Hotels in and around the Fourways suburb
Originally an expansive game farm in the heart of the South African veld, Fourways is now an elite and ever-growing epicentre for commercial and residential development. It is situated within the exclusive area of Sandton, Johannesburg, and is within close proximity to many of the region’s natural and constructed attractions.
Johannesburg itself offers a plethora of adventurous, informative and relaxing activities. It is well known for its rich diversity of shopping centres, boutiques and galleries, which will prove most satisfying to avid shoppers. Alternatively, many game farms (most notably, the Kruger National Park) as well as the Magaliesberg Mountain Range and Hartebeespoort Dam promise something for everybody.
Johannesburg is a Host City for several of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ football matches. This offers visitors to Fourways and Jo’burg a fantastic opportunity to combine a holiday with the prime opportunity to participate in and witness such a significant event.
Fourways was once a game farm that measured over 600 acres. In the 1920’s, the Eriksen family built a huge Cape Dutch-styled house that they names Norscot Manor (combining their nationalities of Norwegian and Scottish). Their first home is still in this suburb and can be found along Flamingo Avenue. Fifty years later, the Norscot Manor was given to Jo’burg’s City Council as a result of the surrounding land being sold off gradually over time. The city named the entire suburb Norscot.
When the four-way stop formed by William Nicol and Witkoppen roads was built, the area’s name changed to Fourways. The original road structure has changed somewhat, but the suburb retains its name. Today, Norscot Manor is a recreation centre comprising, in part, of a library, art gallery and dancing centre, as well as a tea garden.
To get to Fourways from anywhere in Johannesburg, the two main routes are the William Nicol (off the N1) or the Witkoppen roads; both major motorways in this city.
Johannesburg enjoys the facility of an international airport, the OR Tambo. This is only 24 kilometres from the city centre, which takes about 40 minutes by car, depending on traffic. This airport is the main access point from which travellers from all over the world depart to explore other areas of South Africa and its surrounds.
Visitors to Johannesburg are advised to hire a car (satellite navigation essential) or to take a formal taxi or cab. It is not wise to make use of the minibus taxis, particularly if you are not familiar with the local customs and languages. These vehicles are known for their wreckless driving and lack of certification. Busses and trains are not widely used by the locals, and are restricted to certain areas of the city.
Fourways is situated in the north of Johannesburg, and is just over 50 kilometres from the beautiful town of Pretoria. Within a five to seven hour journey by car, visitors will reach the world-famous Kruger National Park, which is home to some of the country’s most exciting and diverse animals and plants.
The Fourways Mall is sizeable, holding over 170 shops and restaurants, as well as cinemas and a mini-golf course.
Montecasino is one of the province’s and the country’s top entertainment spots. It enjoys several awards and accolades, and has hosted music concerts, shows, major competitions, etc...It is also used for filming and important corporate functions.
The Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens make for a stunning day trip for the entire family. Picnic under the trees and enjoy the ample birdlife overhead, or simply take an invigorating stroll through the lush garden.
Sun City is another world-class destination and is a pleasant two hour drive from Jo’burg’s city centre. This resort offers families, couples and corporate visitors plenty to see and do during their stay. From golf courses to casinos to the Valley of Waves, this is the ideal venue for all-round fun and relaxation.
Nature lovers will enjoy the many parks and lodges around Johannesburg and Fourways. These include the Magaliesberg Mountains, the Rietvlei Nature Reserve and Kromdraai’s
Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve.
Summer in South Africa is from December to March, while winter extends from June to August. Winters in Fourways are cold and wet (approximately 10 to 18 degrees Celsius during the day), while summers are hot, and temperatures can exceed 30 degrees Celsius at noon. Fourways and its surrounds experience summer thunderstorms in the afternoon, which work well in cooling the land and refreshing its foliage.
Fourways and the city centre of Johannesburg are not susceptible to malaria. However, the rural areas as well as the many game parks surrounding Johannesburg have been known for their rare malaria infections. Visitors that are planning to visit the northern provinces of South Africa and / or surrounding countries are advised to take precautions against contracting malaria. Insect repellent and sunscreen are essential in South Africa, regardless of the time of year that you visit. It is advised that you bring your prescriptions for spectacles and medication so that you can restock at a local pharmacy without having to consult with a doctor. Ensure that your tetanus shots are up-to-date as some areas are fraught with litter, including broken glass, cans and metal.
Fourways is an elite area of Johannesburg. However, as with any other destination in the world, there are areas that are not safe. Consult with your tour operator and/or hotel so that you may be aware of which places to avoid. When walking around Fourways or using public transport (including tour busses), be aware of your personal belongings. Do not leave anything unattended, and do not accept help from strangers, especially if it requires handing over your bank cards, photographic equipment, etc…
The five star Palazzo Montecasino Hotel enjoys a convenient location in the upmarket suburb of Fourways, Sandton, with easy access to all major highways, business centres and is only a 30 minute drive from the O R Tambo Johannesburg International Airport.