Attractions – Gauteng Tourism Authority - outdoors

By: Gauteng Tourism Authority  11-11-2011
Keywords: bird watching


While Johannesburg and Pretoria are described as built-up and “concrete jungles” there is a great amount of open and unspoilt space in the province providing green lungs and natural settings in which city people can relax and unwind.

Bird watching is a popular hobby and the bird sanctuary at Marievale, located in the floodplain in the small town of Nigel east of Johannesburg, is one of the province’s prime spots. Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve - situated in Heidelberg - also protects magnificent fauna and flora including the sugarbush, the most common vegetation after which the reserve gets its name.

The Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden, located in Roodepoort, is managed by the South African Biodiversity Institute (SANBI). This 300 hectare open space supports a range of 600 naturally occurring plant species and 220 varieties of birds. A number of reptiles and small mammals, including antelope and jackal, can also be sighted. Picnicking in the garden is popular and this is a wonderful day outdoors.

The Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve is situated in the heart of the World Heritage Site’s Cradle of Humankind in the west of Johannesburg. This privately-owned game park offers visitors sightings of over 30 game species, including buffalo, lion, white rhino, cheetah, hippo, crocodile and more than 20 antelope species. The reserve has a breeding centre where wild dog have been successfully reared.

Out in nature in Gauteng one can easily forget the urban make up of much of the province. There are many initiatives to protect and preserve the natural, rugged veld typical of our rocky grassland that forms part of the physical identity of the Highveld. Make sure you get into the outdoors to experience this for yourself.

Featured Nature & Outdoors attraction

Located about 5km from central Johannesburg, and adjacent to the suburb of Melville, the entirely indigenous Melville Koppies Nature Reserve is the last remaining area of the city in the condition it was before the advent of mining to the city in the late 19th century.

Keywords: bird watching

Contact Gauteng Tourism Authority


Print this page


Other products and services from Gauteng Tourism Authority


Attractions – Gauteng Tourism Authority - arts culture

From stand-up comedy and breathtaking dance to all-star musicals, iconic design and world-renowned artworks, Gauteng’s arts and culture scene represents a refreshing glance into a melting pot of talent and passion. For art lovers, Gauteng’s museums and galleries offer visitors a rich artistic feast – from the traditional artefacts of ancient cultures to the cutting-edge work of today’s practitioners.


Attractions – Gauteng Tourism Authority - eating out

Whether you are looking for seafood, great stakes, traditional dishes, local and international cuisines or just a place to hang out for a drink, you will not be stuck for lack of choice. From the high-end swanky restaurants in upmarket northern Johannesburg and Pretoria to the shisanyama spots in the townships, each spot has an emphasis on fun and good value.


Attractions – Gauteng Tourism Authority - markets malls

Sandton City even boasts three upmarket hotels, the Intercontinental Hotel, Sandton Sun and the Michael Angelo Hotel, which cater mainly for guests and dignitaries to numerous international conferences held at the nearby Sandton Convention Centre.


Attractions – Gauteng Tourism Authority - heritage

A must for any visitor to Gauteng is a trip to the award winning Maropeng Visitor Centre and the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site where you can learn all about our beginning and development. It was the first major post-apartheid government structure to be built and was designed to embody the openness and transparency called for by the Constitution itself.


Attractions – Gauteng Tourism Authority - entertainment

Carnival City Casino and Entertainment World, Emerald Resort and Casino, Gold Reef City and Monte Casino are four such one-stop entertainment centres offering gaming and an abundance of other options including cinema, theatre, concerts, boxing matches, amusement parks and even game drives and a zoo.


Attractions – Gauteng Tourism Authority - sports activities

Among these courses are the Benoni Lake Golf Course, Bryanston Golf Course, Centurion Golf Estate, Crown Mines Golf Course, Kyalami Golf Course, Peacanwood Golf Course, Randpark Golf Course, Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Course, and Country Club Johannesburg.