Often mistakenly bypassed by international visitors, Johannesburg is the epicenter of energy and commerce in South Africa. Also a hotspot for fashion and the arts, it began as a gold mining settlement and grew to become one of the largest gold producing areas in the world. Visitors to Joburg can learn about the city’s origins at various heritage museums and art galleries. A dynamic nightlife – clubs, bars, theatres and a thriving music scene – makes it an exciting city to explore after dark, while restaurants and retail offer daytime diversion. Culturally and historically rich, the city is worth exploring in a guided tour – we have a number on offer.
Characterized by hot, rainy days and cool evenings in summer and relatively dry, crisp and clear-skied days and cold nights in winter, Johannesburg is generally sunny throughout the year. In summer, rain showers with high possibilities of thunderstorms are common. The evenings and nights are relatively calm, and the days’ temperatures have an average of 30°C with clear skies and light winds.
Johannesburg is a large, cosmopolitan city and with that comes endless variety in terms of accommodation, transport and leisure options. There are numerous luxury hotels in the city, as well as mid-range, boutique and budget options. Getting in and out of the city upon landing is best done on the high-speed commuter rail service – Gautrain. A return ticket from OR Tambo International Airport to Sandton will cost just over $20. Uber operates throughout the city – distances between destinations can be extensive so it’s worth basing yourself somewhere central for your stay.