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About Johannesburg

Johannesburg was originally 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. While the gold mines are now on the outskirts of the city itself, it is the money from them that drives this vibrant city, which is widely accepted to be the economic powerhouse of Africa.

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Johannesburg Tours

Here are some popular itineraries that include a visit to Johannesburg

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World in One Country

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Southern Circuit

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Johannesburg Hotels

If you are planning a Johannesburg holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:

Airport Grand Hotel Johannesburg

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The Airport Grand is a modern and very comfortable hotel. 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. The hotel is also conveniently located ten minutes drive from O.R. Tambo International Airport and provides convenient access to the major business centres of Pretoria and Johannesburg.

City Lodge Bryanston Johannesburg

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

City Lodge Bryanston is built on the site of an old nursery, with a well manicured garden and sparkling swimming pool. There is also a bar where guests can enjoy a sundowner in the warm evenings. The rooms are spacious and elegantly decorated and have top quality facilities. The hotel is conveniently located 10 minutes from the N1 Western Bypass, 3 minutes from Randburg’s CBD and shopping area, and 10 minutes from Sandton’s CBD and shopping centres.

Peermont D'Oreale Grande Johannesburg

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

The award-winning Peermont D'Oreale Grande hotel is a stellar accommodation choice for discerning customers looking for state-of-the-art facilities, superior customer service and luxury surroundings. The elegant guestrooms are beautifully furnished and feature opulent bathrooms with free WiFi provided. Guests have full access to the casino, fine dining restaurants, swimming pool, gym and cocktail bar. The hotel is just 5km from O.R. Tambo International Airport.

Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Johannesburg

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Mid-range Boutique Hotel

Centrally located, the Protea Hotel Fire and Ice! is a design hotel offering beautiful, luxury accommodation. Guest rooms are stunningly decorated with floor to ceiling windows and all have a few famous movie stars on the walls. Meals are served in the in house restaurant including a High Tea on a Sunday. Those wanting a drink should head to the elegant bar for an array of delicious beverages including signature cocktails and cold beer. The hotel is perfectly located in the Melrose Arch neighbourhood.

The Safari Club Johannesburg

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

African-themed Safari Club is a luxurious yet homely accommodation close to Johannesburg airport. With just 17 rooms all uniquely styled to represent a specific area on the continent it is easy to make yourself at home here. The hotel boasts a beautiful garden and serves fantastic food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The friendly bar is the perfect place to relax in the evening whilst sipping on a tasty beverage or two. The hotel is situated just a 4 minute drive from the airport - so it is the ideal place to start, or finish, your African adventure.

Johannesburg Tailor made suggestions

Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Johannesburg.

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Tailored To Suit You OTG Independent
Tailored To Suit You

On this range you won’t be joining other travellers, but will be on your own private itinerary. Accommodation, pace of travel and the style of trip is tailored to your individual needs. From pre-priced packages available off the shelf to fully curated tailor-made holidays, this range also includes our selection of one-night stopovers, day-tours and short breaks.

The OTG Independent range gives you all the great service aspects of our Signature range with the flexibility to create a truly unique and bespoke holiday or adventure to a variety of destinations around the world.

Active Days, Rustic Nights OTG Adventure
Active Days, Rustic Nights

Our OTG Adventure takes you to the true heart of adventurous destinations. Whether camping in the Okavango Delta, staying in rustic accommodation in the Peruvian Amazon or camping under the Saharan stars in Morocco, this range forsakes just a little bit of the comfort of OTG Signature Range, ensuring we deliver you the best value possible for your holiday.

OTG Adventure takes you straight into the centre of where it’s all at, typically using local transport or overland style vehicles and stay at simple, clean and locally-owned guest houses, haciendas, eco-lodges and simple hotels to maximize the opportunity to interact with the locals.

Cultural Experiences, Local Partners OTG Handpicked
Cultural Experiences, Local Partners

On our OTG Handpicked range we bring you best-of-the-best cultural experiences in destinations where you’ll join travellers from other travel brands on your tour, safari or sailing holiday. Collaborating with our carefully handpicked portfolio of local partners, these holidays represent exceptional value and there’ll be plenty of cultural experiences shared with other like-minded travellers.

Group sizes and accommodation standards vary by destination where typical group size is 18 travellers and hotels, boats and safari lodges are of a 3-4 star standard.

Accommodation on Tour

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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