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Johannesburg Travel Guide


Johannesburg is located on the southern cape of Africa, on a very high plateau of 2,000 meters in elevation in the northern part of the state. Johannesburg is the largest city in southern Africa and provincial capital of Gauteng. Johannesburg is the economic hub of South Africa and Africa, contributing %16 of South Africa gross domestic product and %40 to the economy of Gauteng. It is one of the most densely populated areas of Africa within area of over 7 million square meters. Of this, over 3 million square meters on made up of off the space. The total value of area’s infrastructure is in access of 30 billion Rand.

  • People - 3,2 million inhabitants

  • Buildings - Tallest tower in Africa at 50 storeys

  • Income - R117 billion to the South Africa economy

  • Green Belts – 6 million trees

  • Streets – 180 000 street lights

  • Gold - %40 of world supply

Probably no other city in the world has so many nicknames. Fondly called Jo'burg, Joeys, Jozi, JHB, iGoli or Joni by South Africans, Johannesburg is located in the wealthiest Gauteng province of South Africa. Indeed it is the ‘city of gold'. Johannesburg has seen a tumultuous past but today it is free of discriminatory laws. It is now the financial hub of South Africa, even though desperate poverty also exists side by side. Though Johannesburg has traditionally not been known as a tourist destination, the city has immense potential as a tourist destination.

Over the past few years, many large companies and in particular financial institutions have been moving back to Johannesburg’s Central Business District (CBD), landing further support to the city’s regeneration plan and its vision of the world class city in the next decade.

As well as the standard shopping trips – an essential part of any destination – there are plenty of things to do in Johannesburg keep you busy.

Today Johannesburg is a bustling city and the population is more than 3 million people. Originally it started out as farm land and then it became a mining camp because in 1886 there was little gold rush in the area. Australian prospectors stumble upon on this huge vein of gold and everyone started to flock in Johannesburg and that’s pretty much shows how the city was established; because of “gold”. Gold and mineral mining have been a huge part of Jo’burg’s economy since 1886 and actually the city contributes a huge portion of South Africa’s wealth. Jo’burg is like the commercial hub of South Africa.


Johannesburg weather is relatively dry, and about six million trees, including the largest man-made forest in the world - with trees planted in the nineteenth century to provide wood for the mining industry. The best summer times in Johannesburg is between November and February. Average temperature is 25C. The coldest times is between July and August with an average temperature of 10-17C  daytime and 4C at nights.

Although many tourists are obviously wary about the crime and safety conditions in the city, you only need to use your common sense and heed local advice to have a great time.

Johannesburg has always been big and modern as the start of the gold boom but has become an ultra modern and cosmopolitan city today.  Johannesburg offers clean and comfortable accommodation opportunities all year round for the visitors. It is easy to find accommodation, guest houses, B&B and Johannesburg hotels.

Johannesburg Airport is "O R Tambo International Airport" and is located 22 km. (14 miles) on the east of Johannesburg. South African Airways (SAA) ( is the national airline company. You may easily find direct and indirect flights to Johannesburg by the major airline companies from all over the world. Approximate flight times; i.e. 11 hours from London and 19 hours from New York. There are several budget airways making cheap flights to Johannesburg.

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