Here are some of the nearby attractions that are around an hour’s drive from the City of Gold:
In this dramatic mountain range, fly fishing, mountain biking, hiking, treetop canopy touring, and horse riding are fantastic ways to experience the fresh mountain air of Gauteng. There are also some great restaurants perched in the heart of all this drama and beauty.
There is no vibe quite like that of a South African township, and Soweto is one of the country’s oldest and most significant. Just 40 minutes from the centre of Johannesburg, Soweto is a bustling community of African people, where culture, art, music and food are celebrated. It is home to Freedom Square and to the Hector Pietersen Memorial and Museum. It tells the poignant tale of South Africa’s evolution from apartheid to the ‘Rainbow Nation’ of today.
3. Cradle of Humankind
Home of the Sterkfontein Caves, where an ancient human skull was discovered, this area is thought by some to be the origin of humankind. Visitors can explore these caves and then head to the Lesedi Cultural Village, where they will find the traditional homesteads of the Ndebele, Zulu, Xhosa, Basotho and Pedi tribes. Locals put on fantastic song and dance performances, which are always memorable and fun.
4. Hartbeespoort Dam
Whether you want to drink in the countryside of Gauteng from the tranquil waters of the dam or you’d prefer to soar over it from the impressive heights of a hot-air balloon, the Hartbeespoort Dam is ideal. Only an hour or so from the City of Gold, it is surrounded by restaurants and offers gorgeous boat cruises. The aerial cableway is also a must.
This city combines natural beauty with a distinct historical element to make it both gorgeous and interesting to explore. The neighbourhoods are sprinkled with thousands of exquisite jacaranda trees, while stately homes and administrative buildings (like the Union Buildings) stand tall and proud. It is about an hour’s drive north of Jo’burg.
6. Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve
Just outside Johannesburg is this scenic reserve where zebra, wildebeest, hartebeest, springbok, kudu, blesbok and oribi can be seen in their serene natural habitat. There are hiking trails that range from a 4km interpretive trail to a 17km day trail, as well as a route for self-driven safaris and bicycles. This reserve is idyllic in its beauty and irresistible in its variety.
7. Brookwood Estate
This is a hotspot for anglers that want to relax on the banks of the dams and enjoy the sunshine as they wait for the trout to bite. The largest dam is also home to carp, bass, bream and yellows. This is in the Cradle of Humankind, and is open from 07h30 to 18h00 from Monday to Friday, and between 06h00 and 18h00 on weekends.