A ninety-minute drive north-west of Johannesburg brings you to the Magaliesberg mountains – an area of great scenic beauty with superb rock formations, plunging waterfalls, meandering streams and masses of unique indigenous vegetation. Gauteng has several spectacular botanical gardens, bird sanctuaries and nature reserves and a veritable treasure trove of archaeological, palaeontological and geological sites.
Visit Mrs Ples, a distant relative of homo sapiens, at The Cradle of Humankind, a World Heritage Site, and the Wonder Caves with their impressive display of live stalagmites and stalactites. Drive to the Tswaing Meteorite Impact Crater, one of the youngest and best-preserved meteorite impact craters in the world where over 200 000 years ago a meteor travelling at 80 000km an hour crashed into the earth just north of present-day Pretoria with a force estimated to equal 65 Hiroshima-type atomic bombs.
See wildlife close up at the Lion and Rhino Park just outside of Johannesburg or visit the De Wildt Cheetah Research Station on the way to the scenic Hartbeespoort Dam. Or get physical – go hang-gliding, skydiving or ballooning in Gauteng’s crystal-clear blue skies, or try horse-riding, sand boarding down a mine dump, rappelling off a building or fly-fishing for an indigenous yellow fish or a less challenging trout. Or go hiking – a gentle stroll or a mountain climb – there’s something for everyone.