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Gauteng Visitorials

We ♥ Gauteng … We’ve asked those in the know, to complete a short questionnaire highlighting their favourites about destinations in Gauteng. Stop by before you travel and discover where locals go for the best cup of coffee, their favourite restaurants and shops and much more. We’re letting you in on all of their secrets …

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.




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

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

I Love Waterkloof Ridge Because …

I ♥ Waterkloof Ridge

I ♥ Waterkloof Ridge

Hi, I’m Anna-Marie Trollip from Kambro and Kelkiewyn B&B and Selfcatering in Waterkloof Ridge. Waterkloof Ridge, a suburb of Pretoria Accommodation. Although there are a few small suburb malls, Waterkloof Ridge is best known for its up-market homes and luscious gardens

Pretoria has a lovely climate. WHEN THE WEATHER’S GOOD, I LIKE TO to garden, walk or play golf.  We are less then three km from three golf courses, namely Pretoria East Country Club (in the middle of Waterkloof Ridge!) Monument (down the road) and Wingate Park. The beautiful golf course of Woodhill is about 10 minutes drive away.

WHEN THE WEATHER’S BAD, I LIKE TO go shopping  or see the newest films on  the circuit at one of the wonderful Malls, all within ten minutes drive from our Guesthouses, namely Menlyn, Brooklyn and Irene Village. Continued

Friday, 29 June 2012

I Love Brooklyn Because …

I ♥ Brooklyn

I ♥ Brooklyn

Hi, I’m Marlene Viljoen from Brooklyn in Pretoria Accommodation, Gauteng.

BROOKLYN IS BEST KNOWN FOR the luscious green Jacaranda trees, especially when in bloom in October.

GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT the University of Pretoria because the buildings are old and full of character as well as new if you prefer the modern design.  There are also beautiful, manicured gardens.


OTHER HAPPY SNAPS AT The Blue Crane Restaurant where the children can have a ball with a hundred year old tortoise. Continued

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

I Love Craighall Park Because …

I ♥ Craighall Park

I ♥ Craighall Park

Hi, I’m Liz Delmont from Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse in Craighall Park, Johannesburg, Gauteng.

Craighall Park IS BEST KNOWN FOR best known for its great central location in the huge sprawling city of Joburg. It is an ideal base for the business and leisure traveller as it’s 10 minutes from Sandton as well as Joburg Central and close to restaurant and shopping nodes of Rosebank & Parkhurst.

GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN with either with Zac and Catherine who work here at Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse, or with random passers by in a Joburg street – no picture will better capture the spirit of generosity and friendliness of South Africa than these, I promise!

THE BEST PICTURES of Joburg’s urban forest (the largest in the world) CAN BE TAKEN from the top of Munro Drive in Houghton and the best photos of flowering jacarandas (late October / November) can be taken in the suburbs of Saxonwold, Parkview and Westcliff. Continued

Monday, 4 June 2012

I Love Rosebank Because …

I ♥ Rosebank

I ♥ Rosebank

Hi, I’m Marina van Tonder from 201 Macedon in Rosebank, Sandton.

Rosebank IS BEST KNOWN FOR its cosmopolitan lifestyle.

GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT the African Craft Market with one of the colourful African artists.

THE BEST happy snap PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN AT the rhino sculpture.

OTHER SNAPS AT the Roof-Top Market.

WHEN THE WEATHER’S GOOD, I LIKE TO sit outside Vida E with a coffee and watch the daily people parade.

WHEN THE WEATHER’S BAD, I LIKE TO snuggle up at Doppio Zero for fantastic pasta. Continued

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

I Love Carlswald Because …

 I ♥ Carlswald

I ♥ Carlswald

Hi, I’m Sonia Grobler from Bag End Guest House in Carlswald, Midrand.

CARLSWALD IS BEST KNOWN FOR its country feeling, big plots, bicycle and horse riders.

GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT with a lion cub at Lory Park Zoo.

THE BEST wedding PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN AT 64 Main rose garden.

OTHER HAPPY SNAPS AT Papachinos Restaurant and MonteCasino.


WHEN THE WEATHER’S BAD, I LIKE TO sit by the fire at Wild Olive Cafe. Continued

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

I Love Kempton Park Because …

I ♥ Kempton Park

I ♥ Kempton Park

Hi, I’m Karen Swanepoel from Nkanga Lodge in Kempton Park on the East Rand in Gauteng.

Kempton Park IS BEST KNOWN FOR OR Tambo International, Africa’s busiest airport, which is located in Kempton Park.

GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT Kempton Park Golf Course; this is where Ernie Els learned to played golf when he was growing up.

THE BEST outdoor PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN AT Modderfontein Conservation Park which is home to 253 different bird species, small populations of Black-Backed Jackal, Steenbok, Duiker, Genet, Zebra, Black Wildebeest, Red Hartebeest, Blesbok, Reedbuck and Highveld springbok.

OTHER HAPPY SNAPS AT a fun night out at Emperors Palace. Continued

Monday, 7 May 2012

I Love Randburg Because …

I ♥ Randburg

I ♥ Randburg

Hi, I’m Judith from Idwala Guest House in Randburg in Gauteng.

Randburg IS BEST KNOWN FOR Cresta Shopping Mall, great concerts at the Coca Cola Dome, shopping and outdoor fun at Brightwater Commons, excellent Johannesburg golf courses and a lot of good restaurants and bars.

GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT Northcliff Hill, just 5 min from Idwala. You will enjoy a 360 /degree panoramic view on Johanesburg as background.

THE BEST nature-background PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN AT the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens or at Emmarentia Dam.

OTHER HAPPY SNAPS AT the splash pool at Idwala. Continued

Friday, 24 February 2012

I Love Beaulieu Because …

I ♥ Beaulieu

I ♥ Beaulieu

Hi, I’m Glenda from Glenda’s Guest Suites in Beaulieu, Midrand, Gauteng.

Beaulieu IS BEST KNOWN FOR being a wonderfully quiet and peaceful residential area, in the heart of one of Gauteng’s fastest growing business areas, Midrand. We are so close to all the action and yet far enough for our guests to feel like they are in a bush getaway. We also have Kyalami Racetrack close by, one of the country’s best Golf Courses, Kyalami Country Club, as well as The Transvaal Horse Society, home of the world famous Lippizaner horses.

GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN IN in our lovely garden at any time – it’s always pretty.

THE BEST scenic PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN AT The Beaulieu Bird Sanctuary in the early morning and watch the sun rise or in the eve before sunset, it’s just so peaceful and pretty.

OTHER HAPPY SNAPS AT Transvaal Horse Society with the Lippizaners on a Sunday morning after their show. Continued

Friday, 10 February 2012

I Love Hurlingham Because …

I ♥ Hurlingham

I ♥ Hurlingham

Hi, I’m Trish from Hurlingham House in Hurlingham.

Hurlingham IS BEST KNOWN FOR being a peaceful and safe suburb, yet it’s only 3km from the heart of Sandton.

GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT the statue of Nelson Mandela in Mandela Square.

THE BEST architectural PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN AT the Sandton CBD.


WHEN THE WEATHER’S GOOD, I LIKE TO sit at our swimming pool or in a sidewalk cafe.

WHEN THE WEATHER’S BAD, I LIKE TO go to Sandton City Mall.

I THINK THE BEST TIME OF YEAR TO VISIT IS spring or summer, BECAUSE the trees in Hurlingham are beautiful and the weather is good. Continued

Monday, 30 January 2012

I Love Menlo Park Because …

I ♥ Menlo Park

I ♥ Menlo Park

Hi, I’m Anna Marie Pienaar from Menlo Park, Pretoria Accommodation.

MENLO PARK IS BEST KNOWN FOR being very centrally located to Shopping Centres and the University of Pretoria and the Pretoria Country Golf Club.

GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT the Pretoria Country club, because of the beautiful gardens.

THE BEST PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN AT during October when the Jakarandas are blooming.

WHEN THE WEATHER’S GOOD, I LIKE TO go swimming, play tennis or play golf.

WHEN THE WEATHER’S BAD, I LIKE TO visit the nice shopping Centres like Menlyn and Brooklyn. Continued

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

I Love Chartwell Because …

I ♥ Chartwell

I ♥ Chartwell

Hi, I’m Alan from Hoopoe Haven Guest House in Chartwell, in Sandton.

CHARTWELL IS BEST KNOWN FOR its country atmosphere and living. All plots are from 2.5 to 10 acres in size, so it is very peaceful. The Lion Park is on the border of Chartwell West 1 km away as the crow flies and just 5 km south is the busy metropolis of fourways with lots of malls and shops, MonteCasino and plenty of activity like live theatre, ice rink, extravaganzas, bird park etc. Chartwell is a place where you can relax and just enjoy yourself.

GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT Lion park where you are allowed to touch and play with the lion cubs.

THE BEST holiday PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN AT birdpark in MonteCasino.

OTHER HAPPY SNAPS AT any of the riding stables in Chartwell or even going for a horse ride at the Rhino and Lion park. Continued

Friday, 9 December 2011

I Love Edenvale Because …

I ♥ Edenvale

I ♥ Edenvale

Hi, I’m Bianca Hersov from Glendower View Guest House in Edenvale on the East Rand, Gauteng.

Edenvale IS BEST KNOWN FOR being really close to Africa’s largest airport, OR Tambo International Airport.

GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT Hunyani Reptile Educational and Breeding Centre with one of South Africa’s Deathly Dozen and listen to Clive’s animated and super interesting presentation on the education and conservation of South African reptiles.

THE BEST bird PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN AT the Glendower Golf Course, which was proclaimed a Nature Reserve in 1973 in order to preserve the excellent bird-life that is to be found on the course. Obviously, you could also aim for a different type of “birdie” and go and play a round at golf at Glendower Golf Course or one of the many other golf courses nearby. Continued

Monday, 5 December 2011

I Love Inanda Because …

I ♥ Inanda

I ♥ Inanda

Hi, I’m Paul Oosthuizen from Inanda Club in Inanda, a stone’s throw away from the financial business hub of Sandton in Johannesburg. Inanda, meaning ‘beautiful’ in Zulu, is the only remaining green lung in Sandton.

INANDA IS BEST KNOWN FOR beautiful, up market residential properties and tree-lined streets, the suburb is also home to St David’s Marist Inanda, one of hundreds of Marist schools, youth institutions and universities around the world, which also celebrates its 70th Anniversary this year (2011). Being so centrally located, Inanda is in close proximity to the Sandton Convention Centre, Melrose Arch, Hilton Hotel, Village Walk Shopping Centre, Wanderers Cricket Grounds and Golf Course, SA Tourism’s offices, the Rosebank CBD, Morningside and Rosebank Clinics, Hyde Park Shopping Centre and Killarney Mall Shopping Centre. Continued

Friday, 2 December 2011

I Love Jukskei Park Because …

I ♥ Jukskei Park

I ♥ Jukskei Park

Hi, I’m Ros Warren from Pepperwood Lodge in Jukskei Park, Randburg.

Jukskei Park IS BEST KNOWN FOR location, location, location … so well positioned for great venues like the Dome, Northlands Deco Park and MonteCasino yet a quiet leafy suburb where you can get a good nights sleep.

GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT the Lion Park just 10 minutes away. These beautiful creatures are always such a treat and for a special memory have your picture taken with a lion cub in your arms.

THE BEST scenic PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN along the Jukskei River that falls and runs through the suburb.

OTHER HAPPY SNAPS AT MonteCasino Bird Park or in the hot air balloon that gives a wonderful view of the whole area. Continued

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