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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
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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.
per person12 days
Experience the best that South Africa has to offer, with a holiday tailor-made for you
Price on Request
per person14 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
per person16 days
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.
per person14 days
Spot the Big Five in Thornybush Private Game Reserve and enjoy the majesty of Zimbabwe's roaring Victoria Falls
per person8 days
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
per person10 days
Enjoy the city life in Johannesburg and track the Big Five in the Thornybush Game Reserve
per person4 days
Majestic wildlife and the riches of Africa.
per person14 days
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!
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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
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Reviews on our Johannesburg safaris
After initially contacting Discover Africa, Karl Svendsen contacted me and we started the process of getting a quote and defining an itinerary for a safari to Tanzania. Karl was extremely professional and timely in his responses and in short…
Fantastic safari and excellent logistics!
from United States
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…
We had the most wonderful time in Tanzania. We left yesterday and miss it already. We saw the big 5 and felt super lucky to see the lions and leopard with their kill. Our guide was also wonderful. Thank YOU for planning our trip of a…
The arrangements of our trip were perfectly managed and made for a truly unforgettable experience. We can't thank you enough.
Megan arranged a wonderful tour of South Africa and Botswana for us. The hotels and safari lodges were first class. We especially liked the Chobe Game Lodge and the Fairlawn Boutique Hotel. The safaris were unforgettable. We viewed lots of…
We could not have been more pleased with Discover Africa. Our agent, Megan W, was knowledgeable, accommodating and highly responsive. She asked pertinent questions, listened carefully to our needs, then organised a personalised tour- the…
from United States of America
Steven’s South African Safari Route Map I had the pleasure of chatting to Steven, an Australian who spent 17 days in South Africa. Steven travelled with his partner Callum. The pair were invited along by Callum’s parents, Jeff and… read more