Johannesburg

Time needed: 1 Day(s) to 3 Day(s)

Johannesburg is a cosmopolitan world where both business and pleasure are fast and furious. There is an almost tangible buzz, and at night restaurants, bars and theatres come alive as the town unwinds after another busy day at 'the office'.

Johannesburg is the largest city in South Africa and is the provincial capital of South Africa's wealthiest province, Gauteng. Johannesburg is often referred to as 'The City of Gold' as it is located in an area on the Witwatersrand hills that is rich with gold, diamonds and minerals.

Johannesburg's OR Thambo International Airport is the main hub for flights entering South Africa and visitors who choose to spend a day or two can visit attractions such as Gold Reef City, Soweto and various museums - many telling fascinating political tales from the apartheid era.

Johannesburg has a dry and sunny climate with rainfall often occurring in the summer afternoons; these quick downpours are usually preceded by thunder and lightning.

Although the media coverage of Johannesburg is often negative and critical, visitors can nevertheless enjoy what the City of Gold has to offer by staying alert and aware of their surroundings.