The West Rand region of Gauteng encompasses the towns Carltonville, Krugersdorp, Westonaria, Randfontein, Soweto, Western Gauteng, the Magaliesburg and all their surrounding areas. All of the aforementioned towns, each of which used to be a separate municipality, have been incorporated into the new West Rand District Municipality. The whole area has grown and developed as a direct result of the discovery of gold in the area.
A greater part of the West Rand region is rural and includes some of Gauteng's most beautiful scenery. To the West of the region are the Magaliesberg and Witwatersberg mountains and the valleys of the Skeerpoort and Crocodile rivers. In this area are the archaeological diggings in the Sterkfontein Valley, now known to be the cradle of mankind. The Magaliesberg range has seen the establishment of numerous hotels, guest houses and resorts along its entire length. In the Eastern part of the range is to be found the Hartbeespoort Dam, a Mecca for the weekend holiday maker from Gauteng and home to many different watersports.
The mountains offer many routes to rock climbers and details can be obtained from the Mountain Club of Pretoria. Hot-Air ballooning and hang-gliding are also carried out in the area. There are a great many attractions in and around the village of Magaliesberg. There is a fish farm, a trout farm, the Buffelspoort Holiday Resort, antique shops, a game lodge and the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve, steam train rides and art galleries. Muldersdrift is a picturesque small village situated at the foot of the southern slopes of the Magaliesberg Mountain range to the West of Pretoria. The village is surrounded by small farms and smallholdings and has become a center for a great number of home craft industries and artists.
Close to Muldersdrift in the West Rand is the Lion Safari Park where visitors can see many different species of wild life including a number of prides of lion in a central fenced area. Situated close to Muldersdrift is the Bella Vallata 4x4 Playground, a 5 km off road track specifically built to contain every type of obstacle likely to be encountered by a 4x4. This 4x4 track is a must for 4x4 owners and braai facilities are available. Close to Muldersdrift can be found the Sterkfontein Caves and the Cradle of Mankind. Sterkfontein was declared a World Heritage site in 1999.
Just to the West of Johannesburg lies the Lanseria International Airport, a general Aviation airfield that first started to take shape in 1972. Lanseria Airport is ideally situated for corporate jets traveling to Johannesburg or Pretoria and has recently been modernized.
The larger towns of the region owe their very existence on the presence of gold in the area. Gold was first discovered in the West Rand in the 1930s. A mining engineer from the Gold Fields Mining Group, Guy Carleton Jones, after whom the town of Carletonville was named, played a big role in the discovery of gold in the area. Krugersdorp is another West Rand town that offers a great variety of leisure options including the Krugersdorp Nature Reserve with its lions, rhinos, hippo & buffalo, giraffe and at least ten species of antelope and buck including the rare roan and sable antelopes. Just a few kilometers to the North of Krugersdorp is the Kromdraai Conservancy. This area is underlaid by dolomite rock and has many caves and sinkholes. The region is an unparalleled treasure trove of anthropological finds including the earliest authenticated man-made fire. The conservancy houses a number of attractions including a trout farm, the Wonder Cave, a gold mine and a Lion Park.
Mokoya Lodge offers bed and breakfast accommodation in Magaliesburg on Gauteng's West Rand. Mokoya Lodge & Sweet Thyme Restaurant, is an exclusive Lodge nestled in the heart of the Hekpoort Valley ideally halfway between Magaliesburg & Hartbeespoort Dam.
Monchique Guest House offers four luxurious suites, one being a family suite with an inter-leading room. There is no need to pack the following as they are all provided in each suite: towels, soaps, shampoos, gowns, slippers, manicure sets and shower
Nullarbor Cottages offers self catering accommodation in Magaliesburg, on Gauteng's West Rand. Nullarbor Cottages comprises 10 self catering cottages, seven of which have corner Jacuzzi spa baths, two with shower only and one with Victorian Ball and Claw
Puschka Cottage offers self catering accommodation on a certified organic farm about 30kms from the small town of Magaliesburg in Gauteng. We provide 3 self catering options, all of which are a haven for anyone wanting to "get away from it all". Puschka H
Saamrus Guest Farm offers a collection of self catering cottages on a guest farm in Magaliesburg on the Gauteng West Rand. Each unit at Saamrus has a special character, with every convenience to make your stay more comfortable and memorable. Most of the u
Deo Gratia is a beautiful Guest House nestled in the World renowned Cradle of Mankind. With its tranquil setting it provides the perfect location for a break away from city life. With easy access to all of the tourist attractions and wedding...
Stone Hill offers self catering accommodation in Magaliesburg, on Gauteng's West Rand. Pet and Child Friendly Self Catering Accommodation. With breathtaking views over Magaliesburg, Stone Hill has 10 fully equipped luxurious self-catering timber cottages,
Blue Roan is a 4 star graded venue, our goal being to provide high quality, romantic, comfortable and affordable self-catering accommodation on the outskirts of the village of Magaliesburg. For animal lovers, we are also pet-friendly by arrangement in so
Ziggy's River Cottage and Den's View are two self catering options on the banks of the Magalies River near Hekpoort in Gauteng. Ziggy's River Cottage (sleeps 2) and Den's View Garden Flat (sleeps 2). Get away for a romantic weekend, spoil your sweetheart
Patrys Paradys offers self catering accommodation in a Maanhaarrand in the Magaliesburg area of Gauteng's West Rand. We offer 3 self catering options: Farmhouse (sleeps 14) and 2 chalets (sleeps 6 in each). If you are ready for a good rest, calm surroundi
Ma-Ria's Farmhouse offers an authentic self catering farm stay in the Magaliesburg area. (Farmhouse sleeps maximum 13 people in 5 bedrooms) (Additional Garden Flat sleeps 4). Located near Maanhaarrand at the foot of the Magaliesburg mountains nestled on a
The Eco Retreat is a 3 bedroomed self-catering country house (sleeps 6) located in the Hekpoort valley on Gauteng's West Rand. Nestled between the Magaliesberg and Witwatersberg mountains along the banks of the Magaliesriver. Natural bush surrounds the pr
The Venue Country Hotel is located along the popular Magaliesberg R512 route (Pelindaba Road) between Johannesburg and Hartbeespoort Dam. Just 12 km past Lanseria International Airport, the hotel offers guests gorgeous views of the Magaliesberg mountain r
The Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve, situated in Kromdraai within the Cradle of Humankind area provides self catering accommodation. The Rhino & Lion is a privately owned game reserve covering some 1200 hectares with over 650 heads of game from over 25 differ