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Where to Go in Johannesburg


Johannesburg's fast-paced, big-money lifestyle is exemplified by Sandton, the premier financial, retail and business suburb of South Africa's biggest and wealthiest city. Meetings between Sandton's affluent, designer-clothed residents are often conducted in the restaurants and cafes of the massive Sandton City Mall, which also offers excellent options for those in need of some retail therapy.

Easy to access from O R Tambo International Airport, there's plenty of accommodation in the suburb, most of which is in the form of large luxury hotels. Many travellers who require a single night's accommodation in Johannesburg generally stay here.

Fast-paced Sandton also has a buzzing nightlife but in this flat, sprawling suburb you need to plan where you're going, arrange transport and have your wits about you.

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Sandhurst is undoubtedly one of Johannesburg's most highly sought-after addresses: city high-flyers live in stately homes of staggering proportions surrounded by lush, manicured gardens. The size of the individual properties means that this leafy suburb has retained a sense of solitude despite its proximity to the city's business hub of Sandton.

Sandhurst's position on the north-western slope of the city provides its upmarket houses and sophisticated hotels with wonderful views of the Magaliesberg Mountains, while most of Johannesburg's major attractions lie just around the corner.


Illovo is an upmarket suburb of Johannesburg boasting stylish accommodation and sophisticated restaurants that are filled in the evenings with the city's socialites.

Illovo's close proximity to the Sandton business district means many young professionals and creative-types have made their home here. You're also likely to find many sporting enthusiasts due to the presence of the famous Wanderers Stadium - home to Johannesburg's cricket team - as well as the scenic Wanderers Golf Course.

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Westcliff is one of Johannesburg's most elegant older suburbs and is infused with a slow-paced way of life that feels far removed from the frenetic city centre, although it is situated just a 10-minute drive away.

Situated on tree-lined avenues, houses in Westcliff are typically large and gracious with manicured gardens. Westcliff's convenient location means that you are within minutes of Johannesburg Zoo while the charming pavement culture of Parkhurst lies just around the corner.

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Located in northern Johannesburg, Melrose was until recently a quiet residential suburb but it has since developed into an upmarket destination with an expanding commercial sector.

Its peaceful, tree-lined streets are home to several excellent coffee shops and restaurants and its central location makes it easy to access nearby attractions: the Wanders Cricket Ground is just a few blocks away while virtually next door are Rosebank's shopping centres and vibrant markets.

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Kyalami is best known for its motor racing circuit which has been used in past years for Grand Prix and Formula One events as well as the World Superbike series.

In recent years the area surrounding the race track has developed into an attractive residential and commercial suburb, featuring stylish accommodation and a handful of excellent restaurants and coffee shops.

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O R Tambo

Large and modern O R Tambo International Airport is located 24 kilometres (14 miles) north-east of central Johannesburg and serves as both South and Southern Africa's main hub for domestic and international travel.

There are several upmarket hotels located near O R Tambo, ideal for travelling businessmen or for those who need a single night stop-over between travel destinations.

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The town of Magaliesburg lies in the southern hills of the Magaliesberg Mountains, a range of ancient mountains close to the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site.

Perfect for a weekend away or a day's outing from Johannesburg, the Magaliesberg Mountains are home to deep ravines, sheer cliffs and freshwater streams waiting to be explored. If you wish to stay overnight, there are a number of elegant guesthouses located in their foothills.

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