TripAdvisor’s most popular destinations in Gauteng

We share a mix of highly ranked destinations in central Gauteng, along with others that await discovery in lesser-known parts of this populous province.

Near the city

The top destination for visitors in Gauteng, as voted by TripAdvisor reviewers, is the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg. More than half of the 2 570 reviewers ranked the destination as “excellent”.

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The Apartheid Museum. Photo courtesy of Karmor

Really worthwhile especially as it is still recent history … The video clips towards the end are very poignant, very educational and a definite to help you understand the last 40 years’ history of South Africa. – Tsturgess, Belfast, Ireland

Plan to spend more time than you estimate for this site. You cannot rush through. I was completely consumed by every display … – Tamowens, Maryland, United States

Then comes the province’s sleek and swift Gautrain, which ferries visitors to and from OR Tambo International Airport to the business hubs of Sandton and Rosebank, and out north to Pretoria – or just jump on for the sheer enjoyment of the ride.

We took the Gautrain to Sandton from the airport and we were pleasantly surprised! Driving by car would take more than 45 minutes, whereas the train only takes 12 minutes! – Minzke, Bloemfontein, South Africa

The train is incredibly clean, fast, and efficient. Getting from the Sandton station to my hotel (via Uber) was incredibly easy as well. The fare from OR Tambo to Sandton was R150 per person; if it's your first ride, you'll need to buy a Gautrain Gold Card (R15) as well. – the raven12, California, United States

A herd of nature and wildlife tour options come highly recommended in third spot, including photographic safaris, day tours and eco-friendly destinations, many of which offer day tours departing from Johannesburg, the City of Gold.

There are too many to mention by name, but those with the most reviews included Felleng Day Tours, Ekala Eco Tours, Khakiweed Photographic Safaris – Day Tours  and Mmilo Tours – Day Tours.

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Montecasino, the Tuscan-style casino complex. Photo courtesy of Andy Mitchell UK

North of the Johannesburg Central Business District, in Sandton, lies Montecasino, a multimillion-rand retail and leisure complex designed as a Tuscan village, and Nelson Mandela Square, “a good place to chill in the evening”.

Montecasino has something for everyone! There's the themed play areas for the kids plus the bird park for those interested in ornithology. – Claire D, Johannesburg, South Africa

Outside the city limits

Outside of the Johannesburg city environs lie a multitude of destinations that come equally highly recommended:

Muldersdrift is home to the Lion and Rhino Nature Reserve, where other wildlife species including sable, buffalo, gemsbok, springbok, eland and hartebeest, may be enjoyed.

The baby animal nursery, snake house and predator walkway adds value. The wild dogs were a special treat. – Della J, Johannesburg

Beautiful place if you don’t have enough time to go a real safari. Close to the city, easy to find it. Lots of animals, I recommend the guided game drive, it is much more fun to go around with an open car. – Peter Zuckerman, Budapest, Hungary

South Africa’s seat of government is housed in the Union Buildings overlooking the city of Pretoria, in Tshwane, north of Johannesburg. It’s recommended that you take a day trip from the city to enjoy this historical edifice.

SA heritage at its best! – mosibudishibu, Pretoria, South Africa

Huge garden, safe to walk around, learn south african history, photography's heaven, and great view of Pretoria. – Fei Y

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The magnificent grounds of the Union Buildings. Photo courtesy of South African Tourism

Heading into the West Rand to Krugersdorp, make a point of visiting the Nirox Sculpture Park

Took our workers to Nirox for some inspiration. Had a wonderful time walking amongst different artists' work. Could not have wished for better place to find that edge you were looking for in your workforce. – Petro P

What a beautiful art filled park, brought to life during the Winter Sculpture Fair. Complete with food and wine exhibitors this weekend, it made for a wonderful, complete day! – Laura M, Washington DC, United States

In the Metsweding region lies the mining town of Cullinan, with a diamond mine of the same name and a load of South African history to boot.

This is the oldest diamond mine in S.A. Previously owned by de Beers, now owned by Petra. It is also the mine that the largest diamond was found. – Douglas T, California, United States

Good tour guide. Very knowledgeable and funny. Must visit and come early for the underground tour. – Globaltravelr, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

If aviation piques your interest, you really must pay a visit to the South African Airways Museum Society, in Germiston in Ekurhuleni.

A brilliant place to visit and learn about South African aviation history. Great tour. – Jacus Aucamp, Krakow, Poland

The SAA Museum has a fleet of historic civil aircraft – both as static displays and operational aircraft. Notably the museum has on static display a Boeing 747SP – the "special performance" shortened 747 developed for ultra-long distance flights. – VIVUH5, Johannesburg, South Africa

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The South African Airways Museum Society. Photo courtesy of Alan Wilson

In the Sedibeng region of Gauteng, in Vanderbijlpark, there’s a small Belgian brewery, De Garve Brewery, that produces quality beer. They also do beer and supper pairing – book in advance.

This brewery is still a small operation, but the owner and his wife were very friendly and gave us a great tasting session. Some really good complex Belgian beers available. – Jared_B16, Johannesburg, South Africa

These destinations represent a sprinkling of the hundreds of places where visitors can begin to appreciate all that Gauteng has to offer. When you visit one of them, ask the friendly locals which other nearby places they would recommend.