Sedibeng (“place of the pool”) is one of Gauteng’s five district municipalities, encompassing the local municipalities of Emfuleni, Lesedi and Midvaal. The region’s largest towns are Vereeniging, Heidelberg and Vanderbijlpark, and its townships include Evaton, Sebokeng, Bophelong, Ratanda and Sharpeville.
Sedibeng’s natural gem is the Vaal River, a stretch of water where pursuits such as boating, river cruising, white-water rafting, kayaking and canoeing are enjoyed, along with the associated Vaal Meander Route, a network of country stalls, craft shops, outdoor adventure centres, coffee shops, game drives, farms, antiques and collectibles outlets, and brewery tours.
The area is also home to the historic Sharpeville Human Rights Precinct, where Nelson Mandela signed the post-apartheid Constitution of South Africa, including the Bill of Rights, on 10 December 1996.
The surrounding Suikerbosrand mountains are dotted with trails that attract backpackers, cyclists, hikers and day visitors to explore the area. The Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve is packed with game such as zebra, eland, hartebeest, wildebeest and springbok – and there are more than 200 bird species.
The Emerald Resort & Casino in Vanderbijlpark is a drawcard that offers game viewing, adventure golf, fishing, gambling and a spa.