Gauteng may not have the beaches or the mountains, but when it comes to December, you can’t beat Gauteng weather and its hospitality. And with its wide array of wheelchair-friendly attractions, it will definitely be a holiday to remember – it is the perfect place to create those lasting memories.

Maropeng Visitor Centre – The Cradle of Humankind

Located just 50 km northwest of Johannesburg, the Cradle of Humankind is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, boasting the largest concentration of human ancestral remains globally. At the heart of this site lies the Maropeng Visitor Centre, an award-winning exhibition offering a journey through time.

The Maropeng Visitor Centre takes visitors on a captivating exploration of human and ancestral development over millions of years. From the formation of the planet to the evolutionary processes shaping our world today, this world-class exhibition is a must-visit. Tickets can only be purchased online!

Lesedi – A Cultural Village Experience

Immerse yourself in the vibrant tapestry of Africa’s tribal history at Lesedi Cultural Village. Nestled within the Cradle of Humankind, Lesedi serves as the living custodian of Africa’s rich culture and history. The village offers two-hour cultural tours, either for lunch (Monati) or dinner (Boma), allowing visitors to choose a time that suits them.

Accessible pathways guide visitors through a multi-sensory presentation of South Africa’s indigenous origins, followed by a guided walk through tribal homesteads in the Lesedi Cultural Village. For those seeking an extended stay, Lesedi provides overnight accommodations, well-positioned to explore nearby attractions like Magaliesberg, Hartebeesport Dam, and Pilansberg.

Pilansberg Game Reserve

For an unforgettable wildlife experience, head to the Pilansberg Game Reserve. Whether on a full-day safari or opting for an overnight stay, this reserve, located near Johannesburg, is the perfect adventure. Here you will encounter the Big 5–elephants, rhinos, leopards, buffalos, and lions–just make sure you have your “spotting-eyes” ready!

And besides the big 5, the Pilansberg is a birder’s paradise, so make sure to keep an eye out for fish eagles and kingfishers circling the dam. With over 7000 animals freely roaming, including zebras, giraffes, cheetahs, and more than 300 bird species, there’s no need to head to the Kruger!

Jhb in a Day

Discover the best of Johannesburg in a day with the 1 Day Bus & Soweto Combo. This accessible adventure combines a city tour on an iconic open-top hop-on hop-off double-deck bus along with a guided exploration of Soweto’s key attractions. Here you will gain insights into the city’s history through onboard audio commentary while enjoying the freedom to get on and off as much as you like.

Guided by a local resident, delve into the history of Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela. Explore Soweto, often referred to as the “New York of Africa,” where Mandela once lived, and Gandhi began his legal career.

 

Conclusion

Gauteng’s wheelchair-friendly attractions open the doors to a world of history, culture, and wildlife, ensuring that everyone can savour the beauty and diversity Gauteng has to offer. Embark on an inclusive journey and create lasting memories in the heart of Gauteng. You won’t regret it!