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Africa's greatest economic powerhouse

Built upon the world’s wealthiest gold deposits, Johannesburg is the capital of Gauteng (the largest and wealthiest urban conglomeration in sub-Saharan Africa) and the busiest air gateway to the region

Johannesburg is most often visited as a gateway to places such as the Kruger National Park, and Pilanesberg and Madikwe game reserves. But despite its (justified) reputation as brash modern city and hotbed of crime, it has much to offer visitors. A highlight for many, situated a short drive west of the city centre, is the sprawling Cradle of Humankind. This UNESCO World Heritage Site has yielded some of the world’s most important hominid remains, and several of the key fossil sites are open to visitors. Its centrepiece, however, is the award-winning Maropeng Visitors Centre, an innovative child-friendly installation that must surely qualify as the country’s least-stuffy museum. 

Popular Johannesburg safaris

These popular itineraries can be customised to match your budget and travel dates

Thornybush Game Reserve Safari (4 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Thornybush Game Reserve Safari (4 days)

Enjoy the city life in Johannesburg and track the Big Five in the Thornybush Game Reserve

$ 1,715

£ 1,234

R 25,050


per person

4 days

Luxury South Africa to Zimbabwe Safari (8 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Luxury South Africa to Zimbabwe safari (8 days)

Spot the Big Five in Thornybush Private Game Reserve and enjoy the majesty of Zimbabwe's roaring Victoria Falls

$ 4,040

£ 2,907

R 59,015


per person

8 days

South Africa and Mauritius Island Holiday (12 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

South Africa and Mauritius Island Holiday (12 days)

South Africa has so much to offer, from spotting the elusive leopard, to exploring Johannesburg's historical sites. Include the tropical island of Mauritius for an even more unforgettable vacation.

$ 5,709

£ 4,108

R 83,390


per person

12 days

Best of Africa Safari (16 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Best of Africa Safari (16 days)

Experience the best of Africa, from the Okavango Delta – one of Africa's Seven Natural Wonders – to the endangered mountain gorillas and East Africa's Great Migration

$ 18,705

£ 13,459

R 273,231


per person

16 days

City and Safari in Southern Africa (14 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

City and Safari in Southern Africa (14 days)

Majestic wildlife and the riches of Africa.

$ 7,785

£ 5,602

R 113,720


per person

14 days

Bespoke Safari in South Africa - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Bespoke Safari in South Africa

Experience the best that South Africa has to offer, with a holiday tailor-made for you

Price on Request

per person

14 days

Two weeks in South Africa - a luxury rail safari - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Two weeks in South Africa - a luxury rail safari

Experience the best that South Africa has to offer: it's white-sand beaches, lush green wine-lands and find the Big Five wildlife in the Kruger National Park.

$ 6,353

£ 4,571

R 92,800


per person

14 days

Luxurious South Africa and Zambia Honeymoon Safari (10 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

South Africa and Zambia honeymoon

Explore the romantic Atlantic Ocean with it's multi-cultural heritage and a Big Five safari in the Sabi Sands, finally ending off at Victoria Falls from the Zambian side

$ 6,757

£ 4,861

R 98,695


per person

10 days

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Philip Briggs says

Few leisure visitors grant 'Jozi' more than a grudging one-night stand dictated by flight schedules. But this thriving modern city deserves a chance, particularly if you have an interest in recent African history or contemporary arts and music. That said, do heed its reputation for crime, and take appropriate precautions!

More on Johannesburg holidays

South of the CBD, evoking something of the city's 19th-century gold-rush flavour, Gold Reef City is an enjoyable family-orientated theme park and funfair set above a disused mine shaft. Next door, the sobering Apartheid Museum, opened by Nelson Mandela in 2002, contains an exhaustive selection of photographs, newsreels and imaginative displays documenting the apartheid era. Another popular activity is a guided day tour to Soweto, perhaps the most infamous of the black ‘townships’ created under apartheid. Soweto is dotted with sites associated with the struggle against apartheid, most poignantly the Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum, whose 13-year-old namesake was felled by the first wave of police fire in the Soweto Uprising of 1976. A more contemporary Soweto landmark is the calabash-shaped FNB Stadium, which hosted the 2010 FIFA World Cup final between Spain and The Netherlands. And it's worth noting that Johannesburg's biggest attraction for many intra-African visitors is the opportunities for retail therapy presented by the continent's most impressive collection of shopping malls, centred on wealthy northern suburbs such as Rosebank and Sandton. 

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Frequently Asked Questions about Johannesburg

I’m worried about comfort in the Africa, what are the options for comfort and remoteness?

Africa has a long history of exploration and keeping to the bare basics when it comes to making sure that this serene beauty remains in tact. Many companies have capitalized on this by providing luxury tented mobile camps in the heart of the… go there.

Are there options to go on horse riding safaris in Africa?

Africa is a great continent to go horse riding and the fact that many destinations in Africa that you may want to visit may not have functioning roads, so horse riding could be one of your only options to achieve seeing all there is to see. go there.

Is it advisable to take the whole family on safari?

Some areas won’t suit the family and it's also wise to be aware of malaria in others, however South Africa has a few malaria free safari locations and there are other safari lodges and bush camps throughout Africa who cater to young… go there.

What are the visa requirements for travel through Africa?

South African travelers are exempt from obtaining visas for many African countries, however visa requirements are vastly different from country to country so it's strongly advised to do your research before travel to avoid disappointment. go there.

What kinds of animals will I see on safari?

Whether you are in the Southern or East Africa you will generally be able to see the big five. The difference really comes in when considering antelope as they are based on your chosen location. go there.

What vaccinations should I get?

This is all dependant on the countries that you will be visitng and due to the status of certain vaccinations changing at times, please consult our experts before getting vaccines. go there.

Is it okay to drink the water?

In some parts of Southern Africa it is safe to drink the tap water, however it is highly recommended to stick to bottled water (mostly supplied) during your trip as even drinkable African water is completely different in taste and… go there.

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Reviews on our Johannesburg safaris

This was my first safari. I didn’t expect to be so pampered. Everything was first class. We had everything provided for us before even asking. We had a dedicated team at our service. Megan was on call whenever we needed something and she…


from Nigeria

Tanya was an absolute delight to deal with. From the first phone call she was extremely polite, professional and very eager to facilitate my requests regarding our safari. Our 3 nights at the V & A Hotel were fabulous and Motswari Game…


from Australia

Perfectly tailor-made tours that take all your wishes and requests into consideration. All my expectations were beyond fulfilled.

Henrik Wetterstrand

from Sweden

Living afar and trusting in an organisation with whom you have no previous knowledge can lead to feeling of mistrust and wondering whether what we have paid for actually exists. A little more proactive communication would have eased those…

Tony Russell

I just wanted to thank Discover Africa and Karl Svendsen - the safari was great - we saw many more animals than expected including cheetah, leopard, many lions and even a three-day old elephant calf. Additionally, we had our own hippo…

Margaret Dean

Planning the trip was managed extremely well especially since travel was at a busy time of year and not much notice was given. All communication was by email, and was responded to promptly and efficiently. Different options were provided…

Suzanne McKeen

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