Johannesburg (also called the City of Gold or iGoli) is a city with about six million inhabitants, situated in the province of Gauteng. The city has a western appearance with modern skyscrapers and big shopping centres. Johannesburg has a very pleasant climate; the summers are hot with most of the rainfall occurring in the summer months between October and April. Winter days are mild and dry, becoming cold (± 5˚c) in the evenings.
A guided tour through Soweto should not be missed. The township is found to the southwest of the city. If you would like to visit a museum, you can get a free “Museum Map, Gauteng” which gives an overview of the 40 museums from one of the tourist offices. The most popular museums are: The Apartheid Museum (an absolute must see!), Museum Africa (evolution of Johannesburg), the SA Breweries Museum (African beer brewing), the SA Museum of Military History and many more.
Johannesburg is a centre of mining, manufacturing, and finance. All the mining houses are headquartered in the city, as is the Chamber of Mines, which regulates the industry. Local factories in Johannesburg and on the East Rand produce a great variety of goods ranging from textiles to specialty steels. A substantial engineering sector serves the needs of the mining industry. Virtually all the country’s banks, insurance companies, and building societies have their head offices in the city. The Johannesburg Stock Exchange, founded in 1887 to raise capital for deep-level mining, lists more than 600 companies.
There are a number of great shopping centres located to the north-west of the city such as Sandton and Fourways Mall for those wanting to buy South African merchandise. Gold Reef City lies to the south of the city and absolutely deserves a visit. It tells the story of the gold pioneers, their settlement and the gold mines which made the pioneers all their money. Johannesburg has a high crime rate and is still a city where you need to exercise caution. It is advisable not to go out or walk around in the city centre and Hillbrow after dark. Tourist information centres are located at the airport and in central Johannesburg.
Set in the heart of Johannesburg, Genesis is ideally located with easy access to OR Tambo International Airport and the cosmopolitan leisure suburb of Sandton. Offering one and two bedroom En-suite suites. Flexible for different types of travellers, the suites are sold Self Catering or Bed & Breakfast, making this your ultimate home away from home experience. Genesis Suites Hotel offers comfortable luxury for all types of travellers, and to make your stay even more luxurious, you can look forward to many added values.
Johannesburg is a hub for local, national, and international travel. Railroads and multilane freeways crisscross the metropolitan area, carrying hundreds of thousands of daily commuters to and from outlying suburbs and townships. South Africa’s first high-speed train, the Gautrain, links Johannesburg with Pretoria as well as stops along the way; another spur connects with nearby O.R. Tambo International Airport. A municipal bus system operates within the city, and a separate, private bus company operating under a state monopoly connects the city centre with Soweto and Alexandra. The inadequacies of the latter have fostered a burgeoning local taxi industry. O.R. Tambo International Airport, 14 miles northeast of the city centre, offers regularly scheduled service between Johannesburg and most cities in southern Africa, as well as direct flights to Europe, North and South America, Australia, and Asia.
Cheapest flights to Johannesburg
Flights to Africa offer cheap flight tickets to Johannesburg and a multi destination itinerary whereby you can plan your trip of a lifetime to various places all in one go. Flights to Africa also offer flights to Johannesburg from London City at extremely reasonable prices. Give one of our flight specialists a call today to see how much money we can save you on or your trip of a lifetime.
Contact us now on 01494 551500 for the cheapest flights to Johannesburg around.