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The city has a rich and varied cultural heritage

Johannesburg is a sprawling metropolis that encompasses a historic city centre, world-class commercial districts, colourful townships and upmarket residential areas. It’s the financial and industrial capital of the country and was established during one of the world’s biggest and richest gold rushes, earning it the name Egoli meaning ‘place of gold’.

The ideal starting point for holidays and tours in South Africa, this accommodating city is the gateway to the rest of the country, with most international flights touching down at Johannesburg’s International O.R. Tambo Airport. The upmarket residential and commercial centre of Sandton with its designer malls and boutiques is only 30 minutes away from the airport, as is the bustling township of Soweto, the largest in the country, composed of 26 individual townships with living accommodation ranging from shacks, or informal settlements, to mansions.

The city has a rich and varied cultural heritage, and visitors can explore South Africa’s tumultuous history by visiting fascinating sites like the Apartheid museum and Constitution Hill. Learn how South Africa’s painful past has shaped the land and its people during the remarkable transition to democracy, a remarkable tale of the triumph of the human spirit over adversity.

With several world famous African safaris, including the Kruger National Park, only a few hours’ drive from the city centre, Johannesburg is undeniably an all encompassing gateway to travel in Africa. From nightlife and theatre to wining and dining, outdoor adventure, extreme sports and some serious shopping, Johannesburg is loud, bold and vibrant with something for everyone.

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The Saxon Hotel is an international award-winning boutique hotel and spa.

Stay in Johannesburg

Discover our selection of the top accommodation offerings in Johannesburg.

The Residence Johannesburg

The Residence Johannesburg is an extraordinary boutique hotel that is truly one of a kind.

The Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa

An intimate atmosphere where some of the globe’s most vibrant personalities converge.

AtholPlace House & Villa

AtholPlace House & Villa (proud member of Relais & Chateaux) is situated in a quiet residential neighbourhood in Atholl.

InterContinental Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport Hotel

A luxury airport hotel offering travellers a superlative stay upon arrival.

Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa

Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa is nestled in the exclusive tree-lined suburb of Sandhurst, close to Sandton.

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"We visited South Africa, Zambia, and Botswana. The accommodations were next level. There are no adequate words to describe the experience in the bush with the Big 5 and beyond. The people are the most gracious, appreciative, and kind I’ve ever encountered. If you want a worry free, experience of a lifetime you must use Timeless Africa Safaris. I can’t wait to go back!!"

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"We’ve told all our friends that you have to use TAS when you go to Africa because they are organized, great communicators & have the best places to stay and best guides. We have told everyone that visiting South Africa should definitely be on their bucket list!"

Rupe Family, USA | Southern Africa Trip

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"We spent 10-nights in South Africa and would have loved to extend the trip and continue exploring. Our two most favorite parts of the trip were hiking Table Top Mountain with our fabulous, very knowledgeable and polite guide Nick one early morning (5am pick up!) and our time on Safari. Seeing all of the animals in their habitat and being a part of their world was a memory we will never forget."

Paige & Matt, USA | Honeymoon in South Africa Trip