Johannesburg

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Experience cosmopolitan spectacle in Johannesburg, the economic heart of South Africa. This modern African metropolis has it all: vibrant nightlife, gourmet dining, live entertainment, couture shopping, forward-thinking arts and culture, the Gautrain, and plenty of tranquil retreats for a perfect all-round getaway. Whether you stay in the off-beat suburb of Melville or opt for luxury hotels in Sandton, you’ll find the perfect Johannesburg accommodation.

Affectionately known as “Joburg”, “Jozi”, or “Egoli”, Johannesburg is a warm and inviting city with a zest for life. Having battled a reputation of being a crime-ridden concrete jungle, the city has undergone a renaissance and become a tourist destination in its own right.

Founded on the Witswatersrand, the biggest gold reef in the world, Johannesburg has a rich history. Joburg is one of the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the world, one of the world’s leading financial centres, and the economic hub of South Africa. It produces 16% of South Africa’s gross domestic product and accounts for 40% of Gauteng’s economic activity. Although Gauteng is the smallest province in South Africa, it is the wealthiest and has the largest economy of any metropolitan region in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Joburg’s history, arts, and culture are well documented in a number of museums, galleries, and monuments. The Apartheid Museum features a series of exhibitions that provocatively illustrates the rise and fall of apartheid. Tourists will also enjoy a tour of the Johannesburg Art Gallery, Constitution Hill, and the Hector Peterson Museum.

Established as a cultural precinct, Newtown lies in Joburg’s CBD. Here you will find the Museum Africa, Market Theatre, World of Beer, and Workers Museum. Try one of the fantastic restaurants and musical venues like Sophiatown, Nikki's Oasis, and the Song Writers Club. Other hotspot suburbs include Melville, Parkhurst, and Rosebank. Township tours to thriving locations like Soweto and Alexandra afford a unique experience of another side of Jozi.

Entertainment is centerfold to the Johannesburg lifestyle. Montecasino is fantastic for live shows, fine dining, cinemas, evening drinks, and gambling. Jozi is a shopaholic’s paradise with everything from designer stores to market stalls. The Mall at Rosebank boasts the B&B African Craft Market; the iconic Sandton City Mall is a hub of fashion-forward design; and Melrose Arch is a trend-setting spot that epitomises the youthful, entrepreneurial culture of Joburg. Other shopping destinations include Cresta, Brightwater Commons, Clearwater Mall, and Fourways Mall.

Johannesburg may be a bustling city, but the outskirts of town host a number of reserves and wildlife parks such as the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve, Lion Park, Mystic Monkeys, Croc City, and Rietvlei Nature Reserve, to name a few. Within the city you’ll find the Johannesburg Zoo and Montecasino Bird Gardens.

Enjoy family fun at Gold Reef City, Honeydew A-maize-ing Mazes, Wild Waters, and Jozi X Action World, a world-first with 8 hardness-free features and exclusive activities designed for everyone from 5 to 75 years old.

Explore the delights of Jozi and book your accommodation today.

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