Local Attractions

What there is to do in and around Northcliff, Johannesburg

The Cradle of Humankind

is the world’s richest hominid site. Nestled in the Sterkfontein rural valley and is a World Heritage Site. Here, you can visit a number of historical sites.

The Sterkfontein Caves

are one of the worlds most productive and important palaeoanthropological sites. It is the place where the very first adult ape-man was found by Dr Robert Broom in 1936.

The Wonder Cave

is believed to be about 1.5 million years old. The 60 meter deep cave is accessible to visitors by elevator, and is located within the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve.

The Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve

is a privately owned, non-subsidesed game reserve, covering approximately 1 100 ha on the typical Highveld of Gauteng. The reserve is situated in the “Cradle of Humankind”, a declared World Heritage Site, about 40 km north-west of Johannesburg CBD and 60km west of Pretoria.

Gold Reef City

is a large amusement park south of Johannesburg. Located on an old gold mine, the park is themed around the gold rush on the Witwatersrand. The park staff dress in period costumes of the 1880s, and the buildings on the park are designed to mimic the same period.

The Apartheid Museum

is the pre-eminent museum in the world, dealing with apartheid in 20th century South Africa. The museum illustrates the rise and fall of apartheid. This is a multi-media experience complied by film-makers, designers and historian which should not be missed.

Sun City

is an internationally distinguished casino resort is located in the deep bushveld and will take your breath away. It features endless entertainment opportunities like golf (on the famous Gary Player golf course frequented by top players such as Ernie Els and Tiger Woods), catch the man-made waves at The Valley of Waves.


is a major game reserve in its own right. A self-guided geological auto trail has been developed, offering insight into the geology. Points of interest are marked along the roads and are described in a booklet which can be bought at shops in the park.


offers diverse entertainment from canopy tours, horse riding, ballooning, health spas, art galleries and strawberry picking to fine dining. Visit the Ngwenya Glass Village or the De Wildt Cheetah & Wildlife Centre and if that gets you thirsty head onto the “Gilroy Beer Tasting” and learn the secrets of beer making!

Soweto tours & Cultural Tours

A tour of Soweto offers a glimpse into a legendary township rooted in the history of South Africa. At number 8115 is the street’s main attraction – Nelson Mandela’s House, now a museum. The simple three-bedroomed home has been restored to what it looked like in 1946. He returned briefly to live in the house on his release from prison in February 1990.