It may be the smallest province of South Africa, but it arguably packs the biggest punch; Gauteng is home to the glittering metropolises of Johannesburg and Pretoria, and a wealth of experiences, culture and energy that lie within.
Gauteng is thought to be a Sotho word meaning ‘place of gold’ – an apt name when considering the treasures that lie within the main cities and their surrounding areas. Those keen to learn of the history and culture of South Africa should certainly make the trip to Johannesburg’s apartheid museum, a phenomenal reminder of Mandela’s fight for equality in recent history; for something a little lighter, smatterings of galleries throughout the region show culture captured by wandering artistes. From high-culture, to world-class cuisine, the province is also renowned for its plethora of restaurants and eateries that serve up sumptuous world cuisine and South African staples (often called ‘rainbow cuisine’ due to its varying influences). Travellers with a weakness for food will find it hard to miss Gauteng off their itinerary.
But it’s not all about eating your way around the province. Lose yourself for days at a time in the bustling centres of Pretoria and Johannesburg where the din and rhythms of urban South African life will make you fall deeper in love with this vibrant culture. Immerse yourself in the flurry of sights, sounds, smells and activities, and you can’t fail to be kept occupied in this small but mighty province.