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Go on holiday to Johannesburg, South Africa’s largest city, and not only will you be wowed by the modern Johannesburg skyline and the city’s thriving arts and entertainment scene, but you could go on the safari adventure of a lifetime in its surrounding national parks. Brightsun Travel offers cheap holidays to Johannesburg so that you can experience the very best that South Africa has to offer.

Starting in the heart of Johannesburg, you could explore the city’s fast-changing art wonders, fantastic markets, and a food and drink culture that could keep you indulged for days. As well as a fantastic city break destination, Johannesburg is a gateway to some of the most impressive natural and historical landscapes in South Africa. Contact Brightsun Travel about our exclusive holidays to Johannesburg and experience an African holiday to remember.

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Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa

36 Saxon Road, Sandhurst ,Johannesburg, 2196, South Africa

Bed and Breakfast 7 Nights
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Local Information & Travel Tips


Car Hire Johannesburg

Renting a car is a convenient option for exploring Johannesburg, especially if you plan to visit attractions outside the city centre or venture into its surrounding regions. Most major car rental companies have offices at O.R. Tambo International Airport.

Uber / Bolt

Uber and Bolt are popular and widely available in Johannesburg, offering convenient and relatively affordable transportation options, especially for shorter trips within the city.

Metered Taxis

Metered taxis are another option for getting around Johannesburg. Make sure to negotiate the fare before starting your journey or ensure that the meter is running. Metered taxis are more expensive but provide a convenient door-to-door service.


The Gautrain is a rapid transit railway system that connects Johannesburg with Pretoria and O.R. Tambo International Airport. It offers a fast, safe, and reliable mode of transportation.

Rea Vaya Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) System

Johannesburg's Rea Vaya BRT system offers an efficient and affordable way to travel around the city, covering various routes. The buses operate on dedicated lanes, reducing travel times and congestion.

Local Culture & Traditions

Johannesburg is one of the most culturally diverse cities in South Africa, with residents from various ethnic backgrounds. This diversity is reflected in the city's cuisine, language, music, art, and traditions.


Traditional South African dishes like pap and chakalaka are Johannesburg staples, as well as cuisine influenced by the city's immigrant communities, such as Indian curries, Portuguese peri-peri chicken, and Ethiopian injera.

Arts & Crafts

Johannesburg is home to a thriving arts and crafts community with plenty of galleries, studios, and markets showcasing the work of local artists and artisans.

Traditional Festivals & Celebrations

Johannesburg hosts a variety of traditional festivals and cultural celebrations that showcase the city's heritage and diversity, including Heritage Day, Diwali, Eid al-Fitr, and Chinese New Year celebrations, as well as cultural events like the FNB Joburg Art Fair and the Soweto Wine Festival.

Things to Do and See in Johannesburg

Must-Visit Attractions

Apartheid Museum

This enriching museum tells the story of South Africa's history of apartheid and its struggle for freedom and democracy. The museum offers immersive exhibits, including photographs, artifacts, and personal accounts, providing visitors with a deep understanding of the country's turbulent past.

Constitution Hill

Formerly a notorious prison complex, Constitution Hill has been transformed into a symbol of South Africa's journey to democracy. Here you can explore the Constitutional Court, learn about key historical figures, and gain insight into the country's legal and political evolution.

Johannesburg Zoo

The Johannesburg Zoo, one of the largest zoos in South Africa covering 55 hectares, is home to over 300 species of animals from around the world, including lions, elephants, giraffes, and monkeys. This is definitely one of the top things to do in Johannesburg!

Gold Reef City

This popular entertainment complex is built on the site of an old gold mine, offering a range of attractions and activities for visitors of all ages. Highlights include thrilling rides at the theme park, underground mine tours, historical exhibits, and live performances at the Victorian-style theatre.

Johannesburg Botanical Gardens

A tranquil oasis in the heart of the city, the Johannesburg Botanical Garden is home to lush gardens, walking trails, and a diverse collection of indigenous and exotic plants. Here you can enjoy picnics, birdwatching, and leisurely strolls amidst the natural beauty of the garden.

Maboneng Precinct

This vibrant cultural hub is in downtown Johannesburg, known for its street art, galleries, boutiques, cafes, and restaurants. You can explore the neighbourhood's eclectic mix of shops and attractions and soak up the lively atmosphere.

Daytrip Opportunities

Pilanesberg National Park

Located approximately 2.5 to 3 hours' drive from Johannesburg, Pilanesberg National Park offers a thrilling safari experience. The park is home to the Big Five (lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino, and leopard) and other beautiful wildlife species, and offers game drives, guided walks, and birdwatching in its stunning wilderness areas.

Cradle of Humankind

Just under an hour's drive from Johannesburg, the Cradle of Humankind is a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its rich fossil heritage and archaeological significance. Here you can explore underground caves such as Sterkfontein and Wonder Cave, view ancient hominid fossils, and learn about human evolution at the Maropeng Visitor Centre.


Experience the vibrant culture and history of South Africa's most famous township with a guided tour of Soweto. Located southwest of Johannesburg, Soweto is home to iconic landmarks such as the Nelson Mandela House, the Hector Pieterson Museum, and the Regina Mundi Church.

Magaliesberg Mountains

Escape the city and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Magaliesberg mountain range, located approximately an hour's drive from Johannesburg. The area offers a range of outdoor activities including hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and hot air balloon rides.

Weather in Johannesburg

Johannesburg weather experiences a subtropical highland climate with sunny days and relatively low humidity throughout the year. In the summer between December-February, Johannesburg heats up with temperatures averaging between 25-30°C, though this is the wettest season, with thunderstorms being common. In the winter between June-August, temperatures are cooler and drier, with minimal rainfall.

Deciding when to visit Johannesburg?

Ultimately, this depends on your preferences for weather and activities. If you prefer mild temperatures and blooming landscapes, spring (September-November) and autumn (March-May) are excellent choices. For outdoor adventures and wildlife viewing, summer offers plenty of opportunities. Winter is ideal for cultural experiences and outdoor activities in more comfortable temperatures.

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