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Johannesburg

Jetradar compares airfares to Johannesburg with hundreds of airlines and dozens of online travel agencies in one single place. We provide you with all the options, you choose where to book. Also there you can find airlines special offers to Johannesburg. Facts about Johannesburg: Johannesburg connects with 1042 cities nonstop. There are 2 airports in Johannesburg: Oliver Reginald Tambo International (Jan Smuts International), Lanseria. 174 airlines have flights to Johannesburg.

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Johannesburg Airports

  • Oliver Reginald Tambo International (Jan Smuts International) JNB
  • Lanseria HLA

Weather in Johannesburg

Month Temp. (°C) Rainfall
January 21.0 133.0
February 20.5 93.0
March 19.0 92.0
April 16.0 55.0
May 13.0 15.0
June 10.0 9.0
July 10.5 4.0
August 12.5 8.0
September 16.0 28.0
October 18.0 76.0
November 19.0 111.0
December 20.0 111.0
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Population

The total population of Johannesburg is

2,026,000 people.

Johannesburg City Guide

Brief History

Johannesburg was founded in the late 1800s, during a massive gold rush in the northern part of South Africa. Wealth from the gold rush led to a rapid expansion of the small town, and by the time South Africa gained independence from Britain in 1910, it was already an important urban center. Today, it is the commercial capital of the country, and thus one of the most important cities in sub-Saharan Africa.

Transportation

O.R. Tambo Airport carries the overwhelming majority of international flights to Johannesburg. The airport is about 15 miles from the city center, which can be reached either by taxi or by high-speed rail. If you do plan to take a taxi, be sure to insist on the meter, as cab drivers going off-meter will often overcharge you by a considerable amount. Tambo Airport is a major South African hub, so there are direct flights to Johannesburg from all over the world, particularly from Europe. There is a second airport, Lanseria Airport, which can be reached from Johannesburg. However, due to its small size and distance from the city, it is used almost exclusively by private flights and diplomatic arrivals.

Johannesburg was undoubtedly built with the car in mind, and public transportation is limited. However, as the city becomes more crowded and congestion becomes more of a problem, there are options in development, some of which are already open to the public. For getting from one district to another, there is a high-speed commuter train; however, this train has very few stops, so unless your destination happens to be close to a major train station, you may have a long way to walk. The most recommended option for tourists is to rent a car. Renting a car gives you freedom and autonomy within the city, although it is best for confident drivers – traffic in Johannesburg can be tricky!

Popular Attractions

  • Johannesburg has a lively nightlife, mostly clustered around Braamfontein, near the university.
  • The Johannesburg Planetarium, which has a wide variety of exciting and educational programs, is a popular destination for visitors with young children.
  • Have you ever wanted to pet a baby lion? In Johannesburg’s Lion Park, you can. They have young lions who are accustomed to human contact, so they will not bite or attack. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get close to one of these majestic creatures.
  • With several large parks and thousands of trees, Johannesburg is one of the greenest cities in the world. The Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens are especially enjoyable.
  • For visitors interested in the painful racial history of South Africa, the Apartheid Museum offers informative and very moving displays.

Food

Johannesburg has a huge variety of foods from both local and international cuisines. This global city has fewer and fewer local eateries each year (more and more of its restaurants cater to an international clientele), but you can still find delicious food in many small restaurants downtown.

Tips for Travelers

  • Be careful where you walk in Johannesburg, and never wander around aimlessly. Although the city has become much safer in recent years, there are still several dodgy neighborhoods where you would not want to get lost.
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