The Sunday Times Finder’s Keepers team have kicked off their nation-wide adventures in Gauteng, leading readers to the chance of winning R1 million.
Sunday Times travel editor Paul Ash alongside a TBCSA/TOMSA representative will lead the Finder’s Keepers team through Gauteng’s hidden tourism gems. If you’re looking to spend a few days out and about in the “Province of Gold”, there are an abundance of sites and attractions to explore and discover the very best that Gauteng has to offer.
The team first explored the ancient Tswaing Crater in the City of Tshwane and Cradle of Humankind, where they visited Maropeng and the wonder-filled Sterkfontein caves. They also enjoyed Glenburn Lodge’s legendary buffet.
From the ancient past, they chugged forward a few hundred thousand years to the era of the steam train, still alive and kicking in Gauteng, where Reefsteamers offer tours from Germiston to the Irene market or the Magaliesberg; and Friends of the Rail run trips from Pretoria to the diamond mining town of Cullinan. While exploring Pretoria, the team visited the Sammy Marks Museum and the Voortrekker Monument, before relaxing at the Court Classique Hotel in Arcadia and the magnificent Intundla Game Lodge and Bush Spa in Dinokeng.
In Jozi, the Finder’s Keepers team took in Liliesleaf Farm, the National Museum of Military History and the Apartheid Museum in downtown Johannesburg. They then embarked on the wild rides and casino thrills of Gold Reef City, before retiring to the luxurious Tsogo Sun Gold Reef City hotel. They also got an authentic taste of 1950’s Sophiatown, courtesy of the fine dining and shebeen swinging at Back o’ the Moon.
Back to the future/present: the team discovered some great tours of trendsetting Johannesburg and its surrounds. They explored Jozi’s mix of culture, creative edge and urban grit with tours by Past Experiences – who also helped the team explore Creative Jozi, Spicy Fordsburg, the bars of Braamfontein and more. Master storyteller, Robin Binckes then introduced the team to the vibrant township of Alexandra with an eye-opening tour.
Gauteng is crammed with treasure and only the adventurous will discover it. For more details on the hidden gems unearthed by the Finder’s Keepers team and the chance to win holiday prizes for a family of four at TOMSA levy contributor establishments as well as the grand prize of R1 million, get the Sunday Times this Sunday and check out the following social media sites:
For more information contact Boitumelo Moleleki at the Tourism Business Council of South Africa on 012 664 0120 or email [email protected]