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Johannesburg

"The gateway to Africa"

“Lovingly called “Jozie” by the locals, Johannesburg or Joburg is the vibrant gateway to South Africa and southern Africa”

Johannesburg is a vibrant city with two contradictory sides, on the one hand there is the very sophisticated infrastructure of Oliver Tambo International Airport (ORT), the sprawling toll road network, the Gautrain and fabulous Sandton. On the other hand the ‘townships’ mostly dotted around the outskirts of the city serve as a stark reminder of the ‘old South Africa’. Soweto the most famous of these is today on the itinerary of many travellers’ keen to get a feel for life in South Africa and learn about the recent history.

Johannesburg is a vibrant city with much to offer the traveller keen to explore the South African lifestyle and learn about the recent history of the country.

A visit can either be a ‘one-night stopover’ when arriving or departing South Africa, in which case we recommend a stay at one of the hotels conveniently located at ORT.

However, if you would like to spend a day or two exploring catch the Gautrain from ORT and head to Sandton a mere 15 mins away. The Gautrain is a sophisticated, fast and safe train with a terminal inside the international arrival’s hall at ORT. Similarly it takes you to heart of Sandton where busses or taxis are available to take you to your hotel. There are many hotels close to the Gautrain station in Sandton, also to suit any budget level. Driving between ORT and Sandton is not recommended as traffic can be notoriously bad.

In Sandton there are some great shopping opportunities in the many malls for those that way inclined and also a myriad of restaurants, notably on Nelson Mandela Square. Take a day tour to Soweto to see Nelson Mandela’s home and grab a drink and a meal at a ‘shebeen’ in the township. A visit the Apartheid Museum is also recommended and so is a day tour to Pretoria for those with a bit more time.

Why we like it

  • Gateway to southern Africa.
  • Great stopover to get over the worst jetlag before going on safari.
  • Easy access from ORT to Sandton with the state-of -the-art Gautrain.
  • Great shopping in Sandton and great food too!
  • The place to learn about apartheid history and get a feel for township living.

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