Built during the Witwatersrand Gold Rush of the late 1800s, Johannesburg is South Africa’s largest city and the economic hub of the country. With unforgettable nature-inspired excursions right on its doorstep, not to mention a rich cultural history, exciting city life, and retail to rival only the best in Africa, Johannesburg is truly a modern city with something for everyone.

Referred to locally as “Jozi,” “Joburg”, or “The City of Gold,” Johannesburg is a vibrant metropolis with endless possibilities. The city’s landscape is characterised by a number of economic hubs dotted with skyscrapers and lively urban areas. Johannesburg is known for its rich history, with notable areas such as Soweto, The Cradle of Humankind and several conservation-centred nature reserves within its bounds. During a visit to Johannesburg, travellers may meet its eclectic inhabitants while exploring its flourishing local art scene and renowned restaurants offering both international and authentically African cuisine. Johannesburg is the ideal starting point from which to begin exploring South Africa.

Highlights

Enjoy a day full of thrilling rides at Johannesburg's exciting theme park, Gold Reef City
Visit South Africa’s 5th largest reserve, Madikwe Game Reserve, where you can spot the Big 5 in all their glory
Learn about Johannesburg’s history with visit to historical sites such as the Mandela House Museum, the Hector Pieterson Museum and the Kliptown Museum
Shop until you drop in what is known as Africa’s most expensive square mile: Sandton City Mall. With over 300 retailers, you are bound to find exactly what you want, and more

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Johannesburg has a subtropical-highland climate, which means visitors can enjoy mostly sunny days in the city. During the summer months between October and April, the weather is characterised by hot days with an average maximum temperature of 25.6 °C, followed by afternoon thundershowers and cool evenings. Winter is the sunniest time of the year in Johannesberg, with dry, sunny days and cold nights. The winter months of June and July see the temperatures dropping to a low of 4.1 °C.

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