South Africa
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1. Brits

Ons Ou Dorpie Brits is a small modern town in the North West Province, in close proximity to both Pretoria and Johannesburg. The picturesque town has the Magaliesberg mountains stretching past to the South and a number of “koppies” to the North. The town is surrounded by rich farmland fed by the Crocodile River which winds its way around the town. Farmers supply largely wheat, maize and Lucerne and there are also a number of game farms in the area and some general livestock farmers. Possibly the biggest drawcard of a stay in Brits is being only a few minutes’ drive from Hartbeespoort, the weekend playground of Jo’burgers! The area is a hive of water sports, outdoor activities, restaurants, pubs and attractions for day visitors like an elephant and monkey sanctuary as well as a…

2. Centurion

Centurion is situated perfectly between Pretoria and Johannesburg in the Gauteng Province, where making money and spending money seems to be the norm. The suburb functions almost as a mini city on its own and is a hub of tourist activity and an ideal location for businessmen visiting the province. The suburb is probably most well-known for its mall, one of the largest in South Africa. The area has become a lifestyle for those needing to be close to the city, but not wanting to live in it. Centurion has maintained a country feel despite its growth and visitors will notice the many gated villages and estates that have attracted its cosmopolitan community. Centurion offers visitors a quiet base close to all the attractions and activities in the neighbouring suburbs, towns and cities across…

3. Hartbeespoort

View from the tunnel across the Dam of the suburb of Kosmos

Hartbeespoort in the North West of South Africa, also fondly known as “Harties”, is a small resort town situated on the slopes of the Magaliesberg Mountain and the banks of the Hartbeespoort Dam. Only an hours’ drive from Pretoria or Johannesburg this town is easily accessible. A single-lane road follows the waters’ edge along the north side of the Dam and passes though the 56.6 m long tunnel that leads over the Dam. It is along this road that you will find shops, restaurants, markets and attractions. The Chameleon Village Craft Market on the other side of the tunnel is an ideal shopping venue for African curios. Enjoy elephant rides at the Elephant Sanctuary or early risers can…

4. Rietfontein Nature Reserve

Friendly and cute Duiker near the parking area

Rietfontein Nature Reserve is a 25 hectare reserve situated in the midst of suburbia and is home to rock koppies and the following animals: Blesbok Duiker Hedgehog Klipspringer Mongoose Spotted Genet Rietfontein is also home to a myriad of birds including: Bulbul Collared Barbet Glossy Starling Grey Go-Away-Bird (Grey Lourie) Guineafowl Hadeda Olive Thrush Sacred Ibis Sparrow Speckled Pigeon (Rock Pigeon) Spotted Eagle Owl The Reserve is the perfect place for family hikes and picnics. There is an short and relatively easy walking trail in the reserve - suitable for kids - which takes visitors to the top of the ridge with great views of Sandton. It also has an educational centre and…

5. Sandton

Sandton, in the Province of Gauteng, South Africa is situated 15 km outside of Johannesburg City Centre. This unique town reigns as the most important business and financial district in South Africa and possibly the Sub-Saharan Africa. Sandton has a Manhattan-style skyline with spectacular skyscrapers that act as landmarks throughout Johannesburg. The most famous being the Sandton City Pyramid Rooftop which draws many a wealthy tourist to shop. Nelson Mandela Square is situated in this shopping centre and is a cascade of restaurants alongside each other. It is here the wealthy locals and tourists alike are found on a daily basis, visiting art galleries, movies, theatres, coffee shops, restaurants, expos, conventions, pubs and clubs. Places to Visit Things to do and see: Sandton…

6. Thabazimbi

Mountain of Iron Thabazimbi is a small town situated almost 130 km equi-distant from Rustenburg, Brits, Bela Bela and Ellisras. It is also within easy reach of Johannesburg and Pretoria, approximately a two-hour drive for city slickers looking for a weekend, or longer holiday, getaway. The town is set at the feet of the Ysterberg and is surrounded by the Witfonteinrand and Boshofberg with the magnificent Kransberg in the background. Its rugged mountains and relatively unspoilt bush covered plains has slowly been transformed into conservation, game farming and eco-tourism – in fact this part of the Waterberg Region is one of the fastest eco-tourist growth points in the country. Thabazimbi is known for its hunting opportunities, hiking trails and birdwatching.  Thabazimbi is definitely…