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Your guide to Sandton
All About Sandton
A posh suburb of Johannesburg, Sandton is famous for its luxury shopping centers, business towers, and upscale bars and restaurants. Most of the buildings in the area are distinctly modern. Sculptural glass and steel structures sit alongside complexes with more classic silhouettes, such as Nelson Mandela Square. With five premier malls, shopping is by far the most popular activity here, with a focus on high-end designer brands. Business is another draw, as Sandton became the Johannesburg Central Business District in the late 1990s and is now one of the most important tech and financial hubs in South Africa.
If you’re looking for a little green space, explore Sandton Central Park with its indigenous trees, fountains, and sculptured reading garden. Afterward, consider heading off to have a meal at one of the area’s chic restaurants with ultra-cool interior design, extensive wine lists, and local produce.
The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Sandton
Sandton’s subtropical climate means relatively pleasant weather all year long, with daily highs that are usually warm to hot except for the winter season from June through August. Summers are from December to March, and they bring high humidity and thunderstorms — be sure to pack an umbrella if you’re visiting between November and January. Warm and dry autumn and winter months are ideal for getting outdoors during the day, but temperatures can drop after sunset, so it’s best to pack a few layers.
Festivals are most prevalent in the cooler months. In July, the annual Turbine Art Fair highlights emerging artists. In late October, Sandton Wine Festival hosts tastings, food pairings, and vendors selling special bottles from South African vineyards.
Top things to do in Sandton
Nelson Mandela Square
This world-class shopping and dining center is one of the most-visited attractions in Sandton, appreciated both for its architectural beauty and top-notch amenities. Browse luxury fashion boutiques, European jewelers, perfumeries, and fine gift shops before enjoying a South African steak and visiting the towering statue of the center’s namesake.
Liliesleaf was once a safe house for the African National Congress activists. After the end of apartheid, the complex became a history museum that pays homage to the movement from 1956 to 1964. You’ll find several exhibits spread throughout a few different houses and buildings, including a moving MK Memorial highlighting the many people who sacrificed so much for a free South Africa.
Sandton Farmer’s Market
About 15 minutes north of the center of Sandton lies this fun community market where local artisans and vendors sell handmade candles, textiles, juice, art, coffee, jewelry, craft beer, and wine. Food trucks are set up around the market’s perimeter, serving up dishes like crepes and burgers. You can enjoy your meal at one of the many shaded outdoor picnic tables. There’s also live music every week, arts and crafts activities, and a play area for kids.
Frequently Asked Questions
How is the weather in Sandton?
Sandton experiences a mild, temperate climate. Summer, from November to February, is warm and rainy with temperatures often reaching 25°C (77°F). Winter, from June to August, is dry and cool, with temperatures dropping to around 5°C (41°F) at night.
What are some of the best things to do in Sandton?
Sandton has a plethora of activities to explore. Visitors often enjoy shopping at the Sandton City Shopping Centre, exploring art at the Goodman Gallery, or learning about South Africa's history at the Nelson Mandela Square. Fitness enthusiasts can also take a leisurely walk or run at Mushroom Farm Park.
What is the best time of year to visit Sandton?
Sandton is often visited during South Africa's summer months, from November to February, when the weather is warm, and outdoor events are in full swing. During this period, guests can enjoy events like the Summer Sun Festival in December, and the National Arts Festival, which usually takes place in February.
What are the best places to stay in Sandton?
Sought-after areas to stay in Sandton include the vibrant neighborhood of Sandhurst, known for its luxury homes and lush gardens, Fourways with its variety of shopping and dining facilities, and Bryanston, famous for its tree-lined streets and tranquil ambiance. Morningside and Rivonia are also frequently suggested areas, respected for their accessibility and family-friendly environments.
What are the best places to visit in Sandton?
Popular places to visit in Sandton include the Sandton City Shopping Centre, the Nelson Mandela Square, and the Sandton Convention Centre. Art lovers often visit the Goodman Gallery, while those interested in rare books may enjoy a visit to the Collectors Treasury.
What are some hiking trails in Sandton?
While Sandton is primarily an urban area, nearby hiking trails can be found in the Melville Koppies Nature Reserve and Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve. They offer a mix of grasslands and woodland, with trails suitable for all levels of fitness.
What are some family activities to do in Sandton?
Sandton provides a variety of family-friendly activities. Children can explore the Montecasino Bird Gardens, discover the wonders of science at the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, or enjoy a thrilling day out at Gold Reef City Theme Park. Also, families can take a relaxing picnic at Mushroom Farm Park.
What are some of the best day trip ideas in Sandton?
Day trip ideas from Sandton include exploring the Cradle of Humankind, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, bird-watching at the Montecasino Bird Gardens, or embarking on a safari adventure at the Lion & Safari Park. Another popular choice is a cultural trip to the Lesedi Cultural Village.
Do private suite rentals in Sandton have a gym?
Absolutely! We offer over 10 private suite rentals with a gym in Sandton. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.
Do aparthotel rentals in Sandton have air conditioning?
Absolutely! We offer over 10 aparthotel rentals with air conditioning in Sandton. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.