Joburg is the largest city in Gauteng province, and the financial powerhouse of Africa. Most hotels are located in Sandton and Rosebank in the northern suburbs.
Attractions around these areas which are perfect for short trips include Liliesleaf’s historic buildings and professionally laid out displays, Joburg Zoo and the adjoining Zoo Lake park, the Museum of Military History, the Sandton Craft & Design Centre, and Rosebank’s art galleries along Jan Smuts Avenue.
Joburg’s CBD has undergone an exciting regeneration – start with the excellent Constitution Hill or Origins Centre which combines cutting-edge technology with the creative vision of South Africa’s foremost artists, and its restaurant offers an ideal lunch break.
From there you’re very close to 44 Stanley, and the Newtown Cultural Precinct, a dynamic cultural quarter rich in theatres, studios and museums.
The CBD’s Standard Bank Gallery and Johannesburg Art Gallery are outstanding, and Arts on Main is a hub of galleries and creative spaces.
Not far south, Gold Reef City Theme Park presents a taste of life in turn-of-the-century Joburg and discover how miners worked, lived and were entertained in the early 1900s.
The Apartheid Museum tells the story of the triumph of the human spirit over adversity and oppression.
Drive on south towards Soweto and visit the Hector Pieterson Memorial, Vilakazi Street, Mandela House, Kliptown and eat at one of the well-known restaurants.
To the west, visit the Roodepoort Museum and the spectacular Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens’ 300ha of indigenous forest, kloofs and waterfalls.
Just beyond the edge of the city in this direction and you’re in the picturesque Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site set against the Magaliesberg mountains.
There are two world-class visitor centres here, Maropeng, and the world-famous Sterkfontein Caves.