A popular gateway to southern Africa’s prime safari areas, Johannesburg has a wealth of quality hotels in vibrant inner-city locations, as well as close to the airport.

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.


Accommodation in Johannesburg

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.

Johannesburg Accommodation

Johannesburg is one of Africa's most modern and vibrant cities. The city boasts a wide range of premium hotels ranging from five-star international chains to boutique properties.


South Africa Itineraries

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South Africa Overview

Why travel to 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. 

 When is the best time to view animals in South Africa?
Gameviewing is best during the dry season (May-Oct); however the summer months are good for general touring and sightseeing. 

What is the culture of South Africa? 
There are many different cultures including Zulu, Swazi, Xhosa, Indian, Cape Malay and European. As a result, there are many unique culinary dishes as well as distinct music and dance. Elegant Cape Dutch architecture is also a highlight of South Africa’s cape. 

What is the climate in South Africa? 
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). 

What can I combine South Africa 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.  

How to get to South Africa?
Many major airlines including South African Airways, Qantas, Etihad, Emirates, Kenya Airways, Qatar, Singapore Airways and British Airways fly into Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport. There are also many regional and domestic carriers that service local cities such as Cape Town and the Kruger National Park area. 

US – South African Airways fly’s directly to east coast cities including New York and Washington. Delta Airlines is another option to consider flying directly to Johannesburg from Atlanta.  

UK / Europe – There are direct flights to OR Tambo International Airport with South African Airways from London-Heathrow, Frankfurt and Munich. Major European Airlines flying directly into Johannesburg include British Airways, Air France, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Lufthansa and Swiss International Airlines.  

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