Johannesburg is the pulsating heart of South Africa’s industrial and commercial life where gold mining still continues. Some visitors assume that there’s nothing to see. Don’t be fooled – Johannesburg offers loads of interest for a 1 to 3 night stay…
In fact, depending on your itinerary, you may need to stay overnight in or near Johannesburg. If you take a mid morning flight to a neighbouring country for example. You can choose between staying in Johannesburg or nearby.
Luckily there are some truly superb hotels to choose from in the leafy northern suburbs of Johannesburg. Fascinating tours are on offer such as cultural visits to Soweto and the Apartheid Museum, visits to a working diamond mine or a tour to Sterkfontein caves and the Cradle of Humankind where man’s earliest ancestors have been discovered. Art galleries and interesting craft markets abound. You can also be more active, taking a bicycling tour through Johannesburg or even bungy-jumping from the Soweto towers.
Pretoria lies only 45 minutes drive north of Johannesburg. It can be used as an alternative overnight stay, especially if you are taking a luxury train journey on Rovos Rail or the Blue Train.
Indeed Pretoria is famous for its historic sites and its flowering jacaranda trees in springtime when the city is blanketed with purple blossoms.
The beautiful hills of Magaliesberg lie only an hour’s drive from Johannesburg. Visit the Cradle of Humanity World Heritage site. Enjoy an early morning hot air balloon ride over the hills. The Elephant Sanctuary also 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 offers a taste of an African safari with malaria-free game viewing in open 4×4 vehicles. Close by Sun City resort offers plenty of action for families, keen golfers and sports enthusiasts.
Magaliesberg & Cradle of Humankind
The beautiful hills of Magaliesberg lie only an hour’s drive from Johannesburg. In this lovely rolling countryside lie a number of attractions. Thus it makes a great countryside alternative to Johannesburg. Especially if you want to relax for a couple of nights at the end of your South African safari.