Flights from London Heathrow to Johannesburg
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Bustling, Cultural Metropolis
Johannesburg is a large city in South Africa where culture abounds in the form of art galleries, art exhibitions and historical destinations. Johannesburg has attractions for fun family outings, adventure seekers and community events ranging from concerts and festivals to expos and exhibitions. Visitors can always find something entertaining to do in Johannesburg, such as enjoy the rich nightlife or partake in the culinary revolution that is Johannesburg's local cuisine.
Jo'burg climate and the best time to travel
Temperatures are a bit cooler in the winter and Johannesburg is best visited in the summertime. Summers, which last from October to April, feature warm, sunny days and late afternoon thunderstorms. Tourists are encouraged to come in late April for Freedom Day. Other notable dates include September 24th where parties and events take place city-wide, or visit the first two weeks in October for the Johannesburg Beer Festival. Visit around the first of December for the Johannesburg Carnival.
Important information before you travel
British travellers do not require a visa if planning a visit lasting up to 90 days, but a passport must be valid for at least thirty days before leaving South Africa, passports must also have a minimum 2 pages left blank at the time of entry and exit.
Johannesburg safety and public transport
Johannesburg is a vibrant city, but there are some safety precautions visitors are urged to take. It's not recommended to take the local minibus taxis. If you are attacked, you're advised to refrain from self-defence. Comply with your attackers and report the incident to authorities as soon as you're able to do so safely. Buses are affordable with single tickets costing around 10 ZAR. Keep in mind that there are no designated bus stops, so you will have to flag them down on the main roads. To find the most up-to-date information on local attractions, visit the Cultural Centre. The Centre includes a museum, hall of fame, and an indoor theatre. Moreover, it's a hub for trade and transport networks, so it may be easier to find transportation here. Both the Absa Museum and Absa Art Gallery are great points of interest.
It's easy to save money in the city because the cost of living is generally lower than that of London and the UK. Expect restaurant prices to be approximately half of what you would pay in a typical London restaurant. Accommodation begins at around ca. 300 ZAR for a guesthouse or hostel, and around 700 ZAR for a 3-star hotel.