Gauteng Tourist AttractionsThe Northern Gauteng Area
Gauteng has no official regions, but for simplicityís sake is often divided into northern and southern Gauteng, which roughly corresponds to dividing the province up around the two major cities - Johannesburg to the south and Pretoria to the north.
Northern Gauteng is a charming combination of the Tshwane Metro and the Metsweding region - a mix of pretty towns and rural communities, except for Pretoria - the administrative capital of the country.
Northern Gauteng includes Bronkhorstspruit, Cullinan, Centurion, Hammanskraal, Mamelodi, Pretoria and Midrand, and other suburbs and towns like Irene, Leeuwkloof Valley and Rayton. The main appeal for selecting northern Gauteng as a place to stay is the combination of easy access to Johannesburg and the attraction of small town living. For many a traveller this is preferable to the chronic buzz of Jozi, no matter how it draws those who seek the thrill of big cities.
From the quaintness of Cullinan, still seeped in the Victorian era, the leafy attractiveness of Irene, where you can visit the local dairy farm, to the farming community of Bronkhorstspruit, home to the Nan Hua Buddhist Temple, there is an incredible diversity on offer.
Even the more commercial centres of Midrand and Centurion have something to proffer. This part of the country presents an incredible range of activities and places to visit, and good food and hospitality are high on the list of priorities.
Popular Towns in the Northern Gauteng Region, Gauteng
Stay? Accommodation in Boekenhoutskloof
It is hard to believe that itís possible to achieve such a complete escape so close to a city, but Boekenhoutskloof is not only malaria-free country, it is true untamed bushveld. Tranquility, mountains, indigenous bush and wild animals make this...
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Stay? Accommodation in Bronkhorstspruit
The little town of Bronkhorstspruit that forms the point of a triangle with Rayton and Bapsfontein, about 50 kilometres east of Pretoria, is a little farming community that deserves a visit for the sheer beauty of the area and because it is home...
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Stay? Accommodation in Centurion
Lying just outside of Midrand on the N1, part way between Jo-burg and Pretoria, Centurion is probably best known for its mall - one of the largest shopping centres in South Africa with over 200 stores and restaurants. But the suburb has...
More info and photographs: Centurion Information
Overnight? Accommodation in Cullinan
The charming little village of Cullinan that has managed to hold on to much of its mine village character - its historic stone and corrugated iron mine workersí houses, offices and churches a throwback to the mining times of the early 1900...
More info and photographs: Cullinan Information
Overnight? Accommodation in Doornkloof
Doornkloof lies just south of Irene. In 1962 it combined with Irene and Lyttelton to form a city council known as Lyttelton, renamed Verwoerdburg in 1967 and changed to a more politically neutral Centurion in 1995. The suburb is quite...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Erasmia
Erasmia is a pretty residential suburb in the heart of Centurion, which is situated midway on the short route between Johannesburg and Pretoria in the Gauteng Province of South Africa. As such, it enjoys being conveniently situated and amidst...
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Overnight? Accommodation Hammanskraal
Roughly 30 minutes from Pretoria, virtually on the border with the North West Province, the little town of Hammanskraal lies just off the N1 - the R101 runs directly through it. Itís not a particularly pretty town by any oneís standards. Its neglect...
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Overnight? Accommodation Hennops River
There was a time when everything out here was predominantly the open veld, and there is still a feeling of being out in the country away from the sprawling development that continues to creep along all that is left of open space between Jozi...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Irene
The little village of Irene (pronounced irenie) is one of the best kept secrets in Gauteng - its poplar, plane and oak-lined avenues, pretty homes, shady almost meadow-like surrounds more than a little out of place here, and such a welcome...
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Stay? Accommodation Leeuwkloof Valley
Lying with Dinokeng, right on the doorstep of the two large cities of Johannesburg and Pretoria is the Leeuwkloof Valley, home to the Leeuwkloof Valley Conservancy and a number of private lodges, spas and weekend retreats. What makes the valley...
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Stay? Accommodation in Pretoria
Known as the Jacaranda City for all the purple blossom-bedecked trees, which line its thoroughfares, Pretoria is a lovely, quiet city. It has a long, involved and fascinating history. Here you will find significant old buildings and...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Rayton
Not far from the historical village of Cullinan is the little town of Rayton, another settlement to have evolved from the discovery of diamonds in the area. With the opening of the Premier Mine in the vicinity, many diamond diggers made their...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Roodeplaat
Just south east of Pretoria, in the Dinokeng, you will find the Roodeplaat Dam Nature Reserve - one of several private and public reserves and hideaways in the area - that offers a variety of activities and wildlife. A combination that...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Wierda Park
Those who live in Wierda Park have access to numerous activities, both in Pretoria and Johannesburg: Groenkloof Nature Reserve and the Voortrekker Monument are but 10 kilometres from here; one of the prettiest golf courses at the Zwartkop...
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