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  • 1 Jul 2016. Stefanutti Stocks has won the contract to build the final stage of the Houghton Hotel, which will overlook a Jack Nicklaus signature golf course.

  • 29 June 2016. The Troyeville Hotel have reduced their electricity bill by purchasing a 7kW heat pump.

We recommend staying at the Rivonia Bed & Breakfast. It has a large garden with lots of birds, in which little cottages are spread about and where Luna, their dog, walks about. There's a shopping mall a few minutes drive away (yes, you have to hire a car to get round in Johannesburg). Families can ask for 2 adjoining rooms (joined by a single entrance).

There are a wide variety of hotels available in Johannesburg - from the ultra-cheap Road Lodges to the Intercontinental Sun at Johannesburg Airport. To compare prices of accommodation options use the price comparison engine.

Johannesburg, located in the upper southern regions of South Africa is a city known for its vibrancy, culture, intricacy and diversity, which in a sense sums up this stimulating area. Features to look out for are the various townships such as Soweto, which has been hailed as one of South Africa's top tourist locations. Be warned though, the local food cooked up within these areas could leave you groveling for more! Other distinctive features that this region has to offer are its rich history on which the land was built. Taking one of the relatively inexpensive tours of Johannesburg, tourists will be enthralled and in certain cases humbled by the intricate histories that this land holds. And as the day draws to a close and the sun recedes into the distance, tourists can lay themselves to rest in one of our top hotels situated in volumes all around Johannesburg. If however the hotels feel too impersonal, tourists can find comfort in house lodges within the area. One in particular is the flame-inn located in Fairlands, Johannesburg. Here guests are treated to courteous household interaction and meals prepared by a highly trained chef. Other features to improve the stay of guests is free wi-fi hotspots, multitudes of big screen televisions located throughout the households and a fully stocked bar to provide that deserving ice cold beverages after a long days travel.

Braamfontain

On the 26th March 2013, the first 'easyHotel by Lonrho' was opened in De Korte Street, with 7 floors and 60 hotel rooms. The easyHotel is a low-cost model. This is also Lonrho's first move into the South African market.

“easyHotel is all about simple comfort and great value, so I’m delighted to open our first African hotel in Johannesburg. The city has a wealth of attractions for leisure and business visitors and this new easyHotel will allow them to enjoy the best of Johannesburg, without the expense. I’m confident that easyHotel fans will soon be putting South Africa on their destinations wish list. I look forward to working closely with Lonrho as we bring quality, value-for-money services to Africa.” said the Chairperson of easyGroup, Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou. “This new project between Sir Stelios and Lonrho starts the roll-out of easyHotels.com by Lonrho throughout Africa. This will be the first of many hotels specifically designed to provide an international standard hotel room at a budget price. The opening of our first hotel venture with easyGroup at the heart of Johannesburg CBD, demonstrates Lonrho Hotels’ corporate objective of operating hotels in Africa’s high demand, high growth destinations.” said the Chief Executive of Lonrho, Geoffrey White.

easyHotel Johannesburg CBD

90 De Korte Street,
Braamfontein,
Gauteng
South Africa

Tel: 011 242 8600?

Orion Devonshire Hotel


49 JorissenStreet,
Corner Melle Street,
Braamfontein,
Gauteng
South Africa

gmdev@orion-hotels.co.za

www.oriongroup.co.za

Tel: 011 339 5611

 

Protea hotel Parktonian


120 De Korte Street Braamfontein,
Gauteng
South Africa

reservations@parktonian.co.za

www.proteahotels.com

Tel: 011 403 5740

Fax : 011 403 2401

 

Alberton

Le Cozmo Bed & Breakfast
Guest House

01 Hart Avenue
Meyersdal
Alberton
Johannesburg
Gauteng
South Africa

bookings@lecozmo.co.za

www.lecozmo.co.za

Tel: 011-867-2987
Cell: 082-412-0356
Skype: lecozmo

Fax: 086-619-9518

Maboneng

12 Decades Art Hotel

286 Fox Street
Citu And Suburban
Johannesburg
Gauteng
South Africa

12decades@gmail.com

Tel: 087-830-0420

Cell: 076-837-5839

Kempton Park

African Rose Guest House

Kempton Park, 1619
Johannesburg
Gauteng
South Africa

phoenixrose2009@yahoo.com

Tel: 079-037-9688

Marachelle Country Estate

185 High Rd
Bredell
Kempton Park, 1619
Johannesburg
Gauteng
South Africa

9 km from Joburg Airport

mocall@mweb.co.za
Country Estate with 18 en-suiterooms available including honeymoon suite.

Wedding chapel, conference facilities. Kiddies parties and all other functions.

Tel: 011-396-1206

Cell: 082-9204740

Fax: 086-685-5087

African Moon Guest House

63 Rietfontein Road
Glen Marais
Kempton Park, 1619
Johannesburg
Gauteng
South Africa

info@africanmoon.co.za

www.africanmoon.co.za

Tel: 011-391-8776

Fax: 086 5141 282

Africa Sky Guest House

182 Outeniqua Ave
Pomona
Kempton Park, 1619
Johannesburg
Gauteng
South Africa

www.africasky.co.za

Tel: 082 319 4081

Fax :086 689 5765

Airport Inn Bed & Breakfast

19 Halifax Street,
Rhodesfield,
Kempton Park, 1619
Johannesburg
Gauteng
South Africa

www.airport-inn.co.za

Tel: 011 394 1148

Fax :011 975 1822

D'oreale Grande At Emperors Palace

64 Jones Street,
Jet Park, Kempton Park,
Johannesburg
Gauteng
South Africa

info@ep.doreale.com

www.doreale.com

Tel: 011 928 1770

Fax : 011 928 1741

The Metcourt Inn at Emperors Palace

64 Jones Street,
Jet Park, Kempton Park,
Johannesburg
Gauteng
South Africa

info@ep.metcourt.com

www.metcourt.com

Tel: 011 928 1310

Fax : 011 928 1253

Mondior Concord at Emperors Palace

64 Jones Street,
Jet Park, Kempton Park,
Johannesburg
Gauteng
South Africa

info@ep.mondior.com

www.mondior.com

Tel: 011 928 1000

Fax : 011 928 1741

Fourways hotels

The Palazzo Montecasino Hotel

Sunsquare Montecasino Hotel

Indaba Hotel

Bedfordview

Ah Ha Guest House

17A Talisman Ave Bedfordview,
Johannesburg
Gauteng
South Africa

ahhalux@global.co.za

www.ahhalux.co.za


Tel: 011 616 3702

Fax : 011 615 3012

 

Courtyard Eastgate Suite Hotel

Zulberg Close
off Ernest Oppenheimer Road
Bruma Lake, Bedfordview,
Johannesburg
Gauteng
South Africa

info@clhg.com

clhg.com


Tel: 011 622 8436

Fax : 011 622 9399

 

Mercure Bedfordview Hotel

33 Bradford Road,
Bedfordview,
Johannesburg
Gauteng
South Africa

H2919@accor.com

www.mercure.com


Tel: 011 622 1556

Fax : 011 622 8725

 

Westcliff,Melville,Milpark

A Room with a View Guest house

1 Tolip Street, Corner 4th Avenue
Melville
Johannesburg
Gauteng
South Africa

lise@aroomwithaview.co.za

www.aroomwithaview.co.za

Tel: 011 482 5435

Fax : 011 726 8589

Akuwaiseni Guest house

21 6th Ave,
Melville
Johannesburg
Gauteng
South Africa

info@akuwaiseni.co.za

akuwaiseni

Tel: 011 482 2368

Fax : 086 509 8338

Die Agterplaas Bed & Breakfast

66 6th Ave
Melville
Johannesburg
Gauteng
South Africa

agterplaas@icon.co.za

www.agterplaas.co.za

Tel: 011 726 8452

Fax : 086 616 8456

Garden Court Milpark hotel

Cnr Empire and Ow Streets
Auckland Park 2073
Johannesburg
Gauteng
South Africa

gcmilpark.
reservations@tsogosun.com

Tel: 011 726 5100

Fax :011 726 8615

Ginnegaap Guest House Hotel

54, 4th Ave, Melville,
Johannesburg
Gauteng
South Africa

stay@ginnegaap.co.za

https://www.ginnegaap.co.za

Tel: 011 482 3507

Fax :011 482 5235

Life On 3rd Hotel

28A
3rd Street cnr 8th Avenue
Melville
Johannesburg
Gauteng
South Africa

info@lifeon3rd.co.za

www.lifeon3rd.co.za

Tel: 011 482 5195

Cell : 083 711 1753

Mi Casa Su Casa Boutique Hotel

57 5th Ave Melville
Melville
Johannesburg
Gauteng
South Africa

reservation@micasasucasa.co.za

www.micasasucasa.co.za

Tel: 011 726 8693

Fax : 011 482 9166

The Melville House

59 4th Ave
Melville
Johannesburg
Gauteng
South Africa

happy@iafrica.com

www.themelvillehouse.com

Tel: 011 726 3503

Fax : 011 726 5990

The Westcliff Hotel

67 Jan Smuts Avenue,
Westcliff,
Johannesburg
Gauteng
South Africa

reservations@westcliff.co.za

Westcliff

Tel: 011 481 6000

 

Rosebank & Houghton

Courtyard Rosebank Suites Hotel

Cnr Oxford Road &
Tyrwhitt Avenue
Rosebank 2132,
Johannesburg
Gauteng
South Africa

info@clhg.com

clhg.com

Tel: 011 880 2989

Fax : 011 880 8425

Don Rosebank Hotel

10 Tyrwhitt Avenue
Rosebank 2132,
Johannesburg
Gauteng
South Africa

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Tel: 011 880 1666

Fax : 011 880 3366

54 on Bath, (previously known as The Grace Hotel)

54 Bath Avenue
Rosebank 2132,
Johannesburg
Gauteng
South Africa

 

 

Hyatt Regency Hotel

191 Oxford Road
Rosebank 2132,
Johannesburg
Gauteng
South Africa

johannesburg.regency@hyatt.com

johannesburg.regency.hyatt.com

Tel: 011 280 1234

Fax : 011 280 1238

Midrand

A Little Paradise Guest House

Tamboti Road
Midrand
Johannesburg, Gauteng,
South Africa

info@alittleparadise.co.za

www.alittleparadise.co.za

Tel: 082 443 0432

Fax : 086 654 9505

Aberfeldy Bed & Breakfast

101 Pitzer Road
Glen Austin AH
Midrand 1685
Johannesburg, Gauteng,
South Africa

info@aberfeldy-bnb.co.za

www.aberfeldy-bnb.co.za

Tel: 011 314 1821

Fax : 086 632 6556

Mercure Inn

Old Pretoria Road,
Halfway House
1685 Johannesburg, Gauteng,
South Africa

H2917@accor.com

www.mercure.com

Tel: 011 312 2020

Fax : 011 312 2055

Ogilvy's Postino Guest House

128 Tonnetti Str,
Halfway House
1685 Johannesburg, Gauteng,
South Africa


F info@ogilvys.co.za

 

Cell : 082 561 2408

 

Protea Hotel Midrand

14th Street,
Noordwyk Ext. 20
Halfway House
1685 Johannesburg, Gauteng,
South Africa

info@proteamidrand.co.za

www.proteahotels.com

Tel: 011 318 1868

Fax : 011 318 2429

Protea Hotel Samrand

Samrand
Sterling Street, Midrand
Johannesburg, Gauteng,
South Africa

reservations@phsamrand.co.za

www.proteahotels.com

Tel: 011 657 0110

Fax : 011 657 0133

Tintswalo at Waterfall

Maxwell Road
ord Sunninghill
Waterfall Park, Vorna Valley,
Johannesburg, Gauteng,
South Africa

res@tintswalo.com

www.tintswalo.com

Tel: 011 464 1070/1

Fax : 011 464 1315

Town Lodge Midrand

Montrose Road, off Bekker Road,
Waterfall Park, Vorna Valley,
Johannesburg, Gauteng,
South Africa

info@clhg.com

clhg.com

Tel: 011 315 6047

Fax : 011 311 6004

Boksburg

Birchwood Hotel

Grand Airport Hotel

East Rand ( Boksburg, Edenvale and Benoni)

Big5 Accommodation

89 2nd Ave
Edenvale
Johannesburg Gauteng
South Africa

www.big5accommodation.co.za

Tel: 011 609 6113

Fax : 011 609 6113

Africa Centre Airport Leisure Hotel

65 Sunny Road
Lakefield, Benoni
Johannesburg Gauteng
South Africa

afrcentr@global.co.za

www.africacentrelodge.co.za

Tel: 011 894 7887

Fax : 011 894 4857

City Lodge International airport Hotel

4 Sandvale Road, Edenvale,
Johannesburg 2000 Gauteng
South Africa

info@clhg.com

clhg.com

Tel: 011 392 1750

Fax : 011 392 2644

Garden Court O.R. Tambo Internationa Airport hotel

2 Hulley Road, Isando Ext. 3
Kempton Park 1619
Johannesburg Gauteng
South Africa

gcortambo.
reservations@tsogosun.com

Tel: 011 392 1062

Fax :011 974 8097

Golfers Lodge Hotel

6 Homestead Road
Eastleigh
Edenvale
Johannesburg Gauteng
South Africa

info@golferslodge.com

www.golferslodge.com

Tel: 011 609 6698

Fax :086 6166889

Intercontinental Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport

O R Tambo International Airport,
Johannesburg 2000 Gauteng
South Africa

reservations@icairport.com

Tel: 011 961 5400

Fax : 011 961 5401

Road Lodge Germiston Hotel

Corner Lake & Chapman roads, Denlee Ext 1, Germiston, 1401
Johannesburg 2000 Gauteng
South Africa

info@clhg.com

clhg.com

Tel: 011 827 1550

Fax : 011 827 2935

Road Lodge Isando

50 Shelton Road, Harmelia
Johannesburg 2000 Gauteng
South Africa

info@clhg.com

clhg.com

Tel: 011 392 7430

Fax: 011 392 7431

Town Lodge International Hotel

Herman Road,
Harmelia, Ext 2, Germiston
Johannesburg 2000 Gauteng
South Africa

info@clhg.com

clhg.com

Tel: 011 974 5202

Fax : 011 974 5490

Sandhurst accommodation

Garden Court Sandton Hotel

Sandton Sun Hotel

Saxon Boutique Hotel

Sandton hotels

African Lodge

Amakoekoe Guest House


Ashanti & Dogon Hotel suites

Castle Kyalami

City Lodge Bryanston

City Lodge Katherine Street

City Lodge Morningside

Courtyard Suites hotel

92 Culross Guest House

Don Sandton III Hotel

Don Sandton IV Hotel

Garden Court Sandton City

The Hilton Sandton hotel

Holiday Inn Sandton Hotel


Intercontinental Johannesburg Sandton Towers

Marion Lodge

The Michelangelo

The Michelangelo Towers

Westford Hotel

Radisson Blu

The Raphael Penthouse Suites

Road Lodge Rivonia

Southern Sun Grayston Hotel

Ten Bompas Hotel

Town Lodge Grayston

Muldersdrift

Avianto Country Hotel

Driefontein rd Muldersdrift 1747 Gauteng
South Africa

info@avianto.co.za

www.avianto.co.za

Tel: 011 668 3000

Fax : 011668 3060

Glenburn Lodge

Kromdraai Road, Swartkops,
Muldersdrift 1747 Gauteng
South Africa

reservations@glenburn.co.za

www.guvonhotels.co.za

Tel: 011 668 1600

Fax : 011 668 1620/1630

Misty Hills Country Hotel


69 Drift Boulevard Muldersdrift 1747 Gauteng
South Africa

sales@rali.co.za

www.rali.co.za

Tel: 011 950 6000

Fax : 011 957 3212

Valverde Country Hotel


Beyers Naude Ext., Plot5, Lammermoor
Muldersdrift 1747 Gauteng
South Africa

www.valverde.co.za

Cell : 072 587 0361

Fax : 086 666 5900

 

Pine Park

Greenwood Manor Guest House

6 Keith Road
Corner of Keith Rd & 1st Avenue
Gauteng 2194
South Africa

www.greenwoodmanor.co.za

Tel: 011 888 1747

Fax : 011 888 5932

Eikenhof ( South of Johannesburg)

Ekala Guest Farm

 

Portion 81, Alewynsport Eikenhof,
Gauteng 2194
South Africa

info@ekala.co.za

www.ekala.co.za

Cell : 072 604 1879

Fax : 086 694 1711

Tres Jolie/ Ruimsig

Kilulu Lodge

 

14 Peter Road,
Tres Jolie/Ruimsig
Gauteng 1725
South Africa

mail@kilululodge.co.za

www.kilululodge.co.za

Tel : 071 608 9380

Fax : 086 693 3397

Southdale

Gold Reef Bed & Breakfast

12 Malcom Avenue Southdale
Gauteng
South Africa

gary@goldreefplace.co.za

www.goldreefplace.co.za

Tel: 011 680 3452

Fax : 011 680 3453

Protea Hotel, Gold Reef City - Ormonde

Shaft 14, Northern Parkway, Gold Reef City, Ormonde
Gauteng
South Africa

res@goldreefcity.co.za

www.proteahotels.com

Tel: 011 248 5700

Fax : 011 248 5791

On the 9th April 2013 "Tsogo Sun announced that it will spend minimum of R750 million in capex for the expansion and redevelopment of the Silverstar casino & the refurbishment and expansion of the Gold Reef City casino and Theme Park. "These developments are expected to be completed within the next two years. The Silverstar casino will be redeveloped to create a variety of additional dining options and an outdoor events area, allowing the complex to host live concerts and events such as the popular Boktown. Additional entertainment offerings will include cinemas, a ten pin bowling alley and laser tag games as well as an expanded and enhanced casino floor and parking. Gold Reef City will also see the expansion of the casino offering as well as the introduction of cinemas and additional restaurants at the casino. In addition the ever popular Gold Reef City Theme Park will receive additional food and beverage outlets, improved access systems and an improved linkage to the casino complex."

Randberg,Lanseria ( Northcliff)

Benvenuto Boutique Hotel

1 Pitsani Rd,
Kelland
Gauteng
South Africa

www.benvenuto.co.za

Tel: 011 678 6688/9

Fax : 011 678 6690

Ingwenya Country Escape Hotel

Nooitgedacht road
Lanseria
Gauteng
South Africa

www.ingwenya.com

Tel: 011 300 9970

Fax : 011 300 9955

Shumba Valley Lodge

Malibongwe Drive Lanseria Airport.
Gauteng
South Africa

shumbavalley@shumbavalley.co.za

www.shumbavalley.co.za

Tel: 011 790 8000

Fax : 011 790 8089

Game Reserves

Londolozi Private Game Reserve ( Sabi Sabi )

PO Box 41864
Hyde Park 2024
Gauteng
South Africa

reservations@londolozi.co.za

www.londolozi.com/en/

Tel: 011 280 6655

Fax : 011 280 6656

Singita Lodges

Sabi Sand Reserve
Sabi Sabi
Gauteng
South Africa

singita@singita.com

www.singita.com

Tel: 021 683 3424

Fax : 021 671 6776

Tau Game Lodge

Madikwe,
South of Botswana borders
Gauteng
South Africa

taugame@mweb.co.za

www.taugamelodge.co.za

Tel: 011 314 4350

Fax : 011 314 1162

Morningside

Garden Court Morningside Hotel

Cnr Rivonia Road & Cullinan Close Morningside 2146
Gauteng
South Africa

gcmorningside.
reservations@tsogosun.com

Tel: 011 884 1804

Fax: 011 884 6040

Rooderpoort

Town Lodge Rooderpoort

Constantia Boulevard,
Constantia Kloof, Roodepoort
Gauteng
South Africa

info@clhg.com

clhg.com

Tel: 011 767 5600

Fax: 011 767 5650

Afrique Boutique Hotel Ruimsig

343 Equestrian Road
Ruimsig
Roodepoort

info@abhotel.co.za

www.abhotels.co.za

Tel: 011 958 0855

Fax: 011 918 8002

Randburg (Ferndale,Windsor, Weltevreden Park)

The Fairway Hotel & Golf Resort

Setperk Street,
Randpark (golf course),
Randburg, 2125
Gauteng
South Africa

Tel: 011 478 8000

Fax : 011 431 2256

Randburg Towers Hotel

Crn. Republic Road & Main Avenue,
Ferndale,
Randburg, 2021
Gauteng
South Africa

info@clhg.com

clhg.com

Tel: 011 886 8432/3/4

Fax : 011 886 8577

Road Lodge Randburg Hotel

Cnr Malibongwe Drive
& Republic Road,
Randburg, 2021
Gauteng
South Africa

info@clhg.com

clhg.com

Tel: 011 792 9995

Fax : 011 792 9994

Zulu Nyala Game Lodge

270 Third Rd
Chartwell,
Randburg, 2021
Gauteng
South Africa

reservations@zulunyala.com

www.zulunyalagroup.com/Hluhluwe/Safari-Game-Lodge/

Tel: 011 708 1969

Fax : 011 708 2220

Melrose Arch

#1 Melrose Hotel

Melrose Arch
2076 Gauteng
South Africa

 

1melrose

Tel: 083 555 4793

Fax : 086 665 4793

Melrose Arch Hotel

1 Melrose Square, Melrose Arch
2076 Gauteng
South Africa

info@melrosearchhotel.com

Tel: 011 214 6666

Fax : 011 214 6600

Peech Hotel

61 North Street
Melrose
2076 Gauteng
South Africa

stay@thepeech.co.za

www.thepeech.co.za

Tel: 011 537 9797

 

Premiere Classe Suite

62 Corlett Drive Melrose North,
2076 Gauteng
South Africa

merle@premiereclasse.co.za

www.premiereclasse.co.za

Tel: 011 788 1967

Fax : 011788 1971

Illovo

Protea Hotel Wanderers


Corner Corlett Drive and Rudd Road,
Illovo,
Johannesburg 2116 Gauteng
South Africa


res@phwanderers.co.za

www.proteahotels.com

Tel: 011 770 5500

Fax : 011 770 5555

News

  • 30 Nov 2013. The Saxon Boutique Hotel & Spa has won the title of World's Leading Boutique Hotel at the World Travel Award in Doha.

  • The iconic Westcliff Hotel has shut down for a year's renovations, from the 30th of June 2013 to July 2014. It will be taken over by the Four Seasons and renamed the Four Seasons Hotel Westcliff Johannesburg.

My Johannesburg

By Alice Kuhne

When I lived in Europe as a 22 year-old intern, whenever people asked me about South Africa, I would say proudly, 'Oh, South Africa is such a beautiful country, you really should go visit us one day!' and then add, but I'm from Johannesburg, it's not that pretty or interesting; you should go to Cape Town and the Kruger National Park. It's not that I'm ashamed of my city, no it's just that Johannesburg is not a very accessible city. We don't have white beaches or a beautiful bridge (the Nelson Mandela bridge was a missed opportunity), we don't have quaint canals and our streets are not friendly but most of all, this place is so damn big, it's just not the place to be wondering around with a map book in one hand, a camera in the other and a big backpack strapped on tightly as you decide where to go next. You'd probably get shot.

Perhaps it's all these things that make the people special. The city is so big that each area has its own culture. We drive everywhere and sit in traffic so much it no longer really fazes us. The sight of tourists is so rare that when we do encounter one, we secretly leap for joy and go out of our way to show them around. And if you grew up in Jo'burg, you probably have a cocoon mentality that this place is safe and wonderful, and you don't understand what all the fuss is about. That's why when I was going to Lagos, everyone around me was concerned about my safety meanwhile they completely forget that this is Johannesburg! This is the place the UK media warned World Cup visitors about!

This is the big cloud up in the North. This is the city of gold. The Wild West of South Africa where millions flock to make their dreams come true. It's true! Salaries are higher, cars are flashier, and financially we are kings. Gauteng is the smallest province yet we have the most money. We have no bohemian illusions or strong morals; it's all about the big bucks. Developers have no shame in putting up the ugliest complexes because there's little class here to appreciate design, as long as the lounge is big enough to hang up the 46' inch flat screen and there is enough space for two 4x4s and three quad bikes in the garage. Ok, I'm being harsh, but this is a weird place to understand. You have to work a little harder to like this place. Most of Jo'burg really will leave you quite underwhelmed, but there are so many gems in this city, you just have to dig a bit deeper to find them.

Top of the list of Johannesburg's secrets is the fact that we have the largest manmade forest in the world. According to Wikipedia, our dusty concrete jungle is actually home to over 10 million trees! This is especially astonishing considering that Johannesburg is the largest city in the world that is not near a river, lake or ocean. The trees are most evident in the Northern suburbs; its lush woods were planted to support the mining industry, which gave birth to Johannesburg. Gold was discovered here in 1880 and soon after a gold rush followed in a large dust cloud, there was a population explosion, and Jo'burg has not stopped growing since. We also boast the largest dry port in the World, in City Deep. 60% of all cargo that arrives in the ports of Durban and Cape Town end up here, which is why you can buy just about anything your heart desires.

Johannesburg sits in the Highveld, at an elevation of 1,753 metres. In comparison, Table Mountain is only 1,086 metres above sea level, it just looks more impressive because it's right next to the sea. We have mild summers with thundershowers in the afternoons, and mild, dry winters. No major natural disasters frequent our city: no big tremors, no typhoons, and definitely no tsunamis. In terms of climate and natural hazards, Johannesburg is paradise.

For local attractions, I would recommend visiting Joburg.co.za for upcoming events and festivals; and Johannesburg Tourism for full lists of sights and attractions, categorised into five convenient areas:

The City Centre: for museums, art galleries and theatres, head out to this old heart of Jo'burg. The Constitutional Hill is home to the Constitutional Court and the Old Fort prison, where Gandhi and Mandela were once detained. If you're into architecture, a drive through town also promises to be a feast for your eyes.

The Western suburbs: head West to the Cradle of Humankind where you will find many UNESCO World Heritage sites. Don't miss the Sterkfontein caves and Maropeng.

The Northern suburbs: here you will find the newly renovated Joburg Zoo, you can take the kids for a night tour or even take them on a zoo keepers tour for behind-the-scenes action; join the Parktown Westcliff Heritage for a Saturday guided walk in the lush Northern suburbs, a visual treat with Jacaranda season coming up! The Melville Koppies and Emmarentia dam are great places to be on a weekend. Kyalami boasts the only performing Lipizzaners outside Vienna, so make sure to catch one of their Sunday morning shows.

The Eastern suburbs: gather up a group of friends and venture into the Alexandra township to see the old St. Hubert Church, the art deco Kings Cinema precinct and the Giant, a haunting men's hostel from the Apartheid era.

The Southern suburbs: kids and adults alike will love spending a day screaming and laughing at the Gold Reef City with over 25 rides and shows. The underground mine tour and Apartheid museum is also well worth a visit. There are many cultural attractions in Soweto, such as the Hector Pieterson Memorial museum, Kliptown, Vilakazi Street and the Nelson Mandela House, which has been turned into a museum. The beautiful calabash stadium, Soccer City, is also a highlight, having been in the limelight these past few months.

We also have a delicious collection of gourmet restaurants, as well as a surprising number of casinos. To get around, we have highways that are currently being expanded (twelve lanes on the N1 makes us feel very important indeed) and the brand new Gautrain will take you from OR Tambo International to Sandton City in 12 minutes it's just amazing. So while we may not be famous for tourism, Johannesburg is full of surprises and famously friendly people. You may just end up buying a 4x4, a 46' flat screen and settle down for good too.

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