Modderfontein in eastern Johannesburg was founded in 1894 as the site of a dynamite factory. A small village for workers grew around the factory and much of the land surrounding it
Neighbourhoods in Gauteng
Meaning "a place of rivers", Dinokeng is a region in northern Gauteng rich in natural, cultural and historical heritage sites. Dinokeng's three major tourist hubs are the historic town
Lying directly between Johannesburg’s historic city centre and the newer Sandton business district, and with a Gautrain station right on its doorstep, the Rosebank precinct is one of the m
The pretty suburbs of Greenside and Emmarentia are bordered on one side by the Emmarentia Dam and the adjoining Johannesburg Botanical Gardens, and on the other by the
Where Johannesburg is sassy, sexy and fast, Pretoria tends to be more sedate and conventional. The administrative capital of South Africa, Pretoria is an attractive small city with a
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.
Vanderbijlpark, situated on the banks of the Vaal River in the south of Gauteng in Sedibeng, is primarily the centre of the iron and steel industry.
The suburb of Bedfordview, close to OR Tambo International Airport and only 20 minutes by road from downtown Johannesburg, is an upmarket suburb on the East Rand that forms part of
Just 50 years ago Sandton's Central Business District was little more than rolling farmland. Nowadays however it is the economic hub of South Africa, the location for the headquarters of many
Mamelodi may not be as well known as the more famous black townships of Soweto and Alexandra, but it shares the same pulsing vitality and some of their struggle history.
Once upon a time, Newtown was a shabby industrial area, run down and dirty, a no-go area for locals and visitors alike. Today, as the result of a city regeneration
Adjacent to Norwood and Houghton, and divided neatly in half by the busy thoroughfare of Louis Botha Avenue, lies Orange Grove, one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Johannesburg. Originally known
Home to the main campus of the University of the Witwatersrand, Braamfontein is Johannesburg's most youthful neighbourhood, populated by a cosmopolitan mix of students, academics and young professionals. The nightlife
Although it doesn’t quite have the Bohemian glamour and buzz it once had, today the village of Melville is reinventing itself and is well worth a visit, especially if y
Edenvale is a gritty neighbourhood with a sizeable Italian community and high-quality delis and family restaurants. It is located a short distance from OR Tambo International Airport, making it an
Hidden between Delta Park and the Johannesburg Botanical Garden, you will find the quiet leafy suburb of Victory Park, regarded as one of the safest suburbs in Johannesburg where
Sitting between the M1 highway and Linksfield Ridge, Norwood is one of the city’s oldest suburbs with most homes dating back to the 1920s and 1930s.
Conveniently located between Johannesburg’s business hubs Rosebank and Sandton, the leafy suburb of Illovo boasts of loads of apartments blocks, cafes and trendy restaurants. Its attraction to young professionals a
Johannesburg’s first Chinatown grew along Commissioner Street in the early 20th century when scores of Chinese settlers were brought to South Africa as cheap labour to work in the&n
Boksburg, part of the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality, shares a similar history to its neighbouring suburb, Benoni, that stretches from the pioneering gold-rush days to the present.
Alexandra, or Alex as it is commonly known, is densely packed with shacks and dwellings of all kinds, but as it undergoes the Alexandra Renewal Project, shanties are being
The township of Kliptown (which forms the southern part of the larger township of Soweto) was first laid out in 1891 on a portion of the Klipspruit farm and grew rapidly
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 the Kromdraai Valley on the
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 north of Johannesburg, the range
The pretty suburb of Linden stretches along a hill that slopes down to the Braamfontein Spruit in Randburg, north-west Johannesburg. The area was originally farmland, named after farmer Johannes Jacobus
Affectionately known by its residents as the City of Lakes because of its four lakes, Benoni , east of Johannesburg, forms part of the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality along with Alberton,
Midway between Pretoria and Johannesburg, the steadily expanding area of Midrand (formerly known as Halfway House) is a relatively new addition to Gauteng’s landscape. The first o
Vereeniging, from the Dutch word meaning "association" or "union", is one of South Africa’s most important industrial manufacturing centres. Unlike many of Gauteng’s small towns, Vereeniging did not sta
Springs is a small town east of Johannesburg that forms part of the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality, along with Alberton, Benoni, Boksburg, Brakpan, Edenvale, Germiston, Kempton Park and Nigel, and townships
Situated between Johannesburg and Pretoria, easily accessible Centurion is at the intersection of the N1 and N14 highways and is also a stop on the Gautrain, Gauteng’s high-speed rail t
Right next to Johannesburg’s city centre, Fordsburg – once part of the original farm on which gold was discovered and today a bustling suburb of shops, stalls, restaurants, barbers and
You’ll find Sharpeville in Sedibeng, Gauteng’s southernmost area bordering the provinces of Mpumalanga, Free State and North West. It’s a must-visit destination for anyone interested in the h
Fourways is a massive residential area stretching across a broad swathe of northern Johannesburg, bordered by Bryanston to the south and Lanseria to the north. The fastest growing
The work of a single property development company, the inner-city district of Maboneng began life in 2008 when local developer and entrepreneur Jonathan Liebmann bought up dozens of
Once considered one of South Africa’s more sedate and conservative cities, Pretoria, thanks to Hatfield, is now a destination for anyone who loves good food, a vibrant atmosphere, great s
The city of Johannesburg, more commonly known as Jozi, lies in the heart of Gauteng and includes the city’s vibrant central business district and a vast r
There can be few places in the world whose name is more synonymous with modern-day freedom struggles than South Africa’s black township of Soweto.
An area very popular with locals and visitors alike, the busy suburb of Parkhurst, just north of Rosebank, is one of Johannesburg’s top dining and shopping destinations. If you l