money makes the world go round, Gauteng is one of its major axes. Meaning
'the place where the gold is' Gauteng is the economic powerhouse of Africa.
It is South Africa's smallest, wealthiest and most frenetic province. Everything
moves fast - cars zoom down the highways, people walk fast through the
malls and offices, and new buildings spring up on the drab brown Highveld
like so many glass and chrome mushrooms.
whole place buzzes with the energy of making money and spending money.
and Gauteng are virtually synonymous but there's more to this province
than the hectic Jozi. Pretoria is a laid back city with some lovely
old buildings and a wealth of cultural attractions.
restored mining village of Cullinan is worth a visit for its lovely old
buildings as well a mine tour and the opportunity to buy diamonds on site.
are a number of small nature reserves where you could go for walk, or even
a horse ride, and see some game. You could go hot air ballooning, paragliding
or skydiving. Or take a flip in a vintage plane. A tour of the Cradle of
Humankind, which is a world heritage site, offers a new way of looking
at human history and prehistory.
such a small province, Gauteng is virtually a hub, with easy access to
attractions in neighbouring provinces, most notably the Free State and
North West Province.
also known as eGoli (place of gold), is the largest and most populous
city in South Africa. The city is affectionately known as "Jo'burg", "Jozi"
and "JHB" by South Africans.
is the provincial capital of Gauteng, the wealthiest province in South
Africa, and the largest economy of any metropolitan region in Sub-Saharan
city is one of the 40 largest metropolitan areas in the world, and Africa's
only officially designated global city (classified as a gamma world city).
often assumed to be South Africa's capital, Johannesburg does not form
one of South Africa's three capital cities. Johannesburg does, however,
house the South African Constitutional Court - South Africa's highest court.
is the source of a large-scale gold and diamond trade, due to its location
on the mineral-rich Witwatersrand range of hills.
is also served by O.R. Tambo International Airport, the largest and busiest
airport in Africa and a gateway for international air travel to and from
the rest of southern Africa.
city enjoys a dry, sunny climate, with the exception of occasional late
afternoon downpours in the summer months of October to April. Temperatures
in Johannesburg are usually fairly mild thanks to the city's high altitude,
with the average maximum daytime temperature in January of 26ºC, dropping
to an average maximum of around 16°C in June.
the winter, the temperature occasionally drops to below freezing at nightime,
causing frost. Snow is a rare occurrence, with snowfall having been experienced
in September 1981 and light snow in August 2006. The annual average rainfall
is 713mm, which is mostly concentrated in the summer months.
Pride Melrose Arch Hotel, Johannesburg The Melrose Arch Hotel is
located in an urban development of the same name in Northern Johannesburg,
offering shops, restaurants and bars, kilometres from the city centre.
This four-floor hotel features 118 guestrooms with pared down contemporary
decor, featuring crisp white bed linen, leather headboards, exposed brick
and chrome light fittings. All have armchairs and writing desks, flatscreen
televisions with DVD players, DVDs, and high-speed Internet connections.
The hotel's main restaurant, the March, serves an exotic fusion of international
cuisines and guests dine within contemporary black and white decor with
innovative coloured walls and lighting features.
Hotel Wanderers, Johannesburg If you are looking for an
ideal holiday destination in Johannesburg, the Protea Hotel Wanderers is
a perfect place for you to reside and explore the surrounding areas.
Protea Hotel Wanderers is ideally situated on the green belt of Johannesburg,
in the prestigious northern suburb of Illovo, Sandton. This premier Protea
Hotel is minutes away from many of the major attractions including Sandton
City, Rosebank Mall, Melrose Arch precinct and the Johannesburg Zoo.
Soundproofing, earth tones and the harmonious design principles of Feng
Shui create an atmosphere of complete tranquillity and comfort in the superbly
designed bedrooms. Protea Hotel Wanderers offers a 24-hour coffee and cocktail
bar, with a separate up market smoking lounge for its guests to relax.
Rosebank Hotel, situated in the exclusive suburb of Rosebank, part of Greater
Sandton Johannesburg, has had a complete makeover and is finally ready
for you! This hotel, with an outstanding reputation for friendly,
efficient service, is currently under construction and will soon be unveiling
a modern new look and is open for bookings. Centrally located, the
sights and sounds of cosmopolitan Johannesburg are literally on the doorstep
including 3 shopping malls and the legendary African Craft Market.
This hotel is already renowned for it's absolute elegance with a tranquil,
relaxed atmosphere, it promises to exceed all expectations to new and returning
Park Hotel, Parktown, Johannesburg The Sunnyside Park Hotel
features Victorian and Edwardian architecture and was built in 1895. It
is located in the wealthy Johannesburg ridge-top suburb of Parktown and
is surrounded lawns and gardens. It offers 109 guestrooms, located on two
floors, which feature Victorian-style decor with floral prints and light
wood and cane furniture. All include air conditioning, complimentary bottled
water, coffee/tea makers, satellite television, direct-dial telephones,
wireless Internet access and complimentary newspapers. Bathrooms have hair
dryers and complimentary toiletries.
Westcliff, Johannesburg Situated
in Johannesburg's most exclusive residential suburb, The Westcliff's hillside
setting with cascading, sculpted gardens and elegantly opulent accommodation
evoke a bygone era of leisure and refinement in one of the world's most
vibrant and cosmopolitan cities. The hotel is a short drive from
the many shopping malls Johannesburg is renowned for and just 22 km from
O.R. Tambo (Johannesburg) International Airport. The hotel also offers
easy access to key business centres and is within easy reach of numerous
historical, sporting and adventure destinations, while being surrounded
by a proliferation of character-filled suburbs.
Schreiner Guest House, JUKSKEI PARK Villa
Schreiner is a family-owned romantic guest house under thatch situated
in the quiet residential suburb of Jukskei Park. Villa Schreiner is located
15 minutes from Fourways Mall, 25 minutes from Sandton City and close to
the famous Monte Casino. There are two excellent gourmet restaurants, a
coffee shop & boutique shops at the Douglasdale Shopping Centre, only
five minutes away. Our four beautiful, individually decorated rooms overlook
the beautiful tropical garden and heated pool. A full English and continental
breakfast is served outside on the sun patio or in the dining room.
is a town in the northern part of the Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan
Area, South Africa in the Gauteng Province. The name comes from the combination
of two suburbs, Sandown and Bryanston, both of which were named after places
in the United Kingdom. This year, the town will host the Miss World 2008
beauty pageant at the Sandton Convention Centre.
has become the new financial centre of South Africa and Johannesburg's
premier business centre. Much of the financial focus of Johannesburg has
shifted from the Central Business District to Sandton, especially in the
last 15 years. However, three of South Africa's four largest banks have
kept their head offices in downtown Johannesburg, along with Transnet,
the transport parastatal. The other bank, Nedbank, has its headquarters
much of the "new money" has moved north to Sandton, including investment
banks, financial consultants and the like. A considerable amount of the
city's A-grade office space is to be found in Sandton. The JSE Securities
Exchange, Johannesburg's stock exchange, relocated its offices to Sandton
from the Central Business District in the late 1990s. Sandton's gain was
the central business district's loss: it resulted from urban blight of
the downtown Johannesburg area.
is home to the Sandton Convention Centre, one of the largest convention
centres on the continent and primary site of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable
Development (also known as "Rio + 10"), which Johannesburg hosted. The
convention centre also hosted the African National Congress' victory celebrations
after the party won the 2004 elections.
of the main attractions in Sandton is Sandton City, which ranks among the
largest shopping centres in Africa. Together with Nelson Mandela Square,
the centre, with some 144,000m² of shopping space, is one of the largest
in the Southern Hemisphere, larger than Sydney's Westfield Parramatta or
Melbourne's Southland Shopping Centres. Much of Johannesburg's business
tourism is centred on Sandton, which has a string of 5-star hotels.
was recently announced by Liberty Properties that Sandton City will receive
a R1,77-billion upgrade. Liberty Properties chief executive Samuel Ogbu
has envisaged the complex as South Africa's very own Wall Street "Africa
is not for sissies, but we have a bold vision, which is to see the Sandton
City precinct as our own Wall Street." The redevelopment will include the
construction of an 80-storey office tower, a new hotel, new retail and
office space and residential apartments. The 80-storey office tower will
be the tallest building in Africa, replacing the Carlton Centre in Johannesburg
CBD. The extension will stretch to 30 000m² and the total complex
will have a gross lettable area of 158 000m² . London-based RTKL Associates
have been chosen to design the complex.
Mandela Square, formerly known as Sandton Square, was renamed in March
2004, after the unveiling of a 6-metre bronze statue of the former president,
one of South Africa's greatest statesmen. Perhaps ironically, Liliesleaf
Farm, where Mandela and other political activists were arrested in the
1960s and tried as part of the now infamous Rivonia Trial, is north of
Nelson Mandela Square, close to the M1 Highway, off Grayston Drive. The
area is now home to massive office parks and other developments, and little
remains of the farm.
Bed & Breakfast, Rivonia, SANDTON Winner
of the 2010 and 2009 AA Accommodation Awards, Rivonia Bed & Breakfast
offers secure accommodation in tranquil surroundings. Situated in
a quiet cul-de-sac, its rooms nestle in large rambling gardens. It is the
ideal location for business travellers and holiday makers alike. Strategically
located in Sandton, north of Johannesburg, the guesthouse offers easy access
to all major highways. It is located within easy reach of Sandton City,
the Sandton Convention Centre, Gallagher Estate, Sunninghill and Morningside
Clinics and Montecasino (transfers available).
Michelangelo Hotel, Sandton This
elegant hotel has captured the spirit of a bygone era while being at the
heart of the pulsating vibrant corporate capital of Africa, Sandton Square.
The hotel offers unsurpassed attention to detail and ensures that individual
needs and tastes are catered for in every possible way. Beautiful Renaissance-inspired
décor ensures that guests enjoy the utmost luxury both in their
private suites as well as in the lounges and other public areas of the
hotel. The Piccolo Mondo Restaurant for breakfast, lunch, and dinner
can accommodate up to 130 people in style and comfort. Member
of the Leading Hotels of the World.
Michelangelo Towers, Suite Hotel, Sandton The
Michelangelo Towers rises majestically above the Sandton skyline and offers
exquisite business accommodation in Sandton to both the corporate traveler
and leisure seeker. Offering panoramic views over the Magaliesburg and
the Gauteng skyline, Michelangelo Towers offers 194 suites that are the
epitome of luxury and style. Rooms at this business accommodation
in Sandton boast modern amenities including business facilities, indoor
and outdoor pools, and a private gymnasium. The Sandton Convention Centre
is in close proximity, making Michelangelo Towers the ideal venue for high
powered business executives.