Visit a metropolis within a forest

parks

Johannesburg like any other city is a metropolis, but unlike any other city in the world it is the world’s largest man-made forest with approximately 10 million trees. And nestled amidst these millions of trees in the northern suburbs is “The Parks”!  An established area of Johannesburg (dating back to approximately 1896), which speaks sophistication with its trendy restaurants & side-walk cafes, antique shops and art galleries! And not forgetting its gorgeous green spaces and sounds of nature.

Early in 2009 Johannesburg-Guesthouses launched its website www.johannesburg-guesthouses.co.za, an area-specific accommodation site operating around the burgeoning Rosebank CBD, and with easy access to Sandton. Located in a neighbourhood environment and central to the main centres all accommodation available is well suited to both the business and leisure traveller.

There is no shortage of accommodation options to choose from with thirty establishments listed, including: guest houses, B&B’s, self-catering apartments and cottages, boutique hotels and lodges.  And from onset of your booking you will have direct contact with the establishment. Many of the establishments are located within close proximity to the Rosebank Gautrain station, making it ideal for travellers arriving from OR Tambo International Airport. For those relocating or business travellers on longer assignments a longer stay option is also often available within the range of many accommodation options.

Today Joburg is a city marvelled by contrasts, and with ample excitement for any visitor. For the more adventurous seeker why not visit the Orlando Towers Adventure centre and brave a 100m bunjee jump followed by a traditional ‘shabeen’ lunch. Perhaps glide above the trees in Magaliesberg with a canopy tour or enjoy caving through The Sterkfontein Caves which is a breath-taking spectacle. For those seeking a culturally rich experience stopover for the day at the Lesedi Valley Cultural Village, or some of the many museums depicting South Africa’s turbulent history: Nelson Mandela’s House, Liliesleaf Farm, Origins Centre, Constitution Hill and the Apartheid Museum to name a few. Explore the city with heritage tours, the Red Bus or Past Experiences – a time travel into the past. A wonder to discover is also the wildlife at the De Wildt Cheetah Centre, the Lion & Rhino Park, Elephant Sanctuary, Bushbaby Sanctuary, or the Crocodile & Reptile Park.

The Johannesburg-Guesthouses website has a 14 day availability schedule which reflects all 30 establishments as well as availability of rooms.  All the members work on a referral system, and therefore if a guest house gets an accommodation enquiry but is fully booked you can be referred to a guest house within close proximity. For your peace of mind in order for any establishment to be listed on www.johannesburg-guesthouses.co.za they need to be a member of the National Accommodation Association of South Africa and regular inspections are conducted to ensure high standards are maintained across the board.

Joburg’s heartbeat is unique, a city that easily wins you over with its diverse, fast-paced and friendly vibe. It comprises a wonderful mix of different accommodation and attractions for the foreign and local tourist, or the holiday and the business traveller in and around Johannesburg. A city that becomes you and easily valued by staying in the “Garden Suburbs” of Rosebank!