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Johannesburg Travel Guide

Urban renewal is underway in the nation's capital; this is a city that is growing to embody the spirit of modern South Africa. 

Johannesburg is a place set to surprise even the most experienced travellers. Despite a troubled past, the city has some excellent cultural attractions, amazing sites and a diverse population. Although you will still need to be careful when visiting, there are many places where it is quite safe.

To get straight into the action, visit the slowly rejuvenating central business district. Certain parts should still be avoided, but others offer a good glimpse of life in the metropolis. For great views of the city, check out the Carlton Centre’s Top of Africa viewing area. 

Take a guided tour of Soweto to see how many poorer locals live. It’s a series of townships comprised of cheap or make-shift housing and infrastructure. The area might be shocking for some, but most visitors are pleasantly surprised by the lively atmosphere and fascinating culture. It can be rough in places, so don't venture there on your own. Experience Vilakazi Street's unique atmosphere or visit the house where Nelson Mandela once lived. See other important sites such as the Hector Pieterson Memorial and the Regina Mundi Church. 

For a look at some of the older districts in the city, check out Parktown and Newtown. You’ll find historic buildings, a diverse crowd and sidewalks lined with cafés, restaurants and shops. Make your way out to the northern suburbs to see where many of the city’s wealthier residents live. There are upmarket boutiques, bars and restaurants. 

History buffs will definitely want to visit a selection of Johannesburg’s museums. Explore the Apartheid Museum and learn about South Africa’s turbulent history. Take a tour of Constitution Hill to see more evidence of the capital's troubled history at the prison museums. Those with more of an eye for art should visit the Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG) for a great selection of local and international art. 

To escape the hustle and bustle of the city, stroll through the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden. If you would like to go a bit further, go for a hike in the Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve or organise a trip to Lion Park to see Africa’s most famous wild animal. 


Guide to Exploring Johannesburg


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Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff, Johannesburg Rs22,174
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Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff, Johannesburg

Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff, Johannesburg

67 Jan Smuts Avenue, Randburg, Gauteng
     
    4.7 of 5
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    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.

    C.A.G The Vantage Rs2,985
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    C.A.G The Vantage

    C.A.G The Vantage

    Corner Bath and Tyrwhitt Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg, Gauteng
       
      4.2 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      there are not enough power points for charging cell phone etc.

      Southern Sun O.R. Tambo International Airport Rs5,884
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      Southern Sun O.R. Tambo International Airport

      Southern Sun O.R. Tambo International Airport

         
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        The hotel was excellent, the breakfast was supurb and being so close to the airport ensures that we will stay there in the future

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        Hyatt Regency Johannesburg

        Hyatt Regency Johannesburg

        191 Oxford Road, Johannesburg, Gauteng
           
          4.5 of 5
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          Loved absolutely everything about the hotel. Great fitness area with gym and swimming pool, amazing breakfasts and great helpful staff.

          The Maslow Hotel, Sandton Rs6,232
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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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            Good pol,. great shuttle bus to the Mandela Mall every 30 minutes. Very good breakfast

            The Maslow Hotel, Time Square Rs5,024
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            The Maslow Hotel, Time Square

            The Maslow Hotel, Time Square

            209 Aramist Avenue, Pretoria, Gauteng
               
              4.1 of 5
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              professuonal friendly staff - especially Khomotso who assisted woth check in and Thando with checkout. Thanl you. Convenient to nearby attractions. Will be back

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              Palazzo

              Palazzo

              Montecasino Boulevard, Fourways, Sandton, Gauteng
                 
                4.7 of 5
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                This hotel is just wow. The hospitality, the breakfast, the room, my family and I really enjoyed our stay. I don’t think we’ve ever been somewhere that was as attentive to detail then the palazzo. They made sure everything was going smoothly in our trip and checked in multiple times to make sure ...

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                Sandton Executive Suites Villa Via

                Sandton Executive Suites Villa Via

                111 Linden Street, Rivonia Road Sandown, Sandton, Gauteng
                   
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                  Reviewed May 28, 2017 via mobile Excellent hotel with excellent location located at the city center,extremely clean & comfortable . Upon arrival I was warmly welcomed by the friendly reception.