Gauteng on the economic heartland of South Africa. Built on gold (discovered here in the late 1800s), its capital Johannesburg is characterised by its vibrant pace and ‘Afropolitan’ flavour. Many visitors prefer to overnight in upmarket Sandton and its neighbouring leafy northern suburbs, where the city’s most luxurious hotels are situated. Sandton is a shopper’s paradise, with malls featuring high-end fashion, jewellery and lifestyle stores.
South of Johannesburg lies the urban sprawl of Soweto where, as well as luxury lifestyle offerings, the informal sector of markets, hawkers and backyard industry continues to flourish, giving it its unique and absolutely African flavour. A township tour takes visitors past Nelson Mandela’s home and to a traditional tavern.
Northwest of Johannesburg are the dramatic Wonder Caves and the famed Sterkfontein Caves, both in the ‘Cradle of Humankind’, a World Heritage Site thanks to its paleontological importance and fossil findings, including a hominid fossil dating back over three million years.
Pretoria, 50 kilometres north of Johannesburg, is South Africa’s administrative capital – with its colonial buildings and jacaranda-lined streets, it has a far more sedate pace.
Gauteng is a convenient departure point for safaris and is South Africa’s gateway into Africa. Whether visited en route to one of the game reserves or an Indian Ocean island, it remains a must-do.
Highlights and suggested day tours during any trip to Gauteng include:
- A full day Soweto and Johannesburg tour
- Apartheid Museum and Constitutional Hill
- The Cradle of Mankind, one of the world's most important archeological sites and recently proclaimed a World Heriatge Site
- Full day excursion to the Sun City Resort
- Full day tour to the Pilanesberg Game Reserve
African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel
Melrose Arch, Johannesburg
Set in the heart of Johannesburg’s exclusive Melrose Arch lifestyle development, African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel is an elegant and sophisticated hotel with superb facilities and excellent service. Offering 118 luxury rooms, a world class dining experience at the March Restaurant and the 24-hour Library Bar, the African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel is an international destination in its own right.
The Westcliff, Johannesburg’s most iconic hotel, is only 30 minutes’ drive from OR Tambo International Airport. The hotel offers spectacular views of the lush forested suburbs of Johannesburg and the Zoological Gardens. The hotel offers 115 individually decorated, spacious rooms and suites. Coupled with the personalised and attentive service, guests of all ages are assured of a truly memorable experience.
Saxon Boutique Hotel & Spa
The heart of Africa lies here. The Saxon, voted the World’s Leading Boutique Hotel since 2001, will treat you to unparalleled South African hospitality. The suites at the Saxon epitomise luxury, with the crème de la crème being the three additional villas, and can now offer you 54 suites. Embark on a fine dining journey in the Saxon restaurant and focus on your wellbeing at the awardwinning Saxon Spa and Studio.