Five reasons why Craighall Park will never bore

Craighall Park is situated in what is known as The Parks area in Johannesburg. This suburb was originally farmland. By ox-wagon, it took about an hour’s journey from Jozi’s mining town center to reach it. Klipfontein farm was bought by the Scotsman William Rattray and re-named Craighall after his hometown.

The suburb is now over 100 years old, and is amongst the oldest suburbs in Johannesburg. Back then, there was hardly a tree in the area, and Rattray built lakes for recreation, sports fields and a hotel for richer folk wanting to have a break from the rigours of the fledgling mining town.

Reason One. Over a century later, Craighall Park maintains a semi-rural feeling. Part of that is because some parts of the farm included what is now Delta Park. The land has transformed from being pastures for dairy cows and for cultivation in Rattray’s time to being used, in the 30s, for sewerage and to the present day where Jozi dwellers have the good fortune of 104 hectares of lush recreational parkland.

Theater in the Park, accompanied by a pop-up restaurant, is an intimate theatre at the Environmental Centre in the middle of Delta Park. On Saturday, 24 November, the band Kaleidoskoop will be performing with colourful harmonies and warm polyrhythmic instruments.

Reason Two. The Parks area is vast and varied, especially if you don’t want to be a nameless visitor in an every-room-looks-the-same hotel. Many of our award winning guesthouses are nestled in Craighall Park’s lush suburb. Each has its own unique character and excellent service so you will find something that answers your special needs.

Our Craighall guesthouses include: Rutland House, B&B on Buckingham (featured in image), Liz at Lancaster, Ailsa Craig, Amanzi and Craighall Garden.

Reason Three. Apart from green parklands and excellent accommodation, there are other joys. Such as the convenience of quick access to the CBDs of Johannesburg, Sandton, Rosebank and Randburg. Hyde Park is just around the corner and both the River Club Golf Course and the Sandton Sports Club are close by.

The Colony Shopping Centre is extremely popular with Joburgers and on the doorstep of our guesthouses. Here is well worth visiting the Living Yoga studio, which hosts workshops, vinyasa teacher training, meditation, and sutra lectures.

Reason Four. There are a number of fabulous eateries in the area. Hodges in the Colony Centre is a family run restaurant well known for its wholesome food. It is a good place to go if you are missing home. The feeling next door is quite different. Prontos Italian Restaurant is more chic, less homely. Good service and the bio certified organic house wine are big plusses. Cnr Café is always bustling with patrons, possibly because it has previously been awarded as one of Joburg’s Best Neighbourhood Restaurants.

The Cookery by The Secret Jozi Chef (also in the Colony Centre) is a cooking school launched and managed by Paul Maciel who started Prontos in 2004. On 20 November this space will launch their Festive Season Entertaining series with Emilio (#mondayswithmilo). It’s all about creating hassle free but fabulous meals in December.

Reason Five. What is a suburb without its flamboyant creatives? Before or after your Cnr Café experience, pop in next door at 56 Buckingham Ave to Yuill. There are some weird and wonderful items in this space.

Yuill Damaso is the controversial artist who painted Nelson Mandela‘s autopsy “The Night Watch”, which was exhibited at Constitution Hill. He has recently sold this piece – we wonder who the buyer was!

You are not going to go hungry nor bored in Craighall Park. Enjoy visiting with us!