Many simply see Johannesburg as the gateway to a South African safari, but there's much more to a holiday in Johannesburg than that. Having played an important part in the Apartheid, the township of Soweto (once home to Nelson Mandela) is well worth a visit as is a trip to the Apartheid Museum which offers a fascinating look into the regime. The Lion Park - home to more than 85 lions - allows you to get up close and personal with the fierce animals while the Kromdraai Gold Mine is perfect for a day out.
Direct flights to Johannesburg are only available from London Heathrow Airport with Virgin Atlantic, South African Airways, British Airways and bmi all flying into the city. Indirect flights can work out considerably cheaper but you'll just have to be prepared to stop off for an hour or two ? you'll be able to fly out from a bigger variety of UK airports and choose from many more airlines. Johannesburg International Airport is located 24 kilometres away from the city centre
One of your best options to explore the city during your holiday in Johannesburg is by car as the public transport network can be limited ? just make sure you're a confident driver to brave the roads! It doesn't have to be expensive to hire a car in Johannesburg as long as you book well in advance. Try to shop around online before you arrive at the airport to make sure that you find the best deal. And make sure you invest in a road map as you don't want to spend your Johannesburg holiday lost!
Appreciating the beauty of South Africa doesn't have to come with a hefty price tag, in fact you'll be able to find cheap hotels in Johannesburg if you shop around online. The trick is to book well in advance and you find some amazing deals. As Johannesburg boasts sunshine all year round it doesn't really matter what time of year you choose to book your accommodation.
You'll be able to find lots of stunning hand-crafted jewellery on sale at the many craft markets during your Johannesburg holiday – they make the perfect gifts to take home and share amongst friends and family. It's well worth haggling as you'll be able to pick up a great bargain if you negotiate well. Some of the best markets to visit are the African Craft Market - where you'll find handiwork from all over the continent – and the Rooftop Market, often regarded as South Africa's best flea market.
Updated 22nd May 2013
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posted by cpfeiferI was hoping for an African drumming workshop and I found one here amongst the art and crafts of the nation. Really good fun.
posted by whainesWhat a fascinating spot. The house Madela shared with his wife Evelyn is today a thought-provoking and intimate memorial. The highlight of the attractions here.