Randfontein, West Rand
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Lying 45 kilometres west of Johannesburg, in what is commonly known as the West Rand, Randfontein emerged as a gold mining town during the late 1800s. Apart from having the largest stamp mill in the world (used in early paper making for preparing the pulp), Randfontein, like many of the other outlying areas of Johannesburg, is essentially a rural collection of farms and small holdings in a particularly beautiful part of Gauteng.
North west of Randfontein are the Magaliesberg and Witwatersberg mountains forming an attractive backdrop to the Skeerpoort and Crocodile River valleys. Whilst mining still dominates this part of the world, one no longer has to drive miles to reach the nearest shopping centre from Randfontein as development has swiftly encroached and Randfontein is more like a suburb of Johannesburg, even if it falls under a separate municipality.
The Krugersdorp Game Reserve, barely two kilometres outside of Krugersdorp, is one of the closest attractions. It might be relatively small but the grassland, thornveld, riverine forest and rocky outcrops host a range of wildlife that includes hippo, buffalo, giraffe, white rhino and various antelope. The Rhino Park, near Kromdraai, too is worth a visit - the rolling grasslands and hills to a number of dams where hippos play. The park has a growing white rhino population and you can spot a number of wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, sable and buffalo. Bird life abounds.
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The Goldfields West Golf course meanders through a nature reserve, which is naturally a most relaxing and a completely unspoiled environment where buck are free to roam and the birdlife is prolific. The well-watered Gold Fields West (par-72) is a relatively short course by modern standard and the... more information
The habitat is mainly grassveld with small dams and reedbeds at the northern-most end. The vast areas of open grassland in the reserve provide the visitor the opportunity to observe many of the grassland species of Gauteng. West of Johannesburg, on the outskirts of the suburban area, is the... more information
Lying in the beautiful Crocodile River Valley some 40 minutes from Johannesburg, to the south of the Magaliesberg Mountains, lies the Oori Nature Reserve (Oori is Tswana for Crocodile). The total area of about 750 hectares is made up of roughly 40 properties, all of which have done away with... more information
The small town of Randfontein lies on the greatest gold reef in South Africa and was established in 1929 although its history dates back much further. At the heart of the town lies the Randfontein Golf and Country Club with its Top 100 golf course - a peaceful retreat for golfers and other sporting... more information
Nestling in the tranquil countryside of Ruimsig, west of Johannesburg, lies one of South Africa's most challenging championship golf courses, Roodepoort Country Club. It is well known and recognised that condition-wise the Roodepoort Golf course is consistently among the top 10 in... more information
One of the great escapes of Johannesburg, the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden in Roodepoort, is almost 300 hectares of landscaped and natural veld that is a haven for birds and a popular picnic spot for Gautengers. Despite development that is threatening encroachment on this beautiful garden ... more information
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