Johannesburg Attractions

Absa Money Museum

Absa Money Museum

The only museum of its kind in the country, housing an impressive collection of South African money from the earliest application centuries ago to modern bank notes.

Address:

187 Fox Street, Johannesburg, Gauteng

Telephone Number:

011 350 4684

AECI Dynamite Factory Museum

AECI Dynamite Factory Museum

Situated in a restored Victorian homestead that belonged to the first manager of the Modderfontein explosives factory, Austrian born Dr Franz Hoenig in 1895.

Address:

2 Main Street

Modderfontein, Johannesburg

Telephone number:

011 606 3206
 

Alberton City Shopping Centre

Alberton City Shopping Centre

Alberton's largest central shopping destination with around 131 shops ranging from larger chain stores to smaller boutiques and food outlets. Adjacent to Alberton City is the Alberton Boulevard, a pedestrian zone that cuts through the heart of town. Voortrekker Road, Alberton.

Phone 011-866-3700
 

Apartheid Museum

Apartheid Museum

A moving, experiential journey into the history of Apartheid, a ruthless state-sanctioned policy that stripped over 20 million people of their basic human right to freedom. Critically acclaimed design and content.

Location:

Corner Northern Parkway and Gold Reef Road, Ormonde

Johannesburg

Telephone number:

011 309 4700

Arts on Main

Arts on Main

A converted industrial warehouse that houses a cluster of design studios and art galleries, including the Goodman Gallery and Seippel Gallery.

Address:

Corner Berea and Fox Streets

Johannesburg Central

Gauteng

Bedford Centre

Bedford Centre

After massive restructuring and a rejuvenating face-lift, Bedford Centre has been transformed into an uber-stylish retail, office and residential zone. Browse the upmarket boutiques, enjoy a meal at one of the restaurants on the Piazza, or watch a movie.

Address: Bedford Centre

Corner Smith and Van de Linde Roads

Bedfordview

Johannesburg

Telephone number:

Phone 011 622 1840
 

Bell Tower Church

Bell Tower Church

A Kempton Park landmark, built in 1953. Now operates as a theatre.

Location:

Monument Road

Kempton Park, Johannesburg

Benoni Museum

Benoni Museum

Explore exhibitions on gold mining history, the life and times of Oliver Tambo and a history of the Benoni regiment. The museum houses several fascinating collections of South African art and African woodcraft, pottery and beadwork as well as a rare traditional musical instrument collection.

Address:

Corner Elston Avenue and Rothsay Street

Benoni

Johannesburg
 
 

Boksburg Lake

Boksburg Lake

A large lake surrounded by landscaped gardens and terraces. Visitors can join in an array of water sports and activities including picnicking, hiking or waterskiing.
 

Brenthurst Gardens

Brenthurst Gardens

Tranquil, magnificent gardens speckled with sculptures, birds and butterflies. Currently under the custodianship of Strilli Oppenheimer, who introduced biodynamic gardening here in 2001. Not to be missed.

Address:

Gordon Hill, Houghton, Johannesburg

Phone: 011 646 4122
 

Brightwater Commons

Brightwater Commons

The redesigned, re-imagined Randburg Waterfront with over 60 stores and a market in a park-like setting with lovely green commons and small streams. Children will love the musical fountains and the Boogaloos Skatepark.

Address:

Entrance on Republic Road

Randburg, Johannesburg

Bruma Lake Flea Market

Bruma Lake Flea Market

The kind of flea market you can lose yourself in, with over 620 traders peddling anything and everything from second-hand clothing to West African wooden carvings. Head for the arena where you can enjoy a variety of entertainment by local dance groups and musicians.

Address: Bruma Lake Flea Market

Corner Ernest Oppenheimer and Marcia Avenues

Bruma, Johannesburg
 

Bryanston Organic and Natural Market

Bryanston Organic and Natural Market

Held every Thursday and Saturday from 9am to 3pm, this wonderful outdoor market has been running for over thirty years. Stalls showcase an original variety of handcrafted goods from natural fibre clothing to silver and semi-precious stone jewellery.

Address:

Culross Road (off Main Road)

Bryanston, Johannesburg

Telephone number:

Phone 011-463-3752


 

Bryanston Shopping Centre

Bryanston Shopping Centre

This upmarket shopping centre has been serving the community of Bryanston since the late 1960's. There's a lovely central courtyard for enjoying slow cappuccinos and resting tired feet.

Address:

Corner William Nicol and Ballyclare

Bryanston, Johannesburg
 

Bunny Park

Bunny Park

Home to over 600 rabbits and an array of other farm animals. A visit to this farmyard is essential if you have small children, or if you're nourishing your inner child. Take a ride on a camel or pony, join in one of the craft activities or bring a bunch of carrots to feed the bunnies.

Address:

Pretoria Road

Rynfield, Benoni

Johannesburg
 

Constitution Hill

Constitution Hill

Site of South Africa's constitutional court, and a national heritage site packed with historical and cultural 'must sees'. Take a tour and explore the Old Fort prison complex, the Mandela Cell, the Women's Jail and more.

Address:

Parking off Sam Hancock Street

Braamfontein, Johannesburg

Telephone Number:

011 381 3100

Credo Mutwa Cultural Village

Credo Mutwa Cultural Village

Created and curated by traditional healer/author Credo Mutwa since 1974. Explores the role of traditional culture in an urban environment using sculptures, traditional African dwellings and an outdoor museum of African art and culture.

Location:

Ntsane and Majoeng Streets, Central Western Jabavu

Soweto, Johannesburg

Telephone number:

011 930 1813

Cresta Shopping Centre

Cresta Shopping Centre

The Cresta Shopping centre is a sprawling mall over three levels with a plethora of upmarket boutiques and restaurants that one can expect from a retail 'grand dame' that has been in operation since 1976. Entertainment includes tenpin bowling and a Barnyard Theatre restaurant.

Address:

Corner Beyers Naude Drive and Weltevreden Road

Cresta, Randburg, Johannesburg

Design Quarter

Design Quarter

A stylish hub of decor and design retailers with a host of top restaurants to boot. Showrooms and shops will inspire creativity and the outdoor café spaces should satisfy your culinary cravings.

Address:

Corner William Nicol Drive and Leslie Avenue

Fourways, Johannesburg

Diepkloof Farm Museum

Diepkloof Farm Museum

Located in the Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve, 20 kilometres on the Nigel Road. Set in a restored 1850 farmhouse on one of the oldest farms in Gauteng.

Phone 011 904 3964
 

Dolls Heaven

Dolls Heaven

Collector Hanna Murray has amassed over 7,500 dolls as part of her remarkable collection of toys and household items. The oldest dolls date back to 1892. Other fascinating collections here include teddy bears and over 2,000 tins.

Phone 083-297-1787 or 011-902-5489
 

East Rand Mall

East Rand Mall

One of Gauteng's mega malls with over 180 stores, restaurants, a cinema complex and entertainment and food mall. You'll find everything you need here.

Address:

Corner North Rand Road and Bentel Avenue

Boksburg North, Johannesburg
 

Eastgate Shopping Centre

Eastgate Shopping Centre

A mecca for shopaholics, Eastgate is a supersized mall filled with chain stores, upmarket local speciality shops and international brand boutiques. A recent addition is their rooftop piazza featuring both fine dining and fast food restaurants.

Address: Eastgate Shopping Centre

Corner Nicol and Bradford Roads

Bedfordview, Johannesburg

Telephone number:

Phone 011-479-6000
 

Emperors Palace

Emperors Palace

A destination in its own right, Emperors Palace houses an opulent casino, health and beauty spa, theatre, showbar and fine dining restaurants and more.

Address:

Emperors Palace

64 Jones Road

Kempton Park, Johannesburg

Telephone number:

011-928-1000

Erikson Diamond Centre

Erikson Diamond Centre

Watch diamonds being cut and learn about diamond grading at this gold and diamond wholesaler. Museum and coffee shop on site.

Address:

20 Monument Road

Kempton Park, Johannesburg

Telephone number:

011 394 2477/8

Festival Mall

Festival Mall

Relatively new shopping centre with over 150 stores as well as an ice rink and a skate park.

Address:

Corner of Swart Drive and Kelvin Street

Kempton Park

Johannesburg

Fourways Mall

Fourways Mall

Set in the heart of Fourways, this mall offers refined retail therapy to its prestigious surrounding neighbourhoods. Apart from the expected spread of chain and boutique retailers, Fourways Mall also houses a cinema complex and miniature golf course.

Address:

Corner Witkoppen Road and William Nicol Drive

Fourways, Johannesburg

Freedom Square in Kliptown

Freedom Square in Kliptown

In the heart of Kliptown, incorporating a number of retail outlets, the Open Air Museum, the Freedom Charter Monument and a tourist centre with plenty of information on the area.

Location:

Corner Union Avenue and Main Road, Kliptown

Soweto, Johannesburg

Telephone number:

011 945 2200

Gillooly's Farm

Gillooly's Farm

For fresh air and open space, a visit to this 44-hectare bird lover's paradise in the middle of Johannesburg's suburbia is a must. There are barbeque facilities around a duck-studded lake, walking trails and a restaurant.

Address: Gillooly's Farm

Boeing Road West

Bedfordview, Johannesburg

Telephone number:

Phone 011 453 8066


 
 

Gold Reef City

Gold Reef City

Step back into turn-of-the-century Johannesburg when the gold rush was in full force. Venture underground to explore mine shafts and traditional mining techniques, then sip a pint in the world's deepest pub. Casino, 4D theatre and thrilling rides on site. Ormonde, 5km south of the city centre.

Telephone number:

011 248 6800

Hector Pieterson Museum

Hector Pieterson Museum

Adjacent to the Hector Pieterson Memorial – a tribute to the first victim of the Soweto student uprising on 16 June 1976. The museum is a chronological exploration of the tragic day, leading visitors through different spaces connected by ramps.

Location:

8288 Khumalo Street, Orlando West

Soweto, Johannesburg

Telephone number:

011 536 0611

Heidelberg Transport Museum

Heidelberg Transport Museum

Track the history of road transport in this 1895 station building and goods shed. Established in 1975, it is regarded as one of the best small country museums in South Africa. Look out for the Class 16C steam locomotive – retired from 55 years of service to South African railways.

Address:

Voortrekker Street, Heidelberg

Phone 016 341 6303
 

James Hall Museum of Transport

James Hall Museum of Transport

Just to the south of the city centre, on the Rosettenville Road, lies the James Hall Museum of Transport. It houses what is regarded as the most extensive collection of land transport exhibits in South Africa. The museum follows South Africa's political and social timeline, tracking the country's changing modes of transport.

Address:

Pioneers' Park

Rosettenville Road

La Rochelle, Johannesburg

Telephone number:

011 435 9718

Johannesburg Art Gallery

Johannesburg Art Gallery

Over 9,000 artworks are spread across several important collections such as the Contemporary South African collection, traditional art and artefacts and a historical collection that includes 17th century Dutch and Flemish paintings and more. A veritable feast.

Address:

Joubert Park Gardens

King George Street

Joubert Park, Johannesburg

Telephone number:

011 725 3130

Johannesburg Botanical Gardens

Johannesburg Botanical Gardens
Johannesburg Botanical Gardens and the Emmarentia Dam

The magnificent Johannesburg Botanical Gardens are located 6km from the city centre in the middle of the northern suburbs.

It has some of the finest plant collections in the world that include indigenous trees and succulents.  The herb garden at the Johannesburg Botanical Garden in South Africa contains a collection of traditional African medicinal herbs, culinary, medicinal and cosmetic herbs.

Johannesburg Botanical Gardens and Emmerentia Dam

Johannesburg Botanical Gardens and Emmerentia Dam

Spread over 100 hectares of gorgeous landscaped gardens and a waterfowl speckled dam, this tranquil natural haven is only six kilometres from Johannesburg central. Walking, kayaking and sailing are possible, or explore the rose garden and succulent collection.

Address:

Olifants Road, Emmerentia

Johannesburg

Johannesburg Planetarium

Johannesburg Planetarium

Opened in 1960, this was Africa's first full-sized planetarium. Regular shows exploring the night sky and other topics aimed at a range of visitor ages are held Monday to Saturday.

Address:

University of the Witwatersrand

Corner of Yale Road and Enoch Sontonga Avenue

Braamfontein, Johannesburg

Telephone number:

011 717 1392

Johannesburg Zoo

Johannesburg Zoo

A 54-hectare zoo that has been in operation since 1904. Take a day or night tour of over 2,070 animals, including lions, tigers, apes and elephants, or explore in your own time. 

Address:

Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkview, Johannesburg

Main entrance on Upper Park Drive

Telephone Number:

011-646-2000

Klipkerk Heidelberg

Klipkerk Heidelberg

A beautifully preserved sandstone church in Heidelberg near Johannesburg, the cornerstone of which was laid in 1890. The name means 'stone church'.
 

Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve

Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve

Known as Johannesburg's Jewel of the South, Klipriviersberg is 680ha of breathtaking grassland and bushveld richly populated with animal and birdlife. Several graded hiking trails traverse the park. Situated west of Alberton, in the suburb of Mondeor.
 

Kliptown Open Air Museum

Kliptown Open Air Museum

A commemoration of the Freedom Charter, which was drafted in Kliptown in 1955, and the thousands of people who were involved in its creation.

Location:

Walter Sisulu Square, corner Union Avenue and Main Road, Kliptown, Soweto

Telephone number:

011 945 2200

Krugersdorp

Krugersdorp

At the industrial heart of Mogale City lies the historic town of Krugersdorp. Brush up on your history at the Mogale City Museum, located in the Old Magistrate's Court dating back to 1890, and then venture out to explore the rest of town. Sites of interest include the Paardekraal Monument and a statue of Tswanan chief, Kgosi Mogale.

Further afield one can visit the Krugersdorp Game Reserve.

Kwa Mai Mai Market

Kwa Mai Mai Market

For  truly exotic African experience, visit this traditional muti (medicine) market. Browse the unusual, sometimes unsettling, ethnic elixirs and grab a shisa nyama (braai) meal on the go.

Address:

Corner Anderson and Berea Streets

Jeppestown, Johannesburg

Lakeside Shopping Mall

Lakeside Shopping Mall

Lakeside Mall sits on the southern banks of Civic Lake. Over 130 shops are spread over several sections, each treated to a distinct style and atmosphere - including a 160 metre long Mississippi steamboat section resting on the water's edge.

Address:

Tom Jones Street

Benoni, Johannesburg
 

Liliesleaf Farm

Liliesleaf Farm

Prominent political activists gathered here to discuss strategy and policy during the Struggle years. A police raid led to several convictions at the subsequent Rivonia Treason Trial in 1964. A Resource Centre and Liberation Centre with permanent and temporary exhibits on site.

Address:

7 George Avenue, Rivonia

Johannesburg

Telephone number:

011 803 7882

Lion Park

Lion Park

A chance to get up close and personal with lions and other wild animals. Activities offered include lion cub cuddling (irresistible), guided game drives through the large lion and hyena camps and giraffe feeding. Located between Fourways and Lanseria Airport.

Address:

Corner Malibongwe & R114, Lanseria

Phone 011-691-9905

Madiba Freedom Museum

Madiba Freedom Museum

A well-designed exhibition of memorabilia and historical information leading up to South Africa's first democratic elections are displayed at the Madiba Freedom Museum in Johannesburg.

Address / location:

Inside the Erikson Diamond Centre

20 Monument Road

Kempton Park, Johannesburg

Telephone number:

011 394 2477/8

Mandela House

Mandela House

Recently restored, this house was the home of Nelson Mandela from 1946 until the 1990's. Explore the life and times experienced by the Mandela family over these years through the various exhibitions and audio-visual material.

Location:

8115 Ngakane Street, corner Vilakazi Street, Orlando West, Soweto.

Telephone number:

011 936 7754

Market Theatre

Market Theatre

Founded in 1976, the Market Theatre became known by international communities as South Africa's "Theatre of Struggle". Today it provides a platform for emerging talent. Three theatre venues on site as well as the reincarnated Kippies building, internationally acclaimed jazz club turned cultural venue.

Location:

Corner Bree and Margaret Mcingana Streets

Newtown, Johannesburg

Telephone number:

011 832 1641

Mary Fitzgerald Square

Mary Fitzgerald Square

An old wagon site turned square named after South Africa's first female trade unionist. A beautiful artfully decorated square with a massive outdoor LED screen (the largest on the continent), wooden carvings and two sky disk installations that use fibre optic lighting to depict constellations.

Melrose Arch

Melrose Arch

An exclusive 'suburb' in its own right complete with universal wireless internet, artful open spaces and stunning architecture. This multi-use development combines office and residential suites with a fine selection of retail outlets and top restaurants that open out onto perfectly laid pavements dotted with manicured trees.

Location:

Entrance off Corlett Drive

Melrose, Johannesburg

Meyersdal Nature Reserve

Meyersdal Nature Reserve

Known for its abundant birdlife, Meyersdal Nature Reserve is a noteworthy archaeological site with evidence of late Iron Age settlements on Meyersdal Koppie.
 

Montecasino

Montecasino

A premier gaming destination with its own nightclub, comedy club, bird gardens and cinema complex. The Italian-styled piazza features al fresco dining and a musical fountain. The Teatro has been specifically designed to stage large musicals.

Address:

Montecasino Boulevard (corner William Nicol and Witkoppen Roads)

Fourways, Johannesburg

Morningside Shopping Centre

Morningside Shopping Centre

A low slung, elegant centre with a sophisticated selection of retailers. A Farmers Market selling an array of fresh produce is held here every Friday.

Address:

Corner Rivonia and Outspan Road

Morningside, Johannesburg

Munro Drive and Lookout Point

Munro Drive and Lookout Point

Any road that has been declared a national monument is well worth travelling. Unparalleled views of The Wilds and Johannesburg north. On clear days the Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria can be seen.
 

Museum Africa

Museum Africa

Permanent exhibitions explore Africa's history including early man, the stone and iron ages and the story of Johannesburg since the discovery of gold. The Museum of South African Rock Art and The Bensusan Museum of Photography are also on the premises.

Location:

Old Market Building, 121 Bree Street

Newtown, Johannesburg

Telephone number:

011 833 5624

Nelson Mandela Bridge

Nelson Mandela Bridge

A stunning 284 metre long bridge connecting Constitution Hill precinct to Newton. The largest cable-stayed bridge in South Africa with two pedestrian sidewalks and a bicycle lane. Look out for artworks on the buildings running either side of the bridge.

Nelson Mandela Square

Nelson Mandela Square

Adjacent to Sandton City Shopping Centre and linked by a skywalk to the Sandton Convention Centre. Art galleries, restaurants, shops and a theatre spill out onto the square where a six metre bronze statue of Nelson Mandela stands.

Location:

Parking off Rivonia Road or 5th Street

Central Business District, Sandton

Telephone number:

011-217-6000
 

Ngwenya Glass Village

Ngwenya Glass Village

The famous hand-blown recycled glassware of Ngwenya has a roosting spot just near Muldersdrift. Watch glass blowers in action and browse a handful of other art and craft boutiques. Gilroy's microbrewery is also situated here – a tour and tasting at their brewery should be rounded off with Gilroy's pub lunch.

Location:

Shady Lane, off Diepsloot R114, Muldersdrift

Website address:

http://www.shadesofngwenya.co.za

Oppenheimer Tower

Oppenheimer Tower

Constructed from the ruins of old Sophiatown, this tower is set in landscaped gardens housing several important statues, including those of Zulu warrior King Shaka and mining magnate Ernest Oppenheimer. Climb to the top for a lovely 360-degree view of Soweto.

Location:

Mphuti Street, Central Western Jabavu

Soweto, Johannesburg

OR Tambo Johannesburg International Airport

OR Tambo Johannesburg International Airport

The O.R. Tambo International Airport (ORTIA) in Johannesburg, South Africa, is the air transport hub of Southern Africa. This busy international airport caters for more than 17 million passengers each year. With more than 18,000 people employed by various companies at O.R. Tambo International Airport (ORTIA), the airport plays a vital role in Johannesburg's and the Gauteng province's economy. This airport features an impressive infrastructure that has expanded by thousands of square metres from its modest origins.

The OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, formerly known as the Johannesburg International Airport, is the busiest airport on the African continent. The city of Johannesburg in South Africa is a city of astonishing contrasts, a huge metropolis. This bustling African city is the intriguing, dynamic heart of colorful and lively South Africa. Local South Africans also refer to Johannesburg as "Jo'burg", "Jozi", "eGoli" or "the city of gold". Johannesburg with its surrounding areas is by far the largest city in South Africa. It is fast growing with wealth, a bustling economy, energy and a very comfortable climate.

For local and international travelers who are in transit and spend a night in Johannesburg within close distance to the Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport, Gauteng South Africa, can enjoy the convenience and comfort of several Johannesburg airport hotels. These hotels, which are situated in close proximity to the domestic and international terminals at the Johannesburg Airport, can easily be reached either by taxi or by hotel shuttle of which some are complimentary.

The Johannesburg Airport was founded in 1952 called "Jan Smuts Airport", two years after his death, near the town of Kempton Park on the East Rand in Johannesburg. It displaced the "Palmietfontein International Airport", which had handled European flights since 1945. In the same year of its inception, it had the honourable distinction of ushering in the jet age, when the first commercial flight of a De Havilland Comet took off from London Heathrow Airport bound for Johannesburg.

The OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, Gauteng, was used as a test airport for the Concorde during the 1970s, to determine how the aircraft would perform while taking off and landing at high altitude. During the 1980s many countries stopped trading with South Africa because of the United Nation sanctions imposed against South Africa in the struggle against apartheid, and so many airlines had to stop flying to the Johannesburg Airport in these days. These sanctions resulted in South African Airways being refused rights to fly over most African countries, and in addition to this the risk of flying over some African countries was emphasised by the shooting down of a passenger aircraft over Rhodesia, forcing them to fly
around Africa. This required specially-modified aircraft like the Boeing 747-SP. Following the ending of apartheid, the airport's name, and that of other international airports in South Africa, were changed to politically-neutral names and these restrictions were discontinued.

The OR Tambo International Airport overtook Cairo International Airport in 1996 as the busiest airport in Africa, and is the second-busiest airport in the Africa-Middle East region after Dubai International Airport. By March 2006, the Johannesburg Airport had already handled 16.1 million passengers, which is an 11% increase over the same period in 2005. There are expected to be over 21 million passengers per year by 2010. The airport is one of the 100 busiest in the world.

The OR Tambo International Airport in South Africa is regarded as a hot and high airport. Situated almost 1700 metres (5,500 feet) above mean sea level, the air is thin. This has implications for the performance of aircraft at altitude. For example, a flight from Johannesburg to Washington DC, USA, operated with an Airbus A340-600-600, must stop in Dakar at the Dakar International Airport for refuelling, since the aircraft is not able to make the run on one fuel fill. This is because of decreased performance on take-off from the airport, where an aircraft cannot take off fully laden with fuel, cargo, and passengers, and must use a longer stretch of runway to reach take-off velocity. By contrast, the return leg of the flight from Washington to Johannesburg is a non-stop 14-hour flight, with better performance of the aircraft at Washington Dulles International Airport in
Washington where the city is at sea level. The Washington-Johannesburg flight was the second-longest commercial flight in the world in 2006.

There are two parallel runways at the Johannesburg Airport, which run north-south, and a disused cross runway. The western runway, 03L/21R, is over 4400m (14,000 ft) in length, making it one of the world's longest international airport runways. This is due to the aforementioned rarefied atmosphere problem - fully laden aircraft require a far greater length of runway to achieve take-off velocity at this altitude than they would normally.

The Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) reports that major new development had taken place at the airport, in preparation for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa. The development included the expansion of the international terminal, with the new international pier which is now able to house the new Airbus A 380 while also increasing capacity at the same time. A new Central Terminal building has also been added. An additional multi-storey parkade is now available opposite the Central Terminal Building, plus Terminal A has been upgarded and the associated roadways realligned to accommodate more International Departures space.

Upgraded terminal at the Johannesburg Airport & Conference Centre

The user-friendly terminal was designed to encourage easy and natural movement of passengers, as well as to cater for the needs of disabled people, with lifts placed in the centre of the terminal for easy wheelchair access. Pick-up and drop-off facilities directly outside the terminal at the Johannesburg Airport, Gauteng South Africa, ensure easy access for arriving
and departing passengers. The R450-million terminal development was accompanied by a R400-million upgrade of adjacent aprons and the road network feeding the airport.

Transport and parking at the OR Tambo Johannesburg International Airport, South Africa

From OR International, one can take a domestic flight to another South African city or, if one is staying in Johannesburg - the airport is about 24 kilometers from the Johannesburg city centre - this is a short drive by hotel shuttle, hired car or taxi to the travelers destination. The Johannesburg Airport provides numerous parking facilities at the airport: the airport's multi-storey parkade boasts over 5 000 parking bays. Access to the Johannesburg Airport precinct has been simplified dramatically, with all passenger drop-offs taking place on an upper roadway and all pick-ups on a lower roadway.

Shuttle and golf cart services are available to ferry passengers between parking areas and terminals. Porter services are on stand-by to help with heavy luggage, while banking services, automatic teller machines (ATMs), forex dealers, as well as a choice of car rental services can be found dotted throughout the terminal buildings.

Airports Company South Africa (ACSA)

The Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) operates this country's ten principal airports, including O.R. Tambo International Airport (ORTIA) in Johannesburg as well as Cape Town and Durban International Airports.ACSA is the largest airports authority in Africa. Together, our airports handle more than 200,000 aircraft landings and 23 million arriving and departing passengers annually.

Oliver Reginald Tambo

In October 2006 the South Africa's flagship airport was renamed as a tribute to one of the new South Africa's most important founding fathers. Oliver Reginald Tambo, fondly known as O.R. by his peers, is renowned in South Africa and abroad for his significant contribution to the liberation of South Africa. He was president of the African National Congress (ANC) for 30 years and spent much of this time in exile, mobilising international support for the ANC and opposition to the apartheid movement.

Tambo has been described as the glue that held the anti-apartheid movement together during its toughest struggles. He was a relentless lobbyist for South Africa's freedom. His efforts helped create awareness of the plight of black South Africans, which eventually led to widespread international embargoes. On 24 April 1993, Oliver Tambo died from a stroke, having fought for the freedom of his people for the best part of his life.

For more detailed information about the OR Tambo Johannesburg International Airport, including passenger services, flight information, weather, maps and business opportunities, visit the Airports Company South Africa Website at www.acsa.co.za

Johannesburg Airport Hotels, South Africa

African Rock Hotel- four stars


The African Rock Hotel is a luxury boutique hotel located a mere 15-minute drive from the OR Tambo Johannesburg International Airport in Gauteng, South Africa.

Airport Sun Intercontinental Hotel - five star

South Africa's only deluxe hotel at an airport, the InterContinental Airport Sun is situated within walking distance from the terminals at Johannesburg International Airport.

The Airport Grand Hotel - four star

The Airport Grand Hotel & Conference Centre is conveniently situated a five minute drive away from the Johannesburg International Airport.

Birchwood Hotel - four stars

The four star Birchwood Hotel & O R Tambo Conference Centre is located on thirty acres of landscaped garden, in the heart of the East Rand in Johannesburg, South Africa.

City Lodge Airport Johannesburg - three stars

The City Lodge Johannesburg Airport Hotel is conveniently situated on Sandvale Road, Edenvale, which is in close proximity to the R24 airport freeway in Johannesburg, South Africa.

City Lodge OR Tambo Airport- three stars

The City Lodge OR Tambo Airport Hotel provides guests with comfortable and tastefully decorated rooms, which suit the needs of leisure and business travellers.  This hotel is located right at the parkade of the airport.

Don Johannesburg International Airport - three stars

The Don Johannesburg International Airport Hotel is situated within only a 5 minutes drive from the OR Tambo International Airport in Gauteng, South Africa.

D'Oreale Grande Emperors Palace- five stars

Situated within the impressive Emperors Palace complex in Johannesburg, the D'Oreale Grande Hotel offers a unique experience to the discerning traveller.

Garden Court Eastgate - three stars

The Garden Court Eastgate hotel is an ideal hotel for business and leisure travellers alike due to its central location directly opposite the Eastgate Shopping Mall, with easy access to major highways.

Garden Court OR Tambo - three stars

The Garden Court O.R. Tambo International Airport hotel is located 2.6 km away from the OR Tambo Johannesburg International Airport in Gauteng, South Africa.

Life Hotels Airport Johannesburg International - four stars

The Life Hotels Airport Johannesburg International is situated less than 5 minutes (3 kilometres) from the OR Tambo Johannesburg International Airport in Kempton Park, South Africa.

Protea Hotel OR Tambo - four stars

The 4 star Protea Hotel OR Tambo is located in close proximity to the O.R. Tambo International Airport / Johannesburg International Airport in South Africa's Gauteng Province. This Airport Hotel is situated in Kempton Park within the Comair office park over the highway from the OR Tambo International Airport.

Metcourt Emperors Palace- three stars

Located in the luxurious Emperors Hotel, Casino and Resort, the Metcourt Hotel provides its travellers with an exciting and unforgettable stay.

Metcourt Suites Emperors Palace- three stars

The Metcourt Suites Hotel at Emperors Palace is a modern and spacious hotel designed specifically for international and convention guests.

Southern Sun OR Tambo Hotel - four stars

The Southern Sun OR Tambo International Airport Hotel is a mere 500 metres from South Africa's busiest airport, Johannesburg International Airport, and is the hub for the business traveller, offering a range of services and facilities.

Town Lodge Airport Johannesburg - three stars


The Town Lodge Airport Johannesburg is located alongside the R24 airport freeway in Johannesburg, Gauteng South Africa.

 

Origins Centre

Origins Centre

A truly unique museum that explores the history of modern humans and our evolving culture. Exhibits include impressive rock art and fossil collections.

Address:

University of the Witwatersrand

Corner of Yale Road and Enoch Sontonga Avenue

Braamfontein, Johannesburg

Telephone number:

011 717 4700

Orlando Towers

Orlando Towers

A Soweto landmark, the iconic cooling towers have been transformed by 260 litres of paint into what is regarded as the largest example of outdoor art in Africa. Incredible views from the top and you can bungee off the top.

Location:

Corner of Dynamo Street and Old Potch Road, Orlando

Soweto, Johannesburg

Telephone number:

082 895 1250

Pioneer's Park

Pioneer's Park

A popular picnic site built on top of a reclaimed mine dump. The central attraction here is a working Dutch windmill.

Location:

Corner 12th Street and 5th Avenue

Springs, Johannesburg

Regina Mundi Church

Regina Mundi Church

Another Soweto landmark, this is the largest Catholic Church in South Africa. Built in 1962, the church was a refuge to fleeing students during the Soweto uprising. Take a tour to see the bullet holes from police fire and the famous Black Madonna.

Location:

1149 Khumalo Street, Rockville

Soweto, Johannesburg

Telephone number:

011 986 2546

Rietvlei Zoo Farm and Lifestyle Centre

Rietvlei Zoo Farm and Lifestyle Centre

A haven for kids and adults alike, Rietvlei Farm offers a range of activities from single track mountain biking to tractor cart rides. A feast of fresh produce can be bought at their farmer's market on the first Saturday of each month.

Swartkoppies Road, Alberton.

Phone 011-867-0143

Rivonia Boulevard

Rivonia Boulevard

Well-entrenched business hub and shopping strip lined with restaurants, clubs, banks and shopping centres including Rivonia Junction, Rivonia Square and Rivonia Village.

Rondebult Bird Sanctuary

Rondebult Bird Sanctuary

A 94 ha vlei (marshland) populated by around 190 bird species, including 60 breeding species and 30 migrants. Eight hides overlook the varied landscape of three wide pans, offering excellent viewing sites. Picnic and toilet facilities are available.

Address / location:

Germiston Lake, opposite R554/Forsdick Road junction

Germiston, Johannesburg
 

Rosebank African Market

Rosebank African Market

A veritable feast of arts and crafts spanning the African continent from Cameroon woodwork to Swaziland weaving. Open seven days a week.

Address:

Corner of Cradock Avenue and Baker Street, Rosebank.

Telephone Number:

011 880 2906

Rosebank Art Strip

Rosebank Art Strip

A trendy gallery lined road that runs into neighbouring Parkwood. You'll find top South African galleries here such as The Goodman Gallery, David Krut and Kim Sacks Gallery.

Address:

Jan Smuts Avenue, Rosebank

Johannesburg

Rosebank Rooftop Market

Rosebank Rooftop Market

A craft market with over 600 stalls selling  a plethora of quality arts and crafts. The deli section is particularly enticing. Open Sundays and public holidays.

Address:

Upper Level Rosebank Mall

Corner of Cradock Avenue and Baker Street

Rosebank, Johannesburg

Telephone Number:

011 442 4488

SAB World of Beer

SAB World of Beer

Detailed tour of brewing history and South African Breweries – one of the largest breweries in the world. End off with two beers and a pub lunch in their Tap Room.

Location:

15 President Street, Newtown

Johannesburg

Telephone number:

011 836 4900

Sandton City

Sandton City

A prestigious retail destination where you can rub shopping bags with local and international patrons, clothed in Afro-cosmopolitan chic-ness.

Location:

Parking off Rivonia Road or 5th Street

Central Business District, Sandton

Johannesburg

Telephone number:

011 217 6000

Sandton Convention Centre

Sandton Convention Centre

A 12-storey architectural delight in the heart of Sandton's Central Business District. The public levels display an impressive collection of Southern African art and craftwork.

Location:

Maude Street Sandown, Johannesburg

Telephone number:

011 779 0000

Scenic drives in and around from Johannesburg and Pretoria

Scenic drives in and around from Johannesburg and Pretoria

Roodepoort, Krugersdorp, Randfontein and Doornkop
 
Roodepoort:

The South African town of Roodepoort was developed around a mining camp and the discovery of gold in 1884.  Visit the Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden which is set against the backdrop of the impressive Witpoortjie waterfall and covers 225ha of landscaped gardens, lawns and natural vegetation.

The National Railway Museum has a collection of over 100 steam, diesel and underground electric locomotives, steam cranes, steam rollers, old passenger coaches and other items from the era of steam.
 
Krugersdorp

The town of Krugersdorp was named after the South African President Paul Kruger. It played a pivotal role in the events leading up to the War of Endependence. Historical buildings are the City Hall, Magistrate’s Court and offices and the old railway station. Visit the Krugersdorp Game Reserve which covers 1500 ha. With several different habitats including grassland, rock outcrops and forest with a variety of game e.g. buffalo, hippo, white rhino, giraffe, zebra and antelope. The main attraction is the lion enclosure. Day and night game drives are available.
 
Randfontein:  

This name means ‘ridge fountain’. Randfontein in South Africa has the largest gold mine in the world. (Randfontein Estates Gold Mining Co.) which was founded in 1889.

Doornkop

This site marks the location where the invading force led by Dr. L. S. Jameson surrendered to the Boer forces on 2.1.1896. This expedition was known as the Jameson Raid.

     

Sci-Bono Discovery Centre

Sci-Bono Discovery Centre

Set in the now defunct Electric Workshop, this is Africa's largest science centre that houses a stimulating array of edutainment and hands-on exhibits.

Location:

Corner Miriam Makeba and President Street

Newtown, Johannesburg

Telephone number:

011 639 8400

South African Airways Museum

South African Airways Museum

Situated at the Rand Airport with a static aircraft display of several Boeings, a Lockheed Lodestar and de Havilland Dove amongst others. Historic aviation artefacts are also showcased in the museum's display hall.

 

Address / location:

Transvaal Aviation Club building

Off Dakota Crescent

Rand Airport

Germiston, Johannesburg

 

E-mail:

info@saamuseum.co.za.

 

Telephone:

083-442-3771
 

South African National Museum of Military History

South African National Museum of Military History

A large museum that covers all aspects of South African military history and technology. A compelling display of permanent exhibits include the evolution of the soldier's uniform to a one man German submarine form the Second World War.

Address:

22 Erlswold Way

Saxonwold, Johannesburg

Telephone Number:

011 646 5513

Soweto

Soweto

Soweto  (SOuth WEstern TOwnships) 

Soweto is South Africa’s most famous black city and home to 3.5 million people. It comprises 32 townships and over 30 informal settlements. In 1904 118 black people were resettled from Fordsburg, after an outbreak of bubonic plague, to Klipspruit farm.

Guided tours visit shebeens and historic sites e.g. Hector Petersen Memorial and Museum, Mandela Museum, Avalon Cemetery and Kliptown.


 

Springs Art Gallery

Springs Art Gallery

Exhibiting Ekurhuleni's permanent collection of South African 20th century art. Over 100 painting and sculptures can be viewed.

Location:

Corner 5th Street and 6th Avenue

Springs, Johannesburg

Springs Civic Theatre

Springs Civic Theatre

One of the only live performing arts venues outside of Johannesburg metro. Three theatres cover a range of productions from drama to dance.

Location:

Corner 2nd Avenue and 7th Street

Springs, Johannesburg

Telephone number:

011 360 2290

Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve

Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve

The best way to explore this beautiful nature reserve is by foot, with a 66 kilometre network of hiking trails that traverse the park. Named after the Highveld Suikerbos (or Protea Caffra), Suikerbosrand is populated by a range of mammals and abundant birdlife.

Good facilities, including a Visitor's Centre, picnic and barbeque sites and a meditation hut set in a remote part of the park.

Phone 011-904-3930/3/7 or 071-602-7581
 

The Burning Truth Memorial

The Burning Truth Memorial

Designed by Usha Seejarin, this memorial commemorates Ghandi's passive resistance campaign, during which 3,000 people burnt their pass books in 1908. As a measure of segregation and control, the 1907 Pass Law Act required non-whites to carry pass books at all times or face arrest.

Address:

Opposite the Hamidia Mosque

2 Jennings Street

Fordsburg, Johannesburg

The Lindt Chocolate Studio in Johannesburg

The Lindt Chocolate Studio in Johannesburg

The Chocolate Studio is the first of its kind in South Africa, offering specialised training workshops to entry level chefs, non professionals and chocolate enthusiasts. The Chocolate Studio, which is situated in shop 34 of The Design Quarter, Fourways, Johannesburg, is endorsed by Lindt's Master Swiss Chocolatiers. All creations at the studio are made with the Lindt chocolate ranges.

The workshops offer each participant an opportunity to gain insight and obtain a better understanding of the secretive world of chocolate making & its confections. Lindt chocolate lovers are able to create, ‘play’ and explore the many techniques involving chocolate during the interesting and exciting workshops.

Participants can enrol in any one of the 12 workshops on offer including Chocolate Appreciation, Dessert Tasters, Art of Truffles, Petite Desserts in a Glass, Passions Cookbook Demo, Tempering & Décor, Chocolate Confectionery, Moulding & Fillings, Advanced Chocolate & Confectionery, Hand Crafted Truffles, Showpiece Creation, Cake Creation & Décor.

The studio shop offers retail items including Lindt recipe books, fondue sets, an assortment of pralines, Lindt couverture and specific chocolate apparatus.

The Mall of Rosebank

The Mall of Rosebank

A three-storey exclusive shopping mall featuring a variety of fashion boutiques, Cinema Nouveau, a collection of upmarket restaurants, the Rosebank African Market and Sunday's Rooftop Market.

Address:

Between Bath and Cradock Avenues

Rosebank, Johannesburg

Telephone Number:

011-788-5530

The Wilds

The Wilds

Established in 1937, this 18 ha 'secret garden' is planted exclusively with indigenous flora such as cycad, yellowwood, protea and watsonia. Houghton drive bisects the park, with pedestrian bridges connecting the two sections. Visitors are advised to walk in groups of five or more.

Address:

Houghton Drive, Houghton, Johannesburg

Telephone number:

011 643 2313 or 082 554 9972

Thokoza Memorial Wall

Thokoza Memorial Wall

This memorial wall commemorates those who lost their lives in the years leading up to, and following, South Africa's first democratic elections in 1994. Photographer Ken Oosterbroek can be found amongst the victims inscribed on the wall. Khumalo Street, Thokoza.

Village Walk Shopping Centre

Village Walk Shopping Centre

On the border of Sandton and Morningside, with a colourful but stylish Italian-inspired design. There's a good selection of upmarket shops, an African Cultural Market for curios and The Blues Room, which hosts regular live music and comedy events.

Address:

Corner Maude & Rivonia Roads

Sandown, Johannesburg

Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden

Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden

Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden

The Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden in South Africa is set against the backdrop of the impressive Witpoortjie waterfall and covers 225ha of landscaped gardens, lawns and natural vegetation.

The natural vegetation of the area is known as the “Rocky Highveld Grassland” and consists of a mosaic of grassland and savanna, with dense bush in kloofs and along streams.

It is home to an abundance of wildlife with over 220 birds species e.g. Verreaux’s Eagles which nest on the cliffs alongside the waterfall. There are also a number of reptiles and small mammals e.g. small antelope and jackals. There are walkways, a geological trail, a bird hide overlooking Sasol Lake, and an interpretive centre.
 

Wild Waters

Wild Waters

Wild Waters is a family water park with a 500 metre super tube, wave pool, kamikaze ride and more. This is also the venue for the even wilder H20 outdoor day parties held twice a year for over eighteens.

Address:

1 Margaret Lane

Bardene, Boksburg

Johannesburg
 

Workers' Museum

Workers' Museum

Learn about the history of migrant labourers in Johannesburg between the early 1900's and the 1970s. Located in an old workers' compound, visual stories reflect the slave-like conditions endured by individuals.

Location:

Newtown Park, 52 Jeppe Street,

Newtown, Johannesburg

Telephone number:

083 417 0555 or 011 373 7506

Zoo Lake

Zoo Lake

One of the safer and more popular city parks in Johannesburg. A swathe of green lawns surrounds this man-made lake, which takes 1-2 hours to circumnavigate, depending on your route and walking pace. Hire a rowing boat and enjoy a picnic on the grass or head to Moyo for a family friendly meal.
 

Alberton City Shopping Centre

Alberton City Shopping Centre

Alberton's largest central shopping destination with around 131 shops ranging from larger chain stores to smaller boutiques and food outlets. Adjacent to Alberton City is the Alberton Boulevard, a pedestrian zone that cuts through the heart of town. Voortrekker Road, Alberton.

Phone 011-866-3700
 

Boksburg Lake

Boksburg Lake

A large lake surrounded by landscaped gardens and terraces. Visitors can join in an array of water sports and activities including picnicking, hiking or waterskiing.
 

Dolls Heaven

Dolls Heaven

Collector Hanna Murray has amassed over 7,500 dolls as part of her remarkable collection of toys and household items. The oldest dolls date back to 1892. Other fascinating collections here include teddy bears and over 2,000 tins.

Phone 083-297-1787 or 011-902-5489
 

East Rand Mall

East Rand Mall

One of Gauteng's mega malls with over 180 stores, restaurants, a cinema complex and entertainment and food mall. You'll find everything you need here.

Address:

Corner North Rand Road and Bentel Avenue

Boksburg North, Johannesburg
 

Heidelberg Transport Museum

Heidelberg Transport Museum

Track the history of road transport in this 1895 station building and goods shed. Established in 1975, it is regarded as one of the best small country museums in South Africa. Look out for the Class 16C steam locomotive – retired from 55 years of service to South African railways.

Address:

Voortrekker Street, Heidelberg

Phone 016 341 6303
 

Klipkerk Heidelberg

Klipkerk Heidelberg

A beautifully preserved sandstone church in Heidelberg near Johannesburg, the cornerstone of which was laid in 1890. The name means 'stone church'.
 

Meyersdal Nature Reserve

Meyersdal Nature Reserve

Known for its abundant birdlife, Meyersdal Nature Reserve is a noteworthy archaeological site with evidence of late Iron Age settlements on Meyersdal Koppie.
 

Pioneer's Park

Pioneer's Park

A popular picnic site built on top of a reclaimed mine dump. The central attraction here is a working Dutch windmill.

Location:

Corner 12th Street and 5th Avenue

Springs, Johannesburg

Rietvlei Zoo Farm and Lifestyle Centre

Rietvlei Zoo Farm and Lifestyle Centre

A haven for kids and adults alike, Rietvlei Farm offers a range of activities from single track mountain biking to tractor cart rides. A feast of fresh produce can be bought at their farmer's market on the first Saturday of each month.

Swartkoppies Road, Alberton.

Phone 011-867-0143

Rondebult Bird Sanctuary

Rondebult Bird Sanctuary

A 94 ha vlei (marshland) populated by around 190 bird species, including 60 breeding species and 30 migrants. Eight hides overlook the varied landscape of three wide pans, offering excellent viewing sites. Picnic and toilet facilities are available.

Address / location:

Germiston Lake, opposite R554/Forsdick Road junction

Germiston, Johannesburg
 

South African Airways Museum

South African Airways Museum

Situated at the Rand Airport with a static aircraft display of several Boeings, a Lockheed Lodestar and de Havilland Dove amongst others. Historic aviation artefacts are also showcased in the museum's display hall.

 

Address / location:

Transvaal Aviation Club building

Off Dakota Crescent

Rand Airport

Germiston, Johannesburg

 

E-mail:

info@saamuseum.co.za.

 

Telephone:

083-442-3771
 

Springs Art Gallery

Springs Art Gallery

Exhibiting Ekurhuleni's permanent collection of South African 20th century art. Over 100 painting and sculptures can be viewed.

Location:

Corner 5th Street and 6th Avenue

Springs, Johannesburg

Springs Civic Theatre

Springs Civic Theatre

One of the only live performing arts venues outside of Johannesburg metro. Three theatres cover a range of productions from drama to dance.

Location:

Corner 2nd Avenue and 7th Street

Springs, Johannesburg

Telephone number:

011 360 2290

Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve

Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve

The best way to explore this beautiful nature reserve is by foot, with a 66 kilometre network of hiking trails that traverse the park. Named after the Highveld Suikerbos (or Protea Caffra), Suikerbosrand is populated by a range of mammals and abundant birdlife.

Good facilities, including a Visitor's Centre, picnic and barbeque sites and a meditation hut set in a remote part of the park.

Phone 011-904-3930/3/7 or 071-602-7581
 

Wild Waters

Wild Waters

Wild Waters is a family water park with a 500 metre super tube, wave pool, kamikaze ride and more. This is also the venue for the even wilder H20 outdoor day parties held twice a year for over eighteens.

Address:

1 Margaret Lane

Bardene, Boksburg

Johannesburg
 

Bedford Centre

Bedford Centre

After massive restructuring and a rejuvenating face-lift, Bedford Centre has been transformed into an uber-stylish retail, office and residential zone. Browse the upmarket boutiques, enjoy a meal at one of the restaurants on the Piazza, or watch a movie.

Address: Bedford Centre

Corner Smith and Van de Linde Roads

Bedfordview

Johannesburg

Telephone number:

Phone 011 622 1840
 

Bruma Lake Flea Market

Bruma Lake Flea Market

The kind of flea market you can lose yourself in, with over 620 traders peddling anything and everything from second-hand clothing to West African wooden carvings. Head for the arena where you can enjoy a variety of entertainment by local dance groups and musicians.

Address: Bruma Lake Flea Market

Corner Ernest Oppenheimer and Marcia Avenues

Bruma, Johannesburg
 

Eastgate Shopping Centre

Eastgate Shopping Centre

A mecca for shopaholics, Eastgate is a supersized mall filled with chain stores, upmarket local speciality shops and international brand boutiques. A recent addition is their rooftop piazza featuring both fine dining and fast food restaurants.

Address: Eastgate Shopping Centre

Corner Nicol and Bradford Roads

Bedfordview, Johannesburg

Telephone number:

Phone 011-479-6000
 

Gillooly's Farm

Gillooly's Farm

For fresh air and open space, a visit to this 44-hectare bird lover's paradise in the middle of Johannesburg's suburbia is a must. There are barbeque facilities around a duck-studded lake, walking trails and a restaurant.

Address: Gillooly's Farm

Boeing Road West

Bedfordview, Johannesburg

Telephone number:

Phone 011 453 8066


 
 

Benoni Museum

Benoni Museum

Explore exhibitions on gold mining history, the life and times of Oliver Tambo and a history of the Benoni regiment. The museum houses several fascinating collections of South African art and African woodcraft, pottery and beadwork as well as a rare traditional musical instrument collection.

Address:

Corner Elston Avenue and Rothsay Street

Benoni

Johannesburg
 
 

Bunny Park

Bunny Park

Home to over 600 rabbits and an array of other farm animals. A visit to this farmyard is essential if you have small children, or if you're nourishing your inner child. Take a ride on a camel or pony, join in one of the craft activities or bring a bunch of carrots to feed the bunnies.

Address:

Pretoria Road

Rynfield, Benoni

Johannesburg
 

Lakeside Shopping Mall

Lakeside Shopping Mall

Lakeside Mall sits on the southern banks of Civic Lake. Over 130 shops are spread over several sections, each treated to a distinct style and atmosphere - including a 160 metre long Mississippi steamboat section resting on the water's edge.

Address:

Tom Jones Street

Benoni, Johannesburg
 

Bryanston Organic and Natural Market

Bryanston Organic and Natural Market

Held every Thursday and Saturday from 9am to 3pm, this wonderful outdoor market has been running for over thirty years. Stalls showcase an original variety of handcrafted goods from natural fibre clothing to silver and semi-precious stone jewellery.

Address:

Culross Road (off Main Road)

Bryanston, Johannesburg

Telephone number:

Phone 011-463-3752


 

Bryanston Shopping Centre

Bryanston Shopping Centre

This upmarket shopping centre has been serving the community of Bryanston since the late 1960's. There's a lovely central courtyard for enjoying slow cappuccinos and resting tired feet.

Address:

Corner William Nicol and Ballyclare

Bryanston, Johannesburg
 

Design Quarter

Design Quarter

A stylish hub of decor and design retailers with a host of top restaurants to boot. Showrooms and shops will inspire creativity and the outdoor café spaces should satisfy your culinary cravings.

Address:

Corner William Nicol Drive and Leslie Avenue

Fourways, Johannesburg

Fourways Mall

Fourways Mall

Set in the heart of Fourways, this mall offers refined retail therapy to its prestigious surrounding neighbourhoods. Apart from the expected spread of chain and boutique retailers, Fourways Mall also houses a cinema complex and miniature golf course.

Address:

Corner Witkoppen Road and William Nicol Drive

Fourways, Johannesburg

Lion Park

Lion Park

A chance to get up close and personal with lions and other wild animals. Activities offered include lion cub cuddling (irresistible), guided game drives through the large lion and hyena camps and giraffe feeding. Located between Fourways and Lanseria Airport.

Address:

Corner Malibongwe & R114, Lanseria

Phone 011-691-9905

Montecasino

Montecasino

A premier gaming destination with its own nightclub, comedy club, bird gardens and cinema complex. The Italian-styled piazza features al fresco dining and a musical fountain. The Teatro has been specifically designed to stage large musicals.

Address:

Montecasino Boulevard (corner William Nicol and Witkoppen Roads)

Fourways, Johannesburg

Brenthurst Gardens

Brenthurst Gardens

Tranquil, magnificent gardens speckled with sculptures, birds and butterflies. Currently under the custodianship of Strilli Oppenheimer, who introduced biodynamic gardening here in 2001. Not to be missed.

Address:

Gordon Hill, Houghton, Johannesburg

Phone: 011 646 4122
 

Munro Drive and Lookout Point

Munro Drive and Lookout Point

Any road that has been declared a national monument is well worth travelling. Unparalleled views of The Wilds and Johannesburg north. On clear days the Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria can be seen.
 

The Wilds

The Wilds

Established in 1937, this 18 ha 'secret garden' is planted exclusively with indigenous flora such as cycad, yellowwood, protea and watsonia. Houghton drive bisects the park, with pedestrian bridges connecting the two sections. Visitors are advised to walk in groups of five or more.

Address:

Houghton Drive, Houghton, Johannesburg

Telephone number:

011 643 2313 or 082 554 9972

Absa Money Museum

Absa Money Museum

The only museum of its kind in the country, housing an impressive collection of South African money from the earliest application centuries ago to modern bank notes.

Address:

187 Fox Street, Johannesburg, Gauteng

Telephone Number:

011 350 4684

Arts on Main

Arts on Main

A converted industrial warehouse that houses a cluster of design studios and art galleries, including the Goodman Gallery and Seippel Gallery.

Address:

Corner Berea and Fox Streets

Johannesburg Central

Gauteng

Constitution Hill

Constitution Hill

Site of South Africa's constitutional court, and a national heritage site packed with historical and cultural 'must sees'. Take a tour and explore the Old Fort prison complex, the Mandela Cell, the Women's Jail and more.

Address:

Parking off Sam Hancock Street

Braamfontein, Johannesburg

Telephone Number:

011 381 3100

Johannesburg Art Gallery

Johannesburg Art Gallery

Over 9,000 artworks are spread across several important collections such as the Contemporary South African collection, traditional art and artefacts and a historical collection that includes 17th century Dutch and Flemish paintings and more. A veritable feast.

Address:

Joubert Park Gardens

King George Street

Joubert Park, Johannesburg

Telephone number:

011 725 3130

Johannesburg Planetarium

Johannesburg Planetarium

Opened in 1960, this was Africa's first full-sized planetarium. Regular shows exploring the night sky and other topics aimed at a range of visitor ages are held Monday to Saturday.

Address:

University of the Witwatersrand

Corner of Yale Road and Enoch Sontonga Avenue

Braamfontein, Johannesburg

Telephone number:

011 717 1392

Kwa Mai Mai Market

Kwa Mai Mai Market

For  truly exotic African experience, visit this traditional muti (medicine) market. Browse the unusual, sometimes unsettling, ethnic elixirs and grab a shisa nyama (braai) meal on the go.

Address:

Corner Anderson and Berea Streets

Jeppestown, Johannesburg

Madiba Freedom Museum

Madiba Freedom Museum

A well-designed exhibition of memorabilia and historical information leading up to South Africa's first democratic elections are displayed at the Madiba Freedom Museum in Johannesburg.

Address / location:

Inside the Erikson Diamond Centre

20 Monument Road

Kempton Park, Johannesburg

Telephone number:

011 394 2477/8

Market Theatre

Market Theatre

Founded in 1976, the Market Theatre became known by international communities as South Africa's "Theatre of Struggle". Today it provides a platform for emerging talent. Three theatre venues on site as well as the reincarnated Kippies building, internationally acclaimed jazz club turned cultural venue.

Location:

Corner Bree and Margaret Mcingana Streets

Newtown, Johannesburg

Telephone number:

011 832 1641

Mary Fitzgerald Square

Mary Fitzgerald Square

An old wagon site turned square named after South Africa's first female trade unionist. A beautiful artfully decorated square with a massive outdoor LED screen (the largest on the continent), wooden carvings and two sky disk installations that use fibre optic lighting to depict constellations.

Museum Africa

Museum Africa

Permanent exhibitions explore Africa's history including early man, the stone and iron ages and the story of Johannesburg since the discovery of gold. The Museum of South African Rock Art and The Bensusan Museum of Photography are also on the premises.

Location:

Old Market Building, 121 Bree Street

Newtown, Johannesburg

Telephone number:

011 833 5624

Nelson Mandela Bridge

Nelson Mandela Bridge

A stunning 284 metre long bridge connecting Constitution Hill precinct to Newton. The largest cable-stayed bridge in South Africa with two pedestrian sidewalks and a bicycle lane. Look out for artworks on the buildings running either side of the bridge.

Origins Centre

Origins Centre

A truly unique museum that explores the history of modern humans and our evolving culture. Exhibits include impressive rock art and fossil collections.

Address:

University of the Witwatersrand

Corner of Yale Road and Enoch Sontonga Avenue

Braamfontein, Johannesburg

Telephone number:

011 717 4700

SAB World of Beer

SAB World of Beer

Detailed tour of brewing history and South African Breweries – one of the largest breweries in the world. End off with two beers and a pub lunch in their Tap Room.

Location:

15 President Street, Newtown

Johannesburg

Telephone number:

011 836 4900

Sci-Bono Discovery Centre

Sci-Bono Discovery Centre

Set in the now defunct Electric Workshop, this is Africa's largest science centre that houses a stimulating array of edutainment and hands-on exhibits.

Location:

Corner Miriam Makeba and President Street

Newtown, Johannesburg

Telephone number:

011 639 8400

The Burning Truth Memorial

The Burning Truth Memorial

Designed by Usha Seejarin, this memorial commemorates Ghandi's passive resistance campaign, during which 3,000 people burnt their pass books in 1908. As a measure of segregation and control, the 1907 Pass Law Act required non-whites to carry pass books at all times or face arrest.

Address:

Opposite the Hamidia Mosque

2 Jennings Street

Fordsburg, Johannesburg

Thokoza Memorial Wall

Thokoza Memorial Wall

This memorial wall commemorates those who lost their lives in the years leading up to, and following, South Africa's first democratic elections in 1994. Photographer Ken Oosterbroek can be found amongst the victims inscribed on the wall. Khumalo Street, Thokoza.

Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden

Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden

Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden

The Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden in South Africa is set against the backdrop of the impressive Witpoortjie waterfall and covers 225ha of landscaped gardens, lawns and natural vegetation.

The natural vegetation of the area is known as the “Rocky Highveld Grassland” and consists of a mosaic of grassland and savanna, with dense bush in kloofs and along streams.

It is home to an abundance of wildlife with over 220 birds species e.g. Verreaux’s Eagles which nest on the cliffs alongside the waterfall. There are also a number of reptiles and small mammals e.g. small antelope and jackals. There are walkways, a geological trail, a bird hide overlooking Sasol Lake, and an interpretive centre.
 

Workers' Museum

Workers' Museum

Learn about the history of migrant labourers in Johannesburg between the early 1900's and the 1970s. Located in an old workers' compound, visual stories reflect the slave-like conditions endured by individuals.

Location:

Newtown Park, 52 Jeppe Street,

Newtown, Johannesburg

Telephone number:

083 417 0555 or 011 373 7506

Zoo Lake

Zoo Lake

One of the safer and more popular city parks in Johannesburg. A swathe of green lawns surrounds this man-made lake, which takes 1-2 hours to circumnavigate, depending on your route and walking pace. Hire a rowing boat and enjoy a picnic on the grass or head to Moyo for a family friendly meal.
 

OR Tambo Johannesburg International Airport

OR Tambo Johannesburg International Airport

The O.R. Tambo International Airport (ORTIA) in Johannesburg, South Africa, is the air transport hub of Southern Africa. This busy international airport caters for more than 17 million passengers each year. With more than 18,000 people employed by various companies at O.R. Tambo International Airport (ORTIA), the airport plays a vital role in Johannesburg's and the Gauteng province's economy. This airport features an impressive infrastructure that has expanded by thousands of square metres from its modest origins.

The OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, formerly known as the Johannesburg International Airport, is the busiest airport on the African continent. The city of Johannesburg in South Africa is a city of astonishing contrasts, a huge metropolis. This bustling African city is the intriguing, dynamic heart of colorful and lively South Africa. Local South Africans also refer to Johannesburg as "Jo'burg", "Jozi", "eGoli" or "the city of gold". Johannesburg with its surrounding areas is by far the largest city in South Africa. It is fast growing with wealth, a bustling economy, energy and a very comfortable climate.

For local and international travelers who are in transit and spend a night in Johannesburg within close distance to the Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport, Gauteng South Africa, can enjoy the convenience and comfort of several Johannesburg airport hotels. These hotels, which are situated in close proximity to the domestic and international terminals at the Johannesburg Airport, can easily be reached either by taxi or by hotel shuttle of which some are complimentary.

The Johannesburg Airport was founded in 1952 called "Jan Smuts Airport", two years after his death, near the town of Kempton Park on the East Rand in Johannesburg. It displaced the "Palmietfontein International Airport", which had handled European flights since 1945. In the same year of its inception, it had the honourable distinction of ushering in the jet age, when the first commercial flight of a De Havilland Comet took off from London Heathrow Airport bound for Johannesburg.

The OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, Gauteng, was used as a test airport for the Concorde during the 1970s, to determine how the aircraft would perform while taking off and landing at high altitude. During the 1980s many countries stopped trading with South Africa because of the United Nation sanctions imposed against South Africa in the struggle against apartheid, and so many airlines had to stop flying to the Johannesburg Airport in these days. These sanctions resulted in South African Airways being refused rights to fly over most African countries, and in addition to this the risk of flying over some African countries was emphasised by the shooting down of a passenger aircraft over Rhodesia, forcing them to fly
around Africa. This required specially-modified aircraft like the Boeing 747-SP. Following the ending of apartheid, the airport's name, and that of other international airports in South Africa, were changed to politically-neutral names and these restrictions were discontinued.

The OR Tambo International Airport overtook Cairo International Airport in 1996 as the busiest airport in Africa, and is the second-busiest airport in the Africa-Middle East region after Dubai International Airport. By March 2006, the Johannesburg Airport had already handled 16.1 million passengers, which is an 11% increase over the same period in 2005. There are expected to be over 21 million passengers per year by 2010. The airport is one of the 100 busiest in the world.

The OR Tambo International Airport in South Africa is regarded as a hot and high airport. Situated almost 1700 metres (5,500 feet) above mean sea level, the air is thin. This has implications for the performance of aircraft at altitude. For example, a flight from Johannesburg to Washington DC, USA, operated with an Airbus A340-600-600, must stop in Dakar at the Dakar International Airport for refuelling, since the aircraft is not able to make the run on one fuel fill. This is because of decreased performance on take-off from the airport, where an aircraft cannot take off fully laden with fuel, cargo, and passengers, and must use a longer stretch of runway to reach take-off velocity. By contrast, the return leg of the flight from Washington to Johannesburg is a non-stop 14-hour flight, with better performance of the aircraft at Washington Dulles International Airport in
Washington where the city is at sea level. The Washington-Johannesburg flight was the second-longest commercial flight in the world in 2006.

There are two parallel runways at the Johannesburg Airport, which run north-south, and a disused cross runway. The western runway, 03L/21R, is over 4400m (14,000 ft) in length, making it one of the world's longest international airport runways. This is due to the aforementioned rarefied atmosphere problem - fully laden aircraft require a far greater length of runway to achieve take-off velocity at this altitude than they would normally.

The Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) reports that major new development had taken place at the airport, in preparation for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa. The development included the expansion of the international terminal, with the new international pier which is now able to house the new Airbus A 380 while also increasing capacity at the same time. A new Central Terminal building has also been added. An additional multi-storey parkade is now available opposite the Central Terminal Building, plus Terminal A has been upgarded and the associated roadways realligned to accommodate more International Departures space.

Upgraded terminal at the Johannesburg Airport & Conference Centre

The user-friendly terminal was designed to encourage easy and natural movement of passengers, as well as to cater for the needs of disabled people, with lifts placed in the centre of the terminal for easy wheelchair access. Pick-up and drop-off facilities directly outside the terminal at the Johannesburg Airport, Gauteng South Africa, ensure easy access for arriving
and departing passengers. The R450-million terminal development was accompanied by a R400-million upgrade of adjacent aprons and the road network feeding the airport.

Transport and parking at the OR Tambo Johannesburg International Airport, South Africa

From OR International, one can take a domestic flight to another South African city or, if one is staying in Johannesburg - the airport is about 24 kilometers from the Johannesburg city centre - this is a short drive by hotel shuttle, hired car or taxi to the travelers destination. The Johannesburg Airport provides numerous parking facilities at the airport: the airport's multi-storey parkade boasts over 5 000 parking bays. Access to the Johannesburg Airport precinct has been simplified dramatically, with all passenger drop-offs taking place on an upper roadway and all pick-ups on a lower roadway.

Shuttle and golf cart services are available to ferry passengers between parking areas and terminals. Porter services are on stand-by to help with heavy luggage, while banking services, automatic teller machines (ATMs), forex dealers, as well as a choice of car rental services can be found dotted throughout the terminal buildings.

Airports Company South Africa (ACSA)

The Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) operates this country's ten principal airports, including O.R. Tambo International Airport (ORTIA) in Johannesburg as well as Cape Town and Durban International Airports.ACSA is the largest airports authority in Africa. Together, our airports handle more than 200,000 aircraft landings and 23 million arriving and departing passengers annually.

Oliver Reginald Tambo

In October 2006 the South Africa's flagship airport was renamed as a tribute to one of the new South Africa's most important founding fathers. Oliver Reginald Tambo, fondly known as O.R. by his peers, is renowned in South Africa and abroad for his significant contribution to the liberation of South Africa. He was president of the African National Congress (ANC) for 30 years and spent much of this time in exile, mobilising international support for the ANC and opposition to the apartheid movement.

Tambo has been described as the glue that held the anti-apartheid movement together during its toughest struggles. He was a relentless lobbyist for South Africa's freedom. His efforts helped create awareness of the plight of black South Africans, which eventually led to widespread international embargoes. On 24 April 1993, Oliver Tambo died from a stroke, having fought for the freedom of his people for the best part of his life.

For more detailed information about the OR Tambo Johannesburg International Airport, including passenger services, flight information, weather, maps and business opportunities, visit the Airports Company South Africa Website at www.acsa.co.za

Johannesburg Airport Hotels, South Africa

African Rock Hotel- four stars


The African Rock Hotel is a luxury boutique hotel located a mere 15-minute drive from the OR Tambo Johannesburg International Airport in Gauteng, South Africa.

Airport Sun Intercontinental Hotel - five star

South Africa's only deluxe hotel at an airport, the InterContinental Airport Sun is situated within walking distance from the terminals at Johannesburg International Airport.

The Airport Grand Hotel - four star

The Airport Grand Hotel & Conference Centre is conveniently situated a five minute drive away from the Johannesburg International Airport.

Birchwood Hotel - four stars

The four star Birchwood Hotel & O R Tambo Conference Centre is located on thirty acres of landscaped garden, in the heart of the East Rand in Johannesburg, South Africa.

City Lodge Airport Johannesburg - three stars

The City Lodge Johannesburg Airport Hotel is conveniently situated on Sandvale Road, Edenvale, which is in close proximity to the R24 airport freeway in Johannesburg, South Africa.

City Lodge OR Tambo Airport- three stars

The City Lodge OR Tambo Airport Hotel provides guests with comfortable and tastefully decorated rooms, which suit the needs of leisure and business travellers.  This hotel is located right at the parkade of the airport.

Don Johannesburg International Airport - three stars

The Don Johannesburg International Airport Hotel is situated within only a 5 minutes drive from the OR Tambo International Airport in Gauteng, South Africa.

D'Oreale Grande Emperors Palace- five stars

Situated within the impressive Emperors Palace complex in Johannesburg, the D'Oreale Grande Hotel offers a unique experience to the discerning traveller.

Garden Court Eastgate - three stars

The Garden Court Eastgate hotel is an ideal hotel for business and leisure travellers alike due to its central location directly opposite the Eastgate Shopping Mall, with easy access to major highways.

Garden Court OR Tambo - three stars

The Garden Court O.R. Tambo International Airport hotel is located 2.6 km away from the OR Tambo Johannesburg International Airport in Gauteng, South Africa.

Life Hotels Airport Johannesburg International - four stars

The Life Hotels Airport Johannesburg International is situated less than 5 minutes (3 kilometres) from the OR Tambo Johannesburg International Airport in Kempton Park, South Africa.

Protea Hotel OR Tambo - four stars

The 4 star Protea Hotel OR Tambo is located in close proximity to the O.R. Tambo International Airport / Johannesburg International Airport in South Africa's Gauteng Province. This Airport Hotel is situated in Kempton Park within the Comair office park over the highway from the OR Tambo International Airport.

Metcourt Emperors Palace- three stars

Located in the luxurious Emperors Hotel, Casino and Resort, the Metcourt Hotel provides its travellers with an exciting and unforgettable stay.

Metcourt Suites Emperors Palace- three stars

The Metcourt Suites Hotel at Emperors Palace is a modern and spacious hotel designed specifically for international and convention guests.

Southern Sun OR Tambo Hotel - four stars

The Southern Sun OR Tambo International Airport Hotel is a mere 500 metres from South Africa's busiest airport, Johannesburg International Airport, and is the hub for the business traveller, offering a range of services and facilities.

Town Lodge Airport Johannesburg - three stars


The Town Lodge Airport Johannesburg is located alongside the R24 airport freeway in Johannesburg, Gauteng South Africa.

 

AECI Dynamite Factory Museum

AECI Dynamite Factory Museum

Situated in a restored Victorian homestead that belonged to the first manager of the Modderfontein explosives factory, Austrian born Dr Franz Hoenig in 1895.

Address:

2 Main Street

Modderfontein, Johannesburg

Telephone number:

011 606 3206
 

Bell Tower Church

Bell Tower Church

A Kempton Park landmark, built in 1953. Now operates as a theatre.

Location:

Monument Road

Kempton Park, Johannesburg

Emperors Palace

Emperors Palace

A destination in its own right, Emperors Palace houses an opulent casino, health and beauty spa, theatre, showbar and fine dining restaurants and more.

Address:

Emperors Palace

64 Jones Road

Kempton Park, Johannesburg

Telephone number:

011-928-1000

Erikson Diamond Centre

Erikson Diamond Centre

Watch diamonds being cut and learn about diamond grading at this gold and diamond wholesaler. Museum and coffee shop on site.

Address:

20 Monument Road

Kempton Park, Johannesburg

Telephone number:

011 394 2477/8

Festival Mall

Festival Mall

Relatively new shopping centre with over 150 stores as well as an ice rink and a skate park.

Address:

Corner of Swart Drive and Kelvin Street

Kempton Park

Johannesburg

Melrose Arch

Melrose Arch

An exclusive 'suburb' in its own right complete with universal wireless internet, artful open spaces and stunning architecture. This multi-use development combines office and residential suites with a fine selection of retail outlets and top restaurants that open out onto perfectly laid pavements dotted with manicured trees.

Location:

Entrance off Corlett Drive

Melrose, Johannesburg

Morningside Shopping Centre

Morningside Shopping Centre

A low slung, elegant centre with a sophisticated selection of retailers. A Farmers Market selling an array of fresh produce is held here every Friday.

Address:

Corner Rivonia and Outspan Road

Morningside, Johannesburg

Apartheid Museum

Apartheid Museum

A moving, experiential journey into the history of Apartheid, a ruthless state-sanctioned policy that stripped over 20 million people of their basic human right to freedom. Critically acclaimed design and content.

Location:

Corner Northern Parkway and Gold Reef Road, Ormonde

Johannesburg

Telephone number:

011 309 4700

Gold Reef City

Gold Reef City

Step back into turn-of-the-century Johannesburg when the gold rush was in full force. Venture underground to explore mine shafts and traditional mining techniques, then sip a pint in the world's deepest pub. Casino, 4D theatre and thrilling rides on site. Ormonde, 5km south of the city centre.

Telephone number:

011 248 6800

James Hall Museum of Transport

James Hall Museum of Transport

Just to the south of the city centre, on the Rosettenville Road, lies the James Hall Museum of Transport. It houses what is regarded as the most extensive collection of land transport exhibits in South Africa. The museum follows South Africa's political and social timeline, tracking the country's changing modes of transport.

Address:

Pioneers' Park

Rosettenville Road

La Rochelle, Johannesburg

Telephone number:

011 435 9718

Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve

Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve

Known as Johannesburg's Jewel of the South, Klipriviersberg is 680ha of breathtaking grassland and bushveld richly populated with animal and birdlife. Several graded hiking trails traverse the park. Situated west of Alberton, in the suburb of Mondeor.
 

Brightwater Commons

Brightwater Commons

The redesigned, re-imagined Randburg Waterfront with over 60 stores and a market in a park-like setting with lovely green commons and small streams. Children will love the musical fountains and the Boogaloos Skatepark.

Address:

Entrance on Republic Road

Randburg, Johannesburg

Cresta Shopping Centre

Cresta Shopping Centre

The Cresta Shopping centre is a sprawling mall over three levels with a plethora of upmarket boutiques and restaurants that one can expect from a retail 'grand dame' that has been in operation since 1976. Entertainment includes tenpin bowling and a Barnyard Theatre restaurant.

Address:

Corner Beyers Naude Drive and Weltevreden Road

Cresta, Randburg, Johannesburg

Ngwenya Glass Village

Ngwenya Glass Village

The famous hand-blown recycled glassware of Ngwenya has a roosting spot just near Muldersdrift. Watch glass blowers in action and browse a handful of other art and craft boutiques. Gilroy's microbrewery is also situated here – a tour and tasting at their brewery should be rounded off with Gilroy's pub lunch.

Location:

Shady Lane, off Diepsloot R114, Muldersdrift

Website address:

http://www.shadesofngwenya.co.za

Liliesleaf Farm

Liliesleaf Farm

Prominent political activists gathered here to discuss strategy and policy during the Struggle years. A police raid led to several convictions at the subsequent Rivonia Treason Trial in 1964. A Resource Centre and Liberation Centre with permanent and temporary exhibits on site.

Address:

7 George Avenue, Rivonia

Johannesburg

Telephone number:

011 803 7882

Rivonia Boulevard

Rivonia Boulevard

Well-entrenched business hub and shopping strip lined with restaurants, clubs, banks and shopping centres including Rivonia Junction, Rivonia Square and Rivonia Village.

Krugersdorp

Krugersdorp

At the industrial heart of Mogale City lies the historic town of Krugersdorp. Brush up on your history at the Mogale City Museum, located in the Old Magistrate's Court dating back to 1890, and then venture out to explore the rest of town. Sites of interest include the Paardekraal Monument and a statue of Tswanan chief, Kgosi Mogale.

Further afield one can visit the Krugersdorp Game Reserve.

Rosebank African Market

Rosebank African Market

A veritable feast of arts and crafts spanning the African continent from Cameroon woodwork to Swaziland weaving. Open seven days a week.

Address:

Corner of Cradock Avenue and Baker Street, Rosebank.

Telephone Number:

011 880 2906

Rosebank Art Strip

Rosebank Art Strip

A trendy gallery lined road that runs into neighbouring Parkwood. You'll find top South African galleries here such as The Goodman Gallery, David Krut and Kim Sacks Gallery.

Address:

Jan Smuts Avenue, Rosebank

Johannesburg

Rosebank Rooftop Market

Rosebank Rooftop Market

A craft market with over 600 stalls selling  a plethora of quality arts and crafts. The deli section is particularly enticing. Open Sundays and public holidays.

Address:

Upper Level Rosebank Mall

Corner of Cradock Avenue and Baker Street

Rosebank, Johannesburg

Telephone Number:

011 442 4488

The Mall of Rosebank

The Mall of Rosebank

A three-storey exclusive shopping mall featuring a variety of fashion boutiques, Cinema Nouveau, a collection of upmarket restaurants, the Rosebank African Market and Sunday's Rooftop Market.

Address:

Between Bath and Cradock Avenues

Rosebank, Johannesburg

Telephone Number:

011-788-5530

Nelson Mandela Square

Nelson Mandela Square

Adjacent to Sandton City Shopping Centre and linked by a skywalk to the Sandton Convention Centre. Art galleries, restaurants, shops and a theatre spill out onto the square where a six metre bronze statue of Nelson Mandela stands.

Location:

Parking off Rivonia Road or 5th Street

Central Business District, Sandton

Telephone number:

011-217-6000
 

Sandton City

Sandton City

A prestigious retail destination where you can rub shopping bags with local and international patrons, clothed in Afro-cosmopolitan chic-ness.

Location:

Parking off Rivonia Road or 5th Street

Central Business District, Sandton

Johannesburg

Telephone number:

011 217 6000

Sandton Convention Centre

Sandton Convention Centre

A 12-storey architectural delight in the heart of Sandton's Central Business District. The public levels display an impressive collection of Southern African art and craftwork.

Location:

Maude Street Sandown, Johannesburg

Telephone number:

011 779 0000

Village Walk Shopping Centre

Village Walk Shopping Centre

On the border of Sandton and Morningside, with a colourful but stylish Italian-inspired design. There's a good selection of upmarket shops, an African Cultural Market for curios and The Blues Room, which hosts regular live music and comedy events.

Address:

Corner Maude & Rivonia Roads

Sandown, Johannesburg

Credo Mutwa Cultural Village

Credo Mutwa Cultural Village

Created and curated by traditional healer/author Credo Mutwa since 1974. Explores the role of traditional culture in an urban environment using sculptures, traditional African dwellings and an outdoor museum of African art and culture.

Location:

Ntsane and Majoeng Streets, Central Western Jabavu

Soweto, Johannesburg

Telephone number:

011 930 1813

Diepkloof Farm Museum

Diepkloof Farm Museum

Located in the Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve, 20 kilometres on the Nigel Road. Set in a restored 1850 farmhouse on one of the oldest farms in Gauteng.

Phone 011 904 3964
 

Freedom Square in Kliptown

Freedom Square in Kliptown

In the heart of Kliptown, incorporating a number of retail outlets, the Open Air Museum, the Freedom Charter Monument and a tourist centre with plenty of information on the area.

Location:

Corner Union Avenue and Main Road, Kliptown

Soweto, Johannesburg

Telephone number:

011 945 2200

Hector Pieterson Museum

Hector Pieterson Museum

Adjacent to the Hector Pieterson Memorial – a tribute to the first victim of the Soweto student uprising on 16 June 1976. The museum is a chronological exploration of the tragic day, leading visitors through different spaces connected by ramps.

Location:

8288 Khumalo Street, Orlando West

Soweto, Johannesburg

Telephone number:

011 536 0611

Kliptown Open Air Museum

Kliptown Open Air Museum

A commemoration of the Freedom Charter, which was drafted in Kliptown in 1955, and the thousands of people who were involved in its creation.

Location:

Walter Sisulu Square, corner Union Avenue and Main Road, Kliptown, Soweto

Telephone number:

011 945 2200

Mandela House

Mandela House

Recently restored, this house was the home of Nelson Mandela from 1946 until the 1990's. Explore the life and times experienced by the Mandela family over these years through the various exhibitions and audio-visual material.

Location:

8115 Ngakane Street, corner Vilakazi Street, Orlando West, Soweto.

Telephone number:

011 936 7754

Oppenheimer Tower

Oppenheimer Tower

Constructed from the ruins of old Sophiatown, this tower is set in landscaped gardens housing several important statues, including those of Zulu warrior King Shaka and mining magnate Ernest Oppenheimer. Climb to the top for a lovely 360-degree view of Soweto.

Location:

Mphuti Street, Central Western Jabavu

Soweto, Johannesburg

Orlando Towers

Orlando Towers

A Soweto landmark, the iconic cooling towers have been transformed by 260 litres of paint into what is regarded as the largest example of outdoor art in Africa. Incredible views from the top and you can bungee off the top.

Location:

Corner of Dynamo Street and Old Potch Road, Orlando

Soweto, Johannesburg

Telephone number:

082 895 1250

Regina Mundi Church

Regina Mundi Church

Another Soweto landmark, this is the largest Catholic Church in South Africa. Built in 1962, the church was a refuge to fleeing students during the Soweto uprising. Take a tour to see the bullet holes from police fire and the famous Black Madonna.

Location:

1149 Khumalo Street, Rockville

Soweto, Johannesburg

Telephone number:

011 986 2546

Soweto

Soweto

Soweto  (SOuth WEstern TOwnships) 

Soweto is South Africa’s most famous black city and home to 3.5 million people. It comprises 32 townships and over 30 informal settlements. In 1904 118 black people were resettled from Fordsburg, after an outbreak of bubonic plague, to Klipspruit farm.

Guided tours visit shebeens and historic sites e.g. Hector Petersen Memorial and Museum, Mandela Museum, Avalon Cemetery and Kliptown.


 

Johannesburg Zoo

Johannesburg Zoo

A 54-hectare zoo that has been in operation since 1904. Take a day or night tour of over 2,070 animals, including lions, tigers, apes and elephants, or explore in your own time. 

Address:

Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkview, Johannesburg

Main entrance on Upper Park Drive

Telephone Number:

011-646-2000

South African National Museum of Military History

South African National Museum of Military History

A large museum that covers all aspects of South African military history and technology. A compelling display of permanent exhibits include the evolution of the soldier's uniform to a one man German submarine form the Second World War.

Address:

22 Erlswold Way

Saxonwold, Johannesburg

Telephone Number:

011 646 5513