Johannesburg, or Joburg as some prefer to call it, offers an experience as unique and diverse as the city itself.
Once you're in Johannesburg there's plenty to do and see. Whether you're in search of a cultural experience, a safari in the various parks or simply want to relax the city has everything you’re looking for and more.
Some of South Africa’s most interesting and authentic experiences can be found in Johannesburg.
Known as a trend-setting area, Soweto offers a good time with its suburbs abound with eatries, shebeens (taverns) music venues and pumping night clubs
The Apartheid Museum acknowledges the 20th century South Africa, at the heart of which is the apartheid story
The Cradle of Humankind UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of eight in South Africa diverse with birds, animals and plants some rare and endangered.
Feel like getting your groove on? Head upstairs to the rooftop bars of both venues to enjoy the sounds of local musicians and you can even get up to a bit of salsa dancing at Canteen above Markets on Main!
From Johannesburg you can easily access some of South Africa's amazing safari adventures and national parks. How about starting with some of these...
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Limpopo, Mpumalanga and Kruger National Park
It’s no wonder that the area with the meaning 'place where the sun rises' is one of the most scenic in South Africa. Home to world-renowned Kruger National Park, the Panorama Route featuring God’s Window and the luxury lodges of the Sabi Sands Reserve, the Mpumalanga province boasts nature’s beauty. Fascinating cultural groups, including the Shangaan and Ndebele, also reside in this province. The ancient lands of Limpopo lie to the north.
Eastern Cape and the southern Drakensberg
North West Province and the big five
Bloemfontein and the Free State
Situated in the heart of South Africa, the Free State offers a mix of colourful cultures, fun urban vibes and a variety of national attractions. The Free State’s capital, Bloemfontein is known for its historic and heritage sites including President Brand Street, the only entire street in the southern hemisphere declared a national monument, and home to the African National Congress (ANC) which was formed in 1912.
Get lost in the lunar landscapes, unique wildlife and rich culture of the Northern Cape. You’ll also find adrenaline and extreme adventure sports and spectacular attractions like the Namakwaland flowers, the Richtersveld Heritage site, Witsand, the Kuruman Eye, Boesmansgat and Wonderwerk Cave.
South African safaris
Kruger National Park
Covering nearly two million hectares, Kruger National Park is world renowned featuring 16 ecosystems where you can discover unique forests, brilliant birdlife and traces of early mankind. Make sure you spot the Big Five on a 4x4 game drive or walking safari.
Big five safaris
Referring to the Buffalo, Elephant, Lion, Leopard and Rhino, big five safaris in Mpumalanga are either within the Kruger National Park or on the neighbouring private reserves such as Timbavati, Klaserie and Sabi Sands, which has the highest density of leopards in the world. Some lodges pride themselves on showing the big five to guests in record time, and you'll even walk away with a certificate.
South Africa has plenty of award-winning safari lodges in Mpumalanga, such as Limpopo and the Eastern Cape where travellers can experience bliss in the bush - impeccable service and cuisine, soothing spas and incredible wildlife encounters. Check out the Motswari on Timbavati Nature Reserve or the Honey Guide Tented Safari Camps, both in Kruger National Park.
Why not add to your range of ‘safari’ experiences with an evening spent tracking turtles on the beaches of Maputaland in the country’s north east?
Depending on the season, be amazed by loggerhead or marine leatherback turtles laying eggs, or their hatchlings bravely darting to the ocean.
South African Rand (ZAR)
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The temperatures are consistent throughout the year with the night's being quite cool and days a little warmer. Winter (June - August) averages 19°C during the day, and 5°C at night. Spring (September to November) and Summer (December - Janurary) average 25°C during the day and 15°C at night. Autumn (March to May) is considered the most popular time to visit, with temperatures ranging from 23°C during the day and 7°C at night.
From the airport
The airport is approximately a 45 minute drive from the city. Alternatively a high-speed train service connects OR Tambo to city centre in approximately 15 minutes. The Gautrain service has three commuter routes plus an extensive bus network to various suburbs in and around the train routes.
In and around the city
The best way to travel around Johannesburg is by car as the roads are good and there is affordable car hire and petrol.
If you don’t want to hire a car, another option to see Johannesburg is by tour – an affordable, safe and easy way to get around. If you want to travel on your own, try a Hop on Hop Off bus.
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