Only thirty years ago, Sandton, north of Johannesburg, was an open strip of highveld inhabited by estate owners and used largely for horse riding.
It is now the Gauteng property of choice, a sophisticated, upmarket suburb featuring expensive shops, world-class hotels and Johannesburg's most illustrious corporate adresses.
Where To Visit
Nelson Mandela Square
This is a popular meeting place, with sidewalk cafes, fine restaurants, theatre and some 93 exclusive shops. Its prime location in the heart of Sandton mean easy access to the financial district, the Sandton Convention Centre, world class hotels and Sandton Citys 295 shops.
The ultimate shopping experience in a world of its own, at Sandton City there is something for everyone from the adventurous to the discriminating, the trendy to the discerning.
Sandton City is the destination where international shoppers feel at home and local shoppers get away from it all.
Talk Tour lets tourists undertake personal walking tours of the area with stop-offs at restaurants in their own time. It provides a history and explanation of 29 Sandton landmarks in eight languages.
Colourful signposts along the route signals when to dial an 084 number for more information on a landmark. Pamphlets explaining the walk are available at all the hotels.
Western side of Lonehill Koppie.
Outspan Bird Sanctuary in Morningside
A sheltered sanctuary much-visited by local bird species.
Village Walk Shopping Centre
This quaint centre has been designed in a Neapolitan style and features stylish shops, coffeehouses, cinemas and video arcade.
Sandton's Galleries exhibit traditional South African Art as well as international art work.
Les Art International - Shop L39 Sandton Square
Gallery on the Square - L32 Sandton Square
Sandton Civic Gallery - Library on the Square
Where to Stay
Accommodation in Sandton and surrounding suburbs such as Sandown, Rivonia, Morningside, Bryanston and Fourways are plentiful and varied.