The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa


Afrikaans name: Benoni

Benoni shopping centre

A Benoni shopping centre with a difference

Photo © Johan van Zyl


The city of Benoni has its roots in the gold-mining industry. As the yield from mines has decreased it has developed other industries and services. Despite being so built up Benoni still has many properties that keep horses.

There are a number of things to do in and around Benoni. Shopping is high on many visitors lists and a visit to the Lakeside Shopping Mall, which is designed in the shape of a Mississippi Steamboat, is well worthwhile. Other shopping centres include Northmead Square. Benoni is also known for its many lakes. Kids will enjoy a trip to the Bunny Park which is located near Northmead Square. History lovers will enjoy a trip to the local museum. Other interesting places to visit include the Benoni Art Route, Uncle Tim's Cabin known for its antiques and The Crucible which is home to a glass-blowing business.

The East Rand Car Show normally takes place on the first Saturday in June.

Benoni weather


Birders will find a number of good birding spots within an easy drive of the city, including Rondebult Bird Sanctuary.

If you are looking for accommodation in Benoni then a quick search on Google or Bing will show you many options ranging from hotels to B&B's.

Benoni car show

The Benoni Car Show is normally held on the first Saturday in June

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Benoni car show

Another vehicle at the car show

Photo © Johan van Zyl

References and further reading

Things ewe never knewe about South African place names - Author: Ann Gadd - Published: 2015 - Page: 23

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1991 - Page: 26

The Pictorial Motoring Atlas of South Africa - Author: Maxwell Leigh - Published: 1987 - Page: 101

Readers Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Published: 1986 - Page: 204

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 1995 - Page: 230

Places to Visit in Southern Africa - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1995 - Page: 60

Book of the Road - 4th edition - Author: MapStudio - Published: 2019 - Page: 109

Conollys Guide to Southern Africa - 2nd edition - Author: Denis Conolly - Published: 1982 - Page: 262


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