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Johannesburg, South Africa

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.

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Hotels in Johannesburg, South Africa

Intercontinental Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport

InterContinental Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Airport is a safe, easy walk from the international arrivals hall at Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport. We are perfectly located for business travellers and just a 14-minute train ride from the Sandton CBD. Enjoy unlimited complimentary Wi-Fi, quiet soundproofed rooms, quick check-in and a host of services designed to meet the needs of the modern business traveller. Refurbished in 2008, we offer the most sophisticated airport accommodations on the African Continent.

Protea Hotel Balalaika

The English countryside atmosphere defines The Protea Hotel Balalaika as a little bit of country in the heart of Sandton. Birdsong makes guests forget that they are in a bustling metropolis.
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

Just 2km from Sandton City and 27km from Oliver Tambo International Airport, the sophisticated hotel in Sandton offers standard and deluxe rooms as well as two opulent suites. The Quatermain Hotel in Sandton offers business guests a country stay and weekend leisure guests a place to unwind.

Michelangelo Hotel

Undoubtedly one of the most impressive and elegant hotels in the country, The Michelangelo, a member of “Leading Hotels of the World” exudes class, luxury and style offering quality available only in the finest hotels around the globe.The splendour of the Renaissance architecture at the heart of the rapidly growing Sandton CBD will leave a lasting impression from the moment you arrive. Located on Nelson Mandela Square 'Africa's Business and Lifestyle Capital' the Michelangelo is the very essence of status and success. The Michelangelo offers world-class facilities in a stylish and elegant setting with easy access to Africa's finest shops, restaurants, cinemas and theatres. The Michelangelo is a proud member of the 'Leading Hotels of the World'.

Saxon Hotel

The Saxon has a story to tell. Originally a private home and host to many honoured guests, the art within the home portrays lives lived with guests and friends spending time together. Merging the finest culinary experiences, the ultimate in luxurious accommodation and the Award winning Spa, the Saxon will take you on an unforgettable journey. This is truly the place you can call home. Let the Saxon treat you to personalised, discreet service and unparalleled South African hospitality. The Saxon is a quiet retreat from the outside world that offers panoramic views over the indigenous gardens towards the city skyline beyond. Each of our rooms is fully equipped with a business area comprising complimentary use of a laptop with a secured wireless Internet connection as well as an iPod docking station, HD LCD screen television, full Digital Satellite bouquet and Blu-ray DVD player, together with state-of-the-art surround-sound music system, including all radio stations, full gaming interface and digital movie library. The hotel also offers a Fitness Centre with fully equipped Kinesis equipment which is available 24-hours a day, change rooms, and personal trainer on request. Award-winning Leading Spa with extensive Hydro facilities and innovative Signature treatments.

The Maslow Hotel

The Maslow is the ultimate new business hotel in Sandton providing an environment where individuals can reach their full potential by having the facilities, technology and intelligence in place to facilitate business.
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.

Melrose Arch Hotel

African Pride Melrose Arch is a luxurious 5-star hotel set in a prime location in the centre of Johannesburg.
Local places of interest include Wanderers Stadium and Hyde Park Corner.

Radisson Blu Gautrain

Enjoy Super Breakfast Buffet each morning and try some of the freshest and tastiest cuisine for lunch and dinner at the on-site Central One Restaurant. Sip a fun mixed drink or local wine at Central One Bar or on the pool deck. You can admire great views while exercising in the 10th-floor fitness center and relaxing by the outdoor terrace swimming pool. Have a cocktail party on the terrace or use well-equipped meeting facilities to host a conference for up to 600 attendees.

54 On Bath Hotel

The 54 on Bath Hotel in Rosebank and has a very impressive reputation for its sophistication and attentive service. The hotel was called the Grace Hotel in Rosebank, underwent a multi-million Rand refurbishment with magnificent results. The attention to detail and staff training has gone into making the hotel a world-class, five-star luxury 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.
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