The East Rand Region, Gauteng

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.

Did you know? Once you've booked your hotel or Johannesburg accommodation, explore the town and destination pages below for info on attractions, activities and things to do when you visit the East Rand.

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.

Did you know? Boksburg boasts numerous beautiful old heritage sites including the old law courts, the post office, St Michael and All Angels Anglican church, designed by Sir Herbert Baker.

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 in the East Rand Region


Overnight? Alberton accommodation
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 workers commuting to a nearby town subur...


Overnight? Bedfordview accommodation
Booking your accommodation in Bedfordview means being right in the heart of the city and close to some of the best hotels in Johannesburg, where millions of visitors begin their South African adventure. Did you know? Once you've booked your hotels or ...


Overnight? Benoni accommodation
Benoni is 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 Municipality. Did you know? Once you've booked your hotels...


Overnight? Boksburg accommodation
The range of hotels and self-catering accommodation in Boksburg is impressive; giving visitors to South Africa plenty of variety from which to choose when they stay in Johannesburg. Boksburg is a suburb situated on the East Rand of Gauteng, South Africa. ...


Overnight? Brakpan accommodation
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. Interestingly, ...


Overnight? Edenvale accommodation
Finding short-term holiday accommodation in Johannesburg is wonderfully convenient, and Edenvale accommodation offers a full range of options - from guesthouses and B&Bs to hotels and apartments Edenvale is a suburb situated in the East Rand area in Gaute...


Overnight? Germiston accommodation
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 biggest railway junction and the busies...


Overnight? Isando accommodation
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 Province and, in ...

Johannesburg Airport

Overnight? Johannesburg Airport accommodation
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 international travel to or from South A...

Kempton Park

Overnight? Kempton Park accommodation
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 new village Kempten after the Bav...


Overnight? Linksfield accommodation
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 their own rights. ...


Overnight? Modderfontein accommodation
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 and gorgeou...


Overnight? Nigel accommodation
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 late 1800s, named, not after...

OR Tambo International

Overnight? OR Tambo International accommodation
Formerly known as Johannesburg International Airport, the OR Tambo International Airport is a large airport near the city of Johannesburg, South Africa. OR Tambo International Airport serves as the primary airport for domestic and international travel...


Overnight? Springs accommodation
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 of Benoni, Boksb...


Overnight? Vosloorus accommodation
The vibrant township of Vosloorus is part of Boksburg, a city on the East Rand of Gauteng, just outside Johannesburg. It is a neighbour to a number of other suburbs and townships, which combine to give South Africa the unique flavour and diversity for whi...

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