Georgraphy and History
Johannesburg, also known as Jozi, Jo’burg, Joni or eGoli by the locals is the largest and wealthiest city in South Africa. With one international airport and several local airports, millions of inhabitants and a wealth of activities and things to do, Johannesburg is the economic and cultural centre of Gauteng province.
The city the largest city in the world that isn’t located on a river, lake or coastline. This is thanks to the Witwatersrand hills on which it is situated, rich in gold and uranium. Thanks to its economic success, Johannesburg has grown into a very large city that offers a huge range of things to do, places to see, and a uniquely diverse culinary experience for any tourist visiting the area.
Another major plus for visitors is Jo’burg’s wonderful climate. As with other Highveld areas a typical summer day in Johannesburg will be dry and sunny, followed by late afternoon thunder showers which ease the African heat. With an average daily temperature of just under 26° C, summer days in Johannesburg are usually enjoyable and temperate leaving no excuses for visitors to sit inside rather than explore the beautiful city and all it has to offer. Winter is also quite mild in Johannesburg with the average day being sunny and clear and an average maximum temperature of about 16° C.
There is a great number of places to eat in Johannesburg as well as a great many pubs and clubs throughout the city which makes for a bustling night life. For those who are not interested in a quieter night out there are always plays running at the Joburg Theatre and nearby Monte Casino’s Theatro theatre.
Activities and Attractions
There is a wide variety of activities in Johannesburg:
Origins Centre - Museum
South Western Townships - Historic Site
South African National Museum of Military History
Johannesburg Botanical Gardens and Emmarentia Dam
Being such a large focal point for tourism there is of course also a wide range of accommodation in Johannesburg to cater to any tourist. From five star hotels to self-catering apartments and bed and breakfasts there is no shortage of places to stay in Johannesburg. For a complete list please visit our Accommodation Directory.