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Johannesburg

Johannesburg is the financial capital of South Africa and capital of the Gauteng Province. It lies ±1 750m above sea-level. South Africans call the city by various names: Egoli ("place of gold" in Sotho), Goudstad ("gold city" in Afrikaans) and Jozi, Joéés or Joburg (sotho, Afrikaans & English slang).

The city's existence has everything to do with the discovery of gold in 1886, which led to a huge gold rush. An area that lay empty before 1886 grew into a bustling world city with more than 115 000 inhabitants by 1900. Today Johannesburg is the economical powerhouse of the whole African continent. The built up city, with skyscrapers and surrounding gold mine dumps, has a population of 3.2 million. If you include a host of smaller municipalities that form part of greater Johannesburg that figure grows to ±8 million. The Johannesburg and Pretoria metropole could be seen as a mega-city of nearly 15 million people (estimate).

Johannesburg and the surrounds feature dozens of worthwhile tourist attractions: There is the fascinating first-and-third world mix in the inner city, the Constitutional Court, muti shops (traditional African medicine), art galleries, a gold mine museum complete with an underground mine tour, an area where some of the oldest humanoid archaeological finds have been discovered, etc. The city and surrounds could keep you busy for days on end. Peruse our city and day tours section if you’re interested in exploring this vibrant region.

Tours that include Johannesburg

Blyde River Canyon

Duration: 16 days, 15 nights
Tour Type: Scheduled tours
Luxury Level: *** / ****
Price: R24,240 per person sharing (±US$ 1,777 )
R6,085 single supplement (±US$ 446 )

Valid dates: Nov 2014 - Oct 2015


This tour covers the highlights of South Africa and is ideal for first time visitors to the country. It provides a mix of cities, countryside, historical sites, scenic drives, nature, wildlife, culture and people. This is the ‘southbound’ tour version that starts in Johannesburg and ends in Cape Town.

Highlights: Panorama Route , Blyde River Canyon , Kruger National Park , Swaziland , Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve , St. Lucia , Transkei , Hole-in-the-Wall , Garden Route , Storm’s River Mouth , Knysna , Cango Caves , Route 62 , Cape Winelands , Cape Town .

Hole-in-the-Wall

Duration: 16 days, 15 nights
Tour Type: Scheduled tours
Luxury Level: *** / ****
Price: R24,240 per person sharing (±US$ 1,777 )
R6,085 single supplement (±US$ 446 )

Valid dates: Nov 2014 - Oct 2015


This tour covers the highlights of South Africa and is ideal for first time visitors to the country. It provides a mix of cities, countryside, historical sites, scenic drives, nature, wildlife, culture and people. This is the ‘northbound’ tour version that starts in Cape Town and ends in Johannesburg.

Highlights: Cape Town , Cape Winelands , Stellenbosch , Oudtshoorn , Route 62 , Garden Route , Oudtshoorn ostrich farms , Cango Caves , Knysna , Storm’s River Mouth , Coffee Bay , Wild Coast , Hibiscus Coast , San Lameer , Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve , St. Lucia , Swaziland , Kruger National Park , Panorama Route , Johannesburg .

White Rhino in Kruger

Duration: 5 days, 4 nights
Tour Type: Scheduled tours
Luxury Level: ****
Price: R13,905 per person sharing (±US$ 1,019 )
R3,230 single supplement (±US$ 236 )

Valid dates: Nov 2014 - Oct 2015


The 5 Day Wildlife Experience Scheduled Tour, starts in Johannesburg and ends in Durban. It includes the Makalali Private Game Reserve, the Panorama Route, The Kruger National Park, The Mthethomusha Game Reserve, a game drive and walk in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and a boat cruise on the St. Lucia Estuary.

Highlights: Makalali Private Game Reserve , Panorama Route , Blyde River Canyon , Kruger National Park , Mthethomusha Game Reserve , Swaziland , St. Lucia , iSimangaliso Wetland Park , St. Lucia Estuary & Lake .

Elephants at a Kruger National Park waterhole.

Duration: 4 days, 3 nights
Tour Type: Scheduled tours
Luxury Level: ****
Price: R12,540 per person sharing (±US$ 919 )
R2,425 single supplement (±US$ 177 )

Valid dates: Nov 2014 - Oct 2015


Our 4 Day Kruger Wildlife & Mountain Scenery Scheduled Tour departs from Johannesburg and lets you explore the Panorama Route, interact with elephants at Elephant Whispers, visit Shangana Cultural Village, view wildlife in the Kruger National Park, as well as Mthethomusha and go in search of wild horses at Kaapsehoop.

Highlights: Panorama Route , Blyde River Canyon , Kruger National Park , Elephant Whispers , Shangana Cultural Village , Mthethomusha Game Reserve , Kaapsehoop .

Johannesburg attractions

A British Airways plane on the tarmac at O.R. Tambo International Airport

O.R. Tambo International Airport (ORTIA)

O.R. Tambo International Airport (ORTIA) is the air transport hub of Southern Africa. ORTIA is more or less a 45-minute drive from the Johannesburg's northern suburbs (e.g. Sandton). The Gautrain (rapid rail link) travels to Sandton in 13-minutes. Africa Deluxe Tours arranges land or helicopter transfers for our clients to and from ORTIA.

Arts & Crafts at a Mall of Rosebank Market

Rosebank (Johannesburg)

Rosebank is an upmarket Johannesburg suburb. It features small office buildings, shopping malls, art galleries, restaurants and coffee shops. It’s a great base from which to explore Johannesburg, Soweto, Pretoria and the surrounds. Rosebank is also popular as an overnight stay before or after travelling to/ from O.R. Tambo International Airport.

Gautrain trainset at O.R. Tambo International Airport Station

Gautrain

Gautrain is South Africa’s first rapid rail system. The system links Johannesburg to Pretoria on the north-south line it also features an east-west line linking Sandton to the O.R. Tambo International Airport. This airport link, reaching 160 km/h, cuts the road travel time of 45-minutes to 13-minutes.

Nelson Mandela, the first president of a fully democratic South Africa and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (1918-2013) was the first President of the “new” democratic South Africa (1994-1999). The key role he played in South Africa’s peaceful transition can never be overestimated. He was a remarkable diplomat with a wonderful ability to win over his harshest critics. His sense of forgiveness and spirit of reconciliation was remarkable. He passed away on 5 Dec. 2013.

The Orlando Towers in Soweto, disused cooling towers now used as a bungy jumping site.

Soweto

Soweto, outside Johannesburg, is South Africa’s largest “black township". It is home to a mix of languages and cultures from across South Africa and Africa. Soweto played an important role in the struggle against Apartheid. Landmarks include Nelson Mandela’s Soweto house, the Hector Pieterson Museum & Memorial, etc

The words 'Constitutional Court' written on the exterior of the court building in all eleven of South Africa's official languages.

Constitution Hill

Constitution Hill in the city of Johannesburg, is one of the major historical sites in South Africa. The Old Fort Prison, where political prisoners were incarcerated used to be here. The same site where human rights were so brutally abused today houses the Constitutional Court for the protection of the rights of all citizens of the country.

A gold smelting demonstration at Gold Reef City in Johannesburg.

Gold Reef City

Johannesburg and the surrounding metropolis was founded on the discovery of gold. Gold Reef City is a theme park situated on the site of a worked out gold mine. It also includes examples of the original houses and buildings of the old Johannesburg. Visitors have the opportunity to go down a mine shaft and do an educational tour on deep reef gold mining.

The symbolism-laden black and white lettering of the Apartheid Museum's entrance signage.

The Apartheid Museum

The Apartheid Museum is part of the Gold Reef City theme park in Johannesburg, South Africa. This modern museum, providing a learning experience for visitors, depicts the story of apartheid: it's development, the insult and suffering it caused, the struggle of the oppressed and the ultimate resolution based on our democratic constitution.

Part of the Hector Pieterson Memorial in Soweto, South Africa. A news photograph of Hector's limp body being carried away after being shot by police is visible.

Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum

The Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum in Soweto, South Africa, commemorates the youth uprising of 16 June 1976. The Black Consciousness Movement of Steve Biko stimulated huge resentment against the oppression of black people under apartheid. The police responded with sharp ammunition. Hector Pietersen was the first of a large number of learners to be killed on that day.