Travelers once considered Johannesburg, South Africa’s largest city, as no more than a quick stopping point before departing for Cape Town or a safari. And while the city is still largely divided—northern Joburg is predominantly white—certain pockets are slowly but surely gentrifying, bringing a smattering of hotels, cool eateries and bohemian shops to the once violent metropolis. Despite this, an edgy, anxious feeling still pervades the city, a reminder of a not so distant past.
Perfect forAdventurers | Trailblazers | Intellectuals | Soul Searchers
When to goDecember-February
Ideal length of stay1-2 Nights
Designing Your Journey
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2 Days: Essential Johannesburg
Experience the best of Johannesburg with an itinerary that includes tours of the Apartheid Museum and a guided visit to a local township. Here is just one example of what our experts can create for you.
Day 1: Intro to Johannesburg
Begin your day with a visit to the Apartheid Museum. Next tour the Amatuli Fine Art emporium to get your fill of historical artifacts and explore the up-and-coming Braamfontein district with an expert-led gallery tour. After lunch, visit the Apartheid Museum, which opened in 2001 and is widely regarded as one of the most important museums in the world. For dinner, head to the chic restaurant Marble.
Day 2: Township Experience and Historical Tour
This morning, pay a visit with a local guide to Soweto Township, who will be able tour the area with you and allow you to meet community leaders. Some highlights of the tour include visiting Nelson Mandela’s former home and the Hector Pieterson Museum. Return to your hotel for dinner.
Where To Stay
We only feature hotels that we can vouch for first-hand. At many of them, Indagare members receive special perks, including upgrades, early check-in, spa credits, and more. Look for the Indagare Plus logo in the reviews.
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The Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa
The Saxon is a hidden oasis located in the esteemed Sandhurst suburb, a perfect place to rejuvenate after a long flight.
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Four Seasons Westcliff
Newly rebuilt as a Four Seasons and opened at the end of 2014, the iconic Westcliff hotel has been revitalized as Johannesburg’s family-friendly, urban option.