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Northcliff is an affluent residential suburb of Johannesburg, South Africa. The suburb is located on Northcliff Ridge which offers vistas of the Central Business District on one side, and the leafy northern suburbs on the other. Northcliff's huge homes are nestled around a steep incline of the hill, and on the foot of Northcliff borders the suburbs of Fairlands, Blackheath, Cresta and Berario. Recently some streets have been boomed in order to provide Northcliff's high-income residents with more security and exclusivity. Although erroneously included by Google Maps as part of Randburg, Northcliff has never been part of Randburg. It is located in Region B of the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality.

Northcliff is located in Gauteng
 Northcliff shown within Gauteng
Location within Greater Johannesburg
Northcliff is located in Greater Johannesburg
Northcliff is located in South Africa
Northcliff (South Africa)
Northcliff is located in Africa
Northcliff (Africa)
Coordinates: 26°8′46″S 27°58′12″E / 26.14611°S 27.97000°E / -26.14611; 27.97000Coordinates: 26°8′46″S 27°58′12″E / 26.14611°S 27.97000°E / -26.14611; 27.97000
Country South Africa
Province Gauteng
Municipality City of Johannesburg
Main Place Johannesburg
Established 1934
 • Total 9.06 km2 (3.50 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 14,664
 • Density 1,600/km2 (4,200/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Coloured 4.9%
 • Indian/Asian 7.5%
 • White 63.5%
 • Other 1.2%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • English 55.1%
 • Afrikaans 25.4%
 • Zulu 4.1%
 • Tswana 2.9%
 • Other 12.5%
Time zone UTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street) 2195
PO box 2115



The suburb is situated on part of an old Witwatersrand farm called Waterval.[2] It was established on 3 October 1934 and named after the northerly ridge.[2]



Northcliff Hill (also known as Aasvoëlkop (Vulture Ridge) due to the cliffs being predominantly inhabited by these birds of prey before being urbanised) is believed to have been populated by humans for over 250,000 years. At 1807 metres, the ridge is the second highest point in Johannesburg, being one metre lower than Observatory Ridge. It has three vegetation zones and is inhabited by many different animals.



Northcliff is served by Cresta Shopping Centre, one of the largest malls in Johannesburg which is located on the border of Northcliff in the suburb of Cresta. Many other smaller suburban shopping complexes are within easy access, for example Northcliff Corner, The Verdi Centre, Heathway Square and Home Living Design Centre.


While actually located in Blackheath, the suburb gives its name to Northcliff High School and Northcliff Primary School.


Health systemsEdit

Marang House, a home for seriously ill children, is based in Northcliff.


  1. ^ a b c d "Sub Place Northcliff". Census 2011.
  2. ^ a b Raper, Peter E.; Moller, Lucie A.; du Plessis, Theodorus L. (2014). Dictionary of Southern African Place Names. Jonathan Ball Publishers. p. 1412. ISBN 9781868425501.