After a bawdy start as a tent and shanty town, today Johannesburg is the second largest city in Africa. Had it not been for the discovery of gold by prospector George Harrison though, the city probably wouldn’t even be in existence.
Harrison, who pegged the first claim on the reef, sold it for just ₤10 and disappeared without a trace! Known as the greatest gold-mining area on earth, this vibrant city is not just an industrial giant; it is the heart of the country’s economy. From traditional ‘muti’ (medicine) shops to
exclusive boutiques in upmarket malls, theatres, museums, cultural villages, restaurants, beautiful walks in indigenous gardens and more, Johannesburg is a diverse cultural melting pot, deserving of its name of ‘iGoli’ — or ‘City of Gold’.
- Johannesburg is the largest city in South Africa.
- Bungee jumping from the Orlando Towers in Soweto.
- The Cradle of Humankind Site comprises a strip of a dozen dolomitic limestone caves containing the fossillised remains of ancient forms of animals, plants and most importantly, hominids.
- The dolomite in which the caves formed, started out as coral reefs growing in a worm shallow sea about 2.3 billion years ago.
- This was the setting for President Nelson Mandela's historic inauguration in 1994.
- See the Union Buildings, designed by Sir Herbert Baker and completed in 1913. They are considered by many to be the architect's greatest achievement and South Africa's architectural masterpiece.
- Pretoria National Botanical Garden, a treasure chest of South African flowering plant species and trees.
- Lesedi Cultural Village-this living village is a combination of the rich tradition of various African tribes.
Min 24°C/75°F Max 32°C/90°F
Min 24°C/75°F Max 32°C/90°F
- Best time to travelYear round. Summer brings hot days, afternooon thunderstorms and clear evenings. Winters are dry and cold, perfect for eating out.
- Traveling with ChildrenJohannesburg is a family-friendly destination with a wide variety of activities and facilities suitable for children.
- LanguageEnglish is widely spoken throughout the country even though South Africa has eleven official languages - Afrikaans, English, Zulu, Xhosa, Swati, Sotho, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Northern Sotho and Southern Ndebele.
- Flying to JohannesburgScheduled flights are available as Johannesburg is the gateway to Southern Africa.
- CurrencySouth African Rand. Credit cards are also widely accepted.
This spectacular African safari offers complimentary internal flights if you stay for 3 nights at &Beyond Phinda Mountain or Forest Lodge.
Enhance Your Experience With
- Specialist history tour with Robin Bincks
- Interactive cooking demonstration with the Gourmet Origins of Mankind Tour
- Discover your ancestors at the famous fossil sites of Sterkfontein and Drimolen
Ready to start planning your adventure?
Cushioned in lush, landscaped gardens, the exclusive Saxon Boutique Hotel, Villas and Spa lies within the tree-lined suburb of Sandhurst.
The world-famous Kruger National Park is South Africa’s largest game reserve and one of the finest wildlife sanctuaries on the planet.
&Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve is situated in subtropical northern KwaZulu-Natal, with close proximity to the warm Indian Ocean.
The Sabi Sand Game Reserve is situated in the southwestern corner of the world-famous Kruger National Park and is world renowned.