A little bit about us…
Our guesthouse and surrounding homes are brimming with fascinating history of the Struggle.
Uxolo means “peace” and we have chosen this name to capture some of the history pertaining to Former President Nelson Mandela’s early years. In 1963 Mr. Mandela lived across the road from the guesthouse, he often visited his friends who lived in the nearby houses, and Winnie Mandela’s wedding dress was made in a house just down the road from us. Many of these fascinating stories are documented in “The Long Walk to Freedom” and other books.
Uxolo Guesthouse is a Highly Recommended (AA rating), guesthouse nestled in the quiet and quaint suburb of Norwood, Johannesburg. We are also consistently ranked in the top 10 guesthouses in Johannesburg on Trip Advisor, being scored “Excellent” by 97% of our guests.
A garden suburb of Johannesburg, Norwood is both diverse and appealing. Its pretty streets are lined with trees and Norwood is easily one of the more popular dining spots in the city, renowned for its celebrated restaurants and ethnic mix of cuisine. The restaurant strip is about a 15 minute walk from our guesthouse.
Norwood is pretty unique. The people who live here are a colourful mix of cultures - Jewish, Muslim, West African and South Africans live side-by-side - and the suburb has a distinctive cosmopolitan atmosphere. People are not scared to stroll the streets. Its affluent status is because of the influence of its other neighbour - Houghton, one of the wealthiest suburbs in the country, which lies to the west of Norwood. Houghton is the home of former Presidents Mandela, Mbeki and other high profile individuals.
Norwood has the ambience of a quiet village, its homes dating back to the 1920s and 1930s and its bohemian, laidback nature is reflected in the collection of small high street boutiques, coffee bars and cafés.
You’re not short of things to do when staying here. Rosebank is a mere 10 minutes away, and Sandton City and its myriad shops, little more than 15. You’re ideally placed to get into the city centre or to timeously reach Sandton’s CBD.