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Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg, or more commonly referred to as 'Jo'burg', 'Jozi', or 'Joey's, is the largest and wealthiest city in South Africa. The cultural, financial and business heart of Africa, Johannesburg offers a rhythmic and pulsating beat not experienced anywhere else in the country. If Cape Town is the heart of South Africa, Johannesburg is most definitely the pulse. If a fast-paced, professional atmosphere is what you seek, you will feel right at home in the City of Gold.

Book your Flights to Johannesburg. Jo'burg is a fascinating city, especially the stark contrast between rich and poor. Johannesburg inhabits the richest of the rich, and the poorest of the poor. The city, with its dark personality and moody character, has for a long time fascinated and mesmerised visitors from around the world. While not essentially a tourist destination, Johannesburg is possibly the most important city in South Africa and should not be overlooked during your travels. Boasting its own unique flair and character, Johannesburg is in a league of its own.

Having the reputation of Johannesburg is not easy, but the city has, despite the bad press, managed to remain the cultural, business and financial hub of South Africa, with one of the fastest growing economies in the world. And with a booming economy, a rich cultural heritage, world class hotels, and excellent facilities on par with the best in the world, a visit to Johannesburg will not disappoint.


Location:

Johannesburg is a bustling melting pot of business and pleasure, and is majestically situated in the Gauteng Province of South Africa, landlocked between the Northern Province, Mpumalanga, North West Province and the Free State. While not a capital city of South Africa, Johannesburg does house the Constitutional Court - South Africa's highest court. Johannesburg is also the largest city in the world not situated on a coastline or major river, and is home to some 3.2 million people.

The weather is Jo'burg is generally good, with hot temperatures in summer, and little or no wind. A rare but spectacular experience is the summer thunderstorms. In winter, temperatures can get bitterly cold, dropping to the single digits, but snow is rare.


Accommodation:

Johannesburg boasts an array of great accommodation options to suit all needs, from the five star luxuries of world class hotels, to more affordable and casual residence in backpacker lodges and hostels for the budget conscious traveller.

There are numerous backpacker lodges and guest houses catering to the young, budget conscious travelers. Most of these accommodations are of a good level - clean, fun and friendly. Enjoy a casual, laidback environment without compromising on quality, value for money and comfort.

For world class accommodation, Johannesburg is home to some of the most luxurious hotels in the world, not to mention easily accessible to the uber-luxurious lodges of the Kruger National Park and Sun City.


Activities and Attractions:

Johannesburg is not your usual tourist destination, but there are some memorable attractions that no traveller to South Africa should miss. Johannesburg is filled with museums and locations reminiscent of its turbulent past, and buildings and areas highlighting its thriving and prosperous future. A tour through this fascinating city is an authentic window into what it truly means to be South African.

  • Soweto - An increasingly popular destination for travellers, Soweto is the largest and most urbanised area in Johannesburg.
  • The Apartheid Museum - Go on a poignant journey through the turbulent past of South Africa during the Apartheid regime.
  • Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens - This wonderful botanical garden is home to a wide variety of flora and avi-fauna, including the endangered Black Eagle.
  • South Africa Lipizzaners - Besides Vienna, this is the only other place in the world where you see Lipizzaners perform.
  • Lesedi Cultural Village - An authentic experience, Lesedi features traditional dances and food from authentic Zulu, Sotho, Pedi, Xhosa and Ndebele villages.
  • Gold Reef City - Enjoy a fun-filled day with the family at Gold Reef City, which offers an amusement park for the kids and a casino for the parents. You can also learn about the mining industry and even take a trip into a mine.
  • A1GP - Check out the A1GP during February at the Kyalami Racetrack in Midrand.
  • Shopping - A visit to Johannesburg is an excellent excuse to go shopping. With a wide variety of world class malls with both local and international stores, Johannesburg is every shopping lover's dream.


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