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Gauteng

South Africa’s smallest province, Gauteng, is its richest and the country’s busiest province by far – it seems that no one rests in Gauteng, and the culture is one of urban indulgence and a work hard, play hard mentality. In the Johannesburg metro the nightlife is excellent, with many of the countries hottest bars, restaurants and clubs located here … MORE \ Discover Gauteng \ To find a place to stay visit Gauteng Accommodation or Gauteng Hotels on SA-Venues.com. (Popular searches for accommodation include Johannesburg, Pretoria and Sandton).

Monday, 8 September 2014

20 Things Jo’burgers LOVE

posted to: Attractions, Gauteng

Johannesburg - dynamic, edgy; as electric as the storms that brew on hot summer’s evenings. It sprawls as wide as the eye can see; it demands that you live life to the full.

Here are 20 things Jo’burgers love about their city … Continued

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Where to drink in Jozi – top 15 bars, pubs, clubs and restaurants

Jozi’s bustling nightlife has so much by way of eclectic and vibey restaurants, pubs, and clubs that making a choice is difficult.

We make it easy for you – Here is our guide on Where to drink in Jozi – top 15 bars, pubs, clubs and restaurants …
Continued

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

20 things you have to explain to out-of-towners about Johannesburg

There is a whole sector of society who is of the opinion that a visit to Johannesburg is tantamount to suicide. Most people fly through Jo’burg on their way elsewhere. For reasons that on the face of it appear completely sensible. But for the most part are not true. Johannesburg has an edge. It is tough, vigorous and beautiful and most people who live there love their city and will defend its skyline, its insistent energy and its people.

But perhaps a brief introduction about Johannesburg will help those visiting for the first time … Continued

Monday, 7 April 2014

10 Best Public Art Pieces in Johannesburg

posted to: Attractions, Gauteng

Visual art in public spaces can be big or small. It can loom overhead, forcing you to squint into the sun to see it, or it can scream for attention from beneath your feet on the pavement. There are no rules about how it must look, what medium it should use, or what shape it should take.

What it must do is play with expectation, heighten awareness, spark debate, shift the way you think, celebrate imagination, and make art accessible to everyone. In Johannesburg much of the city’s public art is concentrated in the Newtown Cultural Precinct. Continued

Thursday, 16 January 2014
Choosing the perfect hotel

A guide to help you find hotels in Pretoria, depending on why you’re visiting

Pretoria: more demure and Afrikaans than Jo’burg, but with a buzz of its own thanks to the energy of thousands of university students that give the city a certain charm, and the jacaranda trees (over 60 000 of them) that bloom during October and November turning the city into a mauve carpet (and gum your windscreen wipers for the season).

Pretoria is just up the road from Johannesburg (give it a few more years and the two will merge into something of a metropolis) and steeped in history. The site of Nelson Mandela’s presidential inauguration, the City of Pretoria functions as the country’s administrative capital, is home to the Union Buildings and is sometimes referred to as Tshwane, although a fiercely contested name change has yet to happen… Continued

Wednesday, 4 December 2013
Choosing the perfect hotel

Top 10 hotels in Johannesburg to suit any visitor

Jo’burg has been described as South Africa’s heartbeat. It is also regarded as risky and travel alerts warn about crime in the city. It’s true. There is crime. But it’s overstated and largely sensationalised by the media.

Those who live in Jo’burg will soon set you straight  about where to go and when. We say it’s all about perspective, really. But checking in with a local or two is probably essential.

Jozi is thrilling. It’s the continent’s most cosmopolitan city, an intense weave of culture, history and play, and the vigour of South Africa’s economy.

To leave it off your itinerary is to miss an essential South African experience.

Here is our guide to help you find hotels in Johannesburg – our top 10 depending on what you’re in Jo’burg for … Continued

Wednesday, 25 September 2013
What to wear in South Africa

What to Wear in Gauteng – The Gauteng Packing List

Gauteng has a distinctly drier climate than the coastal provinces. It does not suffer from humidity, thanks to its higher altitude. Summers are hot and sunny and winters are cool to cold; each season bringing with it its own appeal and magic.

Summer days average between 26 and 30 degrees Celsius in the epicentre of Gauteng, Johannesburg. Winters are chilly, with icy mornings that warm up to about 15 degrees at lunchtime. However, due to the mountainous topography, temperatures throughout Gauteng can differ quite dramatically. For example, Pretoria, which is only a short drive from Johannesburg, averages three or four degrees warmer than the City of Gold. Continued

Thursday, 25 July 2013

I Love Vereeniging Because …

I ♥ Vereeniging

I ♥ Vereeniging

Hi, I’m Marthinus from Three Rivers Lodge & Villa Anna Sophia in Vereeniging, Southern Gauteng.

Vereeniging IS BEST KNOWN FOR the Vaal River, the steel industry and friendly people.

GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT Anna’s Kitchen.

THE BEST action PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN AT The Vaal Marina.

OTHER HAPPY SNAPS AT Kariba Ranch.

WHEN THE WEATHER’S GOOD, I LIKE TO sit and chill with a cocktail on Anna’s Kitchen deck.

WHEN THE WEATHER’S BAD, I LIKE TO sit at the fireplace at Anna’s Kitchen. Continued

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Dinner at Isabellas Country Cuisine – a review

Isabella’s Country Cuisine

Isabella’s Country Cuisine

I caught up with a school friend of mine on a recent weekend break in Johannesburg; as she is a Jozi resident I asked her to choose the venue and we met at the child friendly Isabellas Country Cuisine in Kyalami.

I loved at the atmosphere at Isabella’s. On entering Isabellas Country Cuisine one is met with a table laden with delicious looking cakes and eats – it certainly gets ones mouth watering and sets the scene for a good meal!

The restaurant interior, furnished with antiques was large and airy with high ceilings and crystal chandeliers but we chose to take advantage of the beautiful outside area where the manicured lawn and water features appealed to adults but more importantly where the play area kept a number of children entertained! Continued

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Dinner at Da Vincenzo in Kyalami – a review

Inside Da Vincenzo

Inside Da Vincenzo

At the beginning of June I spent a weekend in Midrand, visiting my brother. Coming from a smallish town on the Dolphin Coast of KwaZulu Natal, a town that boasts a Spur as its only eatery, you can imagine my delight and enthusiasm at having a wide choice of restaurants to have dinner at! Our Saturday night venue was Da Vincenzo in Kyalami.

Da Vincenzo, as its name implies, is a family run Italian restaurant owned by Vincenzo and Maureen Incendario. The recipes Vincenzo uses are all derived from recipes his mother brought to South Africa from Napoli and the restaurant itself dates back 30 years when it started as a small pizzeria in Johannesburg South before becoming a chain of restaurants in a number of Gauteng towns before finally establishing itself as Da Vincenzo at its current location in Kyalami in 1997. Continued

Friday, 14 June 2013

A weekend in the Magaliesberg

Beautiful Magaliesberg

Beautiful Magaliesberg

Before the Dutch trekked up from the Cape in search of new frontiers, claimed the Ndebeli land and renamed the mountains Magaliesberg, Botswana tribes who’d migrated here were invaded by the Bapede and Ndabele while lead by Shaka Zulu’s best captain, Mzilikazi. He broke away from Shaka, formed his own tribe and controlled all the inhabitants between the Vaal River and Limpopo.

Thereafter explorers such as Robert Moffat, David Livingstone, and William Cornwallis Harris reached this part of Africa and interacted with the tribes who had settled here. Some explorers were scientists, missionaries, hunters and traders and the Cashan/ Kgaswane Mountains reaped many treasures for each party. Continued

Monday, 20 May 2013

Health and Wellness in the Magaliesberg

Relax at Sparkling Waters

Relax at Sparkling Waters

The Magaliesberg Mountain Range is a place of unrivalled beauty and unique abundance. This makes it the perfect escape for city slickers that need a break. Living and working in an urban area becomes enormously stressful, taxing the body of its natural, healthful resources. Without investing time in your body and mind, you can soon burn out. For this reason, it is essential to seek solace and real relaxation on a regular basis.

The Magaliesberg Mountains are home to a number of fabulous retreats for the weary and stress-ridden. Continued

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Boys’ Weekend in Johannesburg (for the active)

Obstacles in the Trees

Obstacles in the Trees

There is so much to see and do in Johannesburg, Gauteng, that guys planning a fun weekend will have to prioritise and, maybe, make more than one weekend of it to fit it all in. In this piece, we will explore some of the options for a group of friends that wants to stay active during their time without the girls in their lives. This means fun and adventure, and will require a bit of fitness.

Acrobranch

This is an obstacle course that is situated in the trees of James and Ethel Grey Park in Illovo. Awesome activities will test your strength, endurance and agility. The adult course includes ziplines, monkey bridges, regular bridges, and jumps that require swinging from a rope (aptly known as Tarzan Jumps). Acrobranch is open every day from 09h00 to 17h00 and has braai facilities so that you and the boys can fire up a real South African fire and enjoy meat straight off the grid after a day of fun in the trees. Continued

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Boys Weekend in Johannesburg

World of Beer

World of Beer

With the stresses and strains on the shoulders of so many these days, it is important to break away from the treadmill of life and have a real break. A boys weekend may be just what you need to get your mind off your worries, and Joburg has plenty to offer a group of guys looking for adventurous things to do in Johannesburg.

Beer It Up at World of Beer

Most men do not need too much encouragement, but South African Breweries (SAB) has established the World of Beer to make this golden refreshment even more delicious and enjoyable. Situated in Newtown, this facility is dedicated to the world-class South African beers, the beer-making process, and the culture that surrounds it. The historical process is best enjoyed in the form of a 3D film, which takes you through the ages of Egyptian, Mesopotamian, African and European beer-making processes and how these have evolved and supported the modern South African methods. The modern design is impressive and the two complimentary beers per person make for the ideal way to round off the experience. There is a shop for branded South African beer accessories. Continued

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Family Time in Pretoria

Take a train ride

Take a train ride

One of South Africa’s three capital cities, Pretoria is steeped in history and heritage. It is only about 55 kilometres from the energetic core of Johannesburg, making it a central destination that combines convenience with a deep sense of heritage and culture. It is a popular holiday hotspot as well as a very busy corporate destination.

Families that visit Pretoria are guaranteed of having plenty to see and do. Those with children (or the young at heart) are invited to enjoy some of the following recommended attractions:

Take a Train

The Centurion Society of Model Engineers (CSME) has mini locomotives that are always a huge hit for little ones. These powerful trains go over hills and lakes, through tunnels and along the gorgeous Gauteng landscape. There are perfect picnic spots here too, so that families can relax and enjoy the South African sunshine together. Continued