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
Madikwe Game Reserve
This five suited, ultra-chic luxury retreat is located in the heart of the 75,000-hectare, malaria-free and game-rich Madikwe Game Reserve. The lodge offers breathtaking views from its secluded hillside location. All of the suites, situated for maximum privacy, have floor-toceiling retractable glass walls. Game drives and bush walks are led by awardwinning professional rangers and the size and exclusivity of Molori Safari’s concession allows flexibility
Madikwe Safari Lodge
Madikwe Game Reserve is a 75,000 hectare malaria-free reserve located northwest of Johannesburg (an easy four-hourdrive) along the border with Botswana. It didn’t take much to be enamored with Madikwe. Everything about this place is vast – its landscapes, its heavens, its wildlife. This is rugged Africa, and then some! The rich and undulating landscape is punctuated by enormous volcanic intrusions (known as Inselbergs) and the unique topography reveals astonishing wildlife sightings.
AtholPlace Hotel & Villa
AtholPlace Hotel is a luxury boutique hotel located in a garden oasis in the cosmopolitan suburb of Atholl in Johannesburg. Contemporary-classic glamor and understated elegance meet at AtholPlace Hotel & Villa, from the nine spacious and luxurious suites to the comfortably furnished library with built-in fireplace.
DAVINCI Hotel and Suites
Located adjacent to Sandton’s prestigious Nelson Mandela Square, the DAVINCI Hotel and Suites offers guests all the luxuries and comforts they have come to expect from Legacy’s extraordinary portfolio of hotels and resorts. Boasting 166 en-suite hotel rooms, 50 one- two- and threebedroom suites and 4 penthouses – the DAVINCI Hotel and Suites has something for every taste for business and leisure travelers. Guests can take time to relax in the gymnasium, infinity edge swimming pool or simply let the hotel’s therapists pamper one in the wellness spa.
Nestled in the leafy suburb of Houghton, a mere stone’s throw from former President Nelson Mandela’s home, The Residence exudes an air of quiet dignity and discretion. No effort is spared in ensuring that each guest’s experience is personalized. The 18 suites are individually designed and decorated with the sole purpose of surpassing expectations. In addition to a full en-suite bathroom, every suite has its own outdoor rain shower and outdoor bath, or Jacuzzi overlooking terraced gardens and forest-like surroundings. Should the need arise, one wing of the hotel can be privatized to create a villa for families or groups wishing for a more intimate stay.
131 on Herbert Baker Boutique Hotel
Located close to Pretoria’s city center near business, commercial and shopping districts, the luxury 131 on Herbert Baker reflects tasteful elegance, combined with exceptional attention to detail. Originally built as a private residence, the boutique hotel was later transformed into a luxurious accommodation venue. 131 on Herbert Baker is nestled on the hilltops of Groenkloof with panoramic views over Pretoria and surrounds.
The Michelangelo, a five-star Legacy flagship hotel, is located in the Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton. There are 242 luxury rooms and suites, each decorated to reflect the Renaissance style of the hotel. All rooms and suites have a private bathroom and a separate shower as well as air-conditioning. The staff at the Michelangelo pride themselves on delivering the best service for all of its guests. The food at Piccolo Mondo is divine as well as the local and international wines
Located in the centre of Sandton, The Maslow is in the perfect spot, close to all of the best amenities in the city of Johannesburg. With 281 rooms, guests will definitely be satisfied by the variation in accommodation. Guests can eat at the Lacuna Bistro which serves many different international dishes at any time of the day, they can also enjoy a delicious drink at the Lacuna Bar. The Wayfarer Lounge is equipped with shower facilities and other business amenities for the business class awaiting their flights at the airport. The Maslow offers conference facilities, a Spa and also a gym
D’oreale Grande Hotel
Located next to O.R. Tambo, the Peermont D’oreale Grande Hotel is a proud member of the great Hotels of the World Luxury collection. There are 192 luxurious rooms and suites and as a 5-star hotel there are a variety of rooms to suit the needs of people from different statuses, from the Presidential Suite to Classic rooms. Guests have access to a complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport. As the Hotel is located in Emperors Palace there are a variety of activities that guests can partake in. From dining at excellent restaurants, enjoying a movie at the cinema complex, visiting the incredible casino or enjoying the exhilarating entertainment, the Peermont D’oreale Grande Hotel offers something to all of its guests.
Once a post office, the Monarch Hotel is now a sophisticated hotel and heritage landmark in Rosebank, Johannesburg. South African cultural history is very important to the Monarch and therefore they welcome all of their guests in a traditional and modern style. The Monarch Hotel has a cigar lounge and a dining room where guests can have breakfast, lunch and dinner. There is also a small board room which seats ten people. Guests can walk to the Gautrain, the Rosebank Mall and Planet Fitness.
The Fairlawns Boutique Hotel was originally owned by the Oppenheimer family and is now an award-winning hotel, consisting of 40 suites. The 20 suites within the Grand Building can be used as private accommodation for larger groups. Guests can enjoy award-winning wines as well as dinner at the Terrace Restaurant. The atmosphere at the hotel is very relaxing with incredible bird life and huge mature trees. Guests of all styles are welcomed at Fairlawns where they will be made to feel right at home.
Castello Di Monte
Pretoria, Waterkloof Ridge
Castello Di Monte, located in the prestigious area of Waterkloof Ridge, Pretoria, is a Tuscan-style estate with views of the gardens or the capital city of South Africa. There are nine suites at the hotel and each one is designed uniquely with a different theme. The rooms are fully catered for ensuring guests are satisfied at all times. The Gautrain is close by for those guests who want to explore further as well as the station for the Blue Train and the Rovos Rail.
54 on Bath
Rosebank, Johannesburg, is an entertaining neighbourhood filled with a lively personality. In this neighbourhood guests can stay at 54 on Bath, a luxurious hotel close to all types of attractions. There are 75 rooms each designed with an urban characteristic and a view of the garden or city skyline. The Gautrain is in walking distance, allowing guests to travel swiftly to various destinations-O.R Tambo to name one
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.
Saxon Hotel, Villa and 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.