Johannesburg

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

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.

Casinos

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.

Shopping

The 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.

Nature

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.

In 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 bird species.
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.

Soweto, 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 overnight.

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 after.