Johannesburg/Sandton

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Sandton rising above the urban forest

Sandton is an affluent suburb and business centre in Johannesburg.

It is home to the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (the largest in Africa and the twelfth largest in the world), a number of large financial institutions (including local head offices for some foreign banks) and the largest shopping centre in South Africa.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

From O.R. Tambo International Airport, after you exit the airport, follow R24 Johannesburg signs and the R24 to the Gillooly's Interchange, from here follow the N3 North towards Pretoria, take exit 124 (Sandton/M60 Marlboro Drive) turning left into Marlboro Drive, follow Marlboro Drive until the T-junction with Katherine Street, turn left into Katherine Street, and follow Katherine Street into Sandton.

From the M1, take exit 23 (Sandton/M40 Grayston Drive) or exit 26 (Sandton/M60 Marlboro Dr), and follow Marlboro Drive west until the T junction with Katherine Street (400 m), and turn left at Katherine Street into Sandton.

From the N1, take exit 100 (Sandton/M9 Rivonia Road) and follow Rivonia Road south towards Sandton or exit 95 (Sandton/R511 Williiam Nicol Drive) and follow south until it intersects with Sandton Drive, where you turn left.

Rush hour traffic during the week can make getting into and out of Sandton a painfully slow business; you will be wise to avoid 7AM-9AM and 4PM-7PM.

The Gautrain is now operational, although there are many car rental agencies in Sandton where you can rent a car? Good cheap car hire is available from Pace Car Rental in Marlboro.

Get around[edit]

By metered taxi[edit]

Taxis can be found at entrance 12 to Sandton City. Metered cabs can also be hired by calling Safecab on +27 861 66-55-66 or Sandton Cabs on +2711 039 4402. It is illegal for metered taxis to be hailed as is seen in many other cities (e.g. in New York City). Passengers may catch taxis only ifbooked (in person or by telephone), the only exception being in demarcated metered taxi zones.

Bus[edit]

Several main Metrobus routes serve the Sandton area, running regularly during the day in 30 min to 60 min intervals, as well as in the early evening. The 5C also runs regularly on weekends, including the normal early evening service. The 5C runs along Oxford Road and connects many important tourist attractions, including Sandton City, The Zone@Rosebank, and The Mall of Rosebank. Contact Metrobus on +27 11 375-5555 (Ext. 6) for more information on routes and timetables Metrobus is by far one of the safest and cheapest methods of getting around Sandton, and the City of Johannesburg. It must be noted, however, that Metrobus is not an alternative to private (hired) transport.

See[edit]

  • Nelson Mandela StatueNelson Mandela Square, Sandton City. The 6 m bronze statue of Nelson Mandela is a favorite photo spot for tourists.
  • Gallery on the SquareNelson Mandela Square +27 11 784-2847fax: +27 11 784-2849, e-mail: . Mon to Sat 9AM to 6PM. Exhibitions of South African and international art

Do[edit]

Buy[edit]

  • Sandton City5th St +27 11 217-6000fax: +27 11 883-0978, e-mail: . Open 9AM to 6PM Mon to Sat and 10AM to 4PM Sun. An extremely vibrant and popular shopping mall that dominated the Sandton area. It is affordable, but be prepared to pay a bit for the good quality that you buy. There are many unique shops here as well as typical South African franchises and even some British stores. You could easily spend an entire day here,

Eat[edit]

Sandton City Mall[edit]

Nelson Mandela Square at night

Nelson Mandela Square at Sandton City [1] offers a number of restaurants to choose from, as well as a food court with fast food outlets.

Sandton Area[edit]

The Greater Sandton areas has many modern excellent restaurants.

  • Col’CacchioBenmore Gardens Shopping Centre, Cnr Benmore Road & Grayston Drive +27 11 783-7650. Excellent stylish pizzeria chain found across South Africa. Offers a large variety of pizza and pasta
  • Riverside Café & BistroVillage Walk Shopping Centre, Maude Street Entrance +27 11 784-3390/1. Offers excellent pasta
  • The RajRivonia Junction, Cnr Rivonia Road and Mutual Ave +27 11 807-0471. Delicious rich Indian food
  • Ocean BasketMelrose Square Melrose Arch Corlett Dr Melrose & Sandton City Mall. Really good fish restaurant chain found across South Africa, good prices and quality food. The reality is that this is a franchised model - so if you really are on a holiday and want to taste the flavors of South Africa, avoid such franchised places (including the likes of KFC and McDonalds
  • M&AEdward Nathan Building, Cnr West & Maude Street +27 11 783-4134. Good selection of Italian food

Drink[edit]

Sleep[edit]

Sandton skyline from the Village Walk Center looking over the Balalaika Hotel towards Sandton City and the Michelangelo hotel
This guide uses the following price ranges for a standard double room:
Budget Under R500
Mid-range R500 to R1500
Splurge Over R1500


Budget[edit]

For cheap accommodation, you need to go to look in the other areas.

Mid range[edit]

Splurge[edit]

  • Blue Chip Accommodation. Provides various self catering apartments around the Sandton/Johannesburg area which enables the traveler to feel more at home. The apartments have fully equipped kitchens as well as a lounge with a television/prepaid telephone, bathroom/s, bedroom/s and either private balconies or gardens. All located in secure complexes with 24 hr guard and swimming pool.

Connect[edit]

Cheap Wi-Fi is available in many locations throughout Sandton:

  • Sandton City
  • Nelson Mandela Square
  • Sandton Convention Centre

Many hotels are also have their own Wi-Fi hotspots.

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