Driving in Braamfontein, South Africa
Braamfontein is located in the middle of Johannesburg (it’s a suburb of the city) and is an excellent base for exploring the city and its surrounding area.
Braamfontein is a very central district of Johannesburg. It’s an important business centre and boasts excellent restaurants as well as bars and clubs. It’s a very prosperous area and is well supported by cultural amenities such as Newtown, Constitution Hill, WITS University and the Civic Centre.
What to see in the Braamfontein area?
Braamfontein has plenty to do and see. If you stay here attractions on your doorstep include Constitution Hill. You can catch a play at the Civic Theatre or you can check out the Nelson Mandela Bridge which has become something of a landmark in the city. Johannesburg Zoo is located just a few kilometres to the north and is always worth a visit and while you’re there you could drop into the South African National Museum of Military History which is located nearby.
Situated just to the south of the city, not far from Braamfontein (about 10kms), is the amusement park of Gold Reef City where you can partake in water-rides and roller-coaster rides but also learn something about the gold mining that helped make Johannesburg into the largest city in South Africa. The former shantytown of Soweto is situated south-west of Braamfontein and the the Apartheid Museum is also well worth checking out.
If you want to get out of the city for a spell then you could drive out to Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve located about an hours drive from Braamfontein. The main attraction of this area is the spectacular mountain range, though there are wild animals here too such as zebra, wildebeests and hyenas.
Why not hire a car?
The R1 and R2 pass on either side of Braamfontein; the R1 passes right through the city centre but connects with the N1 on either side so you can go to Pretoria or Cape Town depending on your fancy. The R2 connects with the N3 which in turn heads for Durban and the east coast; you can also get to Johannesburg International Airport this way.
The public transport network is somewhat limited and the minibus-taxis are to be avoided unless you are with a local. Car rental is the probably best option for independence.
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