Although Gauteng is the smallest of South Africa's provinces, it is the economic powerhouse of southern Africa leading the way in business and industry with its sophisticated infrastructure offering world-class conference and convention centres. As a business centre it is easier to get to meetings as distances are not as great as other areas of SA. And despite the (mistaken) perception that "there's nothing to see or do" visiting tourists will soon discover that even a couple of days is not enough to discover the wealth of history and culture, flora and fauna contained in this easy-to-get-around province. From the vibrancy of Soweto through pulsating Johannesburg (affectionately known as Jozi), to the diplomatic and architecturally-beautiful capital of Tshwane/Pretoria and the recreation areas of the Vaal-Triangle, Gauteng truly represents the rainbow nation with its cosmopolitan mix of African, European, middle- and far-eastern cultures.
Most visitors arrive at O R Tambo International Airport situated in Ekurhuleni, on the eastern side of Gauteng, providing easy access to Johannesburg, Sandton, Midrand, Centurion and Pretoria via the Gautrain.
Although the emphasis is on business and industry, Gauteng has much to offer the tourist and visitors will find that there's plenty for adventure seekers, historians, archaeologists and nature-lovers alike. Discover the "Rainbow Nation's" sophisticated pleasures of excellent eateries, fascinating architectures, wondrous indigenous art and energetic clubs.
The Cradle of Humankind, with visits to the Sterkfontein Caves & Maropeng, the Tswaing Crater, the Origins Centre;
Mining and the discovery of gold at Gold Reef City, Cullinan Village and diamond mine;
A tour of Soweto along with visits to the Nelson Mandela, Hector Petersen & Apartheid museums
The Voortrekker Monument, Union Buildings and Sir Herbert Baker-designed homes, Smuts House Museum;
Art deco buildings in down-town Jozi (Johannesburg)
More recent history at Museum Africa and Constitution Hill; museums devoted to people like Jan Smuts and Sammy Marks, others exhibiting military history, costume - even photography
The Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve, Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens, the Vaal & Hartbeespoort Dams, the Magaliesberg range of mountains (older than Everest!)
Gauteng is blessed with superb golf courses throughout the region
Balloon trips, water sports, yachting - even river rafting
The Crocodile, Magalies and Vaal Meanders
The Johannesburg & Pretoria Zoos
Shopping & Culture
The most up-to-date shopping malls (Sandton City, Hyde Park, East Rand Mall, Menlo Park) alongside informal hawkers selling hand-made local crafts; galleries and shops specialising in local art and crafts (Rosebank's Rooftop & African Craft Markets, Hatfield Market)
Theatres offering entertainment to suit every taste - SA's State Theatre, Joburg's Theatres, the world-renowned Market Theatre complex, The Teatro at Montecasino, the Lyric at Gold Reef
Lesedi Cultural Village, just beyond Lanseria airport; a visit to the traditional homes of Zulus, Xhosa, Pedi and Basotho families, with tribal dancing and a culturally-diverse 'buffet spectacular' www.lesedi.com