Roodepoort means ‘red valley’ because of the red soil that is found in the area. This area is now a blend of agricultural holdings, residential suburbs, mining and commercial activity in Constantia and Westgate. Suburbs here include Honey Hills, Fleurhof and Allen’s Nek.
Roodepoort offers numerous types of accommodation that start from budget accommodation to the more exclusive bed and breakfasts. There are several hotels, guesthouses and self-catering chalets where a visitor can comfortably stay.
Top Roodepoort Attractions
The Bernard Price Institute of Palaeontology showcases prehistoric artefacts of the incredible dinosaur digs that have been carried out in the Karoo region of South Africa. Collections of fossils are on show. Certain specimens are allowed to be touched so as to get a real feel of how they used to be. There are also wheelchair-friendly tours of the institute. Moving dinosaur replicas are also shown, complete with sound and colour effects.
The National Railway Museum displays more than 100 underground electric, diesel and steam locomotives, steamrollers, older passenger coaches and steam cranes from the steam era.
The Wonder Cave has amazing crystal and rock formations. It also features amazing stalagmites and stalactites and brimstone pools.
The Nelson Mandela Museum is made out of Mandela’s former house, and is full of his personal artefacts. Soweto residents give tours and explain to visitors the stories and facts about these items and the man.
Roodepoort, Johannesburg accommodation could include staying at a guesthouse as an alternative to a hotel. Many services that are offered at a hotel can also be found in these establishments, such as laundry service, credit card facility and airport transfers. Cheap hotels in Roodepoort, Johannesburg, boutique hotels, inns and resorts and even five-star hotels can all be found within this area. Other accommodation options include self-catering, such as chalets, cottages, villas, holiday homes and holiday apartments.