Welcome To Johannesburg


Welcome to the beautiful, diverse and ever-buzzing city of Johannesburg! Whether you’re a local looking to explore the gems our beloved city has to offer or a visitor wanting to experience the Jozi way of life, we have everything you need right here, in our complete guide to the city! We hope you have a lovely stay. Here’s what you need to know about Joburg.

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What began as a gold-mining settlement in the 19 century, has become one of the most well-known and visited cities in South Africa. Johannesburg. Joburg. Jozi. Egoli. The City of Gold. A city with many names, many cultures, many unique features, and experiences. Literally, the epitome of a melting pot of diversity. This is the country’s biggest city and capital of the Gauteng province. And in this vibrant city that never sleeps, there’s plenty of things to do, see, explore, experience, and enjoy, whether you’re a local, just visiting for the weekend, or an international traveler looking to make the most of your stay.

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Areas Of Johannesburg
Things To Do In Johannesburg
Restaurants
Shopping
Getting Around Johannesburg
Schools
Outbound & Inbound Travel From Joburg
Hotels & Accommodation
Conference Centres
Municipal Services
Property
Jobs

Areas Of Johannesburg

Since Johannesburg is such a massive city, it has been split into many different areas, namely Joburg Central; Johannesburg North; Johannesburg East & Ekurhuleni; Johannesburg South; and Johannesburg West and the West Rand. To help you navigate your way through these areas in the city, we have compiled insightful guides to many of the various suburbs that make up each of the areas mentioned. Click on your preference Johannesburg area below and start exploring the city of Johannesburg:

Things To Do In Johannesburg

The city of Johannesburg is a beehive of activity when it comes to entertainment and thrills. Visitors and locals can spend their days, evenings, and weekends exploring bustling markets offering stunning handcrafted arts and delicious street food to delight the taste buds. Head to one of the city’s exciting casinos and see if Lady Luck is on your side. Explore the buzzing nightlife at many various rooftop bars and pumping nightclubs. Or take a stroll through one of the city’s many art galleries and be enchanted by their breathtaking and intriguing artworks. And let’s not forget to mention the many theatres scattered throughout Johannesburg hosting productions, shows, and comedy skits that are sure to delight.

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Restaurants

No visit to Johannesburg is complete without delighting your taste buds with incredible dishes from a wide range of amazing restaurants! Each suburb in the city offers something special and unique and you’re bound to find something delectable, no matter what you’re craving. Visit Joburg Central or Soweto for authentic African cuisine, head to Sandton for some top-notch dining ideal for any special occasion, sip on refreshing and vibrant cocktails in trendy Rosebank, or make your way to Bryanston for some delizioso Italian. The options are endless.

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Shopping

Need to do your weekly grocery haul? Or are you looking to give your wardrobe a makeover with a selection of brand-new clothing, footwear and accessories? Not a problem! The city of Johannesburg is full of exciting retail hubs that’s sure to have everything you need, from on-trend fashion, health and beauty products and cool tech gadgets to all things kids, home and décor, stationery and more. Each suburb in the city has something unique, catering to all budgets, tastes and styles. From Maponya Mall in Soweto and Sandton City in the heart of the richest square mile in Africa, to Bedford Centre in Bedfordview and Ferndale on Republic in Ferndale, Randburg, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to retail therapy in Johannesburg.

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Getting Around Johannesburg

Getting around the city is far easier than you think! If you don’t have your own mode of transport, there’s many many options available to get you out and about in Johannesburg. For starters, we have the obvious Uber drivers and the many taxi ranks scattered all over the city. There’s also the 80-kilometre commuter rail system, Gautrain, which links Johannesburg, Pretoria, Ekurhuleni and O.R. Tambo International Airport together with one fast, convenient and efficient service. All you need is a Gautrain card and you’re ready to go! There’s also the option of car rentals from many reputable rental companies. Getting on the move has never been easier!

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Schools

Johannesburg is the ideal location for families due to its wide choice of educational facilities and schools. Whether you’re looking to further your studies at a university or tertiary institute, or are looking for a top-notch private or public primary or high school for your children, there’s sure to be a school that’ll offer the perfect starting blocks in build your or your children’s knowledge and pursue their dreams of becoming a lawyer, a doctor, an architect, or even a trendy fashionista designing fashion perfect for the catwalk. A few Johannesburg education institutes worth mentioning includes the well-known St Stithians College in Sandton, the University of the Witwatersrand and the University of Johannesburg, King David Schools, St Mary’s School in Waverley and St Andrews School for Girls.

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Outbound & Inbound Travel From Joburg

There are two airports that serve Johannesburg: the privately owned Lanseria International Airport (HLA) just north of Randburg and Sandton; and Africa’s biggest and busiest airport situated in Kempton Park, O.R.Tambo International Airport (JNB). Both airports offer domestic and regional flights throughout the country, while O.R. Tambo International Airport caters to international flights across the global. Not only do these airports offer flights to any dream destination in the world, but they also provide travelers with car hire, hotels, restaurants, stores and much more. You can also explore the country by taking a scenic train ride with the Shosholoza Meyl or catching a Greyhound bus.

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Hotels & Accommodation

Johannesburg is always bustling with international travelers, tourists and businessmen from all over the world. And let’s not forget our local visitors who are looking for a quick escape from the rush of everyday living. With this in mind, the city offers a wide selection of hotels and accommodation options that’ll suit every need, occasion, and pocket. If you’re looking to go all out when visiting trendy and vibrant Sandton, why not book a stay at the stunning five-star Michelangelo Hotel on West Street? Want to explore Johannesburg Central and experience inner city living? Visit the funky hostel, Curiocity Joburg in Jeppestown, and stay in one of their hip dorms or private rooms. There’s also the contemporary Once In Joburg ‘poshtel’ right in the middle of town, surrounded by an eclectic selection of restaurants, shops, entertainment and much more.

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Conference Centres

Business makes the world go round, which is why Joburg is full of conferencing venues to ensure that you host productive meetings with your delegates, effortlessly and seamlessly. Looking for something in the middle of the richest square mile in Africa? The Sandton Convention Centre is just the place, not only offering the best in the business but also business breakfasts to treat your guests! And for a space that’s not too close but not too far away from all the busy business hubs of the city, why not visit trendy Rosebank, bustling Bedfordview, or even central Randburg, all full of unique restaurants and hotels ideal for your next meeting.

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Municipal Services

To ensure that the city keeps running like a well-oiled machine, visitors and locals will be able to find municipal services scattered throughout Joburg and beyond to ensure that they can get all of their administrative concerns taken care of, as well as their well being, safety and health. From SARS offices and SAPS, to Traffic Departments, Home Affairs, public clinics and fire departments, Johannesburg has everything covered. You can find many various branches located in all major suburbs in the city, ensuring convenience and ease of access.

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Property In Johannesburg

Planning on making your stay in the city a little more permanent? As in moving to the the bustling and beautiful city of Johannesburg? If you’re ready to take the plunge, the city offers a wide variety of property options for you to view, explore and perhaps even buy or rent. There are many homes, flats in complexes, and apartments and bachelor pads available in Joburg, you’ll certainly feel spoilt for choice. All you have to do is research which areas you’d consider living in (keeping in mind where you work in the city, what you’re willing to spend on petrol while commuting, and entertainment hubs), your budget and what you’re looking for in a space to call your own.

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Jobs

Looking for a new job? You’ve come to the right city! Joburg is full of exciting opportunities for those who want to start their career or are simply looking on broadening their horizons with a brand-new venture. Part time work, full time 8 to 5 jobs, and everything else in between, you’re bound to find the perfect fit in the city of Joburg. So, get that CV ready and apply for amazing work opportunities in one of the busiest and fast-paced cities in South Africa.

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