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Johannesburg ©South African TourismIf money makes the world go round, Gauteng is one of its major axes. Meaning 'the place where the gold is' Gauteng is the economic powerhouse of Africa. It is South Africa's smallest, wealthiest and most frenetic province. Everything moves fast - cars zoom down the highways, people walk fast through the malls and offices, and new buildings spring up on the drab brown Highveld like so many glass and chrome mushrooms. 

The whole place buzzes with the energy of making money and spending money. Johannesburg and Gauteng are virtually synonymous but there's more to this province than the hectic Jozi. Pretoria is a laid back city with some lovely old buildings and a wealth of cultural attractions. 

Pretoria - ©South African TourismThe restored mining village of Cullinan is worth a visit for its lovely old buildings as well a mine tour and the opportunity to buy diamonds on site.

There are a number of small nature reserves where you could go for walk, or even a horse ride, and see some game. You could go hot air ballooning, paragliding or skydiving. Or take a flip in a vintage plane. A tour of the Cradle of Humankind, which is a world heritage site, offers a new way of looking at human history and prehistory.

Being such a small province, Gauteng is virtually a hub, with easy access to attractions in neighbouring provinces, most notably the Free State and North West Province.


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Road Leading Towards to City, Nelson Mandela Bridge, Johannesburg, South AfricaJohannesburg, also known as eGoli (place of gold), is the largest and most populous city in South Africa. The city is affectionately known as "Jo'burg", "Jozi" and "JHB" by South Africans. 

Johannesburg is the provincial capital of Gauteng, the wealthiest province in South Africa, and the largest economy of any metropolitan region in Sub-Saharan Africa. 

The city is one of the 40 largest metropolitan areas in the world, and Africa's only officially designated global city (classified as a gamma world city). 

While often assumed to be South Africa's capital, Johannesburg does not form one of South Africa's three capital cities. Johannesburg does, however, house the South African Constitutional Court - South Africa's highest court.

Johannesburg is the source of a large-scale gold and diamond trade, due to its location on the mineral-rich Witwatersrand range of hills.

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Johannesburg is also served by O.R. Tambo International Airport, the largest and busiest airport in Africa and a gateway for international air travel to and from the rest of southern Africa.

The city enjoys a dry, sunny climate, with the exception of occasional late afternoon downpours in the summer months of October to April. Temperatures in Johannesburg are usually fairly mild thanks to the city's high altitude, with the average maximum daytime temperature in January of 26ºC, dropping to an average maximum of around 16°C in June.

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 During the winter, the temperature occasionally drops to below freezing at nightime, causing frost. Snow is a rare occurrence, with snowfall having been experienced in September 1981 and light snow in August 2006. The annual average rainfall is 713mm, which is mostly concentrated in the summer months.


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African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel, Johannesburg
The Melrose Arch Hotel is located in an urban development of the same name in Northern Johannesburg, offering shops, restaurants and bars, kilometres from the city centre. This four-floor hotel features 118 guestrooms with pared down contemporary decor, featuring crisp white bed linen, leather headboards, exposed brick and chrome light fittings. All have armchairs and writing desks, flatscreen televisions with DVD players, DVDs, and high-speed Internet connections. The hotel's main restaurant, the March, serves an exotic fusion of international cuisines and guests dine within contemporary black and white decor with innovative coloured walls and lighting features.
Protea Hotel Wanderers, Johannesburg
If you are looking for an ideal holiday destination in Johannesburg, the Protea Hotel Wanderers is a perfect place for you to reside and explore the surrounding areas.  Protea Hotel Wanderers is ideally situated on the green belt of Johannesburg, in the prestigious northern suburb of Illovo, Sandton. This premier Protea Hotel is minutes away from many of the major attractions including Sandton City, Rosebank Mall, Melrose Arch precinct and the Johannesburg Zoo.  Soundproofing, earth tones and the harmonious design principles of Feng Shui create an atmosphere of complete tranquillity and comfort in the superbly designed bedrooms. Protea Hotel Wanderers offers a 24-hour coffee and cocktail bar, with a separate up market smoking lounge for its guests to relax.
The Rosebank Hotel Crowne Plaza Johannesburg - The Rosebank, Rosebank, Johannesburg

The Rosebank Hotel, situated in the exclusive suburb of Rosebank, part of Greater Sandton Johannesburg, has had a complete makeover and is finally ready for you!  This hotel, with an outstanding reputation for friendly, efficient service, is currently under construction and will soon be unveiling a modern new look and is open for bookings.  Centrally located, the sights and sounds of cosmopolitan Johannesburg are literally on the doorstep including 3 shopping malls and the legendary African Craft Market.  This hotel is already renowned for it's absolute elegance with a tranquil, relaxed atmosphere, it promises to exceed all expectations to new and returning guests.
Sunnyside Park Hotel Sunnyside Park Hotel, Parktown, Johannesburg
The Sunnyside Park Hotel features Victorian and Edwardian architecture and was built in 1895. It is located in the wealthy Johannesburg ridge-top suburb of Parktown and is surrounded lawns and gardens. It offers 109 guestrooms, located on two floors, which feature Victorian-style decor with floral prints and light wood and cane furniture. All include air conditioning, complimentary bottled water, coffee/tea makers, satellite television, direct-dial telephones, wireless Internet access and complimentary newspapers. Bathrooms have hair dryers and complimentary toiletries.
Four Seasons Hotel the Westcliff, Johannesburg The Westcliff, Johannesburg
Situated in Johannesburg's most exclusive residential suburb, The Westcliff's hillside setting with cascading, sculpted gardens and elegantly opulent accommodation evoke a bygone era of leisure and refinement in one of the world's most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities.  The hotel is a short drive from the many shopping malls Johannesburg is renowned for and just 22 km from O.R. Tambo (Johannesburg) International Airport.  The hotel also offers easy access to key business centres and is within easy reach of numerous historical, sporting and adventure destinations, while being surrounded by a proliferation of character-filled suburbs.
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Villa Schreiner Guest House, JUKSKEI PARK
Villa Schreiner is a family-owned romantic guest house under thatch situated in the quiet residential suburb of Jukskei Park. Villa Schreiner is located 15 minutes from Fourways Mall, 25 minutes from Sandton City and close to the famous Monte Casino. There are two excellent gourmet restaurants, a coffee shop & boutique shops at the Douglasdale Shopping Centre, only five minutes away. Our four beautiful, individually decorated rooms overlook the beautiful tropical garden and heated pool. A full English and continental breakfast is served outside on the sun patio or in the dining room.
Sandton Travel Guide:
Sandton is a town in the northern part of the Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Area, South Africa in the Gauteng Province. The name comes from the combination of two suburbs, Sandown and Bryanston, both of which were named after places in the United Kingdom. This year, the town will host the Miss World 2008 beauty pageant at the Sandton Convention Centre.

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It has become the new financial centre of South Africa and Johannesburg's premier business centre. Much of the financial focus of Johannesburg has shifted from the Central Business District to Sandton, especially in the last 15 years. However, three of South Africa's four largest banks have kept their head offices in downtown Johannesburg, along with Transnet, the transport parastatal. The other bank, Nedbank, has its headquarters in Sandton.

But much of the "new money" has moved north to Sandton, including investment banks, financial consultants and the like. A considerable amount of the city's A-grade office space is to be found in Sandton. The JSE Securities Exchange, Johannesburg's stock exchange, relocated its offices to Sandton from the Central Business District in the late 1990s. Sandton's gain was the central business district's loss: it resulted from urban blight of the downtown Johannesburg area.

Sandton is home to the Sandton Convention Centre, one of the largest convention centres on the continent and primary site of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (also known as "Rio + 10"), which Johannesburg hosted. The convention centre also hosted the African National Congress' victory celebrations after the party won the 2004 elections.

Mandela Square, Sandton District, Johannesburg, South Africa
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One of the main attractions in Sandton is Sandton City, which ranks among the largest shopping centres in Africa. Together with Nelson Mandela Square, the centre, with some 144,000m² of shopping space, is one of the largest in the Southern Hemisphere, larger than Sydney's Westfield Parramatta or Melbourne's Southland Shopping Centres. Much of Johannesburg's business tourism is centred on Sandton, which has a string of 5-star hotels.

It was recently announced by Liberty Properties that Sandton City will receive a R1,77-billion upgrade. Liberty Properties chief executive Samuel Ogbu has envisaged the complex as South Africa's very own Wall Street "Africa is not for sissies, but we have a bold vision, which is to see the Sandton City precinct as our own Wall Street." The redevelopment will include the construction of an 80-storey office tower, a new hotel, new retail and office space and residential apartments. The 80-storey office tower will be the tallest building in Africa, replacing the Carlton Centre in Johannesburg CBD. The extension will stretch to 30 000m² and the total complex will have a gross lettable area of 158 000m² . London-based RTKL Associates have been chosen to design the complex.

Nelson Mandela Square, formerly known as Sandton Square, was renamed in March 2004, after the unveiling of a 6-metre bronze statue of the former president, one of South Africa's greatest statesmen. Perhaps ironically, Liliesleaf Farm, where Mandela and other political activists were arrested in the 1960s and tried as part of the now infamous Rivonia Trial, is north of Nelson Mandela Square, close to the M1 Highway, off Grayston Drive. The area is now home to massive office parks and other developments, and little remains of the farm.

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Rivonia Bed and Breakfast Rivonia Bed & Breakfast, Rivonia, SANDTON
Winner of the 2010 and 2009 AA Accommodation Awards, Rivonia Bed & Breakfast offers secure accommodation in tranquil surroundings.  Situated in a quiet cul-de-sac, its rooms nestle in large rambling gardens. It is the ideal location for business travellers and holiday makers alike. Strategically located in Sandton, north of Johannesburg, the guesthouse offers easy access to all major highways. It is located within easy reach of Sandton City, the Sandton Convention Centre, Gallagher Estate, Sunninghill and Morningside Clinics and Montecasino (transfers available). 
The Michelangelo The Michelangelo Hotel, Sandton
This elegant hotel has captured the spirit of a bygone era while being at the heart of the pulsating vibrant corporate capital of Africa, Sandton Square. The hotel offers unsurpassed attention to detail and ensures that individual needs and tastes are catered for in every possible way. Beautiful Renaissance-inspired décor ensures that guests enjoy the utmost luxury both in their private suites as well as in the lounges and other public areas of the hotel.  The Piccolo Mondo Restaurant for breakfast, lunch, and dinner can accommodate up to 130 people in style and comfort.   Member of the Leading Hotels of the World.
The Michelangelo Towers The Michelangelo Towers, Suite Hotel, Sandton
The Michelangelo Towers rises majestically above the Sandton skyline and offers exquisite business accommodation in Sandton to both the corporate traveler and leisure seeker. Offering panoramic views over the Magaliesburg and the Gauteng skyline, Michelangelo Towers offers 194 suites that are the epitome of luxury and style.  Rooms at this business accommodation in Sandton boast modern amenities including business facilities, indoor and outdoor pools, and a private gymnasium. The Sandton Convention Centre is in close proximity, making Michelangelo Towers the ideal venue for high powered business executives.
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