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History is all around in Johannesburg

Book flights to Johannesburg and you’ll discover a vibrant, ever-changing destination filled with welcoming locals and diverse attractions.

South Africa’s largest city is a fascinating mix of historical monuments, compelling museums and creativity.

johannesburg city skyline at sunset

There is only one street in the world which has housed two winners of the Nobel Peace Prize, and it’s Vilakazi Street in the Soweto township of Johannesburg, the long-time home of both Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. A tour of the township, including Mandela House Museum, the Hector Peterson memorial and the Apartheid Museum is a must on any itinerary.

Fly to Johannesburg for the city’s infectious energy, sporting fervour and an innovative approach to regeneration.

It’s also the entry point for incredible wildlife-watching destinations. Book your plane tickets to Johannesburg with Etihad Airways today and start dreaming.

What’s the weather like in Johannesburg?

What’s the weather like in Johannesburg?

Average temperatureAverage rainfall

JAN

21°C

14cm

FEB

20°C

11cm

MAR

19°C

10cm

APR

16°C

5cm

MAY

14°C

2cm

JUN

11°C

1cm

JUL

11°C

1cm

AUG

13°C

1cm

SEP

17°C

2cm

OCT

18°C

7cm

NOV

19°C

12cm

DEC

20°C

12cm

Temperatures are pleasant in Johannesburg all year round, so travellers can head to the city at any time. Summer in Johannesburg runs from December to February.

Winter falls June to August and though it is mainly cool in the early morning and evening, skies are mostly clear and temperatures average around 10°C.

Reasons to visit Johannesburg

johannesburg market scene

Brunch and browsing

One of the real gems of Johannesburg’s food scene is the Neighbourgoods Market, where top-quality farm produce is on sale, from fruit and vegetables to steak and fish. But save some space in your basket because, when you’ve stocked up on fresh foods, you can start browsing the handicrafts and organic treats.

If all that shopping has worked up an appetite, you can pick from a number of venues to dine at – whether it’s waffles, burgers or paella that appeals – or enjoy some fresh air on the rooftop with its brilliant views.

market theatre in johannesburg

Creative culture

Johannesburg is a hub of creativity. Stage plays are a mainstay and the historic Market Theatre puts on highly acclaimed shows throughout the year.

Seek out the latest eclectic style in design and fashion at 44 Stanley, a collection of shops and independent eateries where Johannesburg’s discerning come to browse and dine. For live jazz, arty little studios, galleries and cafes, Arts on Main is creating a buzz, while fine art fans should head for Johannesburg Art Gallery, which houses one of South Africa’s largest and most impressive collections.

apartheid museum in johannesburg

A history lesson

Johannesburg played a key role in South Africa’s journey to democracy, and many people who played significant parts in the country’s history lived in the city. Head to Mandela House and find out more about Nelson Mandela, a key political leader in the country, who led the charge against apartheid.

The Apartheid Museum in central Johannesburg is a fascinating centre, telling the dark story of apartheid through immersive and interactive displays and exhibits.

Things to know before you fly to Johannesburg

plane Airport transfers

When you fly to Johannesburg you’ll land at O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB), around a 40-minute drive from the city centre. You can book your airport transfer online with Etihad after booking your flight tickets.

Alternatively, you can catch public transport to the city. There’s a direct rail route, or taxis available on the day.

bus Getting around

There are plenty of public transport options in Johannesburg. Take your pick from buses, the Gautrain and the Metrorail.

There are taxis available too – use an app service or try one of the famous minibus taxis. In the most popular parts of the city, the best option is often exploring by foot.

accommodation Where to stay in Johannesburg

Whether you’re in Johannesburg for business or leisure, Rosebank is a good place to stay – centrally located between the historic city centre and the city’s business district.

In downtown Johannesburg, Maboneng is a thriving neighbourhood and ideal for restaurants and shopping. Nearby Braamfontein is a good option if you’re looking for a lively base – there are events on every night in this suburb.

holiday Public holidays

There are a large number of public holidays throughout the year in South Africa. Many businesses may be shut as a result. They include Human Rights Day on March 21, Freedom Day on Aril 27, National Women’s Day on August 9 and Day of Reconciliation on December 19.

Flying to Johannesburg: FAQs

What is the currency in Johannesburg?

Johannesburg uses the South African rand (ZAR). A lot of shops, restaurants and hotels in Johannesburg will accept card, but if you’re planning on visiting a local market, carry some cash.

Some sightseeing activities ask you to pay in US dollars (USD), so it’s a good idea to take both rand and US dollars with you.

How many days should I spend in Johannesburg?

Visitors to the city can tick off the main highlights in a weekend or explore the different districts and number of museums by staying for a week. Start your South African journey in Johannesburg, and then head out on one of the legendary safaris.

What food is Johannesburg famous for?

There are a number of South African foods that you’ll be able to try in Johannesburg. Look out for boerewors, a spicy beef sausage, and dried snacks such as biltong. Pap is similar to porridge or grits, and chakalaka is a mixed vegetable dish with carrots, peppers, beans, spices and tomatoes.

Why we love Johannesburg

“Johannesburg is one of those cities that surprises you. It’s lovely and sociable with a fantastic nightlife – there’s always a really good energy about the city. It has redeveloped so much in the last couple of decades that there’s always something new to discover.”

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Weather in Johannesburg

23 °C
Thursday24 Sep 2020
24 °C
Friday25 Sep 2020
25 °C
Saturday26 Sep 2020
20 °C
Sunday27 Sep 2020
20 °C
Monday28 Sep 2020
19 °C
Tuesday29 Sep 2020
22 °C
Wednesday30 Sep 2020
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