Sandton continues to reign as the most important financial and business district in South Africa, and arguably sub-Saharan Africa

Gauteng Tourist AttractionsThe Sandton Region

Despite Johannesburg’s city centre doing its utmost to change perceptions about its capacity to function as the heart of the city, Sandton continues to reign as the most important financial and business district in South Africa, and arguably sub-Saharan Africa. It has been such since 1990 when the mass exodus to the northern suburb first began, and Sandton became known not only as a materialistic centre, but as a refuge of the ‘white flight’ from Johannesburg’s CBD.

Where? Sandton, Gauteng, South Africa

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It is hard to believe that this sophisticated district, home to the top investment banks, financial consultants, the Johannesburg stock exchange, and one of the biggest convention centres on the continent, was but mere sandy horse trails where the ‘mink and manure set’ lived on wealthy, large estates 50 years ago - small wonder it is known as one of the most opulent areas in Johannesburg.

Sandton started life at the beginning of the century as the suburb of gentlemen – properties were no smaller than one morgen (just less than one hectare). Life has fundamentally not changed, although the landscape has radically altered. Gone are the farms and the sedate way of existence for the white upper class, to be replaced by glass and chrome buildings, and South Africa’s emerging black middle-class: the ‘empowerment kugels’, according to author Sarah Britten, do lunch not in Soweto but in Sandton.

Known as ‘Africa’s richest square mile’, Sandton has headed upward with a barrage of Manhattan-style skyscrapers that function as landmarks throughout Johannesburg, particularly Sandton City’s pyramid-style rooftop. Visit Nelson Mandela Square, various art galleries, or go on a personal walking tour that takes in 29 Sandton landmarks and stops off at various restaurants. To view a map see » Sandton Map.

Popular Towns in the Sandton Region, Gauteng


Overnight? Accommodation in Atholl
Atholl is an upmarket suburb in Johannesburg, located in the trendy and elite Sandton, home to lavish hotels, art galleries as well as world class restaurants and business centres. Atholl was the name of a former district in the Scottish Highlands...

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Benmore Gardens

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Benmore Gardens is one of Johannesburg’s pretty suburbs, where elegant family homes have large gardens, and the streets are flanked by plenty of trees. It is only two kilometres from the retail and commercial mecca of Sandton and just over 30...

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Overnight? Accommodation in 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, and the new cluster...

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Overnight? Accommodation in Bryanston
In 1969, Bryanston was established as a suburb of Sandton, but after municipal boundaries were revised following the end of Apartheid, it was merged with Johannesburg to form part of the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality. Bryanston...

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Overnight? Accommodation in Buccleuch
Buccleuch is the undiscovered jewel of Sandton, located midway between the N1 and the N3 (when travelling from Durban and Johannesburg International Airport). Buccleuch has its own off ramp to the highway, and at the Buccleuch inter...

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Overnight? Accommodation in Duxberry
The peaceful, leafy suburb of Duxberry borders on Morningside - residents often use the suburb names interchangeably - in the heart of the northern suburbs of Johannesburg that lie to the north west of the city, a string of upmarket areas with...

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Overnight? Accommodation in 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 seven year...

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Overnight? Accommodation in Craighall
Lying in the heart of the northern suburbs of Johannesburg, within easy reach of Hyde Park, Sandton and trendy Rosebank, Craighall is one of a string of leafy suburbs that form an affluent stretch on the western side of the city along the south...

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Overnight? Accommodation in Douglasdale
Douglasdale is a modern middle-upper class residential suburb of Johannesburg, South Africa. Douglasdale is located between the suburbs of Fourways and Bryanston, just north of the upmarket Sandton. The six lane N1 freeway forms its southern...

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Elton Hill

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Elton Hill is one of those little suburbs in Johannesburg that, because it is so small, is more often than not referred to by the name of a more prominent neighbouring suburb. Even its residents, to avoid confusion, tend to refer...

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Overnight? Accommodation in Fourways
There is always something going on and Fourways boasts a large number of attractions as well as activities for all different preferences. Some of the main attractions in Fourways are The Fourways Mall, Montecasino and the Fourways Crossing...

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Gallo Manor

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The upmarket northern suburb of Gallo Manor has managed to retain an almost park like atmosphere, attributable in part to the lush lawns, established gardens and tree-lined streets, but also because much of the suburb is cordoned off as a high...

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Stay? Accommodation in Glenadrienne
Nestled in amongst the neighbouring suburbs of Hurlingham and Willowild, and bordering the southern tip of the River club, Glenadrienne lies south of Replublic Road as it joins William Nicol Drive in Sandton. This northern, more sought after...

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Overnight? Accommodation Houghton
Houghton is an extremely wealthy suburb of Johannesburg, South Africa. In fact, one of the most famous residents of Houghton was Nelson Mandela, who owned a home there. Upper Houghton contains many buildings and houses of historical value to...

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Overnight? Accommodation in Hurlingham
Hurlingham lies between Sandhurst and Parkmore that form the bottom ends of a triangle with the Sandton CBD. That Craighall is a neighbour is one indication of Hurlinghams upmarket kudos, whilst a drive through the leafy suburb, which is...

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Hyde Park

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One of Johannesburg’s most sought after addresses, Hyde Park is fairly reminiscent of its London namesake in one respect - the houses here have been built on a grand scale in a similar fashion to those that grace the surrounds of Hyde Park...

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Overnight? Accommodation in Illovo
Illovo is home to the famous Wanderers Stadium, which is home to the Highveld Strikers, (Johannesburg's cricket team) as well as The Wanderers Golf Course. The Test, One Day and First class cricket matches are all played at The Wanderers Stadium...

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Overnight? Accommodation in Inanda
Tucked in behind the Wanderers Club in the crook where Corlett Drive meets Rivonia Road, Inanda lies nestled in amongst its affluent Sandton contemporaries - Craighall, Hyde Park, Dunkeld and Illovo. A peaceful and secure suburb, mostly due to...

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Overnight? Accommodation in Kelvin
The leafy upmarket suburb of Kelvin lies a relatively short distance from the Buccleuch Interchange, where no less than three major highways connect, to the East of M1 highway, making access to anywhere around the city fairly easy if there are no...

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Linbro Park

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On the other side of the N3 from Marlboro Drive lies Linbro Park, on the edge of it all. Whilst the west of the N3 - a major artery connecting the N12 and the N1 in Johannesburg but veering off all the way to Durban if necessary - is majorly...

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Overnight? Accommodation in Lonehill
It does not take a genius to work out that Lonehill, which lies just north of Witkoppen Road with excellent access to William Nicol Drive and the N1, must have been named after a solitary hill in the vicinity. Apart from the fact that this is...

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Lyme Park

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Lyme Park is situated close to suburbs like Sandhurst, Hyde Park, Dunkeld, Rosebank, Melville and Auckland Park, amongst others. These suburbs each have a vibe and character of their own, and are home to countless restaurants, boutiques, malls...

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Mandela Square

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Situated in the heart of Sandton in Johannesburg, South Africa, the Nelson Mandela Square is surrounded by world-class hotels and restaurants. The popular Sandton City Shopping Centre is adjacent to Mandela Square. The Square...

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Overnight? Accommodation in Melrose
From originally being just a small residential and mainly commercial area, Melrose has expanded into an up-market suburb with an expanding commercial sector. The streets are lined with many international branded motor car dealerships...

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Melrose Arch

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Melrose Arch is a vibrant and exclusive precinct alive with energy, social interaction and African internationalism. Melrose Arch is truly unique. Aesthetically appealing penthouses, cozy apartments and spacious lofts in Melrose Arch are the...

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Melrose North

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Melrose North, regarded as a suburb of Sandton, lies perfectly sandwiched between Rosebank and Sandton City, with easy access to the M1, the Corlett Drive onramp and within walking distance of Melrose Arch and the Wanderers Club, famous for its...

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Overnight? Accommodation in Morningside
Virtually just down the road from Sandton City, the upmarket suburb of Morningside in Sandton lies along both sides of Rivonia Road in the heart of the northern stretches of Johannesburg, yet manages to remain peaceful, quiet and relatively...

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Overnight? Accommodation in Parkmore
One more of a series of suburbs in Johannesburg with the word ‘park’ interjected in the name, Parkmore, neighbour to Sandown and Benmore, regards itself as a village. The pretty suburb does indeed boast the open spaces of George Lea Park...

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Parktown North

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Just north of Rosebank in the northern suburbs of Johannesburg, Parktown North, which takes its name rather obviously from its position north of the suburb of Parktown, is one of the oldest residential areas in the city with a rather interest...

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Overnight? Accommodation in 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 described as...

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River Club

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River Club lies just south west of Sandton, bordering on the neighbouring suburbs of Duxberry, Bryanston and Morningside. Most people do not even realise there is a suburb here, as River Club is so closely associated with the River Club...

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Overnight? Accommodation in Rivonia
It was in Rivonia at the location of Liliesleaf Farm where the accused in the 1964 Rivonia Trial were arrested. The Rivonia Trial was an infamous trial which took place in South Africa between 1963 and 1964, in which 10 leaders of the African...

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Overnight? Accommodation in Rosebank
Situated in Johannesburg, South Africa, Rosebank is a vibrant multi-cultural district, business node and tourist attraction. Rosebank is one of a kind in that it has effectively combined a successful commercial node within a pleasant working...

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Overnight? Accommodation in Sandhurst
Sandhurst is where the cream of society lives, and it isn’t difficult to imagine, given the size of the homes. Probably one of the main factors about staying in Sandhurst isn’t just the opulence - assuming that understated luxury is your thing...

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Overnight? Accommodation in Sandown
The neighbourhood of Sandown is dominated by business that has spread from the inner reaches of Sandton to claim former residences, large sprawling properties and a number of cluster developments, although these mainly hug the eastern reaches...

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Sandton CBD

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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 Mecca for...

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Sandton Central

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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 Africa and is...

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Overnight? Accommodation in Strathavon
Nestled in amongst the suburbs of Sandton like Benmore Gardens, Atholl Gardens, Sandown and Morningside, Strathavon lies just west of the M1, strategically placed for excellent access to this major tributary, Grayston Drive, and the Marlboro...

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Overnight? Accommodation in Sunninghill
The suburb of Sunninghill, aside from being really well situated when it comes to getting to the city centre, Sandton or Midrand, is one of few areas in Johannesburg where a residential and commercial sector co-exist rather successfully...

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Overnight? Accommodation in Wendywood
Close to the neighbouring northern suburbs of Morningside and Gallo Manor, the boomed area of Wendywood is one of the older upmarket suburbs in Sandton that offers calm, luxurious living close to the hub of Sandton, with little of the traffic...

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Winston Ridge

Overnight? Accommodation in Winston Ridge
Winston Ridge almost falls off the map it's such a small suburb, close to Melrose Arch and the suburbs of Bramley, Kentview (an equally tiny suburb), Illovo and Inanda just outside Sandton. It is tucked away behind the Wanderers Golf Course...

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Overnight? Accommodation in Woodmead
Woodmead, immediate neighbour to Sunninghill and Gallo Manor, is essentially a commercial suburb in northern Johannesburg. What makes it particularly viable is its position at the meeting of a number of highways - the N1, the N3 and...

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Did you know?

In the square of a huge shopping mall in Sandton stands the six metre high statue of Nelson Mandela (just his shoes are a metre in length), sculpted by Kobus Hattingh and Jacob Maponyane. The statue is surrounded by restaurants, a public library and a theatre. More than 10 000 businesses operate in the area.

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