West Rand

OVERVIEW

Like Johannesburg itself, the West Rand owes its existence to gold, but today visitors flock there for some of Gauteng’s most famous tourist destinations.

The 47 000ha World Heritage Site of the Cradle of Humankind, about 45 minutes from Johannesburg, is a must-see attraction for individuals and families alike.

First take a guided tour underground into the Sterkfontein Caves, where both the more than 2-million-year-old skull of Mrs Ples was found in 1947, and more recently the almost complete skeleton of 3.5-million-year-old Little Foot was discovered by Prof. Ron Clarke and his team. In 2015, the site’s latest stunning fossil discovery, Homo naledi, was introduced to the world by Professor Lee Berger.

From the caves walk to the award-winning Maropeng Visitor Centre, where you’ll ride a small boat through ice, fire, water and Earth, before enjoying the numerous interactive displays, thought-provoking exhibits and fascinating information inside the great tumulus that forms the centre.

NEIGHBOURHOODS

The Magaliesberg

The Magaliesberg, a World Biosphere Reserve, is an ancient mountain range that lies on the north-west border between Gauteng and North West provinces. Stretching 120km

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Muldersdrift

Muldersdrift, part of the West Rand District Municipality, is an attractive rural area between Johannesburg and the Magaliesberg mountains. Situated on the Crocodile River in

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Cradle of Humankind

The Cradle of Humankind, one of South Africa’s eight World Heritage Sites and the only one in Gauteng, is approximately 45km north-west of Johannesburg. The

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ATTRACTIONS IN WEST RAND

Lion and Safari Park

The Lion Park, an established tourist destination, well loved by locals and foreigners alike, became a popular experience for all over the last 50 years.

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Happy Island Water World

Happy Island Waterworld is Africa’s largest water park. Offering world-class water entertainment and thrills under one roof. Happy Island Waterworld has pools, water slides, picnic

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Getting To

There are many transportation options in an around the citywith the world renown Gautrain and Gautrain Bus service, there are dedicated e-hailing spaces for services like uber & bolt as well as local public transportation..

STAY IN

Accommodation

Discover the beautiful province of Gauteng.

Riverstone Lodge

Riverstone Lodge in Muldersdrift is an African inspired lodge, situated on the banks of the Crocodile River, at the buffer of The Cradle of Humankind

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Mount Grace Hotel & Spa

Discover serenity at Mount Grace Hotel and Spa, a relaxing countryside retreat that invites you to escape from city life. Perfectly located amidst the majestic Magaliesberg

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News & Articles

Martial eagles rule the roost in Dinokeng Game Reserve

Martial eagles rule the roost in Dinokeng Game Reserve

Martial eagles are undoubtedly uncommon in South Africa outside game reserves, and the discovery of a breeding pair on the self-drive route of the Dinokeng Game Reserve (DGR) has caused considerable excitement. As a result of the discovery, the planned Boekenhoutskloof picnic site will be relocated. The birds were first recorded in 2012 by Tienie […]

Gauteng’s gold mine tours

Gauteng’s gold mine tours

Follow in the footsteps of the earliest gold miners as they tracked the gold-rich veins of South Africa, by experiencing one of Johannesburg’s gold mine tours. There’s a valid reason for Johannesburg being called Egoli, meaning “City of Gold”, as South Africa’s history, and more specifically Johannesburg’s history, is intricately linked to gold and mining. […]

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