Spring is in the air! While many of us may not feel comfortable taking long trips this summer because of the pandemic, everyone can discover some secret hideouts in their own city. Here are four hideouts you might not know for sightseeing in Johannesburg!
Sightseeing in Johannesburg
Generally seen as a concrete jungle, the business hub of Johannesburg is in fact one of the largest man made forests in the world. Ancient trails and forgotten natural wonders are one step away from trafficked alleys and business districts.
We selected four hidden gems any Joburger should check out this summer!
The Westcliff Stairs
Climb up the history of one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Johannesburg. You can reach Westcliff in five minutes from the Jan Smuts off-ramp of the M1.
Along the iconic pathway of ancient steps, you can explore heritage buildings while enjoying breath-taking views of the city centre.
What’s more, the Westcliff Stairs are a gathering point for runners and fitness fans. A couple of loops around the Westcliff hill will make up for all the workout you missed out on during the lockdown months.
The Braamfontein Spruit Trail
The Braamfontein Spruit originates in Berea, not far from the Hillbrow Tower. It cuts through the northern suburbs in Johannesburg to feed the Jukskei River in Leeuwkop.
While the flow of the storm water stream is minimal for most of the year, several parks arise on its banks giving residents an opportunity to enjoy a weekend in the nature without leaving home.
You can walk or cycle from the Melville Koppies West through Delta Park and across the Field and Study Centre, less than a couple kilometres away from Sandton City. The trail is a surprising 60km walk in the green inside Jo’burg’s busiest neighbourhoods, spanning from Newlands to Rivonia.
For more information on the trail you can visit jozitrails.co.za.
The Rand Club
Founded in 1887, the Rand Club is the most luxurious venue in Central Johannesburg. Located in Commissioner Street, the club is an exclusive building with excellent security and it hosts private
events and ceremonies.
The Club never lost its original splendour, featuring unique paintings and documents which made the history of South Africa.
For more information on the Rand Club visit randclub.co.za.
The Johannesburg Art Gallery
A veil of decay has fallen on a gallery which used to be the centre of the South African art scene.
Located on the Southern bank of Joubert Park, in Wolmarans Street, the Johannesburg Art Gallery still features some of the most valuable pieces of South African and international art.
The outstanding collection of expressionist masterpieces has travelled extensively across Europe.
Many Italian art lovers had the opportunity to visit the roaming exhibition Capolavori della Johannesburg art Gallery in 2018 and 2019.
For more information, visit friendsofjag.org.