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Johannesburg - GautengSouth Africa

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.

Top hotels in Johannesburg - Gauteng

City Lodge Hotel at OR Tambo International Airport
City Lodge Hotel at OR Tambo International Airport
3 out of 5
The price is AU$93 per night from 4 Jan. to 5 Jan.

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 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (981 reviews)

"It's within walking distance of the airport terminals."…"

Reviewed on 28 Nov. 2020

City Lodge Hotel at OR Tambo International Airport
Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel
Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel
4 out of 5
Corner Rivonia Rd. And West St., Benmore, Sandton, Gauteng
The price is AU$97 per night from 6 Dec. to 7 Dec.

Located in Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Area, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton Convention Centre and Sandton City ...

4.4/5Excellent! (993 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
Premier Hotel OR Tambo
Premier Hotel OR Tambo
4 out of 5
The price is AU$64 per night from 17 Dec. to 18 Dec.

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 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (993 reviews)

"The property has a good location, free shuttle service to airport, swimming pool and a good restaurant and bar. All needed for an overnight stay after a long flight"…"

Reviewed on 1 Apr. 2020

Premier Hotel OR Tambo
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.

Holiday Rentals in Johannesburg - Gauteng

Sandton Times Square Serviced Apartments
Sandton Times Square Serviced Apartments
4 out of 5
125 GRAYSTON DRIVE, Sandton, Gauteng
The price is AU$60 per night from 8 Dec. to 9 Dec.

Located in Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Area, this apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Johannesburg Stock Exchange, Nelson Mandela Square and ...

4.1/5Very Good! (73 reviews)
Good stay

"It was quite good, every was decent."…"

Reviewed on 28 Dec. 2019

Sandton Times Square Serviced Apartments
Ruah Park Camping & Outdoor
Ruah Park Camping & Outdoor
1 out of 5
R573, Moloto Road, Cullinan, Gauteng
The price is AU$47 per night from 7 Dec. to 8 Dec.

Situated in a rural location, this campsite is within 12 miles (20 km) of Dinokeng Game Reserve, Roodeplaat Dam and Sable Hills Recreation Area. University of ...

Ruah Park Camping & Outdoor
Prestige Apartment Sandton at Westpoint
Prestige Apartment Sandton at Westpoint
4 out of 5
89 Grayston Drive, Sandton, Gauteng
The price is AU$84 per night from 4 Jan. to 5 Jan.

Located in Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Area, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Morningside Mediclinic and Sandton Convention Centre. ...

3.8/5Good! (92 reviews)

"The receptionist and security guys were very helpful. But the room phones were not working."…"

Reviewed on 22 Feb. 2020

Prestige Apartment Sandton at Westpoint
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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We thoroughly enjoyed the two day hop on hop off bus.

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23 Aug. 2019

If you are street smart, the place is fine. Just use common sense. I used Uber without a problem. I spent 2 days at the Apartheid Museum. I

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