The Gauteng province in South Africa is fast-paced, colourful and vibrant. With its focal point in the city of Johannesburg, Gauteng has rapidly become a sought-after destination for many international travellers. The economic and commercial hub of Johannesburg has an amazing arrival point in its international airport OR Tambo, which has access to most major terminals on the African continent and indeed around the world.
Johannesburg is the pulse of the Rainbow Nation and has inspired many with its courageous tale of human spirit and belief. This is none more evident than in the Apartheid Museum, which tells a spellbinding tale of South Africa’s fight to free itself from the oppression of separation. Other popular attractions in Johannesburg include the shopping Meccas of Sandton City and Cresta, the Nelson Mandela Bridge, and the Emmarentia Dam – further highlighting the incredible contrasts of the city. Killarney is one of Johannesburg’s oldest suburbs and interestingly used to be known as the ‘Hollywood of South Africa’ as it was the home of the first film studio in the country; it also had the first shopping centre in the city further highlighting its historical appeal.
These days Killarney is best known for its magnificent championship golf course, which has been revamped into a top class green, and the area has many consulates and tall buildings. Another feature is its prominent Jewish and Muslim communities, with visitors able to locate both a synagogue and mosque fairly easily. Killarney is in close proximity to upmarket Houghton, which is the current residence of iconic former president Nelson ‘Madiba’ Mandela.