Although Gauteng is the smallest province in South Africa it is the fastest growing province, with a massive population growth. It is soon said to have the highest population of any province in South Africa.
Gauteng was established in 1994 and means 'Place of Gold' in Sesotho - one of South Africa's 11 languages. Gauteng contributes more than 33 percent of South Africa's gross domestic product (GDP), and ten percent of the GDP of the entire African continent.
With many historical, cultural and natural attractions, Gauteng is divided into six regions - the West Rand (Mogale City and Magaliesberg), Tshwane (Pretoria), Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni (the East Rand), Metsweding (Cullinan) and Sedibeng (Vaal). Ekurhuleni is where you will find Africa's most modern international airport.
Gauteng is one of the wealthiest provinces in Africa, and is renowned as the entertainment epicenter of the country.
The two major cities in Gauteng are Johannesburg and Pretoria. Pretoria is said to have a more laid-back feel, it has lovely old buildings and roads paved with trees.
The city has access to a number of Nature Reserves that include Groenkloof, Rietfontein, Faerie Glen and Wonderboom nature reserves, as well as the National Botanical Gardens.
In summer the province has a pleasant climate with some thundery days. The Winters are alot dryer. The best months to visit is late spring and early autumn.