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Braamfontein Braamfontein is the vibrant cultural, business and entertainment hub of Johannesburg, South Africa’s glittering city of gold. A bold statement of a recent inner-city renewal, Braamfontein has been given a dramatic make-over, restoring it to its former glory as one of the city’s earliest precincts which developed out of the stampede of the Witwatersrand gold rush. Attractions There is a notable array of attractions in and around Braamfontein including the University of the Witwatersrand, with its international reputation for academic excellence; Constitution Hill, and the seat of the Constitutional Court, the highest court in the land and home to an impressive collection of art works by celebrated South African artists, including Gerard Sekoto, Cecil Skotnes and William Kentridge. Braamfontein is also home to many natural history and cultural attractions, including the Johannesburg Planetarium, where the heavenly bodies are projected into a 22m dome, and the 54ha Johannesburg Zoo, a popular recreation space providing a much-needed inner-city green lung. Newtown The spectacular Nelson Mandela Bridge links Braamfontein to the effervescent entertainment centre of Newtown, a vibrant mixed-use area offering world class theatre, dance, music, art and crafts. Key attractions include the Market Theatre, SAB World of Beer, the Newtown Music Centre and the Oriental Plaza, a shopping mall with a significant eastern twist. Business District As the traditional domain of large corporate headquarters, Braamfontein, situated just north of the bustling CBD, is a noteworthy business district and important conference venue attracting large numbers of local and international businesspeople on a daily basis. As such, Braamfontein accommodation caters for both business travels and tourists wishing to discover the cultural and historical wealth of a city that started as a mere smattering of ramshackle huts, knocked together by the thousands of prospective gold diggers who flocked to the Witwatersrand in the 1800s. Inner-ity Activities Although Braamfontein is largely a busy, metropolitan area, there is some respite for those who long for wide open spaces, lush greenery, birdlife and a place to stretch the legs. There is a selection of walking trails that follow the Braamfontein Spruit from the city to the


northern suburbs of Randburg and Sandton,where trail attractions include historic buildings, old mansions, archaeological and geological sites as well as waterfalls and pristine natural areas. Pop in at the fascinating Absa Money Museum; learn more about the infamous Treason Trial at the Museum Africa, where Albert Luthuli, Walter Sisulu and iconic South African statesman Nelson Mandela were charged with treason for their personal battle against apartheid, or simply enjoy the scintillating vibe of Newtown, where the strains of jazz eclipse the sounds of the inner city. Booking a Braamfontein Break There is no easier way to source and reserve Braamfontein accommodation, conference space and Johannesburg day tours than via e-southafrica.com, an online accommodation booking portal where all the relevant information, and swift confirmation of your reservation, is available at the click of the mouse. Visit e-southafrica.com now to book Braamfontein accommodation.

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