Where to stay & things to do in
Johannesburg Holidays 2023 & 2024
Known as “The City of Gold”, Johannesburg is the largest city in South Africa and sits directly north of the famous Port Elizabeth. Packed with contemporary bars and restaurants, cultural art galleries and an abundance of retail outlets, you won’t be short of things to taste, see and experience when you visit Johannesburg.
A must when visiting Johannesburg is a trip to Constitution Hill. Split across four locations, Constitution Hill holds some of South Africa's most important pieces of history. With tours, every hour, you'll hear some of the most heart-wrenching facts and gain an understanding of what prisoners, including Nelson Mandela, had to endure during their time at Constitution Hill. Tours last between 1 to 2 hours, depending on the location.
Visit the 54-story skyscraper Ponte City that was once overrun with squatters who ransacked and destroyed this beautiful landmark; however, today, it is home to a diverse community of working and middle-class South Africans and is a must-see when exploring the vast history of this spectacular city.
If you’re looking for something for the whole family to enjoy, visit Gold Reef City Theme Park. Situated on an old gold mine with over 40 exciting rides to choose from, including family rides and dedicated kids rides, there's something for everyone. There are plenty of restaurants and dining options for you to stop and recharge and multiple stores where you can get your souvenirs and essentials. If you’re celebrating a birthday? Bring along identification that states your date of birth and enjoy free access to the park.
Johannesburg is jam-packed with flavourful and exotic restaurants where you can sample a range of different cuisines and beverages. If you're a meat lover, then you must visit The Carnivore. Sit back and relax and have skewers of sizzling, hot meat served to your table by the fantastic waiters and that's not all. The delicious buffet will keep on coming until you hold up your stop sign! If you’re not a fan of red meat, no problem! They also have a vegetarian option available.
Taking inspiration from Hispanic markets all over the world is the iconic La Boqueria. Among its plant-covered walls, large murals, and incredible interior, you'll find gourmet meals from Norwegian salmon to marinated octopus paired with some of the most delicious wine in Johannesburg, an authentic taste sensation. You'll love the tapas on offer if you fancy some light bites.
Level Four Restaurant serves one of the most delicate afternoon teas in Johannesburg. With blends from South Africa and the Bermuda Triangle, you are in for a real treat when you book into Level Four. With regular live entertainment, a champagne bar and a menu full of character and flavour. It's no wonder Level Four is regarded as one of the best dining experiences in Johannesburg.
If you want to visit Johannesburg at the peak of summer, the best time to book is January, when temperatures reach an average of 25°C; however; most months are relatively warm in Johannesburg, with the colder season lasting a mere 2-3 months from May to August. During winter, temperatures drop to around 15°C, making the evenings feel much cooler.
Some quick facts
- Time Difference
English, Afrikaans and Xhosa
South African Rand (ZAR)
- Flight Info
11h flight time from UKO.R. Tambo International (JNB)Flights direct from the UK with British airways, Virgin Atlantic, Air France and KLM