Saxonwold is an affluent suburb of Johannesburg, South Africa. It is situated in what was once the Sachsenwald Forest in the early 20th century. It is located in Region E of the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality.

Saxonwold is located in Gauteng
Saxonwold is located in South Africa
Coordinates: 26°9′23″S 28°2′26″E / 26.15639°S 28.04056°E / -26.15639; 28.04056Coordinates: 26°9′23″S 28°2′26″E / 26.15639°S 28.04056°E / -26.15639; 28.04056
CountrySouth Africa
MunicipalityCity of Johannesburg
Main PlaceJohannesburg
 • Total2.58 km2 (1.00 sq mi)
 • Total2,557
 • Density990/km2 (2,600/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
 • Black African27.4%
 • Coloured2.8%
 • Indian/Asian9.5%
 • White58.2%
 • Other2.1%
First languages (2011)
 • English67.9%
 • Afrikaans11.0%
 • Zulu4.7%
 • Tswana3.5%
 • Other12.9%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street)
PO box


The suburb has its origins as part of the Braamfontein farm which was owned by Hermann Eckstein.[2] He had bought the farm to explore it for minerals and when he failed to find any, the land was converted as a timber plantation in 1891 called Sachsenwald after Otto von Bismarck's estate.[2] The land's name was anglicized at the beginning of World War One and was called Saxonwold.[2] In 1903, Wernher Beit & Co and Max Michaelis gave 200 acres of freehold ground in the Sachsenwald plantation to the Johannesburg Town Council for the use by the people of Johannesburg by the creation of the Herman Eckstein Park.[2] This park would become Zoo Lake, the Johannesburg Zoo and the South African National Museum of Military History. The remaining land in the plantation was developed into a township called Saxonwold in 1925 by the Transvaal Consolidated Land & Exploration Co Ltd.[2] The streets were laid out to view the Rand Regiments Memorial with instructions to home builders not to impede the view of the memorial and the street names having an old Anglo-Saxon theme and ended in wold.[2]

The Japanese School of Johannesburg previously had a location in Saxonwold. After a negative campaign in 1968, the location was forced to close.[3]

The Villa d'Este was built in 1923.[4] The South African National Museum of Military History and the Anglo-Boer War Memorial are also located in Saxonwold.

Notable peopleEdit


  1. ^ a b c d "Sub Place Saxonwold". Census 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "SAPRA History: Origins of Saxonwold & Parkwood". Saxonwold & Parkwood Residents Association of Johannesburg. Archived from the original on 23 January 2016. Retrieved 19 September 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Okada, Masako. Sanctions and Honorary Whites: Diplomatic Policies and Economic Realities in Relations Between Japan and South Africa. Greenwood Publishing Group, 2002. ISBN 0313318778, 9780313318771. p. 59.
  4. ^ "Villa D'Este". The Heritage Register. Retrieved 25 December 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "The Guptas and their links to South Africa's Jacob Zuma". BBC News. 2 November 2016. Retrieved 25 December 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)