The city of Johannesburg is home to the richest gold fields in the world and is also known as Egoli, meaning city of gold. This Johannesburg Guide will list the highlights of this fast-paced cosmopolitan city in Gauteng, South Africa.
Johannesburg is considered to be South Africa's cultural, economic and financial hub. Often referred to as Jozi by locals, Johannesburg is the capital of Gauteng Province. Boasting the second largest economy in Africa
(excluding South Africa) after Egypt, the reason for the existence of Johannesburg is money. This has been the case since the world's richest gold fields were discovered in 1886.
It's easy for first time visitors to feel overwhelmed when they arrive in Johannesburg. The landscape is relatively flat with few natural landmarks and the city's, suburbs and townships stretch as far as the eye can see. The more affluent northern suburbs
feature scenic tree lined streets and beautiful houses and boast a range of luxurious Johannesburg accommodation options.
The northern suburbs were originally little villages, each featuring its own distinctive high street. Although these villages now all interlink, guests can still visit their unique high streets. Norwood's Grant Avenue
is lined with restaurants dishing excellent cuisine while Parkhurst's Fourth Avenue is dotted by restaurants and decor stores. Each high street has its own distinct atmosphere and features unique attractions.
As money plays a vital role on the existence of Johannesburg, things often don't stay the same for too long. The city has been rebuilt 4 times
in just over a century. Johannesburg is constantly changing with new clubs, restaurants and bars opening.
Best time to visit Johannesburg
The Johannesburg climate is considered mild
throughout the year and is one of the city's attractions. The summer days are hot while the evenings are nice and cool. During winter, the evenings can be very cold and even go below freezing, but the days are sunny and temperatures can rise up to 25 degrees (77 degrees Fahrenheit).
The rainy season is usually in summer
from October to March. Occasionally the rainstorms can be harsh and can be accompanied by thunder and lightning. Hail can sometimes also occur during a rain storm. The rain usually doesn't last long and is usually followed by warm sunshine.
The only time the weather can be bad is during August when it can be a bit windy. Strong winds sometimes blow loose sand from nearby mine dumps into the city. Guests should note that Pretoria is usually warmer
with 2 or 3 degrees than Johannesburg
For summer, pack cool and comfortable clothes
. Include a jacket for the evenings and early mornings as it can be a bit cool. The temperature usually heats up quite quickly. Pack some warm clothes for winter, but include some cooler outfits as the days can be quite mild and warm.
Guests visiting the city of Johannesburg will encounter a face paced and vibrant city boasting a diverse range of attractions
, cultures and history. Johannesburg has much to offer visitors, from family friendly activities, designer shopping and historical landmarks to excellent cuisine and entertainment. There are many clubs and cocktail lounges throughout the city, all contributing to the vibrancy of Johannesburg Nightlife
Johannesburg Accommodation Options
Johannesburg has a vast range of accommodation options to suit every style, budget and purpose. Whether you are on a family holiday in Johannesburg, a business trip or just stopping over en route to a safari destination, we can help you find the perfect Johannesburg accommodation.
Contact a Siyabona Africa Consultant
for more information about Johannesburg hotel accommodation options
Suburbs of Johannesburg
Johannesburg comprises of many suburbs in the following areas:
- Strijdom Park
- Kya Sand
- Constantia Kloof
- Johannesburg CBD
- Ivory Park
- Protea Glen
- Orange Farm