The City of Gold
Many outsiders view Gauteng as a business stopover rather than a holiday destination, but those locals who know this region will give you the inside story on a dizzying array of rides in and around the Big Smoke.
Dig a bit beyond the goldrush veneer and Gauteng’s hardcore business bite, and you’ll uncover a surprising list of leisure and adventure destinations. The beauty of the tiny province is that just about everything is within easy driving distance (and yes, apparently there are ways and means of dodging the traffic).
The green belts of both Pretoria and Johannesburg boast a plethora of urban rides, but most weekend warriors prefer to explore beyond the edge of the urban jungle. Think the Cradle of Humankind (including Sterkfontein Caves) and the Magaliesberg ranges towards the west; the whole of the Vaal River catchment in the Sedibeng subregion; or saddle up to ride north of Pretoria in the Dinokeng Tourism Region. Visit www.joburgtourism.com or www.gauteng.net for more information.