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. Some visitors are not sure about staying here, assuming that there’s nothing to see. Don’t be fooled - Johannesburg offers loads of interest for a 1 or 2 night stay...

Indeed, depending on your itinerary, you may need to stay overnight in or near Johannesburg - if you are checking an early morning flight to a neighbouring country for example.

You can choose between staying in Johannesburg, in the neighbouring city of Pretoria or even in the nearby rural area of Magaliesberg.

There are some truly superb hotels to choose from in the leafy suburbs of Sandton and Rosebank of Johannesburg.

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

The beautiful hills of Magaliesberg lie only an hour's drive from Johannesburg. Visit the Cradle of Humanity World Heritage site 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

The Pilanesberg Game Reserve & adjacent Sun City offers a taste of an African safari with malaria-free game viewing in open-top 4x4 vehicles. Close by Sun City resort offers plenty of action for families, keen golfers and sports enthusiasts.

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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

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