The East Rand region of Gauteng encompasses the towns Alberton, Benoni, Boksburg, Edenvale, Germiston, Brakpan, Nigel and Springs and their surrounding areas. Also included in this region are Kempton Park and the Johannesburg International Airport. All of the aforementioned towns, each of which used to be a separate municipality, have been incorporated into the new Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality. The whole area has grown and developed as a direct result of the discovery of gold in the area, though Springs was founded after the discovery of coal. The East Rand is now an extremely important region in terms of the economics of Gauteng.
The town of Kempton Park owes its growth and development to its proximity to the Johannesburg International Airport. The Airport is South Africa's main point of entry, and from it extends a network of highways that link to all the major cities of the country. Johannesburg International Airport is the most modern airport in the whole of Africa.
For followers of horse racing Gauteng boasts three racecourses, and two of them are located in the East Rand, one is Newmarket Racecourse in Alberton and the other Gosforth Park in Germiston. There are plenty of other outdoor activities to be found in the East Rand though. One very popular venue is Wild Waters, a water park which carries a number of thrilling activities including a wave pool and water slides. In and around Benoni you can visit a honey farm, a koi farm, and a favourite venue for the kids is the Bunny Park, a home not only to numerous rabbits, but also to other farmyard animals including goats, cattle, sheep, pigs and donkeys.
Situated between Edenvale and Boksburg is the East Rand Mall, one of the most prestigious malls of the whole of Gauteng, with its nine cinemas, five banks, thirty fashion shops and numerous restaurants and fast food outlets. A great number of specialist super stores have sprung up in the immediate vicinity of the East Rand Mall, so when visiting the sports super store, for example, you can be assured of finding just what piece of equipment you are looking for. Bargain hunters will prefer the adjacent East Rand Flea Market.
Close to Edenvale in the East Rand you can find the Franz Hoernig Haus. Built in 1894 as a residence for the original manager of a dynamite factory, this is one of the oldest surviving buildings of the 19th Century. That small dynamite factory grew into the largest explosives factory on the African Continent at Modderfontein. The factory is now surrounded by an 8000 hectare conservation park that is home to the Cape Otter, the grey duiker, steenbok, black-backed jackal and red hartebeest as well as zebra, springbok and more than 200 bird species.
At Germiston in the East Rand there is the Germiston Lake where school eights, quads, double and single skulls from many Johannesburg schools can be seen practicing on a daily basis. The lake is surrounded by a large park and is a favourite venue for weekend picnics and braais. Germiston also is home to the Rand Airport, a general aviation airport that supplements Gautengs other airports.
The town of Springs in the East Rand is to be found in the south-eastern part of the region. Springs sprung up in 1904 and owes its origins to the discovery of coal and gold in the region. It has developed from a pioneering mining town into a prosperous industrial giant. Just outside of Springs is the Blesbokspruit Wetland Reserve. Blesbokspruit is Gauteng's major wetland system, running through Kempton Park, Boksburg, Brakpan, Springs and Nigel, and on to Heidelburg where it flows into the Suikerbosrand River. Within the Springs section alone there are more than 250 species of bird. Brakpan is also the location of the new Carnival City Casino.
To summarise, the East Rand is an important ecological and economic region and one that should not be missed by any visitor to South Africa.
Towers Lodge provides both self catering accommodation and bed and breakfast accommodation in the Germiston area on the Johannesburg East Rand, Gauteng. Situated in Elspark, on the border of Germiston & Boksburg, in a safe, up market suburb next to the N1
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Clivia Cottage offers self catering flatlet accommodation in Edenvale on the Johannesburg East Rand, Gauteng. We offer 2 self catering options: Cottage (sleeps 4) and self catering room (sleeps 2). Clivia self catering is situated in the secure, garden su
House on Morninghill offers self catering flatlet accommodation in Bedfordview on the Johannesburg East Rand. Our elegant, well-designed en-suite rooms (4-sleeper, 2x 2-sleepers), are individually decorated with style and comfort in mind. We are situated
La Palma Guest House and Conference Venue is situated at 9 Jack Hindon avenue, Alberante Ext, Alberton, Gauteng, Johannesburg, South Africa. We are offering 8 Luxury en-suite rooms and 9 Standard en-suite rooms. One of the luxury rooms is also a...
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Our Lodge is a well established guest lodge (since 1995) situated on the boarder of Meyersdal and Brackenhurst in Hennie Alberts Street and comprises of 15 units main en-suite. You have a choice of a unit with a bath and shower or ...
Gateway Guest House offers bed and breakfast accommodation in Benoni on the Johannesburg East Rand, Gauteng. Welcome to the Gateway Guest House (sleeps up to 30 people in 10 rooms + 2 family rooms sleeping 5 each) which is conveniently situated close to t
Afrique Boutique Hotel Oliver Tambo is situated in Boksburg on the Johannesburg East Rand in Gauteng. Afrique Boutique Hotel Oliver Tambo has 24 delightfully stylish and luxurious air-conditioned rooms with en-suite bathrooms and state of the art Flatron
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Sugar Rose Guesthouse provides bed and breakfast accommodation in Glen Marais near Kempton Park on the Johannesburg East Rand. Set in the peaceful neighbourhood of Glen Marais, Kempton Park, yet still close to the cities of Johannesburg and Pretoria, Suga
Angelica Guesthouse provides accommodation on a bed and breakfast and self catering basis in Boksburg on the Johannesburg East Rand. We are situated in Libradene, a quiet suburb of Boksburg about 13kms from OR Tambo Airport. We are just off the N17 Freewa
Marle' Lodge has 11 double en-suite rooms all beautifully finished in matching African theme. Two of the rooms have an inter-leading door to cater for families who wish to stay together. All rooms have 53 cm colour TVs with dstv. Five of...
The Winstonian offers self catering apartment accommodation near Bedfordview on the Johannesburg East Rand, Gauteng. Look no further than The Winstonian (sleeps 4) when travelling to Johannesburg. The Winstonian designer apartment promises visitors a luxu
Karelize Executive Suites offers self catering accommodation in Edenvale in the heart of the Johannesburg East Rand, Gauteng. Karelize Executive Suites are family owned and operated by George and Geraldine Leach. We offer 8 self catering units (sleeps 2 -
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