South Africa Self Drive Honeymoon
A gorgeous self drive honeymoon taking in Cape Town, the Winelands, the Garden Route and culminating with a luxury safari.
Johannesburg is the largest and most populous city in South Africa, though not one of the country’s three capital cities. Located in the northeast of the country in the small, landlocked Gauteng province, the city is known for excellent museums, friendly people and an urban rebirth that gives the place a buzzing energy.
Many visitors to South Africa fly in and out of the city but skip Johannesburg in order to head straight out on safari. However, there’s plenty to see and do in Jozi; a chance to learn about the country’s rich cultures and difficult history, as well as an introduction to tasty South African food.
Visit Constitution Hill, a military fort that was once Old Fort Prison, where anti-apartheid activists were held. Today, it’s home to a museum and South Africa’s highest court, which is worth a visit to see the beautiful works of art on display there.
Another museum worth your time is the Apartheid Museum, which has the most comprehensive history of South Africa during the Apartheid era. A visit to this museum can be an incredibly moving and emotional experience.
Jo’burg also has a thriving art scene. Look out for First Thursday, which takes place every first Thursday of the month. The city’s major art galleries schedule exhibition openings, pop-up events and other activities, especially around Rosebank, where there are gourmet food trucks and live music.
Explore the hipster district of Maboneng for independent cafes, bars and restaurants. The name Maboneng translates as ‘Place of Light’ and is one of the most successful examples of urban renewal in the world and a great representation of how Johannesburg is a city on the move towards better things.
Vibrant Jo’burg is a lively and creative city to explore, offering visitors a chance to discover what life is like in modern South Africa.
Jo’burg has good weather all year round, though hot summer days can end in thunderstorms, while the mild winters are dry and sunny. March to May and September to November are good times to visit the city, as this is low season and the weather is fair.
Look out for street parties, DJ sets, poetry and art performances, pop-up food and bar trucks and much more every first Thursday of the month, as the major art museums and galleries collaborate on First Thursday events.
Time in Johannesburg features on our Best of South Africa & Mozambique tour; Cape Town, Kruger & Victoria Falls holiday; Drakensberg, Battlefields & Safari itinerary; KwaZulu-Natal Safari & Beach trip; as well as our Luxury Kruger & Mauritius Holiday. However, time here in our suggested itineraries is short, but if you’d like more time in the city, let us know and we can arrange this for you.
Our trips to Johannesburg include stays at The Peech Hotel, an eco-chic boutique hotel with an acre of land, including landscape gardens, a luxurious swimming pool, a library with board games and books, as well as a private dining area for those looking for an intimate and romantic dinner experience. The property is also a certified fair trade tourism hotel and supports local conservation and community projects.