City Guide to Johannesburg

Johannesburg's name seems to be tainted by stories of crime and decay, and is always overshadowed by its sibling Cape Town. But Joburg has an energy that its sleepy sister lacks. It is a much more integrated city than Cape Town, and a sense of unity prevails amongst residents. Each suburb and district has its own unique quality, which friendly residents are proud to reveal. There is so much to see and do that you will do not regret spending a few nights in this incredible city.

TIPS & TRICKS

  • To get anywhere in Johannesburg, be prepared to drive or be driven. Unless you know the city, use taxis and ubers where possible, especially at night. Taxis are not cheap.
  • You can walk comfortably around Braamfontein and Maboneng, and the parks and main streets in the suburbs, but stay vigilant.
  • Despite the city's high crime rate, get out of the suburbs and go explore all the great places Downtown.

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Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa

Johannesburg, South Africa

With its stylish décor, impeccable service and restful atmosphere, if you’re looking for luxury there’s arguably no better place to stay than Fairlawns. Situated in the upmarket district of Sandton, the hotel feels like your very own private mansion, offering a serene getaway in the city. Spend the afternoon getting pampered at the spa and by the time evening comes you’ll be ready to sample some of the most decadent food in Johannesburg at their restaurant, Amuse-Bouche.

Address

1 Alma Road Wendywood 2090 Sandton

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54 on Bath

Johannesburg, South Africa

Linked directly to Rosebank Mall, 54 on Bath gives guests an ideal springboard from which to explore the city. Its convenient location and sophisticated design makes it the perfect spot to unwind by the pool after a hard day of sightseeing. You’ll be welcomed back with exceptionally warm hospitality and elegantly decorated rooms.

Address

54 Bath Avenue Rosebank 2196 Johannesburg

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Cradle Hotel

Johannesburg, South Africa

Fancy a break from the city? Then head out to The Cradle of Humankind to find inner peace. The Cradle Hotel has eight boutique rooms with thatched roofs and beautifully designed interiors. Each villa also boasts a stunning private viewing deck from which to admire the gorgeous African landscape. The hotel can organise on-site guided safaris, game walks and picnics so you can get the true bush experience without having to travel to the big reserves.

Address

Route T9, Kromdraai Road (R540) Kromdraai Cradle of Humankind Johannesburg

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12 Decades Hotel

Johannesburg, South Africa

This boutique hotel is situated in the newly developed cultural hub of Maboneng and chronicles the history of the city from 1886 to 2006. Each room has been designed by a different South African, and its location invites the coolest crowd. During your stay make sure to catch a film next door at the independent cinema called the Bioscope.

Address

286 Fox Streeet Johannesburg 2094