The province of Gauteng, the ‘place of gold’, is the economic heart of the country and includes bustling Johannesburg, vibrant Soweto and elegant Pretoria. Johannesburg is the major transport hub and offers world class shopping and interesting museums. A visit to the sprawling township of Soweto is deeply rewarding for a political, cultural and historical appreciation of the country. Nearby the capital of Pretoria has a quiet ambience, numerous old buildings and a fascinating history. Every spring, the city is radiant with colour as the Jacaranda trees which line the streets, burst into bloom. Beyond the city limits, you can spot wildlife in the African veld or hike through the craggy rock formations and across bush-brown hills. North of Johannesburg, the reserves of the Waterberg, Madikwe and Pilansberg National Park offer excellent malaria free game viewing.