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Melville is one of the older suburbs of Johannesburg and is situated just a few kilometers to the northeast of the city centre. This is a suburb of old houses on narrow streets and dates back to the 1920s. Melville is next door to the Rand Afrikaans University, and houses many of the students from there. Melville is also close to the Emmarentia Dam and sailing club, and is only a few blocks from Wits University Campus.

Just to the North of Melville lies the 80 hectare Melville Koppies Nature Reserve. This nature reserve, unfenced in some parts, carries some 80% of flora species recorded in the Witwatersrand. Of these 30 species are edible, 112 used medicinally, 34 are used in ritual magic, 2 are sought-after perfumes and 8 are poisons. The nature reserve has an archaeological site dating back 100000 years. More than 150 species of birds have been identified here.

Melville, located in Johannesburg, Gauteng, is a vibrant and eclectic suburb known for its bohemian atmosphere, trendy cafes, and diverse cultural experiences.

Here are five things to see or do around Melville:

1. Melville Koppies Nature Reserve:

  • Explore this nature reserve which offers a glimpse into Johannesburg’s natural and archaeological heritage.
  • It’s a great spot for hiking, with trails that provide panoramic views of the city.
  • The reserve is also rich in indigenous flora and fauna, making it ideal for nature enthusiasts.

2. 7th Street:

  • This iconic street is the heart of Melville’s nightlife and dining scene.
  • Enjoy a variety of restaurants, bars, and cafes offering diverse cuisine from around the world.
  • The street is also known for its unique boutiques, antique shops, and vibrant atmosphere.

3. Auckland Park:

  • Visit this nearby suburb, home to the University of Johannesburg and the historic SABC (South African Broadcasting Corporation) building.
  • Auckland Park has beautiful parks and gardens, ideal for a relaxing stroll or picnic.
  • The area also offers cultural attractions like the Lindfield Victorian House Museum.

4. The Melville Farmers Market:

  • Held at the Bamboo Centre, this market offers fresh produce, artisanal goods, and delicious street food.
  • It’s a great place to meet local vendors, sample gourmet products, and enjoy a lively community atmosphere.
  • The market often features live music and entertainment, enhancing the shopping experience.

5. Emmarentia Dam and Johannesburg Botanical Gardens:

  • Just a short drive from Melville, this is a perfect spot for outdoor activities.
  • Enjoy walking, jogging, or picnicking by the dam, or take a boat out on the water.
  • The botanical gardens boast a wide variety of plant species, themed gardens, and tranquil walking paths.

These activities provide a mix of nature, culture, dining, and shopping, ensuring there’s something for everyone to enjoy in and around Melville.

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