With an impressive skyline of some of the tallest buildings on the continent and a passionate sporting legacy visitors will learn a lot about the cosmopolitan Johannesburg also known as Jo’burg. From the history museums to modern art galleries and theatres, take a cultural tour of the city. Marvel over the white lions at South Africa’s largest zoo, enjoy a day out to the park and stroll through the forests. Cricket, rugby and football all play a significant role in the lives of South Africans. Get swept up in the atmosphere and watch a game at one of the sporting stadiums.
Johannesburg is the centre for sporting activity in South Africa. Football, rugby union and cricket are at the heart of the country’s success and with 7 stadiums you’re sure to catch one game of the season. Learn more of South Africa in the museums and galleries of downtown Johannesburg.
Johannesburg benefits from a dry and sunny climate all year round. From October to April heavy downpours are fast and frequent so remember waterproof clothing, although the heat makes short work of drying the land. In winter the temperatures drop during the night but the sun remains bright throughout the day. July and August are the most popular times to visit and provide the best weather.
Johannesburg is served by OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) located 22km (14 miles) east of the city centre. At 1700 metres (5,500 feet) above sea level routes are affected by low altitude. This means many scheduled flights require a stop-off to refuel. Direct flights are available from the UK. Shuttle buses, private cars and taxis are available from the terminal building. Flying to Johannesburg from the UK takes 11 hours.
Soweto Township and Mandela House are two highlights of a trip to Johannesburg. Visit Nelson Mandela’s former home and discover the story behind the Apartheid Museum. Take an enjoyable day trip to the amusements at Gold Reef City or Johannesburg Zoo. Unwind on a café patio in the bohemian districts of Greenside and Norwood and watch the street scene come alive at night. Restaurants on Grant Avenue are renowned in Johannesburg and offer an ethnic mix of flavours.
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