10 things to do in Gauteng

  1. Leap from a bridge suspended between the two Orlando Towers in Soweto. All under the watchful eyes of experienced operators, of course. The 100-metre bungee jump is sure it get your adrenaline flowing. https://sowetotowers.co.za/
  2. Every Saturday, an old office building in Braamfontein plays host to the Neighbourgoods Market. There is a huge selection of fresh and local fruits and veggies, craft beverages and home-made food. Once you’ve bought your meal, join other diners at long communal tables and benches to rest your feet, or take in the city views from the upper deck. http://www.neighbourgoodsmarket.co.za/The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, from where all of humanity originates, is a fascinating location where Homo naledi, a previously undiscovered species, was unearthed. The exhibition at the Maropeng Visitor Centre focuses on the development of humans and our ancestors over the past few million years. https://www.thecradleofhumankind.net/
  3. Nearby to Maropeng are the Stekfontein Caves, where the notable discoveries of Mrs Ples and Little Foot – an almost complete Australopithecus skeleton dating back more than three million years – were made. Tours begin above ground and then move deep into the caves, seven days a week. https://www.maropeng.co.za/
  4. Vilakazi Street in Soweto is the only street in the world to have produced two Nobel Peace Prize winners – Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu and former President Nelson Mandela. Mandela’s house was converted into a museum – the Mandela House Museum – which is open to public tours. The Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum, on the corner of Moema and Vilakazi streets, was established to commemorate the 1976Soweto Uprising. http://soweto.co.za/
  5. Take a full-day guided tour of the Magaliesberg Mountain that includes transport to and from your hotel and a picnic lunch. The 11km trail is traversed over five hours and passes by a number of interesting, historic sites. https://www.southafricaadventures.com/adventures/full-day-hiking-tour-from-johannesburg/
  6. If you’re not up for full day in the mountains, you can take a self-guided hike from the Rustig family farm, which has three trails to choose from, catering for the leisure hiker as well as the hard-core enthusiasts. Day visitors are welcome. http://www.rustig.co.za/
  7. The comprehensive James Hall Museum of Transport in La Rochelle offers a fascinating trip down memory lane. Displays include from animal-drawn vehicles, bicycles and motorcycles, buses and coaches, fire engines, motor cars, and steam-driven vehicles from early as the 1780s. http://www.jhmt.org.za/
  8. For lovers of independent cinema, the Bioscope in downtown Joburg is a must-see. Movie screenings and bookings are available on their website. https://www.thebioscope.co.za
  9. Theatre lovers will find a number of venues with live-action performances available throughout the year. Check out The Market Theatre, Joburg Theatre, the Teatro, Pieter Toerien, and the Lyric Theatre for more information.