xpats will find that keeping active and staying fit is very popular in the ‘City of Gold’. Expats looking to stay in shape and meet other expats will have plenty of opportunities to do so in high-quality facilities scattered around Johannesburg.
Some of the clubs require approval of registration by a committee, and at times the waiting list may be lengthy.
Rugby, hockey and other sports
The Wanderers Club
Address: 21 North Street, Illovo
Tel: +27 11 788 5010
Offering a wide range of sports including badminton, bowls, karate and snooker, among others, the Wanderers Club is the perfect place for expats looking to socialise and play for leisure or play competitively.
Pirates Sports Club
Address: 25 Braeside Street, Greenside
Tel: +27 11 646 5025
Pirates Sports Club offers a number of sports clubs to cater to all needs, including clubs for playing squash, baseball, cricket, soccer, rugby, bowls and hockey.
Marks Parks Cricket Club
Address: 43 Orange Road, Emmarentia
With a junior and senior side, Marks Parks is situated in the beautiful area of Emmarentia. The cricket season begins in October, with registration open from August.
Randburg Football Club
Address: Corner Malibongwe Drive and Hans Schoeman Drive, Randburg
Tel: +27 87 809 1645
The club offers membership to all ages, and is open to males and females. Registration takes place at the beginning of the year.
The Country Club
Address: Lincoln Street, Woodmead
Tel: +27 11 202 1600
Members of the Country Club will be able to practise their swing and enjoy the outdoors at the club's prestigious grounds in Woodmead.
Hiking and running
Johannesburg Hiking Club
Tel: +27 78 885 6505
The club is geared at members with a certain level of fitness, so expats should make sure they meet the criteria before joining. Weekend hikes are generally on Sundays, lasting about seven hours.
Born 2 Run Athletics Club
Based in Randburg, the club is open to all, regardless of age or fitness level. The club participates in different time trails and club runs at various lengths, throughout the year.