South Africa is home to a large number of shopping malls, with close to 2000 shopping malls in the country. Of all these malls in South Africa, it has always been sort of a challenge to determine the biggest.
A lot of websites and blogs have different information and ranking of the biggest malls in South Africa, but we bring you a genuine list ranking them from 1 to 10.
1. Fourways Mall, Johannesburg
This formerly had a land area of 90,000 square meters since it was established in 1994. Although it was recently renovated and extended to now top the list of the biggest malls in South Africa with a total land area of 178,000 square meters.
2. Menlyn Park Shopping Centre, Pretoria
This was formerly the biggest mall in South Africa, with a total land area of 177,000 square meters. After the renovation of the Fourways Mall, Menlyn Park has been moved a spot lower in the list of the biggest malls in South Africa. The mall was established in 1979 and it currently has about 500 stores all on 4 floors.
3. Gateway Theatre of Shopping, Durban
This mall was established in 1998 in the city of Durban. It is currently the third-largest mall in South Africa with a land area of 176,962 square meters and over 400 stores. It is also home to about 90 restaurants, 18 movie theatres, 4000 square meter skate park. The mall receives more than 2 million visitors per month.
4. Sandton City, Johannesburg
This is one of the malls in Johannesburg. It was established in 1973 and has gone through some renovation and expansion and it now covers an area of 128,000 square meters. The mal has about 120 stores in a 21-story building.
5. Mall of Africa, Midrand
Opened in April of 2016, this is known to be the largest mall in South Africa to be built in a single phase. It has a retail area of over 130,000 square meters and over 300 shops. It is currently in the 5th spot on the list of biggest malls in South Africa.
6. The Pavilion, Durban
The Pavilion was opened in 1994 and as of that time, it had a landmass of 75,000 square meters. After it has been renovated and expanded, the mall is now the 6th largest mall in South Africa with a landmass of 119,000 square meters and about 300 shops. It is also known as “Durban’s Coolest Shopping Mall”.
7. Eastgate Mall, Gauteng
This was established in 1979. After a series of expansion and renovation, it currently has a landmass of about 118,732 square meters, which makes it 7th on the list of the biggest malls in South Africa. It has over 300 stores and receives about 2 million visitors per month.
8. Centurion Mall, Gauteng
The Centurion mall covers an area of about 112,800 square meters and 260 stores. It was set up in 1983. It has a total of 6,200 parking bays leading into the mall through 11 entrances.
9. Westwood, Durban
The mall was opened in 2008. It has a landmass of about 109,000 square meters and is found in Westville, Durban. The mall has a plethora of facilities for its visitors; banking facilities, car wash, post office.
10. Cresta Shopping Center, Johannesburg
This was founded in the year 1977 and is situated in Johannesburg. It has a land area of 104,342 square meters and over 260 stores. This puts it in the 10th position on the list of biggest malls in South Africa.
Shoppers, there you have it. The top 10 biggest malls in South Africa. You probably want to visit them, even if for the sole purpose of having an amazing experience moving around in the biggest malls in the country. Do you have any thoughts or suggestions on the malls on this list? Drop your comments.