The smallest of South Africa's nine provinces, yet the most densely populated and fastest growing; Gauteng is in the most real sense the "Place of gold". Dominated by urban areas, it also has large number of natural attractions like Magaliesberg mountains, Sterkfontein and Rising Star caves.
Unlike other provinces where their food culture is determined by climate or terrain, the food in Gauteng is a infusion of old and new, ancient and modern. Be it more-ish Indian in Fordsburg, piri-piri infused Portuguese in Turffontien, or the Pan-African perfection of Zemara in Pretoria, the food array of Gauteng is diverse, delicious and dynamic.
Some of the prominent festivals include the Soweto Wine festival, FNB Whisky Live festival and SA Brandy Festival.
Cradle of Humankind - Sterkfontein Caves contain the discovery of the oldest fossil, the approximately 2.3 million year old Australopithecus africanus. Rising Star Cave contains the chamber of stars or the Dinaledi Chamber where 15 fossil skeletons of an extinct species of hominin were discovered.
Apartheid Museum - Owned by Gold Reef City Casino, the Apartheid museum was opened in 2001 and dedicated to the struggle of the Africans to fight racism and live with dignity.
Gold Reef City - A 19th Century authentic gold mine now offers the best of everything for a family, including a stunning opera house, thrill rides, theme park, gaming, movies, restaurants, and more! Constitution Hill, Johannesburg - A former prison complex bearing testimony to South Africa's turbulent past and home to the Constitutional Court, which endorses the rights of its citizens. It also houses a museum. Voortrekker Monument - A massive granite structure on a hilltop dedicated to the Voortrekkers who left the Cape Colony between 1935 to 1854. The Soweto Rebellion Museum and Monument, also known as The Hector Pieterson Museum, commemorates the heroes of the uprising and also celebrates the role of students in the freedom struggle.
Montecasino - This award-winning complex is a playground for the grownups, offering entertainment, restaurants, hotels, theatre and more.
Lion Park - Interact with cheetahs, lion cubs and giraffe.
Mandela House, also called the Nelson Mandela National Museum, gives you an insight into the lives of Nelson Mandela and his family during the era of Apartheid.
The world's largest diamond, Cullian-3106.75 Carat, was found in Gauteng in 1905.
With an estimated 10 Million trees, Johannesburg looks like a jungle from above.
Accounting for just 1.4% of the land area of South Africa, Gauteng contributes 33% of country's GDP.
The Constitutional Court in Johannesburg is South Africa's highest court.
Former South African president Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu both lived on Soweto's Vilakazi street.
Pretoria is also known as Jacaranda city for the innumerable trees that color the city purple each spring.
Gauteng has a summer rainfall pattern and temperatures in summer average between 15°C and 29°C (60°F to 84°F).
Temperatures in winter – from June to September – average between 4°C and 19°C (39°F to 66°F).
The ultraviolet radiation (UVB) sunburn index for Gauteng can be very high.