Gauteng Tourist AttractionsThe East Rand
Gauteng’s East Rand has not always had top billing. For most who visit Gauteng, it pales by comparison with the hectic pace, glitz, glamour and nightlife of Jozi.
But the little towns of Alberton, Benoni, Boksburg, Brakpan, Edenvale, Germiston, Springs, Kempton Park and Nigel are collectively known as Ekurhuleni Metropolitan. The Ekurhuleni’s borders encompass the vibrant townships of Daveyton, Katlehong, Vosloorus and Wattville (to name but a few), and the former East Rand has reclad itself as a tourist-friendly escape from the rat race, with more than a few hidden gems up its sleeve.
Visit the Thokoza Memorial wall, Khumalo Street in Thokoza to honour thousands of the victims who died during the struggle. Alberton’s Meyersdal Koppie Nature Reserve is home to Late Iron-Age stone wall settlements, whilst Boksburg boasts numerous beautiful old heritage sites – the old law courts, the post office, St Michael and All Angels Anglican church, designed by Sir Herbert Baker.
Benoni, known as the ‘city of lakes’ encourages picnics at no fewer than five lake sides, whilst the Rietvlei Zoo and Nature Reserve, just outside Alberton, and the Rondebult Bird Sanctuary - a rare wetland area with amazing bird hides and access to antelope, ostrich and zebra - both make wonderful day trips.
There is a popular flea market held every weekend in the gardens of Edenvale’s first farmhouse – Horwood’s Farm; Wild Waters at Bokkie Park in Boksburg also has a farmyard area in which children can practice milking cows; whilst the Le Grange Bird Park and Boksburg Lake are wonderful places for Sunday picnics. Residents of Daveyton, Katlehong, Tembisa and other townships in Ekurhuleni encourage visitors to walk their streets, and join them for a beer at a shebeen.
Popular Towns in the East Rand Region, Gauteng
Overnight? Accommodation in Alberton
Situated on the banks of the Natal Spruit close to the major urban centres of Johannesburg (15 kilometres) and Pretoria, Alberton is unique and has a long interesting history. The first official post office was opened in 1926. Building work started...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Bedfordview
Other than Edenvale, the garden suburb of Bedfordview is one of the closest suburbs of Johannesburg to the OR Tambo Airport, so for business people dipping into the city only briefly, Bedfordview is an ideal location. Aside from that, this part...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Benoni
Benoni is very diverse, with people of every colour and denomination living here. Over time gold mining has decreased in importance. Today the town is focused more on industry and services and is used as a service hub for other East Rand towns...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Boksburg
Boksburg is a suburb situated on the East Rand of Gauteng, South Africa. Originally, Boksburg was laid out in 1887 to serve the surrounding gold mines, and named after the State Secretary of the South African Republic, Eduard Bok. The Main...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Brakpan
The towns of Brakpan, Benoni and Springs, though separate, have virtually become one due to development and urban sprawl. Give it time and Germiston, Boksburg, Benoni, Brakpan and Springs will simply be eastern suburbs of Johannesburg...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Edenvale
Edenvale started out in 1903 as a small settlement named Rietfontein which sprung up around the Rietfontein Gold Mine. Today, Edenvale has become a very well known part of Johannesburg. It lies approximately halfway between the OR Tambo...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Germiston
Germiston boasts South Africa's biggest railway junction and the busiest civil airport, Rand Airport. Germiston was established in the early days of the gold rush when two prospectors, namely John Jack from the farm of Germiston near Glasgow...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Isando
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 Gauteng...
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Stay? Accommodation in Kempton Park
Kempton Park was established in 1903 when Karl Wolff sub-divided a portion of his Zuurfontein farm into residential stands and named the new village Kempten after the Bavarian town of his birth. Soon after, the name was anglicized into Kempton...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Linksfield
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 towns in...
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Stay? Accommodation Modderfontein
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 serene escape...
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Stay? Accommodation in Nigel
As with many of the little outlying towns out this way, Nigel began as a gold mining town in the late 1800s, named, not after anyone particularly famous but instead for a book the prospector, Sir Walter Scott, happened to be reading at the...
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OR Tambo International
Stay? Accommodation Johannesburg Airport
OR Tambo International Airport serves as the primary airport for domestic and international travel to or from South Africa. TheAirport is Africa's busiest airport, handling over 16 million passengers yearly. The airport is the hub of South...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Springs
The city of Springs lies on the outskirts and to the east of Johannesburg, considered by many as a 'suburb' of the city of gold - 50 kilometres is nothing when driving across Jo'burg - where it lies nestled in amongst the compatriot areas...
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