The West Rand, the western side of Gauteng, stretches from the Magaliesberg mountain range in the north, to basically the N12 in the south, and along the meandering Crocodile river. This is a region full of resorts and activities that cater for visitors looking for tranquillity or adventure. The West Rand is less than 45 minutes’ drive along excellent highways from Sandton (N1), Pretoria (N14/R28) and Johannesburg. It is also close to international and local airports.
The West Rand’s heritage, dating millions of years, attracts visitors from across the globe. The unspoilt wilderness is protected by legislation and is carefully managed to preserve both historic and ecological legacies. The Witwatersrand (Ridge of White Waters) is 1 760m above sea level. The area provides the largest inland water system in South Africa with rain water flowing into both the Indian and Atlantic oceans. The Witwatersrand Sequence is a combination of gold bearing quartzite and shale.
Two of the earliest gold mines in South Africa can be visited at Kromdraai and Magaliesburg, where guided tours reveal the lives of these early pioneers. Gold mining is the backbone of the South African economy, with most mining centered in Gauteng. Soft dolomite has led to the earliest evidence of the discovery of man, and to the declaration of the Cradle of Humankind as a World Heritage Site.
Kagiso Local Tourism Association
Cell:+27 83 668 5514
Office:+27 11 410 5245
Merafong Local Tourism Association
Cell:+27 71 545 1386
Office:+27 18 786 3323
For more information
Call West Rand Tourism: 011 411 5272
West Rand District Municipality
(West Rand Tourism)
Cnr Sixth and Park Streets, Randfontein, Gauteng, South Africa
Private Bag X033, Randfontein, 1760, South Africa