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.Read More
Johannesburg has always attracted a diverse collection of 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 this event, the socio-political scenario changed completely. Of course, Johannesburg cannot be mentioned without reference to Soweto, the site of violent riots in 1976, which started the country on its journey along the path to democracy. Brimming with rich culture and history, Johannesburg is the ideal destination for anyone looking to get educated on South African history.
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. The Newtown District, the Market Theatre, Museum Afrika and the newly constructed Nelson Mandela Bridge are all at the forefront of this modern rejuvenation.
Here are some popular itineraries that include a visit to Johannesburg
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
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
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
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
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.
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.