Johannesburg - Gauteng

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Johannesburg showing a city, a high-rise building and skyline

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.

Where to stay in Johannesburg - Gauteng

Protea Hotel by Marriott O.R. Tambo Airport
Protea Hotel by Marriott O.R. Tambo Airport
4 out of 5
Fully refundable
The price is AU$92 per night from 31 Dec. to 31 Dec.
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! (985 reviews)
"Easy access to airport. Airport shuttle. Best breakfast ever!"

Reviewed on 11 Nov. 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
Fully refundable
The price is AU$120 per night from 31 Dec. to 31 Dec.
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! (967 reviews)
"Lovely room clean and tidy big bed and just a 10 minute walk from the terminal"

Reviewed on 27 Nov. 2021

City Lodge Hotel at OR Tambo International Airport
InterContinental Johannesburg O.R Tambo Airport, an IHG Hotel
InterContinental Johannesburg O.R Tambo Airport, an IHG Hotel
5 out of 5
Opposite Int'l Arrivals Hall, O.R. Tambo International Airport, Kempton Park, Gauteng
The price is AU$451 per night from 1 Jan. to 1 Jan.
Located in the business district, this family-friendly hotel is 8.8 mi (14.1 km) from Eastgate Shopping Centre and 15.7 mi (25.3 km) from Rosebank Mall.
4.6/5 Exceptional! (484 reviews)
"Otherwise ok"

Reviewed on 25 Nov. 2021

InterContinental Johannesburg O.R Tambo Airport, an IHG Hotel
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.
MINT Hotel 84 on Katherine
MINT Hotel 84 on Katherine
3.5 out of 5
84 Katherine Street, Sandton, Gauteng
The price is AU$66 per night from 2 Dec. to 2 Dec.
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! (72 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
C.A.G The Vantage
C.A.G The Vantage
4 out of 5
Corner Bath and Tyrwhitt Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg, Gauteng
The price is AU$135 per night from 3 Dec. to 3 Dec.
Located in Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Area, this aparthotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Rosebank Mall and within 3 miles (5 km) of Johannesburg Zoo and Sandton ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (123 reviews)
Amazing
"Very clean, we enjoyed our stay."

Reviewed on 30 May 2021

C.A.G The Vantage
Odyssey Luxury Apartments
Odyssey Luxury Apartments
4 out of 5
164 Rivonia Road, Sandton, Gauteng
The price is AU$104 per night from 4 Dec. to 4 Dec.
Located in Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Area, this apartment building is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Morningside Mediclinic and within 3 miles (5 km) of Nelson ...
3.6/5 Good! (77 reviews)
"in my room locker was locked , and the chimney was not working and crockery not clean well , other amenities was good"

Reviewed on 5 Apr. 2021

Odyssey Luxury 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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