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Centurion Travel Guide: 6 reviews and 17 photos

MY HOME TOWN

Since joining VT a few months ago, I've been asked repeatedly about my home town, Centurion. It is not clearly shown on most maps, and there is currently no VT page dedicated to it.

Centurion is a small city with a population of around 275 000. Although I wouldn't place it at the top of any list of recommended South African tourist attractions, it is a great place to stay, and deserving of some mention on VT. So here goes, this is my attempt to put Centurion on the map (so to speak) !

LOCATION

Centurion is located in the northeastern part of South Africa in the Gauteng (meaning "Place of gold") province. It is not shown on most maps because:

(1) It is located between the larger cities of Pretoria (to the north) and Johannesburg (to the south). Only these cities are usually shown on most maps.

(2) Although Centurion was recognised as an independent municipality until the year 2000, it now forms part of the greater Pretoria (or more correctly Tshwane, as it is known these days) metropolitan area.

CENTURION'S GROWTH

Centurion is one of the fastest growing urban areas in South Africa. This is mainly due to:

(1) Location, location, location. Since it is located between Pretoria and Johannesburg, it is a convenient place to stay for those who work in Johannesburg, but prefer not to stay there. Three major highways, linking Centurion with Pretoria, Johannesburg and Kempton Park (home to the O.R. Tambo International Airport - formerly known as the Johannesburg International Airport), are easily accessible.
(2) Climate. Centurion boasts warm summers, mild winters, lots of sunshine, summer rainfall and little wind.
(3) Excellent infrastructure. Good schools, a worldclass hospital, excellent shopping ammenities, several golf courses, and a famous cricket stadium.

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  • Pros:Great location, good infrastructure
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  • BillNJ's Profile Photo
    Mar 22, 2008 at 11:21 PM

    Wow, what a green lawn! Looks like a lovely place.

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Mar 18, 2008 at 2:53 PM

    Bobotie seems to be a delicious dish! The centurion mail is impressive!

  • RickinDutch's Profile Photo
    Feb 20, 2008 at 9:53 AM

    Nice work on your hometown. Birthday greetings from Alaska!

  • 350z's Profile Photo
    Dec 12, 2007 at 10:03 AM

    Gorgeous pics of the kids.....obviously takes after their Mom.........met a fellow from SA when I was living in Annapolis,MD.....he was selling a 42 foot "Cat" we sailed the Chesapeake for a week........nice people where you come from!!

  • hotsauce28's Profile Photo
    Oct 16, 2007 at 1:04 PM

    my goodness, you're just full of all kinds of information!! i couldn't even tell you the population of my city. very nice!

  • rexvaughan's Profile Photo
    Oct 16, 2007 at 9:47 AM

    Your tips are great and Centurion certainly looks inviting. Thanks.

  • SteveOSF's Profile Photo
    Oct 16, 2007 at 9:33 AM

    Nice page for Centurion. As a fellow engineer, I appreciate the chart and map. :)

  • Feb 19, 2007 at 6:59 AM

    may i swim in that Swimming pool please ?!!! lol

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