Home to the main campus of the University of the Witwatersrand, Braamfontein is Johannesburg's most youthful neighbourhood, populated by a cosmopolitan mix of students, academics and young professionals. The nightlife in this area is always buzzing and there are a great selection of hipster coffee shops, fashion boutiques and art galleries to explore as well as top museums and theatres. Conveniently linked to the Park Station Gautrain, easily walkable and with a vibrant cafe culture and lots of cool street art to admire, Braamfontein is an ideal place to explore on foot.
Braamfontein has been a part of Johannesburg since 1886, the year the city was established. Back then, Braamfontein was a farm where people lived and worked, and there was a strong sense of community. Situated north of the city centre, over time the area developed into an important commercial and economic node of Johannesburg, housing a vibrant business districtBraamfontein is well located, straddling Jan Smuts Avenue and Empire Road, which provide quick access north, east and west. A massive R200-million development project was unveiled in 2002. The project entailed creating a "Braamfontein Corporate Precinct", an area likely to be more attractive to business and more welcoming to regular patrons and visitors than parts of the area had hitherto been. The landscape, amenities and level of safety have been improved considerably.
Interesting Facts about Johannesburg
- Johannesburg is the provincial capital of Gauteng, which is the wealthiest province in the country.
- The Constitutional Court, the highest court of South Africa, is located in Johannesburg.
- 40% of the world's human ancestor fossils were discovered in Johannesburg.
- Gold was discovered in Johannesburg in the 1880s, after which the gold rush was triggered.
- Johannesburg is dotted with 150 heritage sites, half of which are national monuments.
- Johannesburg is laced with over 10 million trees, and is therefore also known as the largest man-made forest in the world.
- The largest acute hospital, the Chris Hani-Baragwanath Hospital, that serves over 3.5 million people is located in this beautiful city.
- The largest and busiest airport in Africa - OR Tambo International Airport is also located in Johannesburg.
- The popular Kwaito music traces its origins in Johannesburg.
- Johannesburg is the world's largest city that has not been built on a coastline or beside a river or lake.
- There are 12 river systems that run through the city of Johannesburg.
- Johannesburg's traffic is legendary all over the world. The average commuting time between one place to another is 45 minutes.