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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

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 Taxi 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 if booked in advance(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.

By Train[edit]

  • Park Station is Johannesburg's central station and is in the city center between Rissik (west), Wolmarans (north), Wanderers (east) and De Villiers (south) streets, it occupies several blocks. Whilst the station itself is quite safe, the areas around it may not be. Be careful and try to organise onward transport prior to arrival. All long-distance Spoornet trains are quite safe, as are most MetroRail trains. The best is, prior to using any public transport to ask local people.
  • Spoornet [97] {{dead link|October 2017}} is a freight train company but they do have a branch that offers a passenger service called: Shosholoza Meyl. There are 8 primary routes that link South Africa's cities with smaller towns along each route. There are regular inter-city trains to destinations all over the country, including Cape Town, Durban, Pretoria, Bloemfontein, Kimberley, Port Elizabeth, East London, Pietermaritzburg, Nelspruit and Polokwane. Passengers can chose to travel in the tourist class where there is an option of either a coupe that can accommodate two people or a compartment that can seat four people. If traveling over night these compartments become bedrooms. Another option is the economy class which of course is cheaper, with chairs that can recline but not, alas, turn into beds. There is dinning car on the trains where you can buy food. If you are traveling in a coupe or compartment then there is a trolley service available saving you form ever having to leave your compartment
  • MetroRail [98] operates frequent commuter trains to many suburbs and outlying towns. As Metrorail operates services in several separate cities, for operational purposes it is subdivided into five regions. The Gauteng region is the one entailing the greater Johannesburg area. Trains run from Johannesburg and Germiston outwards to Springs, Pretoria, Soweto and Krugersdorp.
  • Gautrain [99] is a first-world-quality commuter train with two lines, namely Johannesburg-Hatfield and Sandton-OR Tambo airport. Interchange is at Sandton or Marlboro. All journeys are paid using a non-refundable R15 gold card. Gautrain has much fewer stops and shorter travel times than MetroRail but is also significantly more expensive. For example, using Gautrain Johannesburg-Pretoria takes 35 minutes and costs R46 (excluding card purchase), whereas with MetroRail it costs R9 but takes 1 hour 40 minutes. Gautrain is very secure - lots of cameras and guards on the trains and platforms.

By car rental[edit]

  • Cabs Car Hire (Car Hire),  +27 21 386 5500 (info@cabs.co.za), [1]. Car rentals in Johannesburg.  edit
  • First Car Rental (Car Hire),  (0027)11 230-9999 (reservations@cmh.co.za), [2]. Car rentals in Johannesburg and Johannesburg Airport.  edit
  • Pace Car Rental (Car Hire), 34 14th Street, Marlboro , Sandton,  011 262 5500 or 087 808 2542 (info@pacecarrental.co.za), [3]. Long Term Car Rental in Johannesburg South Africa.  edit
  • Europcar Car Hire (Car Hire),  (011) 883-4352 (info@europcar.co.za), [4]. Car rentals in Johannesburg and Johannesburg Airport.  edit

See[edit]

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

Do[edit]

Buy[edit]

  • Sandton City, 5th St, +27 11 217-6000, fax: +27 11 883-0978, e-mail: . M-Sa 9AM-6PM, Su 10AM-4PM. 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’Cacchio, Benmore 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
  • [formerly dead link]Riverside Café & Bistro, Village Walk Shopping Centre, Maude Street Entrance, +27 11 784-3390. Offers excellent pasta.
  • The Raj, Rivonia Junction, Cnr Rivonia Road and Mutual Ave, +27 11 807-0471. Delicious rich Indian food.
  • Ocean Basket, Melrose 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 McDonald's).
  • M&A, Edward 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.

This district travel guide to Sandton is a usable article. It has information for getting in as well as some complete entries for restaurants and hotels. An adventurous person could use this article, but please feel free to improve it by editing the page.