Keeping active and staying fit is very popular in Johannesburg. Expats looking to stay in shape and meet other expats will have plenty of opportunities to do so in the many green spaces and high-quality facilities scattered around Johannesburg. Sports clubs are a great way to make friends with those who have similar interests.
Some of the clubs require approval of registration by a committee, and at times the waiting list may be lengthy.
Marks Parks Cricket Club
Address: 46 Orange Road, Emmarentia
Tel: +27 73 342 9972
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 11 791 6234
This club offers membership to a wide range of players, with league teams ranging from 'PeeWees' (4 to 11 years old) to 'Veterans' (35 years and up). There are also league teams for female players.
The Country Club Johannesburg
Address: Corner Woodlands Drive and Lincoln Street, Woodmead
Tel: +27 11 202 1600
Members of this exclusive club will be able to practise their swing and enjoy the outdoors at the club's prestigious grounds in Woodmead. There are also facilities for a plethora of other sports here, too.
The Wanderers Club
Address: 21 North Street, Illovo
Tel: +27 11 788 5010
Offering a wide range of sports including tennis, cricket, rugby, hockey, 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.
Address: 25 Braeside Road, Greenside
Tel: +27 11 646 5025
Pirates Club offers a number of sports clubs to cater to all needs, including squash, baseball, cricket, soccer, rugby, bowls, tennis and hockey.
Hiking and running
Born 2 Run Athletics Club
Based in Sandton, this club is open to all, regardless of age or fitness level. The club participates in different time trials and club runs of various lengths throughout the year.
Johannesburg Hiking Club
Tel: +27 78 885 6505
Though largely geared towards experienced hikers, newcomers can join the slow group before working their way up to medium, medium plus and brisk. Weekday hikes are held on Wednesdays and clock in at about four hours. Weekend hikes are generally on Sundays, lasting five or six hours.