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Johannesburg Holidays

South Africa’s bustling capital is a growing metropolis with great shops, bars and galleries, and many museums exploring the city’s turbulent past.

Visit lion parks, art galleries and fine-dining restaurants in Johannesburg. The capital of South Africa has had a turbulent history, but the city continues to renew itself. Today you'll find a diverse population, many cultural attractions and fascinating historic sites that will challenge and surprise even experienced travellers.

Get a bird’s-eye view of the central business district from the Carlton Centre's Top of Africa viewing platform 50 stories up. The heart of the bustling metropolis is quite safe for visitors, although care should still be taken and some areas avoided altogether.

Soweto is a poorer area of Johannesburg that lies west of the city centre. Sign up for a guided tour of the township to discover another aspect of the city's culture. See where Nelson Mandela lived in the 1940s and ’50s along lively Vilakazi Street. Museums, historic sites and sculptures line the 1-kilometre (0.62-mile) strip. Visit the Hector Pieterson Memorial and the Regina Mundi Church to learn about the Soweto uprising during apartheid. Many locals still live in make-shift housing and some areas of the township can be dangerous, so don't make the trip on your own.

Many of Johannesburg's wealthier residents live north of the city centre. Venture to Newtown to stroll along footpaths lined with theatres, art galleries, shops and restaurants. Parktown is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Johannesburg and features many impressive homes. While here, visit up-market boutiques and bars.

There are many museums worth exploring. Start at the Apartheid Museum for an overview of South Africa's troubled past. Visit Constitution Hill to learn about the country's struggles and transition to democracy. Here, you can tour former prisons and learn more about the life of rights activist Nelson Mandela. Excellent local and international art is on display at the Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG).

Get a taste for South Africa's incredible scenery and wildlife at the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden northwest of the city centre. Further out, you can go hiking in the Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve or see the country's most famous animals at Lion Park.


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Southern Sun O.R. Tambo International Airport AU$180
Reviewed on 18 Nov. 2019
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Southern Sun O.R. Tambo International Airport

Southern Sun O.R. Tambo International Airport

     
    4.0 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    This is a convenient overnight hotel . The staff are friendly , fun and efficient. The rooms are clean and every thing worked, but could do with a refresh and are a little dated. The breakfast was a real surprise. Not the usual tired buffet that has been sitting for days. I found it was a good selection ...

    City Lodge Hotel at OR Tambo International Airport AU$201
    Reviewed on 13 Nov. 2019
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    City Lodge Hotel at OR Tambo International Airport

    City Lodge Hotel at OR Tambo International Airport

       
      4.3 of 5
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      The staff were extremely helpful and courteous. Checking was fast and the room was great!

      Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Centre AU$82
      Reviewed on 17 Nov. 2019
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      Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Centre

      Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Centre

      Viewpoint Road, Bartlett, Boksburg, Gauteng
         
        4.2 of 5
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        I have no complaints at all would definitely rebook and recommend this property!!

        Premier Hotel OR Tambo AU$104
        Reviewed on 11 Nov. 2019
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        Premier Hotel OR Tambo

        Premier Hotel OR Tambo

           
          4.4 of 5
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          Location was convenient with and onsite restaurant. Pool was out of order when we visited.

          Hilton Sandton AU$158
          Reviewed on 4 Nov. 2019
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          Hilton Sandton

          Hilton Sandton

          138 Rivonia Road, Sandton, Gauteng
             
            4.2 of 5
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            There's absolutely nothing that I didn't like...Hilton Sandton is still the best hotel in South Africa. They serve the best breakfast in the world, staff members are so helpful and smiling all the time, treating you with the utmost respect and kindness, super clean, awesome Shuttle service and the ...

            Protea Hotel by Marriott O.R. Tambo Airport AU$124
            Reviewed on 19 Oct. 2019
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            Protea Hotel by Marriott O.R. Tambo Airport

            Protea Hotel by Marriott O.R. Tambo Airport

               
              4.1 of 5
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Very modern comfortable hotel. Comfy beds, good dining in restaurant, excellent service.

              The Maslow Hotel, Sandton AU$171
              Reviewed on 31 Oct. 2019
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              The Maslow Hotel, Sandton

              The Maslow Hotel, Sandton

              Corner Grayston Drive and Rivonia Road, Sandton, Gauteng
                 
                4.4 of 5
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                Centrally located, friendly staff, frequent shuttle

                Garden Court Sandton City AU$136
                Reviewed on 9 Nov. 2019
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                Garden Court Sandton City

                Garden Court Sandton City

                Cnr West and Maude Street, Sandton, Gauteng
                   
                  4.2 of 5
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Great location. Very accommodating staff. Good breakfast.

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