Flights to Johannesburg (JNB)

Exceptional restaurants, world-class museums, and buzzing nightlife venues await you in the up-and-coming city of Johannesburg.

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Johannesburg, or Joburg for short, has a rich history built on a 19th-century gold rush. The discovery of the precious metal brought prospectors and jobseekers from across the globe looking for a piece of the action. Today, travelers take flights to Johannesburg to dine in exceptional restaurants, party in vibrant nightlife venues, or shop at fashionable boutiques in Sandton and Rosebank.

The city has something for everyone. Not only is Joburg South Africa’s fashion capital, it also boasts the largest man-made forest in the world, with more than 10 million trees. Be sure to bring your camera: beautiful, sunny days are pierced with thunderstorms that attract photographers from across the globe attempting to capture the dramatic forks of lightning.

Johannesburg also offers the chance to uncover South Africa's history at its Apartheid Museum; Nelson Mandela studied law in the city before embarking on his exceptional life journey.

Like most of South Africa, a love of rugby permeates the city. Wear red and white to show support for the Lions, the local team, which plays at the magnificent Ellis Park, a venue that holds just under 60,000 fans. Grab a stick of biltong (dry cured meat) and a refreshing drink and watch the entertainment.

While the dining scene is diverse, meat is definitely the star of many South African dishes. Locals debate about where to find the best steak, but whatever choice you make it will rarely be disappointing. After dinner, soak up the city’s famous nightlife; head to Black Orchid for a VIP experience or Sophiatown for a jazz fix. And when the partying is over, the range of lodging means you can retire to your favorite hotel, be that a rustic lodge or a five-star boutique.

Visit Circa on Jellicoe

This incredible curved building was designed to showcase art while highlighting the importance of public spaces in the city. The result is a wonderful museum that represents Johannesburg’s cultural ambition. Music and theater productions often take over, too, while lectures in art and technology are held throughout the year.

2 Jellicoe Avenue
+27 11 788 4805

Visit the Apartheid Museum

Without doubt the must-visit site in Johannesburg is the Apartheid Museum. Opened in 2001, it tackles the turbulent history of South Africa’s struggle with race relations. Exhibitions include pieces created by historians, filmmakers, and designers. While sobering, it also evokes a sense of that the country is coming to terms with the past and moving forward.

Northern Park Way and Gold Reef Road
+27 11 309 4700

Browse the art at Gallery MOMO

South Africa has a rich and thriving art scene, and Johannesburg is no exception. There are many art galleries and museums to choose from, but Gallery MOMO is one of the best. It's a beautiful, contemporary space that showcases the best in local and international art and loves to champion Joburg’s considerable talent.

52 7th Avenue
+27 11 327 3247

Explore Lion Park

Think of Africa, and lions leap to mind; Lion Park offers the perfect opportunity to get up close with the majestic animals. Lion cubs deliver the cute factor, but there are lots of other fascinating big cats to see on the guided tours.

Malibongwe Drive and R114 Road

+27 11 691 9905

Shop at Sandton City

Johannesburg’s culture demands you spend some quality time in one of its impressive malls. One of the best is Sandton City, where luxury brand boutiques are as tempting as the many food options. Shop until you drop and then grab a thick slice of South Africa’s famous milk tart.

Atrium on 5th
Sandton City
+27 11 217 6000

Hit the markets

Residents of Joburg love hitting the markets on weekends, and there are plenty to choose from. Panorama Flea Market and Jozi Real Food Market are worth a visit, as is Bryanston Organic Market. For something different, try Market on Main, which focuses on inner-city food and design.

Panorama Flea Market
Klipriver Drive
+27 11 682 2222

Cube Tasting Kitchen (International)

Can you manage 10 courses? You will at Cube, where the chefs bring out cutting-edge dishes, explaining each as it arrives. It’s a visual and culinary treat; allow at least four hours for the experience. Definitely one to visit on an empty stomach.

Shop 5 Parknorth Heights
17 4th Avenue
Parktown North
+27 82 422 8158

Nexdor (South African)

Set on the famous Vilakazi Street, this establishment hits all the right notes. Wings, ribs, and meatballs grace the menu, but the atmosphere and warm welcome make the restaurant stand out. The art displayed on the walls is often impressive, adding to the unique feel.

6979 Vilakazi Street
+27 11 039 7631

Wombles Steakhouse (Steakhouse)

South Africans take their meat seriously, and the chefs at Wombles Steakhouse are masters of their craft. If you are feeling particularly indulgent or brave, order the Man Size Rump, a whopping 1 kg of meat. There are options for the less hungry; vegetarians get a choice of pastas and salads.

173rd Avenue
Parktown North
+27 11 880 2470

Restaurant Parreirinha (Portuguese)

The absolute definition of a hidden gem, this Portuguese establishment is one for those in the know. It's always buzzing with an energetic local crowd, which makes for a great atmosphere. Plates of prawns and lobster are the dishes of choice.

No 9
6th Street
La Rochelle
+27 11 435 3809

Tashas (South African)

It’s worth lining up for breakfast or lunch at this lovely cafe, where organic coffees perfectly complement the bistro-style food. Locals love it so much it is now a chain with various locations across Johannesburg. It’s also a popular hangout for young families, so expect a lively atmosphere.

Shop 28
The Zone Rosebank
Oxford Road
+27 11 447 7972

D6 District Six Eatery (Cape Malay)

You have to experience Cape Malay food while in Joburg, and this eatery is as good a place as anywhere to indulge. Named after the historic neighborhood in Cape Town, the rustic setting is the ideal backdrop for experiencing great curries and rotis and fantastic desserts. A place with personality.

42b Greenhill Road
+27 11 486 7226

Bob's Bunk House

This hostel is a family-run business that delights its guests with warm hospitality, free Wi-Fi, and a swimming pool. You can splurge on double en suite rooms, and all the accommodation is bright and clean. Breakfast is included, and the owners' travel tips are invaluable.

40 St. Anne Road
+27 11 453 2294

54 on Bath

There are just 75 rooms and suites to choose from at this stylish boutique hotel located in the relaxed neighborhood of Sandton. The location is perfect for sightseeing, with some of Joburg’s biggest attractions nearby, including Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton City, and Melrose Arch. Ask for a room with a balcony view.

54 Bath Avenue
+27 11 344 8500

Faircity Mapungubwe Hotel Apartments

There’s a lot to love about this budget hotel in Johannesburg: spacious rooms, friendly staff, and the perfect location for exploring the highlights of the city. It’s particularly good for business travelers; the hotel excels at hosting conferences and events, with multiple venue options and top-notch amenities.

50–54 Marshall Street
+27 11 429 2600

The Saxon Hotel, Villas, and Spa

This hotel’s claim to fame is that Nelson Mandela checked in here when he was putting the finishing touches on his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom. The reasons for his choice are obvious when you consider the gorgeous rooms and acres of lush, landscaped gardens.

36 Saxon Road
+27 11 292 6000

The Oasis Signature Hotel

This suburban hideaway makes an ideal base for exploring the wider region. Rooms are tastefully decorated and the pool is an added bonus, while the lush garden is a special treat. It appeals to a wide range of travelers, including honeymooners and businesspeople. The breakfast alone will keep you coming back.

29 Homestead Road
+27 11 807 4351

Drifters Hazyview Inn

Located close to wildlife haven Kruger Park and boasting beautiful views, this affordable inn is as charming as it is rustic. You can grab a takeout breakfast if you have an early start, but the temptation will be to sit on the wooden balcony and unwind.

Between Sabie and Hazyview
+27 11 888 1160

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A rich history, a coming together of people from all over the world, iconic leaders and spectacular weather combine to make Johannesburg a truly unique destination. The 19th century gold rush created a city that now boasts exceptional restaurants, vibrant clubs, accomodation ranging from five-star city hotels to camping in a lion park, and plenty to see and do. Jo'burg, as the locals call it, has a culture and spirit that is hard to resist Read more Johannesburg

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