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Handling 19 million passengers a year, and with direct flights to all six inhabited continents, it’s no surprise that Johannesburg’s international airport is known as “Africa’s gateway to the world”. But before heading off on your connection, South Africa’s largest city is well worth getting to know for a few days. Whether you’re heading on to a safari, beach or an island adventure, the juxtaposition of this vibrant city to your next destination will make your trip even more striking and memorable.

The days before you head off on safari often include a fleeting passage through Johannesburg in order to reach open plains, vast skies, and captivating wildlife. For a more rounded experience of South Africa, a few nights in Johannesburg is a must. Take these days at the beginning of your trip, and discover the city’s flourishing art scene. As well as world-class malls for some serious shopping, further retail therapy gems include 44 Stanley, a highly curated al fresco shopping and dining destination, and Amatuli, an eclectic collection of artefacts and antiques from across Africa. Pack in a few days of historical and cultural experiences as you visit Johannesburg’s many sites and museums with our experienced tour guides. This immersion in the city’s vibrant buzz will provide beautiful contrast for the peace and quiet you’ll find on safari. For foodies, this destination duo allows you to taste your way around Africa through culturally-reflective eateries in Johannesburg – the foodie capital of South Africa, according to The Independent. 

For ultimate ease, spend a few nights with the Saxon in Johannesburg, before travelling just 3 hours north to sister property Shambala Private Game Reserve for Big Five spotting, sundowner cruises, and quad biking, to name just a few of the experiences on offer.

At the heart of the City of Gold lies the enchanting Saxon Hotel, Villa and Spa, here to welcome you during your stay in Johannesburg. 

Tel: +27 (0)11 292 6000