Primarily known as a residential area in western Johannesburg, Roodepoort is in fact also of historical interest. In the early 1800s a farm of the same name opened its gates to gold diggers and their families.
An insight into the lives of these early settlers can be gained at the Roodepoort Museum where exhibits include art deco figurines, a late Victorian parlour, a Voortrekker pioneer lounge, a 1699 Dutch family bible, and Walter Battiss and Maggie Laubscher paintings.
Roodepoort is also home to the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens, which boasts over 200 species of birds including a treasured pair of Black Eagles that nest close to the impressive 70m Witpoortjie Waterfall. Donated to the people of Roodepoort in 1982 by a farmer who owned the property, the gardens are well-used by families armed with picnic baskets who also take advantage of the regular open-air classical and modern music concerts.
Also in the vicinity of Roodepoort is the vast Westgate Shopping Mall. For the more adventurous, Roodepoort’s Florida Lake intermittently hosts regattas, triathlons and rowing competitions.
Residents of Roodepoort claim it as among the most attractive residential areas in Johannesburg situated as it is amid rolling hills, many with superb views of the city to the east, and of Magaliesburg to the west.
Useful contact numbers:
Roodepoort Museum 011 761 0225 / 9
Walter Sisulu National
Botanical Gardens 011 958 1750