WELCOME to Johannesburg - the heartbeat of the country. It's the economic and cultural centre of South Africa, where you work hard and play hard.
Everyone is on the move, from doing business to hitting the city's nightspots until late. Johannesburg is a dynamic cosmopolitan city with great places to eat, interesting sites to visit and a good range of places to stay.
The City of Johannesburg is South Africa's largest and most vibrant metropolitan area. Not only is it a area of commerce and industry, generating more than 35% of the country's gross domestic product, it is also a area of friendly people, large open spaces, sports and culture, truly a sunshine city built on gold. Placed at the heart of South Africa's communications network and boasting and excellent infrastructure, the Johannesburg of today offers easy and immediate access to many of the country's major tourist attractions such as the Kruger National Park, private game reserves and stylish resort hotels at Sun City which includes the Palace of the Lost City, acclaimed as one of the world's finest hotels.
Johannesburg and the surrounding area offers a large selection of recreational options ranging from hiking and mountain biking trails for the outdoor enthusiast to elegant theatres and art galleries catering for the culturally refined. An Authentic Zulu kraal offers Zulu dancing displays, while a reconstructed gold mining village offers a nostalgic trip into the city's golden past, with underground visits and gold pouring demonstrations. Other attractions in and around Johannesburg include a crocodilefarm, cheetah breeding centre and snake parks.
The city, and especially the northern suburbs, hosts a large selection of comfortable and attractive accommodation facilities, ranging from budget backpackers and self-catering establishments to luxurious five start hotels and lodges, while the gourmet diner has a wide choice of excellent restaurants with cuisine ranging from family fare to sophisticated a-la-carte menus.