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Johannesburg Practical Information

 
 
 
Johannesburg is the largest city in southern Africa and provincial capital of Gauteng. It 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 in South Africa is a great place to head to for the big city culture, shopping, dining and nightlife with outdoor adventures, up-close wildlife encounters and visits to historical sites.

As Johannesburg is a cosmopolitan city, you are able to buy anything from Johannesburg. So, relax if you forget something behind at home for your Johannesburg trip. 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.

Johannesburg Year
- FNB Dance Umbrella (February)
Experience the shows and modern dances at the First National Bank (FNB) Dance Umbrella which takes place in February.
- Rand Show (April)
Experience the live shows, stalls and the entertainment for children at the vast Rand Show which takes place April.
- Joy of Jazz Festival (August)
Participate the world famous South African jazz festival named the Joy of Jazz Festival which takes place in August.
- Art Alive Festival (September)
Experience and enjoy the culture and living art, music, poetry and literature at the Arts Alive Festival which takes place in September.


Public Holidays
New Year's Day (1 January), Human Rights Day (21 March), Good Friday (March&April), Family Day (March&April), Freedom Day (April), Labour Day (1 May), Youth Day (16 June), Women's Day (9 August), Heritage Day (24 September), Day of Reconciliation (16 December), Christmas (25 December), Day of Goodwill (26 December).

Weather
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.

Electricity
220/230V AC, 50 Hz. Three-point round-pin plugs are standard.

Communications
The international country dialing code for South Africa is +27. City code for Johannesburg is 11. (+ 27 11 xxxxxxx )

Money
South African Rand (R) is the currency.

Time
Local time is GMT +2

Travel Info & Transportation
Johannesburg Airport is "O R Tambo International Airport" and is located 22 km. (14 miles) on the east of Johannesburg. South African Airways (SAA) (http://www.flysaa.com) 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.

Public transport in Johannesburg is certainly not one of the better transport systems. Most of it is geared to serve the workers in the city. The other residents usually use private vehicles. This is an impediment to tourists. Getting from the airport to the hotel is convenient as most hotels have their own shuttle services. If you have acquaintances who can help you with transportation, grab the opportunity. But this doesn't mean that you will be stranded in the city.

As public transportation in South Africa is not as well established as for the foreign visitors, car rental in Johannesburg is the best and popular option for the transportation in Johannesburg. It can be said that whole city's transportation based on private transport. 4x4 Campers are also very popular. Due to high demand on private transport, there are a lot of quality Johannesburg car hire companies. Renting a car or 4x4 Campers is highly recommended on your Johannesburg trip. To hire a car in South Africa, drivers must have an international drivers license and a minimum 5 years of driving experience.

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.

 
 
 
 
 
   
 
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