Orientation & Geography

Africa, South Africa, City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality

Parktown is a suburb of Johannesburg, South Africa just North of the CBD. It is affectionately known as one of the Parks, others including Saxonwold, Forest Town, Westcliff, Parkview, Parkhurst and Greenside. Parktown is one of Johannesburgs largest suburbs, neighboring Braamfontein and Milpark to the South, Killarney to the North, Hillbrow to the East and Richmond and Westcliff to the West. Originally established by the Randlords in the 1890s, Parktown is now home to many businesses, hospitals, schools, churches and restaurants, whilst still maintaining quiet residential areas. It is also home to three of the five campuses of the University of the Witwatersrand including the education campus, medical school and Wits Business School. Parktown is now divided into Parktown and Parktown West with Jan Smuts Avenue forming the dividing line. It is located in Region 4.