Holiday Accommodation in Carletonville

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502 Nautica CarletonvilleSelf-catering
Crocodilian Estate CarletonvilleGuest House
Carletonville lies in the heart of the richest gold mining belt in South Africa. Situated 75km to the west of Johannesburg, it is surrounded by seven goldmines. The deepest gold mine in the world, at 4 200m, is found here at Western Deep Levels, as is the largest ice factory in the world which produces 70 tons of ice every hour to cool down the mine shafts and tunnels.

North-west of Carletonville is the Abe Bailey Nature Reserve, a 6 000ha stretch of wetlands and grasslands. Wildlife is plentiful, with some 250 different bird species, zebra, ostrich, antelope and black wildebeest bred from a pure gene pool. It is also the only place in the world where the white tail rat is conserved. Two different hiking trails here include ancient sinkholes and old Tswana settlements.

On Kleinfontein farm, outside the town, is Lepalong, a system of caves occupied between 1827 and 1836 by the Kwena people. The substantial remains of this completely underground village are still well preserved.

Also of interest is the Losberg Hiking Trail which includes the Tlokwe ruins, an old iron age settlement, with rock types and trees identified and clearly marked for visitors.

For those seeking different kinds of highs, Carletonville is home base to the Johannesburg Skydiving Club thanks to almost perfect year-round weather conditions. And for golf with a difference, two courses promise freely roaming game, including springbok, blesbok, impala and zebra.

Useful numbers:

Abe Bailey Nature Reserve (018) 788 3138 or 072 534 0437
Johannesburg Skydiving Club (011) 467 4734 Goldfields West Golf Course (018) 781 1570