Originally a mining town built on the discovery of gold, Johannesburg (also called Joburg or Jozi) is now the largest city in South Africa and the capital of Gauteng. This vibrant megacity is known for being one of South Africa’s major business hubs and a Pan-African economic powerhouse.
Despite its reputation as a working city, there’s more to Joburg than just a well-placed airport and corporate facilities. The bustling city has much to offer in terms of history, culture, shopping, food and a diverse nightlife. Some of the more famous attractions include the Apartheid Museum, Origins Centre, Gold Reef City, Soweto and Maboneng. It is also a convenient starting point for travellers wanting to go on a safari as many of the country’s national parks and reserves are within driving distance from Joburg.
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WHERE TO STAY
The Houghton Hotel
The Houghton Hotel was founded out of a love for hospitality, distinguished service, and architecture, and is powered by our passion for people. Casual comfort and unsurpassed luxury become one, with our choice of 8 room categories, 2 restaurants, spa and 4 swimming pools situated on the Houghton Golf Course.
African Pride Melrose Arch, Autograph Collection
Designed with a curator's touch, this hotel celebrates the spirit of Johannesburg with refined comfort and signature experiences.
Tintswalo Family Camp
Perfectly positioned within the Welgevonden Game Reserve in Limpopo, Tintswalo Family Camp offers full exclusivity safari retreats for multi-generational families travelling together, making the safari experience more delightful and meaningful. Tintswalo Family Camp caters for families or executive breakaways.
Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! by Marriott Melrose Arch
Discover Hollywood elegance, famous for eclectic décor and Insta-Glam moments at our edgy, Johannesburg city center hotel.
Protea Hotel by Marriott Balalaika
Situated amid the renowned Sandton and escaping the conventional modern high rises, this country style hotel offers a heritage experience.
Lush Private Lodge
Lush is a contemporary lodge, shaped around the environment. In fact, it is a shepherd’s tree – sheltered from the wind and warmed by the morning sun, between hill and plain – that marked the position of the main lodge. Its minimalistic décor and natural finishes put the focus on the view, which at once draws you outside.
Zwahili Private Game Lodge And Spa
Exclusive 5 star lodge situated 2 hours from Johannesburg in the malaria free bushveld region of Limpopo. 10 luxurious suites across 4 room categories appeal to a variety of budgets. Twice daily game drives by experienced rangers offer sightings of a variety of plains game as well as an abundance of birdlife.
Premier Hotel O.R.Tambo
Premier Hotel OR Tambo is the perfect stop-over for those flying in or out of O R Tambo International Airport with a free shuttle service to and from the airport. This 4* hotel offers 275 rooms that are modern and spacious and also has excellent conference facilities and delicious cuisine as well as a Spa.
African Rock Hotel and Spa
This exclusive boutique hotel is located 11 km from the Johannesburg International Airport, O.R. Tambo in a quiet suburb of Kempton Park, away from the flight path of arriving and departing planes. It has quick and easy highway access to Johannesburg, the Sandton area as well as Pretoria.
The expansive Lapalala Wilderness Reserve is a private and untouched 48 500 hectares sanctuary that features an abundance of wildlife, bird species and breath-taking views. Tintswalo Lapalala’s seven luxury tented suites offer private plunge pools and views across the waterhole frequented by rhino and general game.
Kruger to Cape
Kruger to Cape is the Activity Booking platform of choice if you are looking for an Activity, Tour or Safari in Southern Africa. With more than 400 Activities and 300 Premium Accommodations listed, we will have what you are looking for. Let us help you Experience Southern Africa, YOUR way!
Tourism Corporation Africa
Tourism Corporation Africa is an iconic organisation offering the epitome of luxurious travel at the most authentic and beautiful safari camps, lodges and pristine private islands on the African continent. Indulge your senses. No longer an observer, you will feel the soul and heart of Africa.
Clifftop Exclusive Safari Hideaway
Created as a tribute to the unique splendor of the African Wilderness, Clifftop Exclusive Safari Hideaway combines modern African living, simplicity and an abundance of flavour with a unique wildlife experience. The 8 luxury suites overlook the Sterkstroom River, and each enjoy their own private deck and plunge pool.
DAVINCI Hotel & Suites
Located within the mall, leading on to Nelson Mandela Square, The DAVINCI is a contemporary masterpiece that has been built with unparalleled attention to detail.A sweeping staircase from The DAVINCI's reception, leads down to the Maximillien Restaurant and Legacy Corner Mall, on Nelson Mandela Square, where the finest luxurious shops in Sandton await you.
Johannesburg is South Africa’s central international connection for leisure and business travel. As a major metropolitan, it offers big city living and many sites of interest, including the Apartheid Museum, Gold Reef City, and Cradle of Humankind.
WHAT TO DO IN JOHANNESBURG
Get ready for an adventure! As the largest theme park in South Africa, Gold Reef City was voted one of Johannesburg’s most loved entertainment destinations. With 18 rides, 13 kids’ rides and more, you’re in for a wild ride.
Golf Reef City
In Soweto, just outside of Johannesburg, is the house where former president Nelson Mandela resided from 1946 to 1962, before his presidency and during Apartheid. Today, Mandela’s House acts as a museum and is filled with memorabilia and photographs of and from the Mandela family. A trip to Mandela’s House is a true experience of South African history that you don’t want to miss.
Airlink Connects you to Johannesburg, the City of Gold
Airlink connects you to Johannesburg, the city of Gold, from a variety of destinations.