South Africa's biggest city and capital of Gauteng province, Johannesburg (colloquially known as Jo’burg or Jozi) is everything you dreamed of in a holiday destination. Its sprawling Soweto township was once home to Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu.
Soweto, (originally an acronym for South-Western
Townships), is a group of townships just outside of Johannesburg. Hector
Pieterson Museum, Regina Mundi and Orlando Towers are eye-opening
experiences not to be missed.
Johannesburg has a
reputation for some of the world's best casinos and complexes. Gold Reef
City is a popular gaming destination that pays tribute to the gold
mining days. If gaming is something you enjoy, you could also visit
Carnival City in Brakpan, Emperors Palace in Kempton Park, Silverstar
Casino in Krugersdorp, and Montecasino in Fourways.
best shopping experiences can be found around Sandton City, Nelson
Mandela Square, Rosebank Mall and Hyde Park Corner in Jo'burg, and
Menlyn Park Shopping Centre in Pretoria.
The Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden's biggest attraction is the
rare Verreaux's eagles that live in the cliffs. The 13 000ha
Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve has nearly 200 species of birds and a
variety of antelope species, which include steenbok, kudu and eland.
Pretoria the Fountains, Groenkloof, Rietvlei and Wonderboom nature
reserves are some of its best natural attractions. The Dinokeng Game
Reserve is the Gauteng’s first Big Five reserve where visitors get to
see rare white lions, along with hippos, crocodiles and more than 300
Johannesburg is also known as Jo'burg, Jozi or eGoli, the "City
of Gold", so named because of the rapid growth of the city following the
discovery of gold on what has been a farm. It is South Africa's most
densely populated city, and the cosmopolitan business centre of the
country, though not one of South Africa's three Capital Cities.
considered a separate city from the 1970s to the 1990s, is now
considered part of Jozi. Soweto, originally an acronym for South Western
Townships, began as a collection of settlements predominately populated
by workers in the gold mines. Soweto was segregated as a residential
area for Blacks, who were not allowed to live in Johannesburg proper
during the Apartheid era.
Lenasia is largely home to English-speaking South Africans of Indian descent.
The autumn months (March, April, May) can be one of the best
times to visit Johannesburg as there are fewer tourists and less rain,
but the mild temperatures persist.
Rainfall is very infrequent during the winter
months (June, July, August), although strong winds can be expected on
occasion. The skies are mostly clear and sunny, and the days relatively
warm. It is essential to pack a variety of clothing during winter -
something lightweight for the warmer days, but something heavier for the
colder nights. Be prepared for temperatures dipping below freezing
With the onset of spring (September, October, November), showers begin to increase. By mid-November you can expect to see rainfall most days.
An umbrella and waterproof shoes are a must during summer
(December, January, February) but not the waterproof clothing as the
weather is too muggy and warm for that. Rain comes in late afternoon
showers and torrential, dramatic thunderstorms, with sunshine before and