The Northern Gauteng Region, Gauteng

Gauteng has no official regions, but for simplicity’s 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.

Did you know? Just 40 km north-west of Pretoria is an impact crater that is 1.13 km in diameter, 100 metres deep and one of the most accessible craters in the world. Hiking across this unique geology, provided you follow the proper trail is without doubt a highlight of any visit.

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.

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Destinations in the Northern Gauteng Region

Boekenhoutskloof

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About half an hour’s drive north east of Pretoria, nestled in the foothills of the Bobbejaans Mountains, lies Boekenhoutskloof, named, it seems, after the Boekenhout tree that is prevalent in the area. It is hard to believe that it’s possible to achie...

Bronkhorstspruit

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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 to the Na...

Buffelsdrift

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Lying on the western boundaries of the Dinokeng area, between the Roodeplaat Dam and the N1 highway, Buffelsdrift Conservancy has become a popular place to visit not only because it is so easy to reach, so close to both Pretoria and Johannesburg, but also...

Centurion

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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 become a ‘lifestyl...

Cullinan

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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 workers’ houses, offices and churches a throwback to the mining times of the early 1900s - lies 30 kilo...

De Wagensdrift

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Head slightly north east of Pretoria for roughly 40 kilometres and you will find De Wagensdrift, an area dominated by farmland and wide open spaces; an ideal spot from which to experience a 'bushland' escape, whilst remaining close to the city. De Wag...

Dinokeng

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Referring to an area, rather than a particular town, Dinokeng is part of an initiative by the government to establish a tourist destination close to urban Gauteng that lies roughly in the catchments area of two rivers - the Elands and Pienaars. Today the ...

Doornkloof

It is interesting, when you start tracing its roots, to realise that this part of northern Johannesburg, known as Centurion, has its heritage steeped in history despite being modern. Lying between Pretoria and Midrand it once had not only its own town ...

Eldoraigne

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Lying in the western parts of Centurion, Eldoraigne is a fairly modern suburb that classes itself as upmarket. There are a series of boomed townhouse villages that offer security and it is an ideal location for first time homeowners or those wanting easy ...

Hammanskraal

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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. It’s not a particularly pretty town by any one’s standards. Its neglect is a ...

Hennops River

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Hennops River, as its name suggests, lies on the Hennops River in Centurion, just east of the Irene Research Institute and south of the Irene Country Club. There was a time when everything out here was predominantly the open veld, and there is still a...

Irene

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Find holiday accommodation in Irene to experience the loveliness of South Africa and the hospitality of Gauteng. The little village of Irene (pronounced irenie) is one of the best kept secrets in Gauteng - its poplar, plane and oak-lined avenues, pretty h...

Leeuwkloof Valley

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For visitors to South Africa that want to enjoy all of the conveniences of the big city, but prefer to stay overnight outside Johannesburg and Pretoria, there are gorgeous spas, weekend retreats and lodges in the Leeuwkloof Valley. This beautiful vall...

Olifantsfontein

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Johannesburg and Pretoria are the epicentres of the small province of Gauteng. The size of this province should not belie its important place on the South African and international maps, though, as Gauteng remains the country’s busiest and wealthiest prov...

Pretoria

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Visiting South Africa is made easy for tourists, who are spoilt for choice with places to stay in Pretoria. Known as the Jacaranda City for all the purple blossom-bedecked trees, which line its thoroughfares, Pretoria is a lovely, quiet city. Known as ...

Rayton

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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 way to t...

Roodeplaat

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The Roodeplaat Dam was constructed in 1956 and was initially called the 'Pienaars Rivier Dam'. The Dam supplied the surrounding landowners with irrigation and was later developed into a tourism destination. Rich with abundant fish, bird and wildlife, t...

Wierda Park

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Wierda Park, neighbour to Eldoraigne and Hennopspark, lies in the heart of Centurion with easy access to the N1, N14 and R114, also known as Ruimte (space) Road, which passes through the suburb. The roads are lined with big trees, gardens well establ...

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