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Gauteng is without a doubt the 'nerve-centre' of South Africa's industrial, commercial and financial institutes, generating some 40% of the country's wealth. The smallest of the nine provinces, Gauteng is the seat of government and administration and houses over 100 embassies and high commission. Although success can be accredited to the discovery of gold over a century ago, access to a wide variety of energy sources and raw materials secured it's future growth and development.

Accounting for only 1.5% of the land, Gauteng is the most densely populated province in South Africa. It is represented by every nationality, each adding their own ethnic and cultural identity, making Gauteng a kaleidoscope of modern Africa.

This dynamic province offers a wide variety of cultural and leisure activities - over 60 museums which include South Africa's art, natural and military history and gold mining. For a wildlife experience, visit the Johannesburg and Pretoria Zoos or game reserves which are within an hours drive from Gauteng's major cities. There are also outstanding botanical gardens and bird sanctuaries for visitors to enjoy.

Fans and players alike will enjoy the numerous sporting facilities available. Activities include golfing, sailing, angling, motor sports and hot-air ballooning to name a few.

Gauteng, the smallest yet most populous province in South Africa, is a vibrant and diverse region offering a multitude of activities and attractions.

Here are 15 things to do or see in Gauteng:

  1. Apartheid Museum: Visit this powerful museum in Johannesburg to learn about South Africa's history of apartheid and the struggle for freedom and equality.

  2. Cradle of Humankind: Explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site, which includes the Sterkfontein Caves and Maropeng Visitor Centre, to discover the origins of humankind.

  3. Constitution Hill: Tour this historic site in Johannesburg, which houses the Constitutional Court of South Africa and former prisons that held political activists, including Nelson Mandela.

  4. Gold Reef City: Enjoy this theme park and entertainment complex in Johannesburg, which offers thrilling rides, a casino, and a replica of a 19th-century mining town.

  5. Soweto: Experience the vibrant culture and history of this famous township by visiting landmarks such as Vilakazi Street, the Hector Pieterson Museum, and the Orlando Towers.

  6. Johannesburg Zoo: Spend a day at this expansive zoo, home to over 320 species of animals, and enjoy educational exhibits and family-friendly activities.

  7. Pretoria National Botanical Garden: Stroll through this beautiful garden in Pretoria, which showcases South Africa's diverse plant life across its various themed sections.

  8. Union Buildings: Visit the iconic seat of the South African government in Pretoria, known for its impressive architecture and stunning gardens.

  9. Freedom Park: Explore this heritage site in Pretoria, which honors those who sacrificed their lives for freedom and features a museum, memorials, and beautiful gardens.

  10. Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden: Discover this tranquil garden in Roodepoort, known for its scenic waterfall, diverse flora, and birdwatching opportunities.

  11. Lion & Safari Park: Get up close with wildlife at this park near Johannesburg, offering guided game drives, lion walks, and opportunities to feed giraffes and ostriches.

  12. Montecasino: Enjoy a night out at this Italian-themed entertainment complex in Fourways, which features a casino, theaters, restaurants, and shops.

  13. Origins Centre: Visit this museum at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg to learn about the history of humankind in Africa through fascinating exhibits and artifacts.

  14. Cullinan Diamond Mine: Take a tour of this historic diamond mine near Pretoria, where the world's largest diamond, the Cullinan Diamond, was discovered.

  15. Neighbourgoods Market: Spend a Saturday exploring this popular market in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, where you can enjoy gourmet food, local crafts, and live music.

These diverse attractions offer a glimpse into Gauteng's rich history, cultural heritage, and natural beauty, ensuring there's something for everyone to enjoy in this dynamic province.

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