Geography and history
Merafong City is a city situated in the Dr Kenneth Kaunda region of the North West Province in South Africa. This area is also made up of the following towns – Carletonville, Fochville, Greenspark, Khutsong, Kokosi, Wedela and Welverdiend. The discovery of rich gold reefs in the 1930s led to the formation of this cluster of towns. This are encloses some of the richest gold mines in the world.
Merafong City is located about 65 km from Johannesburg and tourists can visit by using two national roads, namely the N12 and N14. The inclusion of the seven towns makes the population number very high – about 200 000 residents. Fochville is the oldest town in the region, and was declared a town in 1951. Attached to Fochville and Carletonville are the towns of Khutsong, Kokosi, Greenspark, Welverdiend, and Blybank.
The Cradle of Humankind is one of eight World Heritage Sites in South Africa, and the only one in Gauteng. It is widely recognised as the place from which all of humankind originated.
Merafong City has numerous options with regards to tourist accommodation. There is an option for every visitor and budget. Facilities in the area include bed and breakfasts, guest houses, guest farms, hotels, lodges and self-catering units. If you would like more information on places to stay in the area, please visit our accommodation directory.
There are many nature inspired activities and attractions in and around Merafong City. The Abe Bailey Nature Reserve will excite every member of the family. There are many species of birds and wildlife to behold, especially waterbirds and zebra.
Other things to do in Merafong City include:
- Hut Caves (On Kleinfontein Farm)
- Living Gold Rose Farm (World class roses)
- “Oer” Sinkhole (Natural phenomenon caused by water erosion)
- Piet Viljoen Park
- Tlokwe Ruins (Tswana stone kraal remains)
Merafong City covers a large ground area and therefore has many businesses to suit a tourist’s every essential need. There are stalls, shops, products and exciting restaurants available in the area. If you would like a complete list of all the businesses in the area, please see our business directory.
|Merafong City Tourism Office Information|
|Telephone:||+27 11 411 5272|
|Fax:||+27 11 412 3663|
|Address:||Cnr Sixth & Park Street - Randfontien - South Africa