Johannesburg originally was farm land in an area known as The Witwatersrand, named after the white water springs in the area. When George Harrison, an Australian prospector, came pioneering, the mineral wealth of the Witwatersrand wasn’t known and in 1886, after George had sold his gold claim for just £10, Johannesburg was born. And while the gold mines are now on the outskirts of the city itself, it is money that drives this vibrant city, which is widely accepted to be the economic powerhouse of Africa.
Johannesburg has always attracted diverse people and celebrated its centenary in 1996, twenty years after the students’ uprising in Soweto (1976) which marked the turning point in South African history. After the youth uprising 1976, the socio-political scenario changed completely.
Johannesburg is on the brink of becoming a truly cosmopolitan African city. While most business moved to the northern suburbs from the Central Business District in the 80s and 90s, the inner city is slowly reviving and within a few years it\'s likely to be a thriving urban environment being regenerated. The Newtown District, with the Market Theatre, Museum Afrika and the newly constructed Nelson Mandela Bridge are all at the forefront of the regeneration.
Johannesburg cannot be mentioned without reference to Soweto, the site of violent riots in 1976, which started the path to democracy. Soweto today is a lively and metropolitan township.
To get you started with planning your holiday to Johannesburg, we have showcased below some popular itineraries requested by our clients which we hope will inspire your visit to South Africa
Tailormade Holidays to Johannesburg
On the Go are expert at planning holidays in South Africa — tailored to suit your individual requirements. Please have a look at some of the tailormade itineraries below that we have created for our clients which include Johannesburg.
The Airport Grand is a modern and very comfortable. The rooms are spacious and there are non smoking rooms and wheelchair accessible rooms available. The hotel offers easy access to the entertainment, dining and retail options available at a number of shopping centres in the area.
City Lodge Bryanston is built on the site of an old nursery, with a well manicured garden and sparkling swimming pool. The rooms are spacious and have good facilities.
The Michaelangelo has Renaissance architecture as well as the service excellence and world-class facilities on offer. The rooms are elegant and spacious, making for a very comfortable stay.
For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!
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