Johannesburg Destinations & Attractions
Gauteng may be the smallest province in South Africa, but it is certainly an integral one in terms of political influence, commerce, history, culture and entertainment. With a population of well over 12 million folk, it is home to almost a quarter of South African locals, while it only makes up 1.4% of its physical area. Significantly, it contributes more than one-third of South Africas economy.
Much of the historical wealth of Gauteng is based on the fossils of humans and animals that indicate that this was home to prehistorical societies. In fact, parts of Gauteng are believed by archaeologists and anthropologists to be the very origin of modern humankind. However, a much more recent history permeates Gauteng too. When gold and diamonds were discovered here during the 19th century, people from all over Europe rushed into South Africa in the hope of finding their fortune. This is why some places are still characterised by the architecture and even smatterings of culture of old-world European influences.
Johannesburg and Pretoria are the two main epicentres of Gauteng. Johannesburg is the provinces capital, while Pretoria is one of the countrys capitals. Johannesburg is the largest city in South Africa, and is home to a number of fabulous attractions and activities. It is also the home of the OR Tambo International Airport, which is the main point of entry for international tourists, whether for recreation or business. Pretoria is a smaller, prettier town that lies very near to Johannesburg. It is historical, telling a fascinating story of the heritage of this land.
The vast majority of Gauteng is dedicated to urban areas. However, there are gorgeous natural spaces between and among these that provide really lovely vistas of unspoilt Africa.
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