

Enjoy a self-guided tour through the center and take in the world-class exhibition at your own steady pace or make the most of your visit to the world heritage site by buying a combination ticket that includes a tour through Sterkfontein caves.

Opening times

09h00 - 17h00 every day

Rates and specials

Adults: R120 | Children (under 18): R65

Children under 4: free

Pensioners: R65 (for both sites)

Students: R75

School groups: R65 per pupil

READ: PICS: Maropeng’s Long March to Freedom

Sammy Marks Museum

Water feature and entrance to the Sammy Marks Muse

The Sammy Marks Museum a Victorian mansion called

Live your best Queen Victoria life and take a tour through this Victorian Mansion on the outskirts of Pretoria. The Sammy Marks museum is a 48-room mansion that belonged to one of South Africa's first entrepreneur.

The family home, which was called Zwartkoppies Hall is not something one would call a humble abode. The expensively decorated house features oil paintings adorning the walls and exquisite silverware, the Marks' household obviously had taste and were not lacking in style.

Sammy Marks Square in Pretoria CBD is a landmark that is worth a visit but nothing compares to a tour through the mansion or enjoying tea in the lush gardens surrounded by a picturesque background.

If you want to take your experience up a notch dress up like an 18th century maiden and take pictures around the estate.

READ: Quick Guide to Madiba's Long Walk To Freedom around Mzansi

Soweto Towers

Former powerplant, cooling tower, now is tower for

Former powerplant, cooling tower, now is tower for

Take a leap of faith-literally and bungee jump off the Soweto Towers.

Soweto was formerly a separate municipality but has now been included as part of the City of Johannesburg municipality. The township was created to separate whites and blacks from each other when Apartheid was at its peak. 25 years later Soweto is a cultural and historic hub where people from all types of backgrounds visit to learn more about the history of South Africa.

Originally the site of a coal-fired power station the towers have been converted into a colourful adrenalin and adventure attraction. The Soweto Towers has a range of activities from bungee jumping to paintball or wall climbing. The price for each activity varies.

Cost of Bungee Jump:

R630 P/P

THINGS TO NOTE:

  • No bookings: First come first serve basis.
  • Discounts for groups of 6 or more at R580 p/p.
  • Pay for your activity voucher online. Valid for 365 days from date of issue.
  • Weight limits: 35kg to 110kg.
  • Under 18’s must have signed parent/guardian consent. No children under the age of 12 allowed to go up to the top of the tower.

Cullinan Town

Souvenir store in the historical town of Cullinan,

                       (Photo: iStock)


Get some peace of mind from the city and visit the diamond town of Cullinan.

Despite its long history this small town is not known by many residents bringing up this tour and the history of the town will definitely leave an impression on your friends.

Situated 30km east of Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa. This mining settlement came to be after the discovery of the largest diamond in 1905, named after mining magnate Sir Thomas Cullinan the whole town is filled with history apart from the diamond mine.

Visit the Cullinan Premier Hotel and take a trip back in time or enjoy a hot-air balloon safari with your loved one. Ofcourse the biggest attraction of the town is the diamond mine, you cannot leave without taking an underground tour of where the gems are collected.

Nissan Trailseeker Series, Cullinan

The town of Cullinan will come to life when mountain bike thrill seekers overtake the town for the annual “diamond rush” that is Nissan Trailseeker Series. With winding single and dual tracks that are not normally accessible, trails are pristine and include river crossings as well. The longer routes may include some wildlife sightings, riding on the verge of a massive waterfall and through a cave!

When: 09 November 2019

Cost: R170 - R370. Buy your tickets online

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