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Johannesburg Holidays

Johannesburg holidays provide an experience just as diverse as the city itself. Whether you are in search of culture, retail therapy, an adrenaline rush or a place to simply unwind for a few days, Johannesburg has it all.

Johannesburg is a melting pot of cultural influences, a place of high energy, creativity and fashion. This city’s thriving art scene, buzzing restaurants, bars and shops are all situated just a short drive from some of the best Safari holiday spots in South Africa such as Pilanesberg, the Waterberg or Madikwe.

The beating heart of South Africa

Johannesburg is a sprawling metropolis that is worth exploring. Take a drive over the iconic Nelson Mandela Bridge and head to the busy district of Newtown, home to Africa’s jazz scene. Here, you can fully immerse yourself in art, fashion and photography at Museum Africa or book a guided tour at The South African Breweries, and sample the traditional African beer, Umqombothi.

A holiday in Johannesburg would not be complete without a tour of Soweto. Once a notorious shantytown, modern-day Soweto is a colourful district brimming with life. High five with the local school kids as you make your way through the streets and stop by Nelson Mandela’s house to learn the history of Soweto. For thrill-seekers, check out the bungee jump at Soweto towers.

For more of South Africa’s history, visit Pretoria, also known as ‘Jacaranda city’. Once you’ve seen all that Johannesburg holidays have to offer, connect with nature on an unforgettable safari experience in the Kruger National Park.

For a relaxing end to your holiday, consider travelling to Seychelles or Mauritius for a beach stay, completing the perfect multi-centre trip. Whatever your Johannesburg holiday aspirations, give us a call. Our Destination Specialists can create the perfect itinerary just for you.

Destination Highlights
  • Spend a day exploring around Johannesburg’s museums and learn about South Africa’s history.
  • Travel to the Sterkfontein Caves, part of the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site.
  • Visit Lesedi Cultural Village and experience the ethnic heart of Southern Africa.
  • Blend a city break with wildlife adventures on a safari for your chance to see the big five.

Time Zone

GMT +2

Flight Time

Approx. 11 hours; direct flights to Johannesburg are available from London Heathrow. Indirect flights are available with South African Airways, Emirates, Qatar and KLM via their hubs.

Currency

South African rand (ZAR)

Visa Information

British citizens do not need to obtain a visa for South Africa for stays of up to 90 days. Strict entrance policies apply for passengers traveling with children under the age of 18.

Language

English is widely spoken.

Health Information

Some special vaccines are required for travel to certain areas of South Africa.
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    Soweto

    Take an inspirational tour through vibrant Soweto, the district now synonymous with victory over oppression. Nelson Mandela lived here before he was sentenced to life imprisonment. You can also visit the former homes of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and Bishop Desmond Tutu, and the Walter Sisulu Square of Independence, where the ANC presented the Freedom Charter demanding equality for all. It is safer, and more interesting, to visit with a resident guide.

Johannesburg

Johannesburg is a year-round destination but the best time to go to Johannesburg is between May and August during the city’s winter as the chance of encountering rain or thunderstorms is low. This is a quieter time of year for tourists, making it easier to see more of this beautiful city.

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Average weather in January

Good travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Johannesburg
21ºC
128mm
Pretoria
24ºC
103mm

Average weather in February

Good travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Johannesburg
20ºC
144mm
Pretoria
23ºC
113mm

Average weather in March

Good travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Johannesburg
19ºC
102mm
Pretoria
22ºC
82mm

Average weather in April

Good travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Johannesburg
16ºC
40mm
Pretoria
19ºC
44mm

Average weather in May

Good travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Johannesburg
14ºC
25mm
Pretoria
16ºC
18mm

Average weather in June

Good travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Johannesburg
10ºC
10mm
Pretoria
12ºC
9mm

Average weather in July

Good travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Johannesburg
11ºC
4mm
Pretoria
13ºC
3mm

Average weather in August

Good travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Johannesburg
14ºC
14mm
Pretoria
16ºC
2mm

Average weather in September

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Johannesburg
16ºC
20mm
Pretoria
20ºC
20mm

Average weather in October

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Johannesburg
18ºC
78mm
Pretoria
22ºC
71mm

Average weather in November

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Johannesburg
19ºC
100mm
Pretoria
23ºC
108mm

Average weather in December

Good travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Johannesburg
20ºC
151mm
Pretoria
23ºC
108mm
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    Anneka

    Commercial Executive

    If travelling with children, a trip to Gold Reef City is not to be missed, with entertainment for all ages. For those looking for something a little more educational,  check out the gold mine tour and learn all about how Johannesburg was given the name ‘City of Gold’.”

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    Dave

    Senior Commercial Manager

    “44 Stanley is one of Johannesburg's best-kept shopping secrets as is Neighbourgoods market which takes place every Sunday in Braamfontein. Here, you can sample delicious African food and meander past a wide variety of stalls selling traditional African jewellery, pots, carvings and more.”

As the biggest city in South Africa, Johannesburg has a variety of events and festivals held throughout the year, offering something for people of all ages and interests. Here are our top picks.

  • The Rand Show

    South Africa's largest family event staged annually at the Johannesburg Expo Centre. This 10-day event in April has rides, shows, fashion, beauty, motor racing and more. A great family day out.

  • Whiskey and Spirits Live

    For whisky lovers, gin, vodka and rum connoisseurs this is the place to be. Sample South Africa’s finest at Sandton Convention Centre between October and November.

  • Colour Run

    A colourful charity event held in September where people of all ages can walk or run this 5k track whilst covering each other in bright neon paint.

Johannesburg provides an abundance of choice when it comes to cuisine, from local traditional dishes such as Pap and Bobotie to fine dining restaurants showcasing the best in modern delicacies.

  • Pap

    You’ll find Pap in many local style restaurants in Johannesburg. This is a traditional dish that is native to South Africans; made from softly grounded maize. Similar to porridge or polenta, this is usually served as a side dish and can be eaten savoury or sweet.

  • Bobotie

    A traditional meat-based oven bake made with a blend of dried fruits, spiced beef or lamb and an egg-based topping. Very similar to moussaka.

Types of Johannesburg holidays

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Johannesburg Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays

It takes approximately 11 hours with a direct flight from London Heathrow to O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, operated by British Airways. Indirect flights are available with South African Airways, Emirates, Qatar and KLM via their hubs.

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