Johannesburg & the North West Guide

Johannesburg is South Africa’s largest city and many holidays will start or end here. It provides a gateway to Kruger National Park and the game reserves and attractions of the North West.

The neighbouring capital of Pretoria is where both the Blue Train & Rovos Rail depart, and the city itself is worth exploring, with its fine colonial buildings and elegant tree lined avenues. Close by is Sun City, known for its lavish hotels and lively entertainment industry.

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Discover Johannesburg

From learning about the dark history of Apartheid to exploring South Africa’s playground Sun City, our Africa experts can include a variety of activities in your tailor made holiday.

Things to do in Johannesburg & NW

  • Visit the thought-provoking Apartheid Museum
  • See where Nelson Mandela was raised on a tour of Soweto
  • Treat yourself to some retail therapy in the startling array of shops
  • Admire the blossoming Jacaranda Trees in Pretoria
  • Enjoy the local arts, crafts and jazz of the up and coming Maboneng Precinct
  • Discover the UNESCO World Heritage listed Cradle of Humankind
  • Relax in Sun City with top class golf and water parks alike
  • Experience South Africa in style with a luxury rail journey
  • Go on a search for the Big 5 in Pilansberg National Park

Getting There

By Air – Acting as the hub of South African Airways, Johannesburg is easily accessible. You can fly direct from London in just 11 hours. You can also connect to a variety of African destinations, from Victoria Falls to the Seychelles.

By Road – Pretoria is just a 30 minute drive North of Johannesburg, with the journey to Sun City and Pilanesberg National Park taking around 2 hours. Allow roughly 4 hours to travel to either Madikwe or Marakele reserves.

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Johannesburg & NW Hotels & Experiences

Our recommended hotels and excursions to explore Johannesburg, Pretoria and the North West.
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