Johannesburg and Pretoria offer lots of interest for the overnight visitor with tours to Soweto, the Apartheid Museum, diamond mines & the Cradle of Humankind world heritage site. Nearby lies the malaria-free Pilanesberg Game Reserve...


Jan to Dec


Johannesburg is the pulsating heart of South Africa's industrial and commercial life where gold mining still continues. Depending on your itinerary, you may need to stay a night or two here. We have a wonderful selection of Johannesburg hotels to choose from. Plus loads of interesting tours and excursions for a 1 or 2 night stay.

.There are some superb Johannesburg hotels in the leafy suburbs of Sandton and Rosebank. Or head to the beautiful Magaliesberg country area to visit the Cradle of Humankind. More detail on Johannesburg hotels, Pretoria and Magaliesberg HERE.


Pretoria lies only 45 minutes drive north of Johannesburg. So can be used as an alternative overnight stay. Pretoria is famous for its historic sites including the Union Buildings. And also for its flowering jacaranda trees in springtime, when the city is blanketed with purple blossom. It’s also the starting or finishing point for the luxury trains of Rovos Rail and the Blue Train.

Magaliesburg and the Cradle of Humankind

The beautiful hills of Magaliesberg lie only an hour's drive from Johannesburg. Visit the Cradle of Humanity World Heritage site of Sterkfontein caves & Maropeng. Or perhaps enjoy an early morning hot air balloon ride over the hills? The Elephant Sanctuary allows you to get up close and personal with these magnificent creatures. Whilst the Magaliesberg Canopy Tour offers a great eco-adventure.

Sun City & the Pilanesberg Game Reserve

Finally the Pilanesberg Game Reserve & adjacent Sun City offers a taste of an African safari. It offers malaria-free game viewing in open-top 4x4 vehicles. Close by the Sun City Resort offers plenty of action for families, keen golfers and sports enthusiasts. More detail on Pilanesberg and Sum City HERE


Why you may love it

  • Fasctinating tours to Soweto, the Apartheid Museum and Constitution Hill
  • Plenty of interest in Magaliesberg as well: Hartebeespoort dam, Cradle of Humankind, Sterkfontein Caves & Hot-air ballooning
  • Visit Pretoria to see some of the historic sights of the city, the Cullinan Diamomd mine or even the eye-opening Voortrekker Monument

When to visit Johannesburg

Nov to March

Summer Thunder Showers

Summer is a great time to be in Johannesburg and surrounding areas as it was warm and sunny, but with some afternoon thunder showers. This is actually a good thing as it keeps the temperatures very pleasant and it ensures that the gardens and trees are green and lush.
MAX TEMP 26 ℃ / 79 ℉
MIN TEMP 14 ℃ / 57 ℉

March to April

Lovely time to visit

The afternoon rains typically start petering out somewhere in April. The daytime temperatures are still very pleasant but you'll find the night-time temperatures start to drop.
MAX TEMP 22 ℃ / 72 ℉
MIN TEMP 8 ℃ / 46 ℉

June to August

Cold mornings

Like much of South Africa, Johannesburg winters are generally dry and sunny. But the difference is that the nights are very cold (down to 2C in June and July) whilst day-time tempertures stay on the cool side eg. 18-20C
MIN TEMP 19 ℃ / 66 ℉
MIN TEMP 3 ℃ / 37 ℉

Sept to October


As with the rest of the country, it starts warming up in September with a steady climb in day and night temperatures. There's a gradual build-up of humidity until the start of the summer rains which usually start in October.
MAX TEMP 24.5℃ / 76 ℉
MIN TEMP 14 ℃ / 57 ℉

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  • ImportanceCommercial capital but not one of the three official capitals
  • SizeSmallest Province within South Africa