A city in the Gauteng province of South Africa, just a few miles south of Pretoria, Centurion is one of the fastest-growing cities in the entire country. Many people living in Pretoria and some of the outlying suburbs of Johannesburg come to work here, although it also attracts people for its shopping facilities and sporting venues. Throughout its history, Centurion has had links to the military, being home to a former airfield, while many aerospace firms are located here, creating future aircraft for military and civilian use. The city also enjoys great transport links to other major cities and towns in South Africa, particularly other parts of Gauteng such as Johannesburg and Pretoria.
A small car would be the best vehicle to use for driving through the suburbs, especially if you need to park it on a sidewalk.
Driving in Centurion
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Important things to note
Some of the main roads into Centurion are toll roads, so it’s important to have some change on you just in case.
Traffic near the SuperSport Park can be heavy on match days. Just in case, it’s worth checking whether the Titans or national team are playing during your visit.
The N1 Highway goes through the middle of Centurion and, at times, can be jammed during morning and evening rush hours.
Highlights & Hotspots
Centurion Art Gallery, lying in the city centre, has a number of works from artists in the local area, as well as some from further afield. The Gallery is open on weekdays throughout the year and is an ideal place to take the kids.
The largest shopping centre in the city is Centurion Mall, right in the middle of the city centre. It has a number of shops selling everything from electrical goods to clothes and curios, many of which you can’t find elsewhere in the country.
SuperSport Park is the city’s main cricket stadium. It regularly hosts matches for the South Africa national team as well as games involving local and regional teams including the Titans, who are one of the biggest clubs in South Africa.
Smuts House Museum was the home of the country’s president during World War Two, Jan Smuts. The museum is a preserved home containing many artefacts about Smuts as well as one of only three UN depository libraries in the entire country
The nearest major airport to Centurion is O. R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, nine miles south of the city. It has two terminals ‚Äì A for international flights and B for domestic. Destinations worldwide are served including London, Beijing and Washington.
To get there, you should take the N1 northbound until reaching the junction with the R21, then continue south on that road until reaching the exit for O. R. Tambo.