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Popular amenities for Johannesburg vacation rentals

Stay near Johannesburg's top sights

Maboneng Precinct287 locals recommend
Sandton City Shopping Centre488 locals recommend
Rosebank Mall198 locals recommend
Gold Reef City Theme Park294 locals recommend
Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct193 locals recommend
Eastgate Shopping Centre48 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Johannesburg

  • Total rentals

    4.4K properties

  • Total number of reviews

    103K reviews

  • Family-friendly rentals

    1.2K properties are a good fit for families

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    550 properties allow pets

  • Rentals with a pool

    2.1K properties have a pool

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    2.4K properties have a dedicated workspace

Your guide to Johannesburg

All About Johannesburg

One of the largest cities in the world, Johannesburg — affectionately called Jozi or Joburg by South Africans — is going through a cultural reawakening. Sleek, new high-rise buildings are popping up constantly, and from the observation deck on the 50th floor of the Carlton Centre you can take in the city’s unique and ever-shifting skyline. In Braamfontein, Johannesburg’s oldest district, you’ll find pop-up shops, gourmet food markets, and clubs sitting side by-side. Public art is omnipresent in the hipster-friendly Maboneng Arts District, known for its up-and-coming gallery scene and craft cocktail bars set in repurposed industrial buildings.

If you’re looking for a quieter experience, hit up a cozy cafe in the suburb of Craighall, or hunt in Linden’s boutiques and shops for mid-century furniture, antiques, and crafts. Anyone who visits this city should spend some time to learn about Johannesburg’s complex history at one of the many museums, such as the Apartheid Museum or the Nelson Mandela Museum.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Johannesburg

Visitors from the U.S. should be aware that Johannesburg’s location in the Southern Hemisphere means the seasons are opposite to what you’re used to. Winter lasts from June to August, and though the weather never gets too cold, this time of year sees the fewest visitors. The city is busiest during summer (December to February), although it also sees the most rain during this time. If you’re looking to avoid peak travel season while still enjoying good weather, spring and fall are ideal.

With the city being such a major cultural hub, there will be something going on no matter when you visit. The year kicks off with January’s Johannesburg International Mozart Festival, celebrating the composer’s birthday with a week of symphonic concerts and opera performances. In March, Hobby-X draws a wide array of craft and hobby communities.

Top things to do in Johannesburg

LoCrate Market

This self-described “lifestyle market to break all markets” is held on the first Sunday of every month in the southwestern suburb of Soweto. Hyper-local artisans sell craft beer, organic food and beauty products, and hand-made designer clothes. You’ll have your pick of food trucks to choose from before enjoying some live music, a poetry reading, or simply some people watching.

Melville Koppies Reserve

With geological findings dating back three billion years, this nature reserve and City Heritage Site is the sole conserved piece of land from before the discovery of gold near here in 1884. Hiking through the reserve’s 370 acres of indigenous grasses and wildflowers, you might forget you’re in the heart of one of the biggest cities in the world — until you take in the spectacular panoramic views of Johannesburg from the top of the koppies (small hills).

Wits University Origins Centre

Located on the west campus of the University of the Witwatersrand in Braamfontein, this museum showcases the history of the region’s peoples, going back nearly 80,000 years, as well as the emergence of modern humans in southern Africa. You’ll see ancient hominid fossils, rock art and indigenous artifacts, dinosaur reconstructions, and a garden with native plants.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Johannesburg?

    Johannesburg experiences a mild climate, with warm, sunny days throughout the year. Summers, from November to February, see afternoon thunderstorms, while winters, from June to August, are dry and chilly, with temperatures between 32°F (0°C) and 68°F (20°C).

  • What are some of the best things to do in Johannesburg?

    You can explore the rich history at the Apartheid Museum, enjoy a nature walk at Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens, or visit the Johannesburg Art Gallery. For wildlife enthusiasts, a trip to the Lion Park can be a thrilling adventure. If shopping is your thing, Sandton City is a frequently suggested destination. It's a vibrant city with diverse activities to suit every taste.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Johannesburg?

    The most popular time to visit Johannesburg is during the dry winter months of June to August. During this period, the city hosts the Joy of Jazz Festival and the National Arts Festival, attracting visitors from around the world.

  • What are the best places to stay in Johannesburg?

    For a central location, consider staying in Sandton, known for its shopping and business centers. Braamfontein is popular for its art scene and vibrant nightlife. If you prefer a quieter, more residential area, Parkhurst and Melville are frequently suggested.

  • What are the best places to visit in Johannesburg?

    The Apartheid Museum, Gold Reef City, and the Maboneng Precinct are often recommended. The Nelson Mandela Square, Johannesburg Botanical Garden, and Constitution Hill are also popular attractions that provide insight into South Africa's history, culture, and natural beauty.

  • What are some hiking trails in Johannesburg?

    Johannesburg has a range of trails to suit all levels of fitness. The Melville Koppies Nature Reserve, Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve, and Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden trails offer a chance to enjoy the city's natural beauty. The Hennops Hiking Trail, about an hour's drive from the city, also provides a scenic escape.

  • What are some family activities to do in Johannesburg?

    Families can enjoy time together at the Johannesburg Zoo or the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre. The Gold Reef City theme park, with its variety of rides and historical exhibits, is another exciting destination. A visit to the Cradle of Humankind, a UNESCO World Heritage site, can make for a great educational trip.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Johannesburg?

    For day trips, consider visiting the Lion and Safari Park, the Cradle of Humankind, Pretoria, or the Pilanesberg National Park, each within a two-hour drive from Johannesburg. A journey to the Magaliesberg Mountains offers beautiful scenery and hiking opportunities.

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in Johannesburg?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 2,350 vacation rentals in Johannesburg featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

  • Are there pet-friendly vacation rentals in Johannesburg?

    Four-legged friends are welcome in Johannesburg. Choose from more than 550 vacation rentals for guests traveling with pets.

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