Northern Surroundings, Johannesburg
The northern surroundings of Johannesburg encompass a variety of residential districts and nature parks.
Sandton, South Africa
Sandton, on the northern outskirts of Johannesburg, is a pleasant residential district in a beautiful setting, with broad tree-lined streets and handsome villas. The town, which now has a population of more than 100,000, was formed in 1966 by combining the Sandown, Bryanston and Sandhurst districts.Visitors to Johannesburg who want to be near the center but outside the turmoil of the city will find comfortable accommodation in the Sandton hotels. The town's shopping center is probably the largest in Africa and the one with the widest range of wares.
Lipizzaner Riding School
The Lipizaner Riding School, a stud farm established in 1965 is the only recognized Spanish Riding School outside Vienna. The Lipizaners are the result of a cross between Berber and Arab horses and Spanish and Italian breeds. When born they range in color between brown and mouse-gray, becoming white only after six to ten years.Lipizaners, the first of which came to South Africa in 1948, are better at performing difficult dressage movements than any other breed. There are demonstrations of their skill, with musical accompaniment.
Transvaal Snake Park
In Halfway House, between Johannesburg and Pretoria, is the Transvaal Snake Park, with 150 species of snakes, reptiles and amphibians from southern Africa, as well as crocodiles and tortoises. There are regular presentations of different species of snakes.
The Rhino Park, a privately owned nature reserve at the foot of Zwartkop Mountain in which live 20 different species of game. The main attractions are the white rhinos. There is overnight accommodation for visitors, but day visitors are also welcome.
Randburg, South Africa
Randburg (pop. 120,000), was formed in 1959 by the amalgamation of 13 northern suburbs of Johannesburg.The town developed rapidly into a commercial and shopping center, the Sanlam Centre was one of the first pedestrian shopping malls in the country, but has remained primarily residential.Within the town are 37 parks and gardens and an art gallery (in the town hall in Hendrik Verwoerd Drive) displaying contemporary South African art.
Kleinjukskei Motor Museum
The Kleinjukskei Motor Museum displays a large private collection of veteran cars and motorcycles. The oldest model is a Mercedes of 1889, still in working order. Attached to the museum is a picnic area on the Kleinjukskei River and a restaurant
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