Fascinating city, rich in history and culture
Although its sometimes turbulent past has, for some time, resulted in tourists tending to avoid staying in the area, Johannesburg has worked hard to rectify its shortcomings and improve its image. The result is that the city is rapidly becoming a key destination to visit on many people’s itinerary.
Adventures Africa accommodates all visitors in the northern suburbs of Sandton and Melrose. Here you will find top-class hotels in a safe and friendly environment, as well as excellent restaurants, nightlife for all tastes and a good base from which to discover all that Johannesburg has to offer.
Visit the Apartheid Museum in the southern suburbs for an evocative look into South Africa’s era of segregation. The museum has charted the course of several people who lived throughout this era. Their stories are brought to life with the use of film, text, audio and live accounts.
Soweto (South Western Township) is without a doubt the best known of South Africa’s townships and its role in the struggle for independence is unrivalled. Take a guided tour around the township and see firsthand the area’s new self-confidence and the determination of the inhabitants to put the past where it belongs. A tour will most likely include a visit to Vilakazi Street, where Nelson Mandela’s house is now a museum, as well as poignant sights such as the Hector Pieterson Square.
A more light-hearted attraction is Gold Reef City, which focuses on Johannesburg’s past as a gold mining town. Visitors can go 220 meters down a shaft to see inside an authentic gold mine, watch gold being poured and be entertained by tribal and ‘gumboot’ dancing. The theme park city also features reconstructed buildings of the era, daring rides, a Victorian fun fair and plenty of places to eat and drink.
The Kruger National Park is easily accessible from Johannesburg. There are flights every day to both Hoedspruit and KMIA airports or you can take a scenic self-drive trip, which takes approximately six to eight hours.
About two hour drive in the opposite direction will bring you to the legendary entertainment and hotel complex of Sun City. Here one can enjoy the water park, superb golf courses, casinos and wildlife drives into the neighboring Pilanesberg National Park.
Photo Gallery of Johannesburg
Hotels in Johannesburg, South Africa
Intercontinental Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport
Protea Hotel Balalaika
Each of the 330 classically-styled rooms make guests feel as though they never left home – with a king-size bed, LCD television, electronic safe and a full en-suite bathroom with a walk-in shower.
Faircity Quatermain Hotel
The Maslow Hotel
Situated in the heart of Sandton’s business district, home to top investment banks, financial institutions, the Gautrain station and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, The Maslow offers some of the best corporate facilities in Sandton, including complimentary high speed internet access throughout the hotel, 13 meeting rooms, conference centre with multi-divisible ballroom and auditorium, techno gym and an Africology Spa.
The Maslow hotel offers a complimentary scheduled return transfer service every 15 minutes to the Gautrain Station and Sandton City. Guests may also make use of the Maslow’s private chauffer service.
Radisson Blu Gautrain
54 On Bath Hotel
Attractions nearby our Rosebank hotel include Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton City, Melrose Arch, as well as the Gautrain rapid rail system and Sandton Convention Centre. Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport is also easily accessible from the hotel.
Hotel guests are offered a choice of luxury accommodation in one of Johannesburg’s most beautiful suburbs. Choose from 75 elegantly decorated rooms, comprising of 60 deluxe standard rooms, 12 executive rooms and 3 luxury suites. Each en-suite room provides a host of amenities, including 24-hour room service, DStv, direct-dial telephones, Espresso machine, mini-bar and complimentary WiFi.