Where to go

Sandton is filled with interesting venues to explore and things to see. The well-marked roads and highways are easy to navigate, otherwise speak to your accommodation provider about arranging transfers or other transport.

Visit the impressive statue of Nelson Mandela at the Nelson Mandela Square. The square incorporates the Theatre on the Square, or relax in the sunshine at one of its restaurants and watch one of the open air performances.

Adjacent to the square lies Sandton City, Gauteng's premier shopping destination. Over 300 leading local and international brands are available at the centre's wide variety of stores, catering to the needs of all kinds of shoppers. The centre's food court offers shoppers the opportunity to indulge in fine dining or to grab something on the go, and the cinema complex is sure to entertain with its 11 screens showing the latest blockbusters.

Benmore Gardens Shopping Centre provides all the shopping essentials, as well as a few extraordinary delights.

Atholl Square features Johannesburg's latest restaurants and coffee shops, along with a deli and various fashion, décor and health services.

If Sandton City is Gauteng's premier shopping destination, then Monte Casino surely is its premier entertainment destination. Also featuring a multitude of shops, the centre is home to the Teatro theatre and the Pieter Toerien Theatre. Including a casino, cinema complex, arcades, restaurants, an outdoor bird garden, skate park and the Parker's Comedy & Jive venue, you'll be entertained for hours at Monte Casino. The centre is styled like a Tuscan village, complete with cobbled roads and the sky painted on the ceiling.

The African Craft Market of Rosebank is a bustling, high-profile market at the Mall of Rosebank. Open seven days and week and on public holidays, the market is a uniquely African cultural shopping experience. At least 70 talented craftsmen offer their wares, including kaftans, art, beadwork, carvings, leather footwear and interior design items. Known for its quality exotic African artefacts, the market formalised the hawker trade in the area, resulting in a bustling, vibey shopping destination.

Nearby Bryanston Organic & Natural Market has been offering the best in quality natural and organic products for over 30 years. Browse a deli section, unique hand crafted gifts and jewellery and clothing made from natural fibres. The kids will enjoy making sand art and candles, and everyone will enjoy the variety of treats available from the eateries and tea gardens. Open on Thursdays and Saturdays.

The Fourways Farmers' Market prides itself on local, seasonal and delicious fare from approximately 50 carefully selected traders. Enjoy delicious breakfasts and lunches under the jacarandas or our Maypole Ribbon Marquee, on the lawns or in the nursery. Or take your chosen treats home to devour later. You'll be spoiled for choice with the fresh produce, artisan products, preserves and baked goods on offer. Open Sundays 10am to 3pm.

Experience the energy of Johannesburg at The Neighbourgoods Market in Braamfontein on Saturdays from 9am to 3pm. Not only a great stop for farm fresh foods and speciality goods, the market presents the perfect opportunity to meet the locals and find inspiration in each other's stories and ideas.

The Rietvlei Farm Farmers' Market takes place on the first Saturday of each month on the stunningly beautiful and family friendly Rietvlei Farm and Lifestyle Centre.

The Blubird Wholefood Morning Market offers delicious international cuisine and the best in local produce. Open every Sunday, this is a must for all foodies.

The Museum of Military History houses mementos from every civil war that South Africa has ever fought, and hosts an impressive array of military paraphernalia from both World Wars.

Then visit The Peacemakers Museum, and exhibition of Nobel laureates. This museum pays tribute to the men and women from across the globe who have dedicated their lives to making the world a better place.

A host of galleries in the area specialise in local and international art ranging from ceramics to painting, photography to sculpture, and lithography to installation art. Those who appreciate art, are looking for an investment or just some inspiration, should be sure to visit:

  • Totem Gallery
  • The Hyde Park Gallery
  • Gallery on the Side
  • Gallery 2
  • Chapangu Gallery
  • African Feelings Gallery
  • Everard Read Gallery
  • Art Now
  • Sandton Civic Gallery on the Square
  • Porcupine
Pay a visit to Liliesleaf in Rivonia. Once the nerve centre of the liberation movement in South Africa, this venue offers an interactive exhibition and pays tribute to the prominent political leaders who fought in the struggle against Apartheid.

Pack a picnic basket and learn about the animals, plants and birds at Rietvlei Nature Reserve, a green gem in the middle of Johannesburg's concrete jungle.

Or meet more exotic animals at the Johannesburg Zoo.

The Sandton Convention Centre is Africa's foremost multi-purpose and convention centre. The Ballroom seats 2 000 banquet guests, while 13 meeting rooms can accommodate up to 350 delegates. This venue is ideal for meetings, conferences and big events.

Gallagher Convention Centre is surrounded by beautiful gardens and offers roughly 25 000m˛ of exhibition space and 19 multipurpose venues. The centre can accommodate small groups of 2, or large events for 12 000 delegates.