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, SowetoOpens external site in a new window offers a good time with its suburbs abound with eatries, shebeens (taverns) music venues and pumping night clubs
The Apartheid MuseumOpens external site in a new window acknowledges the 20th century South Africa, at the heart of which is the apartheid story
The Cradle of HumankindOpens external site in a new window UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of eight in South Africa diverse with birds, animals and plants some rare and endangered.
Head to Neighbourgoods MarketOpens external site in a new window on a Saturday and Arts & Markets on MainOpens external site in a new window on a Sunday for your choice of South African cuisine and inspiring artwork from all over the country.
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...
Explore South Africa
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 ParkOpens external site in a new window, the Panorama Route featuring God’s Window and the luxury lodges of the Sabi Sands ReserveOpens external site in a new window, the MpumalangaOpens external site in a new window province boasts nature’s beauty. Fascinating cultural groups, including the Shangaan and Ndebele, also reside in this province. The ancient lands of LimpopoOpens external site in a new window lie to the north.
Eastern Cape and the southern Drakensberg
North West Province and the big five
On this vast grassland dotted with trees and views that stretch to distant horizons, you’ll find two of South Africa’s largest game reserves, Madikwe Game ReserveOpens external site in a new window and Pilanesberg Game ReserveOpens external site in a new window. There’s also the Vredeort DomeOpens external site in a new window UNESCO World Heritage Site – the world’s largest verified crater.
KwaZulu-NatalOpens external site in a new window, the garden province of South Africa, boasts two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, lush valleys, beautiful tropical beach, and the port city of DurbanOpens external site in a new window. One of the fastest growing and most diverse urban areas in the world, Durban is famous for its food, spices and beaches.
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, BloemfonteinOpens external site in a new window 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 CapeOpens external site in a new window. 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 ParkOpens external site in a new window 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 MpumalangaOpens external site in a new window are either within the Kruger National Park or on the neighbouring private reserves such as TimbavatiOpens external site in a new window, Klaserie and Sabi SandsOpens external site in a new window, 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 LimpopoOpens external site in a new window and the Eastern CapeOpens external site in a new window 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 ReserveOpens external site in a new window or the Honey Guide Tented Safari CampsOpens external site in a new window, both in Kruger National Park.
Why not add to your range of ‘safari’ experiences with an evening spent tracking turtlesOpens external site in a new window 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)
230V - 50Hz
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 GautrainOpens external site in a new window 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 busOpens external site in a new window.
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