Hotels in and around the Rosebank Johannesburg suburb
Johannesburg’s north-western suburb of Rosebank is a funky, upmarket one that boasts a balance between commercial, retail and residential buildings. It is within close driving distance to many of Johannesburg’s prime attractions, and is equipped with many accommodation options; ranging from budget-friendly chalets to luxurious lodges and hotels.
With its unique ‘outdoors’ feel, Rosebank exudes an air of fun, adventure and 1st world convenience. It offers locals and visitors a range of sights and activities; from one of the city’s most exclusive shopping centres, the Zone@Rosebank, to markets and nightclubs.
It is also the second largest business district of the commercial hub, Johannesburg. Therefore, it attracts corporate travellers from around the world who are in the area to handle their important business matters. As such, it is well-equipped for these purposes, as well as for the general needs of busy travellers.
The entire Gauteng area was once a series of farms and gold mines. The region now known as the suburb of Rosebank was part of the Rosemill Orchards, which were then subdivided into plots and sold off in 1896. It was renamed Rosebank in 1919, after a British Admiral who fought in the First World War. Rosebank underwent major development in the 1950’s, making it a prime spot for shopping centres, business and homes.
Rosebank is a fairly small suburb, allowing visitors to explore it on foot. It is beautiful and full of shops, boutiques and restaurants, so walking these streets promises not a dull moment.
Johannesburg enjoys the facility of the OR Tambo International Airport. This is just over 20 kilometres from Rosebank, 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 make use of a professional taxi service. It is not wise to make use of the minibus taxis. Buses and trains are not widely used by the locals and are restricted to certain areas of the city.
The African Craft Market is situated right in the hub of Rosebank and is surrounded by other shops and eateries. Here, authentically ethnic arts, crafts and performances are on display for the enjoyment of passers-by and tourists. Such African art can also be found at the Mutual Square & Gardens.
One of the area’s oldest shopping centres is The Rosebank Mews. This centre is well known amongst aspiring and professional models and it is home to many agencies and casting houses.
Johannesburg and the surrounding areas also offer much in the way of sights, events and destinations. These include the Kruger National Park, Sun City and The Lost City, Sandton, the Johannesburg Zoo and the world class productions that are put on at theatres around the city centre.
Summer in Gauteng is hot, with afternoons being cooled down slightly by impressive thunderstorms. Daytime highs reach approximately 30+ degrees Celsius, and nights cool down to a warm 18 to 20 degrees. Winters are cold by South African standards, reaching highs of about 15 degrees Celsius.
Visitors to South Africa are advised to visit a travel clinic before their arrival to ascertain what travel health requirements there are. These include Yellow Fever vaccinations, as well as the potential need for anti-malarial prophylaxes.
All visitors must apply a high-factor sunscreen before going outdoors in South Africa. If the sun is shining, wear a hat, sunglasses and protective clothing to cover the shoulders, neck and face. Avoid being exposed to the sun at midday.
Insect repellent is also advisable, particularly for those venturing out of Rosebank and into the South African bushveld.
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.
Although Rosebank is a small neighbourhood, it is still situated within the very busy, ever-bustling city of Johannesburg. Consult with your tour operator and/or hotel so that you may be aware of which places to avoid, particularly at night.
Never leave any of your belongings, or your children, unattended and do not accept help from strangers, especially if it requires handing over your bank cards, photographic equipment, etc..