Many of our safaris either begin or end here – and an overnight stay may be necessary if your flights do not connect well. If you are short on time between your flights and only need a place to rest your head, we recommend the luxurious InterContinental Johannesburg or Tambo Airport Hotel (which is only 70 yards from the international departures hall) or the African Rock Hotel (for something a little smaller and more homely).
If you have a little longer to spend in Johannesburg, some of our favorite places to stay are Athol Place Boutique Hotel (the only Relais & Châteaux property in the city) and The Saxon Boutique Hotel (where Nelson Mandela edited his autobiography).
Many of the suburbs within the city have enjoyed a facelift and can offer a unique insight into the street culture coupled with some fantastic cuisine. One of our top picks for activities in Johannesburg is a tour of the Soweto Township, coupled with the Apartheid Museum, for an insight into the rich cultural heritage of the country.