The small town of Nigel is situated on the outskirts of the East Rand and offers the best of both worlds: a peaceful country atmosphere and a growing industrial area. Only a 40 minute drive from Johannesburg, a home for sale in Nigel allows you to be close enough to the big city while benefitting from the quality Nigel properties at affordable prices. 

In 1882, a farmer nicknamed Oom Lang Piet who owned the farm Varkensfontein in the Heidelberg district made an agreement with a corrupt prospector. At the time Oom Lang Piet was reading "The Fortunes of Nigel" by Sir Walter Scott and with the experiences of the character in the novel in mind, he decided not to allow himself to be cheated by fortune seekers and established his own company and called it Nigel. And so the town of Nigel came into being. While the gold mines have closed, Nigel is still a hub of industry making it a popular choice amongst those looking to buy property in the East Rand. Find out more about what buying or renting a house in Nigel entitles you to below.

Explore Nigel

East Rand Mall

East Rand Mall

For a pleasant day out, many of Nigel’s residents make the short journey to the east Rand Mall. Here you’ll find plenty of dining and shopping options as well as a gaming arcade, which will keep the kids happy, and cinemas. 

Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve

Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve

This is a must visit for birding, wildlife, nature and adventure lovers. Traverse the 66km of hiking trails, immerse yourself in what the grassland, woodland and marshland areas have to offer or simply sit and watch the world go by. 

Marievale Bird Sanctuary

Marievale Bird Sanctuary

This is another great attraction, not too far away from Nigel. Bird lovers will be in their element when they visit. 

Carnival City

Carnival City

A great outing for family members of all ages, this attraction is a quick drive from home and offers dining, shopping and entertainment opportunities. 

Living in Nigel

Areas near to Nigel

Kempton Park, Springs,


Many parents choose the short commute to schools in the neighbouring towns of Springs and Brakpan, but there are several schools in the area. Some of these schools include Nigel Primary and High and Hoërskool John Vorster.


There are plenty of opportunities for Nigel homeowners looking for an active lifestyle. From golf and rugby to hockey and soccer, Nigel has facilities for every interest.


Buying a house in Nigel offers you easy access to a variety of travel routes and O.R. Tambo International Airport is also quite close by.


The Nigel Municipal Clinic and Suikerbosrand Hospital are the closest, but due to Nigel’s position in the East Rand, homeowners have very easy access to some of the area’s best medical facilities.

For example Camps Bay or Mauritius