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Gauteng is considered the gateway to [[Southern Africa]]. Many spectacular destinations are a short flight or drive away. It is a small province, flanked by four other provinces in South Africa.
 
Gauteng is considered the gateway to [[Southern Africa]]. Many spectacular destinations are a short flight or drive away. It is a small province, flanked by four other provinces in South Africa.
  
* The [[Cradle of Humankind]], [http://www.cradleofhumankind.co.za/], on the [[West Rand]] is an [[UNESCO_World_Heritage_List#South_Africa|UNESCO World Heritage Site]] where a large number of human ancestry fossil finds have been made.  
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* The '''Cradle of Humankind''' [http://www.cradleofhumankind.co.za/] on the [[West Rand]] is an [[UNESCO_World_Heritage_List#South_Africa|UNESCO World Heritage Site]] where a large number of human ancestry fossil finds have been made.  
  
* The '''Tswaing Meteorite Crater''', [http://www.hartrao.ac.za/other/tswaing/tswaing.html], [http://www.nfi.org.za/Tswaing/News.htm], in [[Tshwane]] is a very well preserved meteor crater.
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* The '''Tswaing Meteorite Crater''' [http://www.hartrao.ac.za/other/tswaing/tswaing.html] [http://www.nfi.org.za/Tswaing/News.htm] in [[Tshwane]] is a very well preserved meteor crater.
  
 
===Nature reserves===
 
===Nature reserves===
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====By plane====
 
====By plane====
  
Almost all international flights arrive at Johannesburg's [[Air_travel_in_South_Africa#OR_Tambo_International|OR Tambo International Airport]] [http://www.airports.co.za], so it's highly likely that Gauteng with be your first destination on a holiday to Southern Africa.
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Almost all international flights arrive at [[Johannesburg]]'s OR Tambo International Airport [http://www.airports.co.za], so it's highly likely that Gauteng with be your first destination on a holiday to Southern Africa.
  
 
====By car====
 
====By car====
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Public transport is non-existent by European standards, so it is best to rent a car. All the national car rental agencies are well represented.
 
Public transport is non-existent by European standards, so it is best to rent a car. All the national car rental agencies are well represented.
  
Road are generally in good condition, but peak hour traffic (7AM to 9AM and 4PM to 6PM) can be very busy and slow. Congestion is very common on the N1 between the west of [[Johannesburg]] and [[Pretoria]], the N3 between [[Alberton]] and the Buccleuch interchange where it joins the N1 and the N12 and R24 between [[Johannesburg]] and O.R. Tambo Airport.
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Road are generally in good condition, but peak hour traffic (7AM to 9AM and 4PM to 6PM) can be very busy and slow. Congestion is very common on the N1 between the west of [[Johannesburg]] and [[Pretoria]], the N3 between [[Alberton]] and the Buccleuch interchange where it joins the N1 and the N12 and R24 between [[Johannesburg]] and O.R. Tambo Airport.  
  
 
===By car rental===
 
===By car rental===
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===By train===
 
===By train===
A rapid rail link (''[http://www.gautrain.co.za '''Gautrain''']'') is completed and operational between [[Johannesburg]], [[Pretoria]] and  [http://www.airports.co.za '''OR Tambo International Airport''']The rapid rail system offers travel between the major centres and has a substantial bus route supporting the stations and covering most of the suburban and business areas surrounding the stations. The service is affordable and safe and the train times convenient to business and tourist hours.
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A rapid rail link (''[http://www.gautrain.co.za '''Gautrain''']'') is currently under construction between [[Johannesburg]], [[Pretoria]] and  [http://www.airports.co.za '''OR Tambo International Airport'''], but this is not expected to be completed before 2010. Construction work does however have an impact on road travel, especially in the Rosebank area of [[Johannesburg]] where a number of road diversions are in place.
  
 
==See==
 
==See==
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==Do==
 
==Do==
 
* [[Rock_climbing#South_Africa|Rock Climbing]]
 
* [[Rock_climbing#South_Africa|Rock Climbing]]
* Enjoy some of South Africa's best wines at the '''Soweto Wine Festival''' [http://www.sowetowinefestival.co.za/], the most successful trend-setting annual lifestyle event held in Soweto.
 
  
 
There are a number of small nature reserves located throughout Gauteng. These are surprisingly underutilized by the local population and offers a good  quite getaway from the busy city life. The exception to the rule would be the Lion Park in the north of [[Johannesburg]] as it has become a bit of a tourist trap and will be very busy over weekends.
 
There are a number of small nature reserves located throughout Gauteng. These are surprisingly underutilized by the local population and offers a good  quite getaway from the busy city life. The exception to the rule would be the Lion Park in the north of [[Johannesburg]] as it has become a bit of a tourist trap and will be very busy over weekends.
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==Stay safe==
 
==Stay safe==
  
Though [[Gauteng]] (particularly [[Johannesburg]]) has a reputation for crime, rest assured that it is only in certain areas.
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Though [[Gauteng]] (In particular [[Johannesburg]]) has a reputation for crime, rest assured it isn't all bad. As with everywhere in the world, some places are less safe than others.  
  
It might be helpful to ask someone, perhaps several people, who would seem to know, what are or are not safe activities in a particular area.  If you are staying in a hotel, for instance, you might ask the management where and when it is okay to walk or drive in the area. Even upscale parts of Johannesburg can be dangerous to drive through. As a general rule, to leave yourself an opening when traveling in traffic. If you are threatened or even feel that you will be, run a red light if it is your means of escape.
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It might be helpful to ask someone - perhaps several people - who would seem to know, what are or are not safe activities in a particular area.  If you are staying in a hotel, for instance, you might ask the management where and when it is okay to walk or drive in the area. Even upscale parts of Johannesburg can be dangerous to drive through. As a general rule, it's smart to leave yourself an opening when traveling in traffic. If you are threatened, or even feel as much at an intersection, don't be afraid to run a red light if it's your means of escape.
  
Certain sections of the major cities ([[Pretoria]] and [[Johannesburg]]) are best visited in a group with an experienced guide, while others can be safely visited by the individual. Though many tourists are keen to visit a Township, be advised that the only safe option is to go with a tour operator that offers the service, '''''do not go into a township by yourself''''' or without an experienced guide.
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Certain sections of the major cities ([[Pretoria]] & [[Johannesburg]]) are best visited in a group with an experienced guide, while others can be safely visited by the individual. Though many tourists are keen to visit a Township, be advised that the only safe option is to go with a tour operator that offers the service, '''''do not go into a township by yourself or without an experienced guide!'''''
  
Unfortunately petty theft is a problem everywhere in South Africa, so keep an eye on your belongings. Never, for example, leave your mobile phone lying unattended on a table at a restaurant. Make sure, if you are carrying a handbag, that is is secure and cannot be easily grabbed off your shoulder or out of your hands. Also make sure that your belongings are not visible when in your car, as smash-and-grab incidents do occur, particularly at traffic lights.
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Unfortunately petty theft is a problem everywhere in South Africa, so keep an eye on your belongings. Don't, for example, leave your mobile phone lying unattended on a table at a restaurant. Make sure that if you are carrying a handbag, that is is secure, & not easily grabbed off your shoulder or out of your hands. Also make sure that your belongings are not visible when in your car, as "smash and grab" incidents do occur, particularly at traffic lights.
  
If you are travelling with a laptop or camera, use a bag that does not advertise its contents. Disguise your laptop by using a normal backpack bag instead of a laptop bag and do the same with your camera.
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If you are travelling with a laptop or camera, use a bag that doesn't advertise its contents. Disguise your laptop by using a normal backpack bag instead of a laptop bag & do the same with your camera.
  
 
==Stay healthy==
 
==Stay healthy==
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