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The pretty suburb of Observatory situated on a hill for obvious reasons, is home to the observatory site that stands on a 35-hectare site, declared the city’s first meteorological observatory site in 1903.
The stone building is small and attractive and, because it lies on a ridge, offers some of the most splendid views over Bellevue and Sandton. On a clear day, you can see all the way to the Voortrekker Monument, just south of Pretoria. It’s probably one of the best reasons for staying in the leafy suburb of Observatory - the views - which extend over the eastern side of the city and Bez Valley, and the feeling of being remote from the hum drum of city living. Pretty and large homes sit on broad streets in a part of Johannesburg that has remained surprisingly quiet and sedate, despite its proximity to the melting pot of Yeoville, a little further south of Observatory.
Observatory is just up the road from the Bruma flea market, Kensington and Eastgate shopping mall. The Observatory Golf Course might be one of the lesser known courses in Johannesburg, but it’s as good as many of its more famous neighbours. Newtown is about 20 minutes from Observatory - the hub of the city centre’s regeneration project and the site of the Market Theatre - whilst a visit to Gillooly’s farm in Bedfordview over a weekend is a lovely way to spend a morning or afternoon.
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Featured Attractions in (or near) Observatory
The Apartheid Museum is the story of the triumph of the human spirit over adversity. Beginning in 1948, the white elected National Party government initiated a process which turned over 20 million people into 2nd class citizens, damning them to a life of servitude, humiliation and abuse. Their liberation in ... more information
Ellis Park Stadium is a major football venue in South Africa. Ellis Park Stadium has been ear-marked as a semi-final venue for the 2010 South Africa World Cup. The Stadium underwent major renovations to fullfill all the FIFA™ requirements. New upper tiers were added behind each goal, adding an ... more information
Situated in the grounds of the University of the Witwatersrand (entrance in Yale Road, alongside the M1). Seating for over 400 persons. Educational and entertaining programmes on different aspects of astronomy are held every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Phone: + 27 (0)11 717-1392.
Observatory Golf Course is one of the less well known Johannesburg courses, but just as good as many of its more famous neighbors. A sophisticated watering system keeps the course green even in winter. Avenues of narrow, tree-lined fairways make accuracy from the tee the golfers' prime... more information
In Johannesburg when you speak about ‘going to the races’ you’re usually referring to spending a day watching horses race at the Turffontein race track, one of the oldest horse racing venues in South Africa, built in 1887. Set in the southern suburbs, Turffontein is easy to get to from the M2 highway, has plenty ... more information