We feature two fashionable suburbs of Johannesburg which are great for connections or one night stays before or after your South African adventure. Both of which offer excellent restaurants, bars and shopping. Gauteng, the province that includes Johannesburg and Pretoria, has plenty of wide, open spaces. Big game can be seen in its nature reserves, with many visitors heading for the epic Kruger National Park, a half-day’s drive to the north-east.

Pretoria is renowned for its beautiful parks and gardens, in springtime the streets are washed with the delicate mauve of jacarandas. The planners had the foresight to design over 100 open spaces in the city and these include nature reserves and bird sanctuaries. Delightful old buildings have been painstakingly restored and it has emerged from its political past as a vibrant and interesting place with many attractions for the visitor.

Johannesburg has excellent connections, so you can easily combine a South African holiday with a Indian Ocean beach break or a city stopover in the Middle East. Head to Mauritius or The Seychelles after your safari; discover a different kind of safari in Botswana's Okavango Delta; head up to Zimbabwe to see the glorious Victoria Falls; and stop on your way home for a shopping spree in Dubai.

When to visit

Jan 25°c
Feb 23°c
Mar 23°c
Apr 20°c
May 18°c
Jun 15°c
Jul 16°c
Aug 18°c
Sep 21°c
Oct 22°c
Nov 23°c
Dec 24°c
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