Johannesburg

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Johannesburg featuring a city, a high-rise building and a sunset

Johannesburg surprises even the most experienced travellers. The city has many interesting cultural sites, beautiful attractions and a diverse population. And although there are still some no-go areas in the city, most of the city is considered safe and a joy to explore.

For beautiful views over the city, go to the Top of Africa viewpoint at the Carlton Centre. For a closer look, take a tour with a guide through Soweto to see how some of the locals live. Soweto is a series of townships consisting of cheap and makeshift housing and infrastructure. While this area can be shocking for some, most visitors are pleasantly surprised by the lively atmosphere and fascinating culture. The district also has some wild places, so we recommend you don’t go there on your own going – take a professional tour. Experience the unique atmosphere of Vilakazi Street or visit the house where Nelson Mandela once lived. Visit other important places such as the Hector Petersen Memorial and the Regina Mundi Church.

Explore some historic parts of the city with a visit to Parktown or Newtown. There you will find historical buildings, as well as streets are lined with cafés, restaurants and shops. Walk around the northern suburbs and see where the wealthier section of society live, where you will find chic boutiques, bars and restaurants.

If you are interested in history, you certainly want to visit some of Johannesburg’s top museums. Immerse yourself in the turbulent history of South Africa at the Apartheid Museum. Take a walk on Constitution Hill and visit the prison museums for more traces of the troubled history of the city. If art is your thing then a visit to the Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG) is definitely worthwhile; here you will find a fantastic selection of local and international art.

If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, you can take a stroll through the tranquil Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden. Or if you really want to get close to nature, head to the Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve where you can organize a trip to the Lion Park and see the famous wild animals of Africa.

Where to stay in Johannesburg

Protea Hotel by Marriott O.R. Tambo Airport
Protea Hotel by Marriott O.R. Tambo Airport
4 out of 5
The price is £44 per night from 6 Nov to 6 Nov
Located in the heart of Kempton Park, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Arwyp Medical Centre, Kempton Park Golf Club and Festival Mall. Emperors Palace ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (987 reviews)
"Good stay"

Reviewed on 10 Oct 2021

Protea Hotel by Marriott O.R. Tambo Airport
City Lodge Hotel at OR Tambo International Airport
City Lodge Hotel at OR Tambo International Airport
3 out of 5
The price is £67 per night from 25 Nov to 25 Nov
Located in O.R. Tambo, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Emperors Palace Casino, Kempton Park Golf Club and Festival Mall. International Terminal Duty Free ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (971 reviews)
"So convenient for a layover. Attached to OR Tambo Airport. Clean and comfortable with friendly staff."

Reviewed on 24 Oct 2021

City Lodge Hotel at OR Tambo International Airport
Premier Hotel OR Tambo
Premier Hotel OR Tambo
4 out of 5
The price is £54 per night from 6 Nov to 6 Nov
This family-friendly Kempton Park hotel is located near the airport, within 2 mi (3 km) of Arwyp Medical Centre and Kempton Park Golf Club. Festival Mall and ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (990 reviews)
"Room had fridge missing."

Reviewed on 24 Oct 2021

Premier Hotel OR Tambo
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MINT Hotel 84 on Katherine
MINT Hotel 84 on Katherine
3.5 out of 5
84 Katherine Street, Sandton, Gauteng
The price is £34 per night from 27 Oct to 27 Oct
Located in Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Area, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Nelson Mandela Square and Sandton City Mall. Rosebank ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (70 reviews)
"Staff were really friendly. Restaurant was great with fabulous food and service. Room clenana and comfy"

Reviewed on 24 Oct 2021

MINT Hotel 84 on Katherine
Prestige Apartment Sandton at Westpoint
Prestige Apartment Sandton at Westpoint
4 out of 5
89 Grayston Drive, Sandton, Gauteng
The price is £48 per night from 17 Nov to 17 Nov
Located in Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Area, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Morningside Mediclinic, The MARC and Johannesburg Stock ...
3.8/5 Good! (94 reviews)
Misleading pictures and advertising of Apartment
"The pictures of the rooms as advertised, are not the same as what we got. There is no aircon in the rooms as per the pictures. There were only one aircon in the lounge and it did not cool off the other rooms. The carpets were dirty and had stains. The chairs were dirty with stains. The tiles were ..."

Reviewed on 23 Mar 2021

Prestige Apartment Sandton at Westpoint
Max Executive Apartments
Max Executive Apartments
4 out of 5
5 Rivonia Road, Illovo, Sandton, Gauteng
The price is £71 per night from 28 Oct to 28 Oct
This family-friendly Sandton apartment building is located in the business district, within 2 mi (3 km) of Sandton City Mall, Dunkeld West Shopping Centre and ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (154 reviews)
Great place
"Great place, great location!"

Reviewed on 14 Jun 2021

Max Executive Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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