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Traveling in Gauteng can still be fun

Looking for ways to stay entertained without leaving the province? Known to many as Africa’s richest square mile, Sandton is the perfect spot for an outing.

It’s Africa’s ‘golden apple’, home to the JSE, Sandton Convention Centre, Sandton City Shopping Centre, and Nelson Mandela Square. Sandton is also home to the tallest skyscraper in Africa, The Leonardo, some of the finest 5-star hotels and dining destinations, as well as numerous parks and spaces to shape mind, body, and spirit.

So while we cannot travel outside our provincial borders, why not make a day of it and visit Sandton. There are lots to see.

Here are just a few sights, developments, and activities to view:

The city drive-in
Located on Sandton City’s Rooftop Parking the 14-meter-wide screen is sure to be a hot favorite for moviegoers. With a line-up including blockbusters, fresh on the circuit, family, and kids’ entertainment along with classics, there’s no excuse to not secure a spot! The city drive-in is powered by Ster-Kinekor at Sandton City.

Some all-time favorite snacks will be available, because what would the movies be without popcorn and a soft drink? Drive-in goers are free to pack their favorite picnic hamper or pop into Sandton City to purchase a bite to eat before the movie. Tickets are on sale until 31 July 2021, via Quicket.co.za.

Nelson Mandela Square Clock
The monumental clock on Nelson Mandela Square is the second largest clock in the Southern Hemisphere. The latest addition to the world-famous landmark, the almost half-a-ton timekeeper is not to be missed. This is a great photo opportunity along with a selfie of the Nelson Mandela statue, overlooking the square.

Nelson Mandela Square remains a firm favorite for those enjoying the warm winter afternoon sun outside. There is a myriad of restaurants to choose from, including Hard Rock Café, Big Mouth, and Tashas. Once the sun sets, there’s some delicious dining at Pappas, The Butcher Shop & Grill. Why not try the latest Asian inspired addition to the square, TANG. (Subjected to lock-down rules, regulations and level restrictions)

Sundowners with a view
There is nothing quite like a drink on the Sandton Sun Hotel SAN Deck, overlooking the impressive Sandton skyline, with some of its iconic architecture. A great location for pre- or post-dinner drinks. The open-air setup is ideal for social distancing along with fire-pits and mushroom heaters to keep things toasty. (Subjected to lock-down rules, regulations and level restrictions)

A round of retail therapy
For those needing to get out of the house for a bit, Sandton City has new stores opening over the next few weeks, bringing a fresh new selection to Africa’s most notable shopping destination.

Feel bullish in Sandton
Situated right outside the Bull Run Restaurant, as part of the Protea Hotel, stands the beautifully sculpted Bull Run #BronzeBull. The bull weighs a crushing 1.2 tons of pure bronze and was created by sculptor Michael Canadas. Adjacent to the stock exchange, The Bull Run has always taken inspiration from the titans of finance, the ever-moving markets, and economic energy that flows through Sandton. The bronze bull is thus perfectly situated not only for a great photo opportunity, but a symbol of strength, optimism, and hope.

Photo: Angelfish PR & Events

Book a night out
Courtyard Hotel Sandton is located in the heart of Sandton’s financial district. Its 69 well-appointed units are perfect for those guests who prefer the independence of self-catering. The hotel is an oasis of warmth and charm, offering guests luxurious peace that will make them forget for a moment that they are in the middle of a busy city. Business and leisure travelers alike will enjoy the ‘home away from home’ ambiance, while not missing out on any conveniences.

Discovery Health Vaccination Center
With 30 full-time vaccinators and over 100 support staff, the heart of Sandton has been transformed into a fully accredited vaccination site as part of South Africa’s national COVID-19 vaccination program at 1 Discovery Place (1DP). Delivering around 2,500 vaccinations per day, from May 2021, people have been vaccinated at the site, under the care of and supervision of a full clinical team.

Deli’s, delights and decadence
Sandton has seen a series of artisan and unique eateries pop up over the past 12-months. From popular brunch spot Pablo’s at the Mint Hotel in Katherine Street to the growing Italian deli at the Sandhurst Shell Garage, TiAmo Deli, run by brothers Matthew and Christopher Amoretti.
Delicatessen Cremalat has opened a small outlet in Sandton’s Acorn Lane, whilst Morningside Shopping Centre plays host to a weekend market, featuring homemade treats and eats alongside handcrafted goods. From coffee shops, where coffee aficionado’s sit alongside work-from-anywhere entrepreneurs, to eateries satisfying any cold-weather cravings, Sandton has it all. (Subjected to lock-down rules, regulations and level restrictions)

Pamper treatments at the Radisson Blue
The Radisson Blu Sandton welcomed its brand-new spa facility called ‘The View’ by 27Pinkx, just in time for those lazy winter days where a little pampering is called for. Boasting an array of refreshed facilities, the spa includes a Halogen Salt Therapy room with a sodium chloride generator, a dry sauna, and a heated Roman bath with a 180-degree view of the city. For those ready to go all-out, the newly launched winter menu at the Radisson Blu Vivace restaurant features an array of decadent comfort foods!

Hotel Sky at night
One of the latest additions to the Sandton hospitality offering, Hotel Sky on the corner of West and Maude Street, has combined attractive ‘staycation’ packages with world-class entertainment, by the likes of Jesse Clegg, Dr Victor and the Rasta Rebels, David Kau, Ross of Prime Circle as well as their regular dine and show at Eclipse Restaurant, which sees trapeze artists performing an array of different feats, over dinner.

A journey through art at the Leonardo
Some might have already discovered the hippest cocktail spot for a sundowner and gourmet Pizza at OctoBar, whilst others have indulged in some art-on-a-plate at AURUM Restaurant, one of Sandton’s most popular dining destinations. Yet there is another side to The Leonardo that some might not have taken time to study. Powered by the four worldly elements: earth, wind, water, and fire, The Leonardo’s art installations can be viewed during a one-hour guided tour in small groups, twice per week, offering visitors an in-depth understanding of some of the beautiful pieces adorning floors, walls, and ceilings of this landmark building.

* The Sandton Tourism and Business Association continue their commitment to adhering to COVID-19 regulations and protocols, to ensure the highest possible safety standards whilst offering those visiting Sandton a memorable and relaxing experience. Please note that availability is subjected to lock-down rules, regulations and level restrictions.

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