Things to Do in Johannesburg and surrounds
Johannesburg and surrounds
Get up close and personal with rare white lions The Lion Park offers terrific close encounters with lions, other predators and large herbivores indigenous to Africa. You can also expect some superb filming and photographic opportunities.The Lion Park is home to over 80 lions including the rare white lions and many other carnivores such as cheetah, wild dog, brown hyena, striped hyena, spotted hyena, black-backed jackal, side-striped jackal, and a wide variety of antelope which roam freely in the antelope area.Visitors have an opportunity to interact with some of the animals in the Cub World area. A giraffe feeding platform puts you at eye level with the tame resident giraffe creating a fun experience for all ages. The hugely popular cub interaction allows guests to touch the cubs and take photographs.Need to know? The Lion Park is open every day of the year. Opening hours: weekdays 8:30am to 5pm;Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays 1 September to 30 April 8:30am to 6pm; 1 May to 31 August 8:30am to 5pm
Big Event Venues
One of Africa’s largest conference, event and exhibition venues, Gallagher Convention Centre (GCC) is conveniently positioned in the rapidly developing investment hub of Gauteng.
The dedication to a five star experience is evident from GCC’s facilities through to the service delivered by all levels. GCC security conforms to stringent international security standards and has experience in providing a location for secure events such as the Pan-African Parliament meetings.
With five purpose-built single level exhibition venues offering 27 000 square meters of exhibition space, nineteen multipurpose venues and state of the art facilities, GCC also offers conveniently located parking facilities for 10 000 vehicles. Other features include 12 versatile conference and boardrooms, the Gallagher Grill which includes foyers and cocktail bars, a ballroom, an auditorium seating 414 and various tranquil venues for intimate celebrations.
An internationally acclaimed team of chefs caters to every taste or cultural requirement, and the kitchens have also been certified by the National Independent Halaal Trust.
Technical support services, on-site office requirements, state of the art equipment, video conferencing, satellite and interpretation facilities are available. Together with floral and décor services, GCC is equipped with the experience and expertise to ensure the success of any conference, exhibition or event.
+27 (0)11 266 3000
Sandton City is regarded as the most glamorous international standard shopping mall in southern Africa. Here you can be sure to find an ubundance of sophisticated, Afro-cosmopolitan experiences from one-of-a-kind South African artworks to the latest shoes from Milan. There's also a plethora of restaurants, bars and even a hotel. Sandton City is a gourmet melting pot of cultures and countries,hosting international and local shoppers alike. Located in Sandton'sprestigious Central Business District, Sandton City offers an excitingshopping and leisure experience in stunning surroundings.The famous Sandton Square with its statue of Nelson Mandela is adjacent to Sandton City.
Galleries and Museums
Friendship, good food, wine and brilliant entertainment – the Barnyard Theatre in Cresta is where it all comes together.
The first Barnyard Theatre started as a homely, rustic farm theatre in Plettenberg Bay where friends and family could be entertained and eat, drink and talk into the small hours of the morning. It proved to be such a winner that more Barnyard Theatres started popping up all over the country.
There are currently 12 Barnyard Theatres in South Africa. While each theatre is a product of its individual setting, they all retain the quaint rustic charm of the original farm theatre’s humble beginning.
Blue Valley Golf Course is a Gary Player, 18-hole international championship standard.
With a length of 6752 m, you'll experience a fair and interesting challenge. Water and bunker hazards form a dual purpose,creating challenging obstacles, as well as aesthetic features. Visitors are welcome.
Houghton Golf Club is a proud establishment boasting a full championship facility that has hosted no fewer than eight SA Open events.
This parkland course is fairly long by common highveld standards, at about 6 434 meters. Sporting some exciting tees and wonderful fairways, this course provides for a truly magnificent game. The club also features all of the common facilities you'll expect of a top-class club, including a restaurant.
Big Event Venues
Sandton Convention Centre is one of southern Africa’s most technologically advanced, multi-purpose convention venues.The twelve-storey building is designed to provide a range of convention, exhibition, meeting and special event space.Conveniently situated in the hub of Sandton's business, hotel and entertainment district, the centre offers easy access to over 5 000 hotel rooms.It also lies in Gauteng's top shopping and entertainment regions. Parking is never a problem with over 11 000 secure parking bays.
Galleries and Museums
The Barnyard Theatre in Rivonia is a dinner theatre at its best, offering excellent live entertainment including rock shows, musicals, bands and revues.
The Barnyard started as a homely, rustic farm theatre in Plettenberg Bay where friends and family could be entertained and eat, drink and talk into the small hours of the morning. It proved to be such a winner that more Barnyard Theatres started popping up all over the country.
While each theatre is a product of its individual setting, they all retain the quaint rustic charm of the original farm theatre’s humble beginning.
Sports Stadiums Clubs
Wanderers Cricket Stadium, recently renamed BIDVest Wanderers Stadium, is the premier cricketing stadium in South Africa.
Topnotch facilities and a seating capacity of 34 000 made it an ideal choice to host the 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup Final. In addition, it hosted the ICC World T20 Final, the IPL Final and is one of two venues for the ICC Champions Trophy.
Pavilion spectators are permitted to bring cooler boxes – these must be stored below the seats. Spectators on the grass embankment are free to bring in their own food, cold drinks in plastic containers and chairs.
Linked to South Africa's largest Pick n Pay Hypermarket, East Rand Mall is conveniently situated seven kilometres away from OR Tambo International Airport.Here visitors will find a large assortment retail options with over 180 stores representing all of South Africa's major chain stores and numerous minor specialised stores.East Rand Mall also offers a wide-ranging assortment of entertainment facilities ranging from a nine-theatre Cinema Complex, restaurants, coffee shops, and a tempting Food and Entertainment Mall.Undercover parking consists of 1 500 undercover bays with an additional 3 000 open parking bays. Disabled parking bays are conveniently situated at each entrance.
The personal-shopping service is tailored to the needs, taste and budget of the client.
Whether one is in need of a fashionable, trendy look for an event, a new professional look, an exceptional gift idea beautifully wrapped, or high-end home accessories, this mall offers the client the expertise of Allana Finley and Tracey Rosevear.
They will assist customers with navigating what is on offer at the stylish and exclusive shops. Choose to shop with them by appointment, or let them know by phone, fax or email how they can assist.
Kyalami Country Club is an 18-hole course situated in a beautiful location, just minutes away from Sandton.
Sporting club and championship tees, the club provides a warm and welcoming atmosphere for all golfers. Facilities include a well-stocked pro shop for your equipment needs.
Galleries and Museums
Cape Town has the Winelands Route, KwaZulu-Natal has the Midlands Meander and now, Johannesburg has the Art Tour!
Stroll around with an art guide and meet over fifty South African artists – all in one hotel building. With Legacy's philosophy of supporting South African artists and naming their hotels for three of the greatest artists of all time, Michelangelo, Da Vinci and Raphael, the three properties couldn’t be a more perfect site for the ART AFRIQUE Art Tour.
With all three hotels having been decorated with more original art than any other hotel in the country, and with the recently completed Da Vinci gaining the reputation as being the ‘Art Hotel’, it’s easy to see why these properties are perfect as the venue for this tour.
Once you have completed the tour, you can adjourn to the ART AFRIQUE gallery in the Legacy Mall and enjoy complimentary refreshments. Here you can purchase your own collectable piece of South African art.
Monday to Saturday: 10:00 – 18:00
Sunday: 10:00 – 15:00
+27 (0) 11 292 7113
Do more with your Sundays. Everyone is welcome to come along every Sunday and paint at the Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve. Bring your friends and family, unwind, have a picnic and paint your masterpiece.
No previous art experience is needed. A professional art instructor will be there to guide painters through the creative process, ensuring everyone leaves with a work of art. Cost is R100 per person.
Gold Reef City Casino has a variety of superb restaurants along with unique entertainment. From the renowned Back O' The Moon restaurant and jazz bar, to Italian cuisine and Mediterranean magic, there is excellent variety to choose from. Carnivores won't find better value than Boston BBQ's incredible buffet dishes and the new Maestro Restaurant has a menu that offers something for everyone.In addition to the restaurants, there are a number of coffee shops and a Food Court with fast food outlets. You won't be hungry!