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Sandton City is a shopping centre located in Sandton, Johannesburg that was built as pioneer centre in 1973. Sandton City is the ultimate shopping destination!
Sandton City Shopping Centre showcases the very best fashion and lifestyle brands that South Africa and the world have to offer – the centre is alive with international glamour, the African spirit and true South African style – a favourite with international and local shoppers alike..
Adjoined to Sandton City Shopping Centre is Nelson Mandela Square, home to some of the finest restaurants in South Africa. Whether you’re in the mood for the best South African wine, the most generous Greek platters, authentic African cuisine, or merely a cup of creamy Italian coffee, you can find it all and so much more. The cosmopolitan atmosphere comes to life under the sunny African sky and breath-taking surrounds where business lunches, romantic dinners for two and travellers’ breakfasts are enjoyed around the same tables.
Sandton City and Nelson Mandela Square offer over 400 of the most desirable international and local fashion brands. Exceptional collections of premier, luxurious brands from abroad include the likes of Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Armani, Mont Blanc, Cartier, Fendi and Lacoste. Sandton City is the original, the benchmark, the icon
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The powerful magic of Africa is perfectly fused with the elegance and sophistication of Europe to create a world of shopping splendour at one of South Africa’s leading shopping and entertainment complexes, The Mall of Rosebank in Johannesburg. Situated in one of the trendiest business nodes in the country, it is easily accessible from all major cities in Gauteng via the M1 freeway and offers a shopping and entertainment experience of world-class proportions, not only for local shoppers and fun seekers, but also for international visitors.
This three-storey retail Mecca boasts 120 stylish stores that offer the discerning shopper an assortment of pleasurable shopping delights ranging from women’s and men’s fashion and accessory outlets, upmarket restaurants, smart coffee bars, a Cinema Nouveau, African Craft Market and a popular Sunday rooftop market. Whether you are looking to unwind, have a gourmet meal, indulge in one of the latest movies or are in the mood for serious retail therapy, The Mall of Rosebank with its range and variety is the place to shop.
The mall has a modern design and feel, with spacious walkways, plenty of light making it shopper-friendly and combined with outdoor restaurants allows for the full enjoyment of the good South African weather conditions. From high end designer fashion to casual weekend wear the 45 fashion and accessory stores will ensure that each customer leaves with a sense of their own individual style.
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The Square, designed to bring to life an Italian styled piazza under the African sky is a major focal point of Sandton Central – completed after a decade of robust interactions between local government and various private enterprise players. On the 31st of March 2004 the world’s first public statue of Nelson Mandela – was officially unveiled in Johannesburg, South Africa at an auspicious occasion held in what was then Sandton Square, now renamed NELSON MANDELA SQUARE at Sandton City. This celebratory event also marked the Square’s tenth anniversary and commemorated South Africa’s first decade of democracy
The six-metre tall bronze statue was erected to honour and pay tribute to the great South African freedom fighter and statesman: President Nelson Mandela. The intention was also to create a focal point where local and foreign tourists could contemplate the events that led to the creation of the miracle of the Rainbow Nation.
To this end NELSON MANDELA SQUARE at Sandton City introduced talks and tours so visitors can be inspired.
Sandton is, without a doubt the most important business and financial district in South Africa, and plausibly even in sub-Saharan Africa.
The ‘Southern Suburbs’ of Sandton were laid out quite early in the century and by the 1930s they were well established as ‘gentleman estate’ areas with most of the properties being “one morgen” or larger. At this stage the ‘northern’ suburbs of Johannesburg were established and in some cases the suburbs extended beyond the boundaries of the city.
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Welcome to design Quarter
Glorious new ideas, unique furnishings and gorgeous object d’art.
Design Quarter is ‘très chic’. Just off William Nicol Drive in Fourways, Design Quarter caters to savvy shoppers, interior designers, décor consultants, suppliers, architects and developers.
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For great family entertainment, experience the wonder of the Montecasino Bird Gardens – the only bird park of its kind in Africa and Johannesburg’s best kept secret.
Here, you can wander along enchanted walkways within magnificent gardens and marvel at a variety of colourful birds, mammals, reptiles and unusual animals from around the world.
In the walk-through Aviary, you’ll find over 60 species of birds including Scarlet Ibises, Royal Starlings and Nicobar pigeons, reptiles and small mammals, with smaller antelope wandering freely in the undergrowth.
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Hartbeespoort Dam also known as Harties (officially the Hartbeespoort Dam Reservoir) is a dam situated in the North West Province of South Africa. It lies in a valley to the south of the Magaliesberg mountain range and north of the Witwatersberg mountain range, about 35 kilometres west of Pretoria.
The name of the dam means “pass of the hartbees” (a species of antelope) in Afrikaans. The dam was originally designed for irrigation which is currently its primary use.
The town of Hartbeespoort is situated close to the dam wall and the villages of Kosmos, Melodie, Ifafi and Meerhof can be found alongside its banks. Hartbeespoort was previously known as Schoemansville, after General Hendrik Schoeman.
Hartbeespoort has become a very popular holiday and weekend resort for the inhabitants of Johannesburg and Pretoria; it is the principal water recreation area of northern Gauteng and many types of water sports are practiced on the dam. The Transvaal Yacht Club has been operating at the dam since its construction in 1923.
Johannesburg Botanical Gardens
Set on the western shores of the Emmarentia Dam, Johannesburg Botanic Garden is one of the city’s parks – a green space in the middle of Jo’burgs northern suburbs about 6 kilometres from the city centre – with over 30 000 trees, a large rose garden, the site of over 4 500 varieties, and a space through which Jo’burgers can stroll and meet to relax for picnics and play with children.
Interestingly, the Johannesburg Botanic Garden is also one of the youngest gardens in the country at only just over 30 years of age. It was voted the best passive recreation space in the city by its residents in 2004 that make use of the greenery to escape the drudgery of city living, and is involved in a seed exchange programme with another 300 odd gardens throughout the world.
The Johannesburg Botanic Garden has some of the finest plant collections in the world that include indigenous trees and succulents, and its herb garden contains a surprising collection of traditional African medicinal herbs, culinary, medicinal and cosmetic herbs.
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Gold Reef City
Gold Reef City is a large amusement park in Johannesburg, South Africa. Located on an old gold mine, the park is themed around the gold rush on the Witwatersrand. Park staff wear period costumes of the 1880s, and the buildings on the park are designed to mimic the same period. There is a museum dedicated to gold mining on the grounds where it is possible to see a gold-containing ore vein and see how real gold is poured into barrels.
There are many attractions at Gold Reef City, not the least of which are water rides and roller coasters. The liveshows of Idols South Africa are filmed live in the “Hippodrome”, a large auditorium based in the park.
Gold Reef City is located to the south of the Central Business District off of the M1. It is also the site of the Apartheid Museum.
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Sun City, unique in the context of world resorts, with a combination of features unmatched anywhere, draws thousands of visitors each year to its four top-quality hotels, a Vacation Club plus magnificent sporting and recreational facilities including 2 world class golf courses, and the magical Lost City water-park, The Valley of Waves.
Only 187 km from Johannesburg, the resort, situated in the bushveld of South Africa’s North West province, is surrounded by the imposing mountains of the Pilanesberg. The wide choice of conference venues ensure a level of convention and banqueting facilities which few can beat.
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Bruma Lake Flea Market
Bruma Lake flea market is the result of the successful conversion of an old sewerage catchment area into a awesome lakeside market, mall and commercial parks. With over 620 traders stock a multitude of exciting curios and antiques, from textiles to furniture. This is the place to get that special something, or simply to browse and get a feel for grassroots trade in Johannesburg.
Bruma lake is designed to resemble a fisherman’s village; the area offers a string of restaurants and shopping venues well patronized by bargain hunters and window shoppers alike.
While the flea market has a host of stalls selling generic goods, there are also fine examples of African carvings, steel and metal work, as well as some great fast food of various nationalities on offer in the complex. African curios, various crafts, funky second-hand clothing, one-off fashions and fashion rip-offs are on offer here.