Destinations & Attractions in Sandton, in Johannesburg

Sandton Destinations & Attractions

There is no place in the world like Sandton, and it is not hard to see why. This is a prosperous part of Johannesburg. In fact, at about 156 square kilometres, Sandton is proud to be one of the wealthiest and most luxurious areas of the African continent. This does not only make it an exciting place to explore, but also an important hub for commerce and media.

Although Sandton was once a town in its own rights, it is now part of the Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality. Interestingly, it was in this area that many indigenous African groups once lived, before the area was colonised by European settlers. Therefore, parts of Sandton have particularly interesting historical contexts. Then, during the mid-20th century, the region was popular amongst those with small-holdings, many of whom owned horses, which gave Sandton the air of nobility and wealth that is still exudes.

Today, it is the address of an enormous number of corporate entities, establishing itself as a veritable commercial capital. One of Africa’s largest conventions centres, Sandton Convention Centre, enjoys prime positioning within the heart of this sector and hosts many significant local and international events.

Sandton City is the mall that lures millions, and delights those with a passion for shopping. There are over 140 000 square metres in which to browse the shops and boutiques, enjoy leisurely lunches and flat whites, or indulge in some fun-filled family entertainment. Sandton City is one of the largest malls in the Southern Hemisphere. It is also just around the corner from Nelson Mandela Square, which is landmarked by a massive bronze statue of Madiba himself. However, this square is about more than the impressive sculpture. It is a piazza with a particularly European look and feel to it. The square is home to some of the best restaurants in the region as well as a host of charming sidewalk cafés and about 90 shops and boutiques.

Because the township of Alexandra is situated within close proximity to the heart of Sandton, the cultural element of this Johannesburg region is undeniable.

The main suburbs of Sandton include Bryanston, Sandown, Atholl, Fourways, Gallo Manor, Illovo, Melrose Arch, Hyde Park, Buccleuch, Craighall, Rivonia, Woodmead, and Houghton.

Abbotsford

In addition to being green and lush, Abbotsford is known for being home to one of South Africa’s five Hindu Temples, known as Melrose Temple. It is close to Sandton and Rosebank, as well as a number of indulgent golf estates ...

Atholl

Atholl is the Mecca of suburban shopping in Johannesburg. A Sandton suburb, it has fabulous restaurants, shops and open areas in which to catch a breather on a busy day of retail therapy ...

Beverley

Nestled in amongst Lone Hill, Pine Slopes and across William Nicol Drive from Witkoppen, Beverley lies on the outskirts of Sandton. A fairly new suburb, in an affluent part of Johannesburg, Beverley rubs shoulders with Duinfern, ...

Bryanston

The upmarket suburb of Bryanston is abuzz with shopping opportunities and top-notch living. It is home to the well-known and loved Bryanston Shopping Centre. Bryanston is a popular suburb for tourists visiting Johannesburg, due ...

Buccleuch

Buccleuch is a pretty suburb of Sandton that is well-connected to the major highways (namely, the N1, N3 and M1). It is flanked by the Jukskei and Modderfontein rivers, making it a fertile neighbourhood, favoured by many bird ...

Chartwell

Perched on the hills of the same name, Chartwell is a suburb just a few minutes north of Fourways. The large estates occupy rolling hills, and have proven to be a popular spot for horses and their devoted owners. Views over ...

Craigavon

To the west of Cedar Avenue off Witkoppen and neighbour to Cedar Lakes, Brendavere and Maroeladal, Craigavon is largely modern townhouse country on the outskirts of Sandton. This part of Johannesburg has mushroomed in the last ...

Craighall

West Johannesburg is home to a number of beautiful suburbs, including Hyde Park, Rosebank and Sandton. One of these leafy hubs is Craighall. The sprawling properties and peaceful ambience put Craighall high on the list of demand ...

Douglasdale

Built on the original Douglas Dairy Farm, Douglasdale continues to exude a sense of country life, despite being in the heart of modern-day Jozi. It is an upmarket suburb with a fabulously deep cultural and historical context ...

Duxberry

Duxberry is a picturesque suburb that is undeniably tranquil. However, the main appeal amongst its residents is its close proximity to the city centre (including Sandton) and its dedicated security systems ...

Elton Hill

The small, fairly unknown suburb of Elton Hill is characterised by its emerald hues and serene atmosphere. It is secluded behind the Wanderers Golf Course and is within particularly easy access of Sandton and other major ...

Fourways

Fourways, in the heart of Sandton, is always abuzz with exciting things to do, events, and activities. It combines commercial and residential properties and is a cosmopolitan, upmarket place to be for locals as well as ...

Gallo Manor

Gallo Manor is an exclusive neighbourhood that is far removed from the city’s hustle and bustle, leaving it to be enjoyed by the “who’s who” that want tranquillity in a setting of class. It is particularly lush and green, giving ...

Glenadrienne

The Sandton neighbourhood of Glenadrienne is both scenic and extremely centrally situated. Being in the heart of Sandton, this neighbourhood is a shopper’s delight and will yield plenty of retail opportunities to anyone staying ...

Houghton

Houghton is an affluent suburb that boasts a number of impressive homes and estates (not least of all, one belonging to former President Nelson Mandela). It has a rich history and culture, but is also an attractive hub, with ...

Hurlingham

The elite suburb of Hurlingham is in high demand among the cosmopolitan folk of Gauteng. It is surrounded by similarly top-notch neighbourhoods, and is known for its impressive homes and scenic surrounds ...

Hyde Park

Hyde Park is all about beautiful homes, plenty of trees, and shopping, shopping, shopping. It is surrounded by Sandton, Rosebank and Melrose Arch, which are known for their incredible malls and boutiques. Still, the residential ...

Illovo

Illovo is neighbour to Craighall, Hyde Park and Sandhurst; known for its entertainment and shopping facilities. However, it is also an important sporting destination as it boasts the Wanderers Stadium and the Wanderers Golf ...

Inanda

Famous for being home to the Inanda Club (a prestigious polo ground), Inanda is a picturesque, exclusive neighbourhood. It is surrounded by other affluent residential hubs, and is within a short drive from many of Sandton’s top ...

Kelvin

Kelvin is a pretty area that is, at its hub, quiet and tranquil. It is also particularly well set up in terms of security measures, making it safe. However, it is situated within a few minutes of some of Johannesburg’s most ...

Linbro Park

Linbro Park offers a refreshing change from the opulence and busy pace of many other Sandton suburbs. It is a farm-style community that is rustic, even rural in places. Large homesteads occupy green land, while horses graze in ...

Lonehill

Lonehill is, not surprisingly, perched atop a hill, providing beautiful views of the city below. It is pretty in its own rights and, being home to the Lonehill Nature Reserve, is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream, with plenty of ...

Lyme Park

As South Africa’s commercial and retail hub, Johannesburg offers no shortage of desirable addresses, both for homes and for businesses. Lyme Park is one of the suburbs here that effectively combines close proximity to a number of ...

Mandela Square

Just next to the world-renowned Sandton City Shopping Centre is the popular attraction, Nelson Mandela Square. It is best known for the massive bronze statue of South Africa’s former president. Immediately surrounding the square, ...

Melrose

The once homely residential neighbourhood of Melrose is fast becoming a veritable commercial hotspot. However, it retains much of its residential charm. The streets are still flanked by tall trees, and the entire area is pretty ...

Melrose Arch

Melrose Arch is a pulsating epicentre that is characterised by commercial enterprises and modern lofts and apartments. It is ideal for entertaining, shopping, and contemporary living. It is cool and contemporary, a hub for locals ...

Melrose North

Flanked by Rosebank and Sandton City, Melrose North is a hive of shopping and fun. Still, being one of Johannesburg’s older suburbs means that its homes and properties reflect the charm and quality of yesteryear ...

Morningside

Morningside is a peaceful, upmarket suburb that provides a welcome retreat to those working in the chaos of the city centre. Many of its homes are large and old-fashioned, while there are also modern townhouse complexes ...

Parkmore

Parkmore is a pretty neighbourhood of old-fashioned homes from the middle of the 20th century. It is well-littered with foliage, but is convenient for its being only a short drive from the heart of Sandton, its commercial ...

Parktown North

With a rich, far-reaching history, Parktown North is a popular suburb among those who have a particular penchant for its colonial homes and undeniable charm. Today, this neighbourhood exudes much of the appeal of its heritage, ...

Paulshof

Lying slightly uphill from Sunninghill, on the other side of the N1 from Petervale and Rivonia, Paulshof is a fairly modern, upmarket suburb rich in townhouse complexes lying just above the Braamfontein Spruit. Paulshof is often ...

River Club

The chic, wealthy suburb of River Club is green and lush, home to a number of local bird species, which fill the air with their peaceful song. This is an upmarket area that is home to stunning homes, as well as plenty of elegant ...

Rivonia

As one of the wealthiest and most affluent suburbs of Sandton (and, in fact, Johannesburg as a whole), Rivonia is a popular hub of activity. It is a constant hive of fun and entertainment, with a distinctive vibe of its own ...

Rosebank

Rosebank is at the heart of shopping, commerce and entertainment in Johannesburg. Although relatively small, there is no end to the attractions and activities available to its visitors. In fact, it is this convenient size that ...

Sandhurst

Sandhurst is a secure, pretty neighbourhood that offers magnificent views of the Magaliesberg Mountain Range in the distance. It is an exclusive suburb in which some of Johannesburg’s most elite choose to live ...

Sandown

Although once a residential suburb, the commercial entities of Sandton have spread to occupy most of Sandown’s former homes. This area is convenient for its close proximity to the pulse of Sandton and its many shops and ...

Sandton CBD

Sandton’s Central Business District (CBD) is known for many things; not least of all for its being the wealthiest square mile on the continent. It is the address of a number of very important companies and corporations, and is a ...

Sandton Central

In the heart of Sandton’s business district, is a hub identified as the vibrant, high energy cluster of global trade and thought. This hub, known as the Sandton Central Management District, is this commercial centre of South ...

Sandton Square

Also known as Nelson Mandela Square for its huge bronze statue of our former president, measuring six metres in height, Sandton Square is a popular place to meet friends or business associates as it is home to an array of ...

Strathavon

Although only a short distance from the buzzing hive of Sandton, Strathavon is a peaceful retreat, known for its greenery and quiet ambience. It is well-connected via a series of major motorways, and is home to the picturesque ...

Sunninghill

Sunninghill has achieved the ideal blend of secure, gated communities and successful commercial enterprises, without either being compromised. It is vibrant, young and happening, popular amongst those that enjoy the pulse of the ...

Wendywood

The affluent gated suburb of Wendywood is one of Sandton’s oldest. It is about luxury and style within quieter surrounds than the city centre. Because it is so close to Sandton, many of its residents have chosen to live here ...

Winston Ridge

Huge homes and manicured gardens characterise the sought-after suburb of Winston Ridge. Although tiny, this neighbourhood offers its residents all of the amenities of Sandton within close proximity ...

Woodmead

Although Woodmead is actually a commercial hub, well connected to the major motorways, it remains scenic and attractive. Many who work in the epicentres of Midrand, Sandton and Fourways choose to live here for its accessibility ...
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