Johannesburg at a glance
West Rand is the name of the urban western part of the Witwatersrand and extends from Randfontein in the west to Roodepoort in the east, and includes the town of Krugersdorp. The areas of Carletonville and Westonaria are sometimes included as being part of the Far West Rand. Despite being a separate municipal area, like the East Rand, the West Rand is included in the Greater Johannesburg metropolitan area.
The West Rand grew out of the discovery of gold in the area, although a greater part of this area remains rural and largely unspoilt, encompassing some of Gauteng’s most beautiful scenery and enviable weather. Roodepoort has a busy business centre, with a large variety of shops, shopping centres and shopping malls, and is an extremely attractive residential area. It has lovely views of the city to the east and the Magaliesburg to the west.
WEST RAND ATTRACTIONS:
- Two mountain ranges, the Magaliesberg and the Witwatersberg, grace the western fringes of the region, which, when combined with the Skeerpoort and Crocodile River valleys, makes for beautiful and interesting hikes, rock climbs and days out in nature.
- The appealing Crocodile Ramble that meanders in and around the Cradle of Humankind and Hartbeespoort Dam, offers a series of art studios and galleries, pubs, tea gardens, nurseries, picnic and camping spots, bird walks, 4x4 trails, hiking and horse trails and a heritage tour and starts a mere 45 minutes from Johannesburg.
- On the eastern periphery of the stunning Magaliesberg Mountains you will find Hartbeespoort Dam, a major mecca for Gautengers and a hive of water activity over weekends.
- The little village of Muldersdrift also serves as a launching pad to the Cradle of Mankind and the Sterkfontein Caves declared a World heritage site in 1999.
- The Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve, the Wonder Cave, fish farms, steam train rides, trips to Soweto and the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens are just a few of the wonderful attractions on the West Rand, and reason a plenty to visit.
- There are golf courses and entertainment areas, as well as what many consider the city's finest park, the Witwatersrand Botanical Gardens. The area offers a wide range of services including a museum, major private hospitals, shopping centres, schools, country lodges, trails, restaurants, golf courses and country clubs