East Rand, Gauteng

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East Rand, Gauteng

East Rand, Gauteng
East Rand, Gauteng

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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, East Rand, Gauteng
Benoni, East Rand
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.

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Destinations / Suburbs of East Rand


Where to Stay: Accommodation in Alberton

Alberton is a town on the East Rand of the Gauteng Province in South Africa. Alberton is known as a typical bedroom community, meaning that is it a community primarily residential in character, with most of its ... Alberton information


Where to Stay: 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. ... Bedfordview information


Where to Stay: Accommodation in Benoni

Benoni is a large suburb situated on the East Rand in the South African province of Gauteng. The area forms part of the Greater Johannesburg region, and since 2000 has been part of the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan ... Benoni information


Where to Stay: 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, ... Boksburg information


Where to Stay: Accommodation in Brakpan

Brakpan, the town, emerged largely due to the gold and uranium mining that continues today, even if the mines now give a fairly low yield and are fairly costly to maintain. Its rather gutteral name is derived from a non-perennial lake that used... Brakpan information


Where to Stay: Accommodation in Edenvale

Edenvale is a suburb situated in the East Rand area in Gauteng, South Africa. Edenvale started out in 1903 as a small settlement named Rietfontein which sprung up around the Rietfontein Gold Mine. Today, Edenvale has ... Edenvale information


Where to Stay: Accommodation in Germiston

Germiston is situated in the East Rand area of Gauteng. Germiston is South Africa's sixth largest city with 70% of the western world's gold passing through its gold refinery. Germiston also boasts South Africa's ... Germiston information


Where to Stay: Accommodation in East Rand

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 ... Isando information

Johannesburg Airport

Where to Stay: Accommodation in Johannesburg Airport

Formerly known as Johannesburg International Airport, the OR Tambo International Airport is a large airport near the city of Johannesburg, South Africa. The Airport serves as the primary airport for domestic and ... Johannesburg Airport information

Kempton Park

Where to Stay: Accommodation in Kempton Park

Kempton Park is a large town situated on the East Rand in Gauteng, South Africa. Kempton Park was established in 1903 when Karl Wolff sub-divided a portion of his Zuurfontein farm into residential stands and named the ... Kempton Park information


Where to Stay: Edenvale

Linksfield is an elegant town that exudes an air of upmarket appeal. The homes and natural spaces are beautiful. In addition, its residents and visitors enjoy the added advantage of being within close proximity to a number of... Linksfield information


Where to Stay: Accommodation in Nigel

The town of Nigel, directly south of Springs and Brakpan, lies in what is known as the East Rand, south east of Johannesburg. As with many of the little outlying towns out this way, Nigel began as a gold mining town in the... Nigel information

OR Tambo International

Where to Stay: Accommodation in OR Tambo International

The airport is the hub of South Africa's largest international and domestic carrier, South African Airways (SAA), and a number of smaller local airlines. Located near the town of Kempton Park on the East Rand ... OR Tambo International information

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Featured and "Must See" Attractions in East Rand

Absa Money Museum

Home to the largest collection of money used in South Africa’s past in the world, Absa Money Museum lies in downtown Johannesburg on Fox Street. The ABSA Money Museum is the only banking and money museum in the country, and holds a fascinating history of how economic, political and social change ... more information

Apartheid Museum

The Apartheid Museum is the story of the triumph of the human spirit over adversity. Beginning in 1948, the white elected National Party government initiated a process which turned over 20 million people into 2nd class citizens, damning them to a life of servitude, humiliation and abuse. Their liberation in ... more information

Boksburg Lake

Boksburg Lake is a spectacular lake which is over 150,000 square metres and surrounded by lawns, trees, and terraces. This is a popular boating, fishing, watersport and hiking destination for many. The scenery here is lovely and many families enjoy blissful and entertaining days and weekends here.

East Rand Flea Market

Just outside Johannesburg in Boksburg, the East Rand Flea Market lies right next to the East Rand Mall, and as a result, is open just about all week, except for Mondays, to sell its wares to shoppers, who delight in the array of goods that range from African artwork, to any number of handcrafted goods, a budding home ... more information

East Rand Mall

East Rand Mall is situated 7km away from OR Tambo Airport. The Mall includes all of South Africa's Major Chain Stores and a host of smaller specialised stores. Extensive entertainment facilities, which include a Games Arcade, Restaurants, Coffee shops, a nine theatre Cinema Centre and an exciting Food and Entertainment Mall.

WesBank Raceway

The WesBank Raceway was built on the site of a former horse racing track and opened in 2003. This facility features an oval track, dragstrip, road circuit and motorcross track, allowing for a wide range of events. It is so named due to a sponsorship deal with the South Africa WesBank company. (Wesbank Raceway is in Germiston).

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Things To Do in East Rand

Sandboarding at Mount Mayhem

Where: Boksburg
How much (per person): R201 to R500

One of latest and most exciting new outdoor sports is sand boarding. Similar to snow boarding, this adventure in Gauteng may not have snow, ... more information

Bruma Lake Flea Market

Where: Boksburg
How much (per person): R1 to R100

Visit Bruma Lake Flea Market, one of the biggest flea markets in South Africa. Here you will find almost anything you can think of. Spend a ... more information

Play Action Cricket in Edenvale

Where: Edenvale
How much (per person): On Request

Get a team together for a game of action cricket. Edenvale Action Arena caters for all action sports. Action cricket is a fast paced, ex ... more information

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