attractions in Braamfontein, Johannesburg by Mairead Foley
Braamfontein is a central
suburb of Johannesburg in the Gauteng Province of South Africa. Attractions
here include The Cultural Arc and The Nelson Mandela Bridge, a 284 meter
cable-stayed bridge linking Braamfontein to the city's business district
and Newtown's cultural centre.
Braamfontein is situated
north of the city of Johannesburg and top attractions in the area include
The Cultural Arc, which includes Newtown, Wits University, Constitution
Hill and the Civic Centre, and The Nelson Mandela Bridge which connects
Braamfontein to the city.
Map of Johannesburg
The cultural district Newtown
is a new tourism development area aimed at inner city rejuvenation. It's
a vibrant and cultural place with much to offer.
In Newtown Precinct you'll
find the Market Theatre. It has no less than four outstanding live theatres
to choose from offering the very best productions South Africa has to offer.
'Sarafina' which became a huge Broadway success first started at The Market
Theatre. At the Market Theatre you can also avail of a bookshop, galleries
and the many restaurants. This was once a market, hence the name, and today
still retains the spirit and ambience of a market. The Market Theatre is
open from Monday to Saturday from 9am to late and on Sundays from 10am
to late! Great entertainment is assured here.
A trip to The Newtown Music
Centre where many famous musical artists perform regularly is also a must.
This has long become a popular music venue for many concerts, music recordings,
music launches and performances. The Newtown Music Centre has a capacity
of 1,000 and is open from Monday to Thursday, from 9am to 5pm, and on Friday
from 9am to 4pm.
Why not treat yourself to
a spot of retail therapy and choose from the hundreds of shops available
at The Oriental Plaza? Here you can purchase some precious fabrics, glittering
jewellery and choose from a huge selection of designer brands, souvenirs
and much more.
The University of Witwatersrand
or as it is better know, Wits University was founded in 1896. There are
5 faculties offering degrees at the university: Arts, Science, Engineering,
Law and Commerce. Medicine was another faculty of the university but due
to an increase in students and lack of room it was moved to Esselen Street.
Why not take a tour of the University, learn about the history of this
wonderful building and what it has become today.
Constitution Hill was originally
a fort and was later used as a prison. It was here that many people were
punished before the democracy in 1994 and many including Gandhi and Mandela
were detained here. Constitution Hill is today home of the Constitutional
Court which protects the basic rights and freedom of South Africans. Here
you can take a tour and learn all about South Africa's journey from imprisonment
to democratic freedom at Constitution Hill. Advanced booking is advisable.
The Civic Centre is the central
shopping and central business district of Johannesburg. With a large selection
of public buildings, architecture, parks and public structures, there is
much to see and do here.
The Nelson Mandela Bridge...
The Nelson Mandela Bridge
is South Africa's largest cable-stayed bridge measuring 284 meters in length
and crosses over 42 operational railways used by the South African Railways.
It links Braamfontein to Johannesburg's Central Business District and Newtown's
Cultural Centre. It was officially opened on the 20th July 2003 and was
fittingly named after Nelson Mandela who led his people to freedom. Why
not experience a drive over this amazing bridge that is one of South Africa's
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|Auckland Park lies on a
gentle slope, the homes here are gentrified and the neighbourhood has a
vibrant hum. The suburb known as Auckland Park is one of few this close
to the centre of Johannesburg to survive the exodus of Jo’burgers to the
northern suburbs and it’s no surprise given the wealth of beautiful architecture
here. Auckland Park housed some of the city’s first residents and
ambling along Chislehurst Avenue to admire some of the homes in the suburb
may not be one of the tourist attractions advertised in local travel guides,
but well worth the detour. Auckland Park at the turn of the century was
literally ‘in the country’ relative to the city.
Map of Auckland Park
who had made South Africa their home, would have had weekend homes here.
They also had a boating lake, where the Country Club is today, and a horse
racing track, where the University of Johannesburg (formerly RAU) is.
The suburb was laid out by
a New Zealander called John Landau, who, because he saw obvious similarities
between this and his native home, called it Auckland Park. Street names
are all places along the Thames - Richmond, Twickenham, Ditton, Kingston
etc. Today Auckland Park is a true mix of nationalities and cultures and
its inhabitants enjoy a vibrant lifestyle. The suburb is also well known
as the home of the SABC - the monolith sits on Henley and Artillery Road,
and many employees live around here.
Bohemian and terribly trendy
Melville is just around the corner from Auckland Park and a superb way
to spend your evenings, if not your lunch time activities. This wonderful
village within the city of Johannesburg has a real buzz, and restaurants,
eccentric boutiques and sidewalks filled with tables is the norm.
accommodation options in Johannesburg
Guesthouse & Conference Venue, Bed & Breakfast, AUCKLAND PARK
Plumpudding Guesthouse and
Conference Venue is the ideal home away from home for the business professional
and visiting lecturer. For The international traveler, it is the perfect
hub from which to explore the rest of South Africa after having experienced
the Magic and Vibe of Johannesburg, the City of Gold. The location
of Plumpudding B&B provides easy access not only to a variety of sporting
and entertainment facilities, but also to shopping centres, hospitals,
corporate office parks, arterials, motorways, and the Johannesburg CBD.
Plumpudding is set in a central location and within 10 Minutes from Sandton
City, SABC, Media24, Wits University, Gold Reef City, JHB CBD, Melville
and only 50 meters from The University of Johannesburg (RAU).