Discover everything ‘Jozi’ has to offer
Like combining the great outdoors with city life? Then book a flight to Johannesburg to experience this vibrant South African metropolis and its splendid surroundings. Visit the Nelson Mandela House in Soweto and explore the artistic Maboneng Precinct. In the evening you can enjoy the city’s exuberant nightlife. And once you’ve had your fill of the city, go on a safari for a few days to the impressive Kruger National Park.
Elephants and lions in your back garden
One of the main reasons to visit South Africa is its beautiful nature. Admire the Bourke’s Luck Potholes in Blyde River Canyon or take the magnificent Panorama Route to the world-famous Kruger National Park, where you’ll come face-to-face with lions, zebras and elephants. Johannesburg is the ideal destination for a city trip or as the starting point for an inspiring tour of South Africa. Treat yourself: book a flight to Johannesburg now!
A great time going out in ‘Jozi’
In ‘Jozi’, as Johannesburg is affectionately called by the locals, life doesn’t really begin until the working day is done. Enjoy a meal in one of the restaurants on Nelson Mandela Square while being entertained by street artists. Johannesburg boasts many clubs and great cocktail bars, which means you’ll be spoilt for choice after dinner. The luxurious Melville district attracts a fashionable crowd. For a colourful blend of music styles, go to Bassline in the Newtown district where you can dance to jazz, blues and African rap.
Flights to Johannesburg for a unique holiday
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ARTS & CULTURE
In 1976, at the height of the Apartheid regime, a remarkable theatre was inaugurated in Johannesburg. The Market Theatre challenged the regime by presenting itself as a place where spectators of all races could watch performances together. Those performances denounced apartheid. The idea was simple but powerful: culture can change society.
In a city where many of the restaurants and bars are part of large shopping malls, Melville is a pleasant exception. The nightlife in this neighbourhood is centred around its friendly streets, especially 7th Street and Main Road. Here you will find restaurants, bars and clubs, both with DJs and live music. Together they make Melville into an ideal destination for a night out.
Many visitors to South Africa hope to catch a glimpse of some of the country’s magnificent wildlife. However, those on a short city trip probably won’t have time to visit one of the world-famous wildlife reserves. Fortunately, there are some opportunities within the city limits of Johannesburg as the Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve is only 11 kilometres south of the city centre.
ARTS & CULTURE
Democracy, equality, reconciliation, diversity, responsibility, respect and freedom: these words adorn the awe-inspiring pillars of the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg. They are the 7 pillars upon which the new constitution of the Rainbow Nation is based. This constitution put an official end to apartheid in 1996. The museum takes you on a multimedia journey through this poignant period in South African history.
ARTS & CULTURE
Soweto, originally an abbreviation for South Western Townships, came into being as a suburb that housed miners and black workers. This city district southwest of Johannesburg grew to symbolise the struggle against apartheid. Nowadays, Soweto is a lively reflection of the new South Africa, where a number of noteworthy monuments serve as reminders of an illustrious past.
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The region around Johannesburg used to be very sparsely populated. But all of this changed overnight when gold was discovered at the end of the 19th century, putting Johannesburg firmly on the map. The city was officially founded in 1886. Johannes Meyer and Johannes Rissik, the ‘2 Johanneses’ from the government of the South-African Republic, gave their name to the city that would emerge as the business centre of Africa.
West of the enormous Kruger Park are a number of small private reserves that are not separated from the park by a fence. The entire area is referred to as Greater Kruger. The private reserves offer classic safaris in a Land Rover and often have luxurious and romantic accommodations available where visitors can enjoy exclusive dining. Visitors have a greater chance of spotting wild animals and birds here as the guides make sure you won’t miss a thing.
Johannesburg has a varied nightlife with an abundance of restaurants, bars and jazz clubs. But the real parties – until the early morning hours – can be found in the Rosebank and Sandton neighbourhoods, where the cosmopolitan inhabitants of the city enjoy a drink in one of the numerous cocktail lounges or dance until the sun comes up.
During apartheid, most pubs were off-limits to the black population. Illegal bars popped up in the townships as a result; places where people came together to drink, debate and listen to music. In the new South Africa, these ‘shebeens’ have become popular destinations for a night out. Here you can enjoy a drink in an informal atmosphere in the company of locals.
Kruger National Park is one of the oldest, most famous and largest nature reserves in Africa. The park, referred to locally as the ‘wildtuin’ (wild garden), covers around 20,000 square kilometres. The size of the park and various eco zones within it mean that almost every type of African animal species can be found here. Not only that, but in large numbers: more than 13,000 elephants, 5,000 giraffes, 86,000 impalas and close to 5,000 rhinos roam Kruger Park.
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