Saxonwold is one of Johannesburg’s oldest suburbs steeped in the history of an era made famous by the Rand Lords at the turn of the century. These were heady days during the time of unbridled growth for the city and its Tycoons who established the most impressive mansions of the time. Many of these palatial homes are heritage 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 are best enjoyed with a quiet drink from the pool at the Four Seasons 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 Festival showcasing its music, dance, art, photography, choral singing and arts and crafts. Highlights of the calendar include a Masterclass Writing Workshops, Jazz on the Lake at the Zoo Lake in Parkview and the Soweto Heritage Month Celebration in Soweto.
PLACES OF INTEREST
Being one of Joburg’s most central suburbs, it’s no surprise that Saxonwold is surrounded with places of interest, culture and entertainment like the Johannesburg Zoo and Gardens and the beautifully upgraded Zoo Lake. Here you can enjoy jogging, a leisurely walk around the lake or some gentle boating followed by an indulgent foray into exotically flavoured food at African themed Moyo Restaurant. Just a few minutes away is the excellent National Museum of Military History. The Museum contains over 44 000 exhibits including a Spitfire, a Messerschmitt BF109 E3 and the world’s last remaining ME262.
Also see the following places of interest:
Keyes Art Mile
The Market Theatre
Military Museum Johannesburg
Cotswold Gardens is very close to some of SA’s best Art in Parkwood at the Goodman Gallery, Everard Read, Circa and the Keyes Art Mile, David Krut, Warren Seibrits, Kim Sacks and Artspace. Across the road is the vibrant Hadeda shop full of colourful pewter ware and décor from Mexico. The Goethe Institute for German culture has interesting artworks on show.
Some of South Africa’s most famous sports venues such as Bidvest Wanderers Stadium, Joburg’s home of cricket and, the Emirates Airline Park (formerly Ellis Park) for rugby are conveniently close. If you fancy a few rounds of golf, then test yourself on some of Joburg’s best courses, namely The Royal Johannesburg, a favourite of Gary Players, The Houghton Golf Club, Killarney Golf Club and Parkview. If you feel the need for exercise, hop in the car, or better still, run down our road to our local Virgin Active, only 2kms away and reassuringly, the Centre for Sport & Orthopaedics in Rosebank.
Other areas of interest and activities whilst in Johannesburg
ABSA Art Gallery - City
Johannesburg Art Gallery – Joubert Park
Standard Bank Art Gallery - City
The Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre
MuseuMAfrica - Braamfontein
Jazz at the Baseline
Orbit Jazz Club in Braamfontein
The Market Theatre - Newtown
Liliesleaf Farm - Rivonia
Origins Centre at Wits University
Cradle of Mankind
SAB World of Beer - Newtown