Hotels in and around the Gauteng province
Although Gauteng is the country's smallest province, it is certainly the most significant in terms of commercial and entertainment viability. It is a hub of activity in which visitors are promised a range of exciting, fun and informative things to do. This destination is characterised by the unique mix of cultures, languages, colours and religions, as well as for its wealth. It is unique in its weather pattern too. Electric storms cool hot summer afternoons and leave one in awe of the power of nature.
This province is known for its abundance of gold. In fact, its name originates from the Sesotho word for “Place of Gold”. Although gold was responsible for the initial development of this area, Gauteng is now so much more. Surrounded by the magnificent Magaliesberg Mountains, and within a few hours' drive from world-acclaimed Kruger National Park, this area is valuable for its natural resources on many levels.
Gauteng is also the access point for international travellers into and out of South Africa and many of the countries around it. As a base for the exploration of much of southern Africa, it is a thriving, pulsating destination.
European prospectors had long known that gold could be found in the ‘dark' continent of Africa. It was in 1886 that the area now known as Gauteng yielded its first impressive rocks, which soon lead to a major gold rush. Mining for gold and diamonds continues to this day.
Gauteng has long been the tourism Mecca for those visiting South Africa. Its many shops, designer stores and boutiques have delighted avid shoppers and continue to impress visitors from all over the world.
The Moyo Market Theatre is situated in Newtown, Johannesburg, and is a theatre that boasts 250 seats and exquisite décor and artwork. African and Asian cuisine are served in ethnic style and complemented by excellent wines and cigars.
Another fantastic cultural experience may be enjoyed at the Theatre on the Square in Sandton City. Musicals, children's theatre, formal shows etc... have successfully been hosted at this exciting venue for approximately a decade.
Visitors to Gauteng that value opulent surrounds will do well to experience the luxurious Blue Train, as they embark on a trip from Pretoria to Cape Town. The old-world, colonial charm is set in pure elegance. Butlers, lounges, private bathrooms with gold fittings and marble tiles, under-floor heating and air-conditioning are just some of the features that make this journey from Pretoria such a special one.
Gauteng is landlocked and situated mostly on the Highveld. Those areas with a lower altitude experience slightly more subtropical climates. Afternoon thundershowers characterise the summer time, which extends from December to February. This helps to cool the sweltering summer days. Winters, between June and August, are cold and dry, with noonday highs of about 16 degrees Celsius.
Gauteng is not known for malaria infections. However, the rural areas and the many game parks surrounding Gauteng have reported rare malaria infections over the years. Visitors that are planning to visit the northern provinces of South Africa and / or surrounding countries are advised to take precautions against contracting the illness. This is achieved by taking a course of prophylactic drugs, as well as treating your clothing and bedding and spraying citronella-based products onto your skin. In fact, precautions against any type of insect bite is advisable when visiting Africa.
Sunscreen is essential in South Africa, regardless of the time of year that you visit. In addition, wear protection clothing and a sunhat to ensure that your face, neck and any other exposed area is protected.
It is advised that you bring your prescriptions for spectacles and medication so that you can restock at a local pharmacy without having to consult with a doctor.
Ensure that your tetanus shots are up-to-date as some areas are fraught with litter, including broken glass, cans and metal.
Gauteng is one of South Africa's wealthiest and busiest provinces. As with any other destination in the world, there are areas that are not safe. Consult with your tour operator and/or hotel so that you may be aware of which places to avoid. When walking around the cities of Gauteng, tourist attractions, or while using public transport (including tour busses), be aware of your personal belongings. Do not leave anything unattended, and do not accept help from strangers, especially if it requires handing over your bank cards, photographic equipment, etc…
Situated in the heart of Sandton, Johannesburg, this privately owned premier hotel is the distinctively superior choice. For the discerning guest, who seeks premier quality and elegance, the Balalaika Sandton Hotel is the perfect choice, lending its distinctive atmosphere of luxurious tranquillity to the hectic schedule of business people and tourists alike.
The five star Palazzo Montecasino Hotel enjoys a convenient location in the upmarket suburb of Fourways, Sandton, with easy access to all major highways, business centres and is only a 30 minute drive from the O R Tambo Johannesburg International Airport.