Explore Germiston and Johannesburg
African Elephant Guest House is an upmarket conveniently located in Lambton, Germiston. The location was carefully selected with the guest in mind so every visitor will have their needs met.
There is a world of wonder waiting for those who want to explore Germiston and surrounds, with something for everyone.
Aviation Museum of South Africa
The museum is based at Rand Airport in Germiston and houses a fascinating collection of aircraft like two Boeing 747s, ‘Lebombo’ which flew over Ellis Park at the 1995 Rugby World Cup and a rare Boeing 747SP. Other aircraft include a B737-200, Douglas DC-4 and DC-6, Lockheed Lodestar and a de Havilland Dove.
Discover the museum’s extensive collection of airline artefacts and memorabilia. The museum also boasts a fleet of operational classic propeller-driven aircraft that are used for safari charters to Southern Africa’s exotic tourist destinations.
Experience the adventure flight of a lifetime with Classique Aviation and explore Germiston from a different angle. They offer aviation enthusiasts a chance to take to the skies in a range of vintage and aerobatic aircraft in Johannesburg. While their operation hours are generally on Saturday and Sunday, midweek flights can be arranged. Bookings a week in advance are essential.
Rondebult Bird Sanctuary
The Rondebult Bird Sanctuary is located close to Germiston and spans 95 hectares. It comprises wetlands and grasslands that were established to salvage an old sewerage site. It has become a natural habitat of choice for a number of bird species. Step inside the eight separate and secure hides scattered around the dams to enjoy the avian antics around you. It is an essential stop on your Explore Germiston List.
Korsman Bird Sanctuary
Korsman Bird Sanctuary is a small 100-hectare location that is home to at least 250 bird, including the goliath heron and glossy ibis, black egret, and African spoonbill.
History shows that the San used Benoni as a hunting ground.
Rare birds include the white pelican, yellow billed stork, orange-throated longclaw, pygmy goose, African harrier-hawk, long-crested eagle, and lesser black-backed gull. Other animals include the water mongoose, slender mongoose, vlei rat, striped mouse, bats, 25 species of butterfly and 45 different spiders, one of which is endemic to the sanctuary.
Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve lies only 10 km from the city centre, close to the suburb of Mondeor. At over 700 hectares it features a diverse terrain and game including zebra, red hartebeest, and black wildebeest.
With 20 km worth of trails throughout the reserve there is a hike for everyone – from really easy, flat trails, to strenuous trails that will give you a good workout to experience clear views over the Johannesburg skyline.
They encourage self-guide exploration between sunrise and sunset. Guided walks are led on the second and fourth Sunday of each month, as well as the first and third Wednesday every month. You can also enjoy bird walks on the third Saturday morning of every month.
Make sure you’re wearing a good pair of boots and bring plenty of water.
ArtMatters Paint in the Park
Every weekend, ArtMatters in Johannesburg hosts a relaxing and fun paint in the park initiative. Set in the Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve, professional art instructor Humbu Nsenga will guide you through the creative process. If you want to tick of therapeutic and creative escape from the city on your Explore Germiston List, this is the activity for you. All painting material will be provided.
The Landing coffee shop
Next on the Explore Germiston List you will travel to Edenvale and stop for a cup of freshly brewed coffee at The Landing. Their baristas all boast top-notch training by the champion barista of South Africa. The Landing offers fast and free Wi-Fi and a delicious menu. There is seating inside or outside in the scenic garden or under covering.
Glendower Golf Club
For golfing enthusiasts, the Glendower Golf Club in Edenvale is one of the top golfing courses in Gauteng. Ryder Cup Captain Paul McGinley said it could be a real potential venue for a U.S. Open if it were located in America.
The golf club was established in 1939, and is a beautiful, challenging course. Play is open to the public, but it is highly recommended that you book your tee-off times ahead to avoid disappointment.
Gillooly’s Farm covers only 44 hectares, but its walking trails are popular with locals and visitors alike for spotting a number of bird species while enjoying the fresh air and warm South African sun. Gillooly’s manmade lake is home to sharp tooth catfish, blue kurper and the common carp.
Let African Elephant Guesthouse prepare a basket for you to enjoy the picnic facilities scattered around the scenic dam.
Hunyani Snake City
The Hunyani Reptile Educational Breeding Centre provides an informative outing for young and old to learn about the conservation of South African reptiles. View eyeball cobras, mambas, king snakes, anacondas, rattle snakes, pythons, and crocodiles and enjoy the live snake show that takes place three times a day, Monday to Saturday.
Book your stay today
Book your holiday at African Elephant Guesthouse as your home base when exploring Germiston and its remarkable natural and cultural gems.