Things to Do in Gauteng Central
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Galleries and Museums
Opening in August 2012, the Peacemakers Museum presents an inspirational exhibition of Nobel Laureates, men and women from all corners of the globe who have dedicated their lives to make the world a better place.
The Nobel Laureates are an example to all of us that individuals can do extraordinary things, and that the decisions and actions we take in our lives can bring change to the world. The exhibition celebrates all Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, particularly the South African ones: Albert Luthuli, Desmond Tutu, FW de Klerk and Nelson Mandela.
Monday to Friday 11:00 – 19:00
Weekends and Public Holidays 11:00 – 18:00
Sports Stadiums Clubs
Wanderers Cricket Stadium, recently renamed BIDVest Wanderers Stadium, is the premier cricketing stadium in South Africa.
Topnotch facilities and a seating capacity of 34 000 made it an ideal choice to host the 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup Final. In addition, it hosted the ICC World T20 Final, the IPL Final and is one of two venues for the ICC Champions Trophy.
Pavilion spectators are permitted to bring cooler boxes – these must be stored below the seats. Spectators on the grass embankment are free to bring in their own food, cold drinks in plastic containers and chairs.
Enjoy thrilling encounters with scaly creatures at Croc City Crocodile and Reptile Park!
Close to the Lanseria International Airport and the Cradle of Humankind, Croc City Crocodile and Reptile Park is worth a whirl. Brave folk will be given the opportunity to hold a baby croc and a variety of snakes. There’s even a tarantula! Don’t forget your camera.
Informative guided tours take visitors to see the range of crocs from tiny juveniles to the + 5m adults. After the tour, relax in the tea garden while the kids play in the shaded play area.
Open 09:00 – 16:30 daily including public holidays.
Sports Stadiums Clubs
Home to South African football, Soccer City is the stadium where the 2010 FIFA World Cup opening ceremony took place and where the final whistle was blown. South Africa’s national football stadium, Soccer City was built in 1987 and is headquarters to the South African Football Association.
Host to the 1996 African Cup of Nations, Soccer City is South Africa’s prime football venue and it will be the most important venue for the 2010 FIFA World Cup – the kick-off site for the opening and the final match. The original seating capacity for 80 000 people was enlarged to accommodate 94 700 people.
Along with this, the precinct now has a fully functional transport hub including a railway station. The rail system will serve future industrial, commercial and residential developments planned for the area after the football tournament. Besides the rail station, the transport hub has taxi, bus and rail drop off and pick up points. The total public transport capacity of the hub is projected to be 23 280 an hour.
Why we love it? Soccer City is the main match venue for South Africa’s football squad, Bafana Bafana, as well as the simmering contests between local Soweto club rivals, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.
Houghton Golf Club is a proud establishment boasting a full championship facility that has hosted no fewer than eight SA Open events.
This parkland course is fairly long by common highveld standards, at about 6 434 meters. Sporting some exciting tees and wonderful fairways, this course provides for a truly magnificent game. The club also features all of the common facilities you'll expect of a top-class club, including a restaurant.
The Benoni Lake Country Club & Golf Course is a 18-hole, par-72 parkland-style golf course. The two nines are separated by a road, with the second nine constructed next to a lake, making the 15th to 18th holes a good challenge.
Africa's Greatest Shopping AdventureEastgate Shopping Centre is situated in the suburb of Bedfordview, on a prime site on the major freeway between Johannesburg International Airport and Johannesburg City Centre. Easily accessible from the high way, this super regional shopping centre is home to over 280 stores catering for all tastes and lifestyles. This ultimate shopping destination offers an out of this world retail experience, attracting an abundance of local and international shoppers. In addition to numerous smaller speciality stores, Eastgate is anchored by South Africa’s leading major retailers, including Checkers Hyper, Game, Edgars, Stuttafords and Woolworths.A large Ster Kinekor Cinema complex and a host of restaurants situated in an open air piazza area, make Eastgate the ideal venue of choice for the entire family. Eastgate’s evolution as a trend setting destination continues with the introduction of its high fashion quarter and action wear zone. “Eastgate offers everything for everyone, from popular brands, amazing Friday night entertainment and loads of fun for the entire family”. Eastgate Shopping Centre... Africa’s Greatest Shopping Adventure.
For over-the-top theme parties and ridiculous drinks specials, Tiger Tiger in Fourways is your ultimate night club destination.
Tiger Tiger Fourways plays a varied selection of music to keep you dancing all night, including commercial, funky house, electro, and even a little bit of old school. Equipped with 8 bars and an outside deck, you can be sure you'll have a night to remember.
Thursday - 19/20;
Friday – 21/23;
Saturdays – 19/21.
Do more with your Sundays. Everyone is welcome to come along every Sunday and paint at the Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve. Bring your friends and family, unwind, have a picnic and paint your masterpiece.
No previous art experience is needed. A professional art instructor will be there to guide painters through the creative process, ensuring everyone leaves with a work of art. Cost is R100 per person.
Galleries and Museums
Friendship, good food, wine and brilliant entertainment – the Barnyard Theatre in Broadacres is where it all comes together.
The first Barnyard Theatre started as a homely, rustic farm theatre in Plettenberg Bay where friends and family could be entertained and eat, drink and talk into the small hours of the morning. It proved to be such a winner that more Barnyard Theatres started popping up all over the country.
There are currently 12 Barnyard Theatres in South Africa. While each theatre is a product of its individual setting, they all retain the quaint rustic charm of the original farm theatre’s humble beginning.
Sports Stadiums Clubs
Situated in the heart of Jozi, Coca-Cola Park was the leading venue for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup with the opening ceremony and final game taking place there. And in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Coca-Cola Park hosted five first round matches, a second round match and one of the quarter-finals.
Home turf of the Golden Lions, Super 14, Lions, Orlando Pirates Football Club and also the premier concert event in South Africa, Coca-Cola Park was formerly known as Ellis Park Stadium. In 1995 rugby fever hit the country with South Africa's hosting of the Rugby World Cup, the biggest event on the global rugby calendar.
Coca-Cola Park was the venue for the Rugby World Cup Final which was played on 24 June 1995. In this spectacular final, New Zealand and South Africa ran onto the field at 14:45 to a thunderous roar of 62 000 spectators and millions of spectators glued in front of their televisions. South Africa won this game 15-12 after extra time was allowed. Coca-Cola Park and the quality of rugby it represents became the symbol of South Africa's achievement as a nation united.
Galleries and Museums
Jozi’s magnificent world-class theatre always ensures that vistors receive a warm welcome when walking through the door.With its posh furnishings and luxuriant atmosphere, this lavishly styled 1 100-seat theatre recalls the opulence of the world's great opera houses.The Lyric is regarded as one of Jozi's top entertainment venues, presenting superlative Broadway and West End productions, local and international musicians, ballet, comedy and numerous shows. Tickets for all shows are available at Computicket or The Lyric Theatre Box Office on +27 (0)11 248 5168 ⁄ 5229 ⁄ 5000.
Located next to the east course, the west side of Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club provides a shorter, yet enjoyable course compared to it's other half.
This wonderful 18-hole course features stunning fairways and large greens, awarding players a great game. However, if one were to steer away from the greens and fairway they will quickly encounter trees, water and frustration.
Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club (West) is something a golfer must consider if they're in the area.
Bonaero Park Shopping Centre is the ideal centre to do your needed or leisure shopping. The centre has a range of clothing and food stores as well as your toy, miscellaneous and unique shops. There are restaurants to help you refresh and refuel and continue on your day of spending.
The South African Lipizzaners have earned the honour of being the only performing Lipizzaners outside Vienna, recognised by and affiliated to the Spanish Riding School. Performances are on Sunday mornings at 10h30 at the Indoor Arena. Tickets can be booked through Computicket.