In the heart of South Africa lies the Gauteng Province, which incorporates the cities of Johannesburg and Pretoria. A Gauteng holiday offers the opportunity to indulge in cultural activities as well as a vast variety of exciting outdoor activities. A Gauteng holiday rental house offers all of the comforts of home, spectacular views of the area and easy access to all of the things to see and do in this vibrant province.
Visitors on a Gauteng holiday will find that their days can be filled with a range of different things to see and do. For those who like sports and the outdoors, they can indulge in activities such as freshwater fishing, sailing, hiking, cycling, ice skating, walking, tennis, horse riding and golf. The adventurous will also love the opportunity to take to the sky in a hot-air balloon or helicopter, rock climb, go-karting or explore various nature reserves.
For those who love a bit of culture and history, a Gauteng holiday also has a lot to offer. There is the Apartheid Museum which is a powerful look at the turbulent rise and fall of the Apartheid Movement. Visitors will be able to see a variety of displays including some film footage, photographs and documents. Also worth a visit on the outskirts of Johannesburg is the World Heritage Site, The Cradle of Humankind. This is a large site that has a series of caves, thought to have been the home to very early man (the hominin). As well as the caves there is a visitor's centre giving a good insight into the skeletal finds and other artefacts of interest found in the area. Within the boundaries of this attraction is the Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve where visitors can see lions, rhinos, rare Cape Wild Dogs and cheetahs.
After relaxing in your comfortable Gauteng holiday rental house, you can venture farther a field from the immediate surroundings and discover some other great places in the province. The small town of Fochville is about an hour and a half's journey away from the centre of the province. Fochville is a prominent town in terms of gold mining but offers visitors several attractions as well as a taste of traditional South African town life. Visitors can visit the trout hatchery or the bird farm which are both entertaining and educational. Also a favourite in Fochville with visitors is the Renosterfontein Farm which has the ruins of an old traditional African village, old Tswana shelters and a ruined house that was home to the family of the former President, Andries Pretorius.
A Gauteng holiday offers a variety of weather thanks to its Subtropical position. The municipality of Johannesburg is generally 2°C cooler than the lower level Pretoria. If you are considering booking a Gauteng holiday rental house, the summer months offer temperatures of up to 25°C during the daytime. The winter months (July to August) see the temperature drop to around 15°C. The higher up you are in the area, the more likely you are to experience cool, crisp mornings during the colder months. The average annual rainfall for Gauteng is a reasonable 5 inches.
Travellers on a Gauteng holiday will most likely land at Johannesburg Airport (JNB) which is in the heart of the province. Air operators offering regular, affordable direct and indirect travel to the area include British Airways, South African Airways, Air France and Virgin Atlantic. Passengers can leave the UK from airports including London Heathrow (LHR), Aberdeen (ABZ), Newcastle(NCL), Liverpool (LPL), Glasgow (GLA) and Cardiff (CWL).