The sub-continental divide, the Witwatersrand ridge, influences much of the geography of Region C, leading to plenty of splendid natural scenery. It is home to the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden, which attracts visitors from far and wide, and there are several immaculate golf courses.
The northern part of the region consists of wide-open spaces and is home to many high quality guesthouses. With the Cradle of Humankind a short trip away, these guesthouses make a good base for potential tourists. Regional shopping centres offer all forms of entertainment, including restaurants and cinemas, while the Coca-Cola Dome is an important venue for major concerts and exhibitions.
Art Deco figurines, a Jackson Hlungwane sculpture, a late Victorian parlour, a Voortrekker pioneer lounge, a 1699 Dutch family bible, a soft jackal skin karos, Walter Battiss and Maggie Laubscher paintings – these items and much more are on display at the Roodepoort Museum.
Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden
The garden, donated to the people of Roodepoort in 1982 by the farmer who owned the property, is crisscrossed with trails, one going to the top of one of two small mountains that overlook a waterfall and eagles’ nests.
Other trails take visitors past the wild flower garden, along a fern walk and a forest walk along the spruit. There is also a walk down to one of three dams on wheelchair-friendly brick and wood paths. Once there, visitors can sit in the hide to watch the water birds.
Heia Safari Ranch on the WEST RAND
Golden Harvest Park
Tucked away between Sundowner, Sharonlea and Northgate this picturesque park is a delightful surprise and a secret treasure about which many Johannesburgers are unaware.
Anticipating residential growth in the area and showing great foresight, the old Randburg Municipality established the park in 1972. It is filled with unspoiled indigenous bushveld and is a breath of fresh air in a region carpeted with townhouses and cluster developments.
Take a field identification guidebook and spend some leisurely time exploring this natural area with its original grasses and trees. There is a footpath to a dam with resident water fowl.
Another path leads to a historical koppie, once an ancient iron smelting area. The park is completely fenced and charges a small entrance fee. A lapa can be hired. It is situated in Northwold with access from Hunters Road, corner Maple Street. More information can be obtained from City Parks on 011 712 6600.
Other attractions in the area
Kloofendal Nature Reserve
Nestled along Galena Avenue, just north of Horison and to the west of Christiaan de Wet Road in the Roodepoort suburb of Kloofendal, the Kloofendal Nature Reserve offers urbanites a retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life.
The 150-hectare reserve was one of the first game reserves in Johannesburg. Just 25 kilometres from the city centre, it is home to a number of small mammals such as zebra, black wildebeest, reedbuck and other small buck.