Saxonwold is one of Johannesburg’s older suburbs steeped in the history of an era made famous by the Rand Lords around the turn of the century, a time of unbridled growth for the city and it’s tycoons to establish the most impressive mansions of the time. Many of these palatial homes can be seen along the top of the Parktown Ridge and Westcliff with weekly tours conducted by the Parktown and Westcliff Heritage trust. Beautiful panoramic views of this area and further north can be enjoyed with a quiet drink from the pool at the Westcliff Hotel on Jan Smuts Avenue, particularly in October and November when the Jacarandas are in full bloom.
Prior to this spectacular event is Joburg’s popular Arts Alive cultural festival showcasing its music, dance, art, photography, choral singing and arts and crafts. Highlights of the calendar include a street carnival in the inner city, jazz at the Zoo Lake in Parkview and the Festival in the Park in Soweto.
Being one of Joburg’s most central suburbs, it’s no surprise that Saxonwold is surrounded by places of interest and entertainment value like the Johannesburg Zoo and Gardens and the beautiful Zoo Lake. Here you can enjoy jogging, a leisurely walk or some gentle boating followed by indulging in exotically flavoured food from around the African continent at Moyos. Just a few minutes away is the excellent SA Museum of Military History which contains over 44 000 exhibits including a Spitfire, a Messerschmitt BF109 E3 and the world’s last remaining ME 262.
You will find some of SA’s best art in Parkwood at the Goodman Gallery, Everard Read and Circa, David Krut, Warren Siebrits, Kim Sacks and Artspace. Across the road is the vibrant Hadeda shop full of colourful pewter ware from Mexico. The Goethe Institute for German culture can also have interesting artworks on show. Some of South Africa’s most famous sports venues such as The Wanderers, Joburg’s home of cricket and the Coca Cola Stadium ( formerly Ellis Park) for rugby are quite close to Saxonwold. If you fancy a round or two of golf then test yourself on some of Joburg’s best courses, namely the Royal Johannesburg, a favourite of Gary Player’s, the Houghton Golf Club, Killarney Golf Club and Parkview.
If you feel the need for exercise, drive or better still run down our road to the Virgin Active Gym and should you take a tumble, the Centre for Sports & Orthopaedics is just around the corner. Top medical facilities are nearby at the Rosebank NetCare Hospital, the Diabetes Clinic in Houghton, the Hearing Centre and the Oncology Centre which is only five minutes away. Should you need to host a conference or upgrade your business skills the Astrotech, Glenhove and Ashanti Gold conference and training centres are also within easy reach. Just a little south of Saxonwold is the Cultural Arc of Braamfontein, the Constitutional Court and Constitution Hill, home to the infamous ‘Fort’, the Civic Centre for spectacular shows and Mandela Bridge.
Other important places of interest are the Apartheid Museum which rather ironically was placed next to Gold Reef City and Amusement Park. Here you can see gold being poured and you can have a bit of a flutter at the Casino, but please be kind enough to settle your account with us before you do so.
Other areas of interest and activities whilst in Johannesburg
Jazz at the Bassline, Newtown
The Johannesburg Art Gallery
The Market Theatre
The Origins Centre at Wits University
The Cradle of Humankind
The SAB World of Beer
The Lion Park