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A delicate mingling of natural beauty, local history, and a colourful culture all lend to the magic of Johannesburg. The allure of spending a day exploring the Lesedi Cultural Village, playing at Gold Reef City, or mingling with the locals at the Roka Lounge draws tourists in droves.
As ‘Joburg’ grows in popularity, cheap flights are becoming more available by the season.
Best time to travel to Johannesburg
From June to August Johannesburg sees an influx of tourists. This is largely due to the cool, mild, and dry climate that appears during these months. If you can find a good deal on flights, this is a great time to visit the Johannesburg Zoo, go hiking through the Magaliesberg Mountains, or take part in the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival in August.
Johannesburg's shoulder season begins in March and ends in May. Inexpensive flights to this lovely location are generally easier to find during this period, as many tourists prefer to avoid the unpredictable weather. If you do not mind hopping in and out of doors at a moment’s notice, however, this is a great time to browse the unique wears of the Mai Mai market, then jump inside to wander around the Origins Centre.
From December to February, the rainy atmosphere saturates the city with quietness and tranquility. If you prefer to avoid crowds, this is the best time to go. Although tourists are few, this destination is still in full swing with events like the Carols in the Garden in December, the Joburg Carnival in January, and the FNB Dance Umbrella in February.
Johannesburg Airport and transfer information
O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB)
Distance: 24km east of Johannesburg
Public transportation in this city is inexpensive; however, when using this method of ground transport, visitors are advised to travel in groups for the purpose of safety. If you are travelling alone, a safer alternative is the airport shuttle service. You may also rent a car or take a taxi at a higher fee.
Online resources for your travel to Johannesburg
The City of Johannesburg website offers travel tips and information on local attractions.
The Safetravel website provides health alerts, security warnings, and information on important nearby contacts.
The Met Office website gives current climate information, as well as a five-day forecast.