JohannesburgSouth Africa

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

Downtown Johannesburg, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

Downtown Johannesburg

4/5Very Good!(2 area reviews)

Well liked for its museums and architecture, Downtown Johannesburg is worth a visit. Check out the variety of things to see and do like Carlton Centre and Ellis Park Stadium, and jump on the metro at Ellis Park Station to get around the city.

Downtown Johannesburg
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Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Area

4/5Very Good!(75 area reviews)

While you're in Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Area, take in top sights like Gold Reef City and jump on the metro at Ellis Park Station to see more of the city.

Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Area
Pretoria Central Business District, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa

Pretoria Central Business District

Pretoria Central Business District is noteworthy for its bars, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Church Square and Palace of Justice.

Pretoria Central Business District
O.R. Tambo, Kempton Park, Gauteng, South Africa

O.R. Tambo

4/5Very Good!(35 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in O.R. Tambo, Emperors Palace Casino and International Terminal Duty Free Mall are top sights worth seeing.

O.R. Tambo
Muckleneuk, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa

Muckleneuk

3/5(1 area review)

You'll appreciate the restaurants during your time in Muckleneuk and you might want to plan a stop by Loftus Versfeld Stadium and Union Buildings while you're in the area.

Muckleneuk

Top hotels in Johannesburg

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel
Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel
4 out of 5
Corner Rivonia Rd. And West St., Benmore, Sandton, Gauteng
The price is £71 per night

This family-friendly Sandton hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 10-minute walk of Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton Convention Centre and ...

4.4/5Excellent! (994 reviews)

"Early and late check in. Excellent and friendly services from staff and a superb location opposite the train station and 4 minute walk to Nelson Mandela square. Excellent."…"

Reviewed on 17 Mar 2020

Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel
Hyatt Regency Johannesburg
Hyatt Regency Johannesburg
5 out of 5
191 Oxford Road, Johannesburg, Gauteng

Located in Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Area, this luxury hotel is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Johannesburg Zoo and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Sandton City Mall. Sandton ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (155 reviews)

"Loved absolutely everything about the hotel. Great fitness area with gym and swimming pool, amazing breakfasts and great helpful staff."…"

Reviewed on 18 Mar 2020

Hyatt Regency Johannesburg
Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff, Johannesburg
Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff, Johannesburg
5 out of 5
67 Jan Smuts Avenue, Randburg, Gauteng

This family-friendly Randburg hotel is located in Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Area, within 2 mi (3 km) of Johannesburg Zoo, Parkview Golf Club and South ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (255 reviews)

"The services and amenities are excellent. It site on a beautiful hill site of Johannesburg, next to the Zoo. The location is not very convenient, 30 to 40 minutes ride to the airport. There is no public transportation."…"

Reviewed on 12 Feb 2020

Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff, Johannesburg

Popular places to visit in Johannesburg

Montecasino
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Montecasino

4.5/5(16 reviews)

With shops, theaters and a bird park among the attractions, there’s fun for all the family during the day and night at this Tuscan-themed entertainment center. 

Gold Reef City
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Gold Reef City

4.5/5(10 reviews)

Thrilling roller coasters, a 19th-century gold mine, cultural shows and a petting zoo provide entertainment for all ages at this popular theme park.

Nelson Mandela Square
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Nelson Mandela Square

4.5/5(34 reviews)

Indulge in some retail therapy, dine in an open-air piazza and browse the stalls of an antique fair at this commercial and entertainment center.  

Apartheid Museum
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Apartheid Museum

4.5/5(22 reviews)

Reflect on the impact and legacy of apartheid and learn about the contribution of Nelson Mandela and others to South Africa's new constitution.

Lion Park
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Lion Park

4.5/5(10 reviews)

Experience the adventure of getting up close with Africa’s world-famous wildlife. Observe a pride of lions, walk with cheetahs and feed a giraffe.

Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden
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Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden

5/5(7 reviews)

Landscaped lawns set against a waterfall backdrop, colorful wildlife and cultural events make this one of Johannesburg’s  favorite public parks.

Top things to do in Johannesburg

Full-Day Cradle of Humankind Tour
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Full-Day Cradle of Humankind Tour

£117
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Pretoria, Soweto & Apartheid Museum Day Tour
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Pretoria, Soweto & Apartheid Museum Day Tour

£108
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Half-Day Lion & Safari Park Tour
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Half-Day Lion & Safari Park Tour

£107
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Lesedi Cultural Village Experience
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Lesedi Cultural Village Experience

£94
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Private Tour of Maropeng and Sterkfontein Caves
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Private Tour of Maropeng and Sterkfontein Caves

£153
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Private Shuttle Service from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park
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Private Shuttle Service from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park

£318
Per adult

Reviews of Johannesburg

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

14 Mar 2020

I like Jo’burg. It is a bit gritty and you do have to be safety conscious but I felt safe there. I visited a great street food market called Neighbourgoods Market; 44 Stanley is also worth a visit. Melville has fun restaurants, bars and shops too

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

12 Sep 2019

Keep it up

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

28 Aug 2019

I came to visit a church which I watched regularly on the YouTube to see for myself what their services are all about. I saw it and I really enjoyed what I saw. Johannesburg is a very lovely place. I will surely come back.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

4 Jun 2019

Stayed around Melville

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

25 May 2019

Joburg is a bit rundown and whilst we had a great stay it’s a bit intimidating if you aren’t used to it.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

2 May 2019

An interesting place that deserves some time to properly experience the city. Could be a bit overwhelming.

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