There's lots to do and see


Sunnyside Park Hotel is situated in the leafy suburb of Parktown, well known for its diverse array of activities and sight-seeing opportunities. From taking in South Africa’s history, to visiting animals at the Zoo, or even immersing yourself in art and culture, Parktown and surrounds offers it all! Sunnyside Park Hotel also offers an in-house concierge service which can help you plan a fun-filled day out and arrange sightseeing tours!

We are a five minute drive from Emirates Airlines Park and Johannesburg Stadium and here are some helpful distances:

OR Tambo international airport     30km          Grand Central Airport     50km          Lanseria Airport                        40km

Johannesburg City Centre              5km            Park Station Gautrain     2km           Sandton Convention Centre        15km

Gallagher Estate Conference Venue   30km


Arts and Culture thrives in Parktown with the Joburg Theatre, Johannesburg Art Gallery and the Alexander Theatre all in close proximity to Sunnyside Park Hotel. Within 6km of the hotel, you can get a taste of South African talent at the Wits Art Museum or Maboneng Precinct, revel in the art and food delights of 44 Stanley and The African Craft Market of Rosebank and tingle your taste-buds at SAB World of Beer.

Johannesburg Theatre

Joburg Theatre is able to host productions ranging from Broadway musicals to home grown plays. Outside the main entrance is a statue called The Playmakers and there is a ‘Walk of Fame’, where, the handprints and names of famous performers have been inscribed into the pavement. The gardens include reed shaped fencing, paved walkways, trees, a podium, a water feature and lighting to set the nighttime mood. The theatre has its own covered and guarded parking.

Box Office Open Mon to Fri 9am to 5pm and Sat 9am to 2pm. Phone +27 (0) 11 877 6800

Address: Cnr Loveday Street and Hoofd Streest, Braamfontein, Johannesburg (GPS: -26.1905, 28.0384)   Website here.

Johannesburg Art Gallery

The Johannesburg Art Gallery is the biggest in sub-Saharan Africa and houses over 9,000 works of art in 15 exhibition halls and sculptured gardens. The historical art collection includes 17th century Dutch paintings, 18th and 19th century art from elsewhere in Europe and South African works from the 19th century to date. The collection includes paintings from Picasso, Monet, Gerard Sekoto, JH Pierneef, Walter Batiss and Salvador Dali and sculptures from Rodin, Henry Moore and William Kentridge.

Open Tue – Sun 10am to 5pm. Phone +27 (0) 11 725 3130

Address: Cnr Klein and King George Streets, Joubert Park, Johannesburg (GPS: -26.197039, 28.047104 


Johannesburg Zoo, one of Johannesburg’s most well-known tourist attractions is a short distance away. You and your family will love the vast array of animals including The Big Five, Giraffe, Gorilla and reptiles. If sipping a cocktail or going for a nature-filled walk is more your style, the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens and Emmarentia Dam is definitely the place to be – with spectacular views to boot!

Johannesburg Zoo

Joburg Zoo, covers 55 hectares of land. It was founded in 1904 when the land was donated by the firm of Herman Ekstein. The Zoo houses over 320 species of animals and is internationally accredited for its husbandry practices. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Johannesburg.
Open Mon to Sun 8h30am to 5h30pm. Phone +27 (0) 11 646 2000

Address: Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkview, Johannesburg (GPS: -26.1666, 28.0376)

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Emmarentia Dam

Just 6km from the hotel, Emmarentia Dam is surrounded by the beautiful Johannesburg Botanical Gardens. The park provides an ideal get-away for angling, canoeing, sailing, jogging, cycling, walking the dog or just relaxing with the family over a picnic. The Dam is fed by two smaller dams within the gardens and the water is frequented by geese, little grebes, moorhens and other waterfowl. The gardens have seven distinct speciality areas, including a spectacular rose garden, an arboretum with a variety of indigenous and exotic trees and a Shakespeare garden dedicated to herbs that were specifically mentioned in the playwrite’s work.

Open from 6am to 6pm. Phone +27 (0) 11 782 7064

Address: Olifants Road, Emmarentia, Johannesburg (GPS:

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Neighbourgoods Market and Arts on Main are both a thrilling rush of Johannesburg spirit, flare and indulgence. With a range of gourmet fresh food, refreshing drinks and trinkets for every occasion, these activities are close to Sunnyside Park Hotel and should not be missed. If you prefer a mega shopping spree at one of Johannesburg’s rivalled shopping centres, then Sandton City, Melrose Arch and Rosebank Mall are all at the top of the list, and what’s more, they are all in close proximity to Sunnyside Park Hotel so you won’t miss a minute of shopping!

Neighbourgoods Market

Neighbourgoods is a charming bohemian food market with a “commitment to urban regeneration and the goal to revive and reinvent the public market as a civic institution”. A food lover’s paradise, it is sure to tickle your taste-buds. It has a wonderful rooftop sitting area and a number of lively clothing and design stalls.

Open Sat 9am to 3pm. Phone +27 (0) 11 416 2605

Address: 73 Juta Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg (GPS: -26.1941, 28.0351)

Market on Main

Market On Main is a weekly up-market market that trades in regional foods and local design that takes place at Arts on Main. Its goal is to stimulate an inner city lifestyle, and provide a relaxed, creative place for crafters to trade, and for visitors to spend some weekend leisure time.

Open Sun 10am to 3pm. Phone 082 868 1335

Address: 264 Fox, Street, City & Suburban. Johannesburg (GPS: -26.2045, 28.0576)


A visit to Constitution Hill or the South African Museum of Military History will allow you and your family to explore the history behind South Africa’s road to democracy and military services. Also, the Apartheid Museum is only 10km away and transport can be arranged by the hotel.

Constitution Hill

In 1893 the Old Fort was converted to a prison for white men and later as a military fort again. It was extended in the early 20th century to house black men, women and awaiting trial prisoners. The complex was re-named Constitution Hill after democracy in 1994. Then, in a landmark decision, the Constitutional Court was housed on the property.

Open 9am to 5pm daily. Phone +27 (0) 11 381 3100

Address: 11 Kotze Rd, Johannesburg. (GPS: -26.190217, 28.041916)

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SA Museum of Military History

Jan Smuts opened to museum to preserve SA’s history during the Second World War. In 1975 the museum’s mandate was extended to include all conflicts involving SA. In the grounds there is a large memorial to the Anglo-Boer War. The museum is a must for any who have an interest in history and who love to examine the machines of war. The museum is now known as the Ditsong Museum of Military History. 

Open 9am to 4h30pm daily. Phone +27 (0) 10 001 3515

Address: 22 Erleswold Way, Saxonwold, Johannesburg (GPS: -26.1633, 28.0420)

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By Londeka N (Nov 17, Wk 3) – Old Charming Hotel

The hotel has been named a national monument. Built in 1895 is has kept the doors open to guests and still welcoming guests. The gardens are well kept and provide a breath of fresh air in the middle of the city of Johannesburg. You can access the hotel via public transport (Rea Vaya bus F12 and Gautrain bus J1) from the Johannesburg Park Station. The restaurant offers a great menu and there is a bar for afternoon sundowners. The hotel also has a cigar room, swimming pool and gym as one of the facilities. Located in a corporate area, the environment is very quite and suitable for a business trip and business meetings. Lovely hotel with a lot of history.

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