Gauteng Province is the smallest in South Africa, yet it is home to Pretoria, the capital, and to Johannesburg, the economic powerhouse of Africa.
Aloe Lane Guest Lodge is located in Glenferness, which is in the Northern suburbs of Johannesburg, in an area called Midrand. This is just 30 minutes from Johannesburg’s busy Oliver Tambo International Airport and from Lanseria Airport, where numerous domestic flights are available to other areas of Southern Africa.
Most visitors to the region arrive at Oliver Tambo Airport, which is the main point of entry for the country. From here, Lanseria provides easy access to the Kruger Park via a domestic flight to Nelspruit Airport near the south of the park – or you could opt to drive it in around five hours if you prefer.
A quick history lesson!
Johannesburg is just over a century old, and its development has followed the fortunes of the Witwatersrand (White Water Reef), the rich gold-bearing rock reef that stretches across this area of central South Africa.
The initial gold rush started in the 1880s, and barely ten years later Johannesburg had become South Africa’s largest town and the site of frenzied development that has been ongoing ever since. Today it is a city of contrasts, with modern, glass-paned high-rise buildings towering beside a few remaining dilapidated Victorian buildings, and affluent northern suburbs filled with stunning private homes.
Also known by its African name, Egoli – which means ‘the place of gold’ – Johannesburg now has more than 11 million inhabitants, who are known for living fast and having a restless spirit, which they have imparted into the fabric of the city.
There is an ever-growing suburban sprawl creeping outwards from the central skyscrapers and ring-road motorways – making it hard to visit the city and yet still manage to find a tranquil refuge in which to get a taste of the ‘real Africa’. Which is of course where Aloe Lane Guest Lodge comes in!
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