Known as the megacity of South Africa, ‘Jozi’ or ‘Jo’burg’, the city of gold or ‘egoli’, one of the 100 largest urban areas in the world, houses some of the head offices of major South African companies and banks which attracts professionals from all over Africa.
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.
Easily accessible from Johannesburg by road or the Gautrain, Pretoria is a friendly, attractive little city, a charming mix of old and new, and is spectacularly beautiful in October, when over 50 000 purple jacaranda trees that line the roads burst into vibrant colour and give Pretoria its nickname of the “Jacaranda City”.
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