Sandton, Gauteng

Exploring South Africa: The Gauteng Province

November 07, 2008
by findingDulcinea Staff
Gauteng is a highly recommended destination for any trip to South Africa. It may be South  Africa's smallest province, but it's home to some of the country's most spectacular landmarks, such as the National Botanical Garden and Union Buildings in Pretoria, the cultural hub that is the city of Johannesburg, and many artistic and natural attractions. In addition, Sterkfontein boasts the "Cradle of Humankind," the location of some of the oldest human fossils ever found.

South Africa's Heartland

Learn more about Gauteng at the Virtual South Africa Web site. Read a history of the area and browse the 360-degree tours of its sights using the links on the right of the page. You'll learn that Gauteng (meaning "Place of Gold" in Sotho) is the most densely populated province in the country, and consequently is the country's heart of sports, art, music and more. Johannesburg, Pretoria and Soweto are located in Gauteng, making it a cosmopolitan melting pot of cultural centers surrounded by natural beauty.

Natural History

Browse one professional photographer's hefty collection of photos of the Pretoria National Botanical Garden, which is just one of several botanical garden sites in South Africa. Pretoria's branch is home to beautiful waterfalls and many varieties of trees, fruit, flowers and wildlife. Keep an eye out for closeups of cockatiels as you browse the nearly 200 photos on display.

Natural Heritage

The Cradle of Humankind in Sterkfontein is the location of some of the oldest human fossils ever found, some dating back as far as 4 million years and providing archaeologists with abundant evidence of early humans. The cave formations at Sterkfontein and surrounding areas hold many keys to our evolution. The site was added to UNESCO's World Heritage list in 1999. Learn more about the area from the UNESCO World Heritage Centre Web site.
Browse this tourist's great collection of photos in and around the Sterkfontein site. See a close-up of the famous Taung skull and an artifact of the species Australopithecus Africanus, and virtually explore the caves. The photos capture an underwater lake, columns and sink holes in the caves, giving you a glimpse into one of the world's most important anthropological sites.

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