When Australian digger George Harrison first struck gold on the Witwatersrand reef in 1886, he could little have imagined that he was in at the birth of what would become the financial, economic and industrial hub of Africa and a world-class African city. In 13 decades Johannesburg has gone from tents to towers, shanties to skyscrapers, muddy tracks to municipalities, almost treeless high-altitude grasslands to one of the biggest urban forests in the world.
Neighbourhoods in Johannesburg
The township of Kliptown (which forms the southern part of the larger township of Soweto) was first laid out in 1891 on a portion of the Klipspruit farm and grew rapidly
Conveniently located between Johannesburg’s business hubs Rosebank and Sandton, the leafy suburb of Illovo boasts of loads of apartments blocks, cafes and trendy restaurants. Its attraction to young professionals a
Hidden between Delta Park and the Johannesburg Botanical Garden, you will find the quiet leafy suburb of Victory Park, regarded as one of the safest suburbs in Johannesburg where
The pretty suburb of Linden stretches along a hill that slopes down to the Braamfontein Spruit in Randburg, north-west Johannesburg. The area was originally farmland, named after farmer Johannes Jacobus
Divided by the busy thoroughfare of Louis Botha Avenue lies Orange Grove, one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Johannesburg. Originally known as Lemoen Plaas, Afrikaans for Orange Farm, the suburb
The pretty suburbs of Greenside and Emmarentia are bordered on one side by the Emmarentia Dam and the adjoining Johannesburg Botanical Gardens, and on the other by the
Midway between Pretoria and Johannesburg, the steadily expanding area of Midrand (formerly known as Halfway House) is a relatively new addition to Gauteng’s landscape. The first o
Fourways is a massive residential area stretching across a broad swathe of northern Johannesburg, bordered by Bryanston to the south and Lanseria to the north. The fastest growing
Sitting between the M1 highway and Linksfield Ridge, Norwood is one of the city’s oldest suburbs with most homes dating back to the 1920s and 1930s.
Johannesburg’s first Chinatown grew along Commissioner Street in the early 20th century when scores of Chinese settlers were brought to South Africa as cheap labour to work in the&n
Melrose is a stylish urban precinct in Johannesburg’s northern suburbs, conveniently situated between Rosebank and Sandton. Melrose is divided by the main thoroughfare Corlett Drive, and is home t
Lying directly between Johannesburg’s historic city centre and the newer Sandton business district and with a Gautrain station right on its doorstep, the Rosebank Precinct is one of the m
The work of a single property development company, the inner-city district of Maboneng began life in 2008 when local developer and entrepreneur Jonathan Liebmann bought up dozens of
The city of Johannesburg, more commonly known as Jozi, lies in the heart of Gauteng and includes the city’s vibrant central business district and a vast r
Right next to Johannesburg’s city centre, Fordsburg – once part of the original farm on which gold was discovered and today a bustling suburb of shops, stalls, restaurants, barbers and
Just 50 years ago Sandton's Central Business District was little more than rolling farmland. Nowadays however it is the economic hub of South Africa, the location for the headquarters of many
Home to the main campus of the University of the Witwatersrand, Braamfontein is Johannesburg's most youthful neighbourhood, populated by a cosmopolitan mix of students, academics and young professionals. The nightlife
An area very popular with locals and visitors alike, the busy suburb of Parkhurst, just north of Rosebank, is one of Johannesburg’s top dining and shopping destinations. If you l
Once upon a time, Newtown was a shabby industrial area, run down and dirty, a no-go area for locals and visitors alike. Today, as the result of a city regeneration
There can be few places in the world whose name is more synonymous with modern-day freedom struggles than South Africa’s black township of Soweto.
Alexandra, or Alex as it is commonly known, is densely packed with shacks and dwellings of all kinds, but as it undergoes the Alexandra Renewal Project, shanties are being
Although it doesn’t quite have the Bohemian glamour and buzz it once had, today the village of Melville is reinventing itself and is well worth a visit, especially if y
Attractions in Johannesburg
The aptly named KCC La Vie en Rose is an exclusive garden restaurant that will surely become a favoured dining destination. The “KCC” indicates that you will find it wit
For a unique eco-experience that involves negotiating a maze of challenging obstacles high above the ground, try Midvaal Treetop Adventures in Vereeniging.
The bicycle tours by Lebo’s Soweto Backpackers allow you to explore the country’s most dynamic township on a bicycle and take in its neighbourhoods, residents and history – up close