West Rand

The West Rand grew out of the discovery of gold in the area, although a greater part of this area remains rural and largely unspoilt

Gauteng Tourist AttractionsThe West Rand

Extending from Randfontein in the west to Roodepoort in the east and including the towns of Krugersdorp and Magaliesburg, the West Rand may belong to a separate municipality, but it still remains within the Greater Johannesburg metropolitan area and it is not uncommon for people to commute between the West Rand and Johannesburg on a daily basis.

Where? West Rand, Gauteng, South Africa

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The West Rand grew out of the discovery of gold in the area, although a greater part of this area remains rural and largely unspoilt, encompassing some of Gauteng’s most beautiful scenery and enviable weather. Two mountain ranges, the Magaliesberg and the Witwatersberg, grace the western fringes of the region, which, when combined with the Skeerpoort and Crocodile River valleys, makes for beautiful and interesting hikes, rock climbs and days out in nature.

The appealing Crocodile Ramble that meanders in and around the Cradle of Humankind and Hartbeespoort Dam, offers a series of art studios and galleries, pubs, tea gardens, nurseries, picnic and camping spots, bird walks, 4x4 trails, hiking and horse trails and a heritage tour and starts a mere 45 minutes from Johannesburg.

On the eastern periphery of the stunning Magaliesberg Mountains you will find Hartbeespoort Dam, a major mecca for Gautengers and a hive of water activity over weekends. Despite this, there are still places of escape in around here, the small village of Magaliesberg - with its quaint little shops and vintage railway station - and beyond. This part of the world is given over largely to farms and smallholdings, many of which are now the abodes of artists and crafters; and the little village of Muldersdrift also serves as a launching pad to the Cradle of Mankind and the Sterkfontein Caves declared a World heritage site in 1999.

The Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve, the Wonder Cave, fish farms, steam train rides, trips to Soweto and the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens are just a few of the wonderful attractions on the West Rand, and reason a plenty to visit.

Popular Towns in the West Rand Region, Gauteng

Carletonville

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The mining town of Carletonville lies west of Johannesburg, out beyond Westonaria close to the N12. The town is busy, due in no small part to the fact that it lies in one of the richest gold-producing parts of the world One of the major mines...

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Elandsdrift

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Virtually on the doorstep of the Cradle of Humankind, Elandsdrift, just outside Johannesburg en route to the Magaliesberg, lies in a more rural part of the city, perfect for weekend getaways and popular for wedding venues and business...

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Florida Hills

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lorida Hills is a residential area that enjoys being within close proximity to a host of conveniences, amenities and world-renowned attractions. Being part of Johannesburg also means being within a relatively short drive from the OR Tambo...

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Hartbeespoort Dam

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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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Kloofendal

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Kloofendal is a suburb in Roodepoort, which is part of the West Rand of the Greater Johannesburg region. It is less than 30 kilometres from the city centre, which is constantly abuzz with shops, galleries, boutiques, entertainment centres...

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Krugersdorp

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Gold, manganese, iron, asbestos and lime are all mined in and around Krugersdorp and its history is steeped in mining annals / memoirs, which began when gold was discovered on the farm Paardekraal. Consequently there are some beautiful old...

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Lanseria

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Lying in outer Randburg, Lanseria is virtually synonymous with the airport that lies out on this side of Johannesburg. What used to be little more than a slick executive airport for corporate travellers with their own jets, now hosts regular...

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Little Falls

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Little Falls is townhouse country. The swell of development that moved swiftly across the northern flanks of Johannesburg consumed the 'country' aspect of this part of the world, which now borders on Strubens Valley, Wilgeheuwel and Kloofen...

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Magaliesberg

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The Magaliesberg mountains are of the oldest in the world. They extend across Gauteng and the North West provinces west and north from Pretoria to just south of the Pilanesberg, and east of Pretoria to the Bronkhorstspruit Dam...

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Muldersdrift

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This particularly pretty part of the world used to be real countryside, way outside of Johannesburg, for escapees of the city lifestyle. Whilst today the small farms and smallholdings still exist, Muldersdrift has now become something of a...

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Randfontein

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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...

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Renosterspruit

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Set in a valley through which the Crocodile River meanders in the foothills of the Magaliesberg, is Renosterspruit. Renosterspruit lies in a vital and natural green lung, encompassing farmland, small holdings and a number of reserves and...

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Roodepoort

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Roodepoort is actually a city of its own, although it has now merged with the suburbs of Johannesburg to such a degree, there is barely a discernable line over which you cross, other than a sign on the side of the road indicating that you have...

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Ruimsig

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As its name suggests, Ruimsig (a mixture of the Afrikaans 'uitsig' and 'ruim,' playing on the idea of views and space) has superb views over the west of Johannesburg and manages to retain a wonderful bird life, possibly because of the presence...

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Tarlton

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Gauteng might be the smallest province in the country, but it is home to an enormous variety of attractions, activities and towns that are well worth the visit. These include the epicentre, Johannesburg, as well as the historically and politically...

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Did you know?

The ‘place of gold’ in the north-east of the country may not have any sea or major river about which to boast, but it is uniquely placed for easy weekend escapes into North West, Limpopo and the Free State provinces. And although small, it has at its heart enough of its own natural attractions to keep visitors content to remain within its borders.

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