The suburbs of Johannesburg East incorporate some of the oldest areas of Johannesburg, South Africa. The area includes the eastern streets of the city to Bedfordview, Edenvale and East Rand suburbs. The eastern suburbs are home to a variety of entertainment zones, shopping centres, nature reserves and golf courses.
Johannesburg East offers tourists an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. There are several areas which are interesting to visit. To the east of the city centre, art centres, sporting stadiums and markets are hidden among side streets and suburbs. One of the more prominent attractions is Ellis Park Stadium. The arena hosts rugby, football and pop concerts holding up to 60,000 people at one time. Further east, close to OR Tambo International Airport is Wild Waters Boksburg. There are several exciting water slides and rides for all to enjoy. Drift down the river rapids on a doughnut ring, or race friends on the twisting, thrilling water slides. Those preferring to explore local shopping facilities can head for East Rand mall, a 25-minute walk away. With a vast variety of jewellery, clothing and shoe stores, it’s the ideal place to browse for gifts, souvenirs or latest fashions. In the centre of Boksburg, there are numerous heritage sites including the All Angels Anglican Church, Old Law Courts and the post office building. East Johannesburg caters to everyone’s palate when it comes to culinary treats. With a nod to the cultural heritage of the eastern suburbs, visitors can discover Mexican, Portuguese, Greek, Italian and Asian cuisine.
The best way to get around Johannesburg East is by car. It takes approximately 30 minutes to drive to the suburb of Boksburg and East Rand from central Johannesburg. East Rand from OR Tambo International Airport can be reached in under 20 minutes. Roads and exits are well signposted. MetroRail operates commuter trains to outlying suburbs in the greater Johannesburg area. Tourists can use the metered or fixed price taxis if travelling from the airport.
The eastern suburbs of Johannesburg are home to large communities of European and Jewish inhabitants. There are several golf courses, nature parks and markets to enjoy. The region offers a unique insight into South Africa outside the cities.