Johannesburg is South Africa’s largest city and the commercial heart of the country. Until recently, most travellers viewed Johannesburg as nothing more than transit city. But that view has changed and Jozi (as it’s is affectionately known to locals) is rapidly becoming a travel destination in its own right.

Joburg has a high-paced energy and ‘Afropolitan’ flavour. The city centre has been transformed by urban regeneration projects in hubs such as Maboneng with its Sunday market, art galleries and vibrant street art. Upmarket Sandton and its northern neighbours is where you’ll find Joburg’s most luxurious hotels and glitzy shopping malls. While south of the city lies sprawling Soweto, a township infused with the history of the struggle against apartheid.

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Highlights in Johannesburg

  • Visit the dark and gripping Apartheid Museum
  • Go on a tour of Soweto, stopping at Nelson Mandela’s old home
  • Get to know the inner city on a guided walking tour
  • Shop up a storm at Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton
  • Drive out to the Cradle of Humankind and Sterkfontein Caves

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Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa

The Fairlawns Boutique Hotel was originally owned by the Oppenheimer family and is now an award-winning hotel, consisting of 40 suites. The 20 suites within the Grand Building can be used as private accommodation for larger groups. You can enjoy award-winning wines as well as dinner at the Terrace Restaurant….

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The Residence Johannesburg

A warm welcome awaits you at The Residence in Houghton. This extraordinary boutique hotel mixes old world glamour with modern convenience: French crystal chandeliers, Persian carpets, and in each room an iPod docking station and Nespresso machine. All rooms also have a full en-suite bathroom, as well as an outdoor…

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Saxon Hotel Villas & Spa

The Saxon has a story to tell. Originally a private home and host to many honoured guests, the art within the home portrays lives lived with guests and friends spending time together. Elegant. Luxurious. Unforgettable. Merging the finest culinary experiences, the ultimate in luxurious accommodation and the Award winning Spa,…

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DAVINCI Hotel & Suites Nelson Mandela Square

DAVINCI Hotel & Suites is a modern hotel with 166 well-appointed rooms offering everything you need for a comfortable city stay. Best of all is its location: right in the heart of upmarket Sandton. Direct access to both the Sandton Shopping Centre and Nelson Mandela Square give an almost endless…

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AtholPlace Hotel & Villa

AltholPlace has 9 elegant suites and a private villa in a peaceful setting close to Sandton, in Johannesburg. After a long flight or a day in the city, these rooms are just what you need: a beautifully designed sanctuary with luxurious touches including underfloor heating, Italian linen and the softest…

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African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel

Stay in Johannesburg’s Melrose Arch precinct, a safe and walkable part of the city filled with restaurants, shops and sidewalk cafes. African Pride Melrose Arch, Autograph Collection is a 118-room luxury hotel with quirky, contemporary design touches. The staff are really helpful and friendly, rooms spacious and comfortable, and they…

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Shamwari Private Game Reserve

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Route 62

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