Southern Gauteng Destinations & Attractions
Southern Gauteng is home to a number of significant towns, attractions and activities. As a result, it continues to be a popular destination amongst tourists; one that keeps growing and developing in response. It enjoys convenient positioning, close to the OR Tambo International Airport, Pretoria, and Bloemfontein. This makes it a great base from which to explore the rest of Gauteng and parts of KwaZulu Natal.
The Vaal River is a major component of Southern Gauteng, not only for its geographical wealth, but also in terms of its contribution to the tourist industry. This river is, obviously, fabulous for water sports and those that love spending time in the cool waters of its pristine expanses. Popular sports here include boating, fishing, and cruising the river on a formal tour. Picnicking on the river banks is a fabulous option for families with children that love being in and around the water on warm summers days. More than this, the Vaal River and its immediate surroundings also offer game drives, beer tastings, wine tastings, and bird watching.
Interestingly, this area has a rich history, having been inhabited by humans for countless ages. In fact, this entire region is believed to be close to the origin of humankind (the Magaliesberg Mountain Range and the Sterkfontein Caves). The Leeukuil Palaeontological Site and Redan Rock in Vereeniging are both sites of rock carvings and cave paintings, where the lives of the prehistoric folk is recorded in fascinating art that was left behind as an invaluable testimony. Some of these are believed to be as old as 300 million years.
The Vaal Meander is a route that is dedicated to the arts and crafts of Southern Gauteng and its people. It was established decades ago and includes crockery, cutlery, pottery, glasswork, candles, papers, fabrics, paintings / art and furniture. Wondering along this route will reveal the multi-faceted lure of South Africa, inviting visitors to peer into the talents behind the beaming faces that welcome local and international travellers.
Southern Gauteng is a region of natural beauty and abundance, and there are plenty of attractions in this area that are dedicated to the fauna, flora and natural splendour that define this magnificent country. Popular attractions include the Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve and the area of and around the Vaal River.
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