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Cosmopolitan Johannesburg has undergone a remarkable renaissance in the past few decades, and visitors today will find here the country’s largest selection of restaurants, shops and hotels.

The city has not shied away from its notorious past. In fact, some of its must-see attractions include the inspiring Apartheid Museum and the sprawling township of Soweto, most famous for its pivotal role in the country’s political history.

Whilst Johannesburg has come a long way, the wealth divide remains with the city’s most affluent residing in the leafy northern suburbs such as Sandton and Rosebank. This is where you’ll find the majority of luxury hotels and glitzy shopping centres.

If you’re just planning to overnight in Johannesburg, OR Tambo International Airport is well set up for stopovers, with an array of quality accommodation options ranging from five-star international chain properties to an expansive entertainment and casino complex with guestrooms, restaurants and recreational facilities all in one place.


Johannesburg Highlights

  • South Africa’s largest, most vibrant city
  • Brimming with political history
  • The riveting Apartheid Museum
  • The fascinating township of Soweto
  • Great restaurants and shopping

When To Go

Johannesburg is a year-round destination – one of the most popular gateways to safari destinations throughout southern Africa.

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Johannesburg Accommodation

A popular gateway to southern Africa’s prime safari areas, Johannesburg has a wealth of quality hotels. Most are located in the upmarket northern suburbs such as Sandton, whilst there are also good options around the airport should you only be staying overnight. For information on additional accommodation not featured, please contact us.

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South Africa Overview

Why South Africa: Described as “a world in one country” South Africa is more than just a safari destination. The wildlife of Kruger and the many private reserves throughout the country are complemented by South Africa’s fascinating history and diverse cultures, the beautiful coastline and majestic landscapes of the Cape.

Game Viewing: Gameviewing is best during the dry season (May-Oct); however the summer months are good for general touring and sightseeing.

Culture: Many different cultures including Zulu, Swazi, Xhosa, Indian, Cape Malay and European. A unique cuisine, as well as distinct music and dance. Elegant Cape Dutch architecture.

Climate: The inland plateau has a temperate climate (17°-30°C), whilst the coast is subtropical and more humid (22°-30°C). The seasons are the same as Australia, however most of the rain falls in summer. Winters are dry and sunny, but nights can be very cold. The Western Cape is the exception, with a “Mediterranean” climate – cool, wet winters and warm dry summers (17°-24°C).

Combine With: South Africa is easily combined with neighbouring Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Mozambique, Zambia or the nearby tropical island of Mauritius. Johannesburg is a very popular gateway to most of southern and eastern Africa.

Getting There: Many major airlines including South African Airways, Qantas, Etihad, Emirates, Kenya Airways, Qatar, Singapore Airways and British Airways fly into Johannesburg. There are also many regional airlines such as Air Botswana, and domestic carriers that service local cities such as Cape Town and the Kruger National Park area.

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