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Johannesburg at a Glance

Johannesburg's troubled past is increasingly left behind in many areas. Enjoy the new nightlife, arts district, museums and cultural life that seeks to move the city  beyond its Apartheid past. 

Don't miss the Apartheid Museum when visiting Johannesburg. This moving and upsetting museum uses audio-visual and interactive exhibits to discuss the rise and fall of Apartheid. The legacy of institutionalized inequality and oppression still haunts Johannesburg and the museum displays the sources of contemporary struggle as well. While the past has been an unbelievable struggle, South Africans are embracing the present with pride. The district of Newtown overflows with theater, museums, restaurants and evening jazz. Listen to music float on the gentle night breeze while you uncork a South African vintage and nibble on a skewer of succulent meat. There's plenty to learn in Johannesburg, but also plenty to enjoy. 

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High Season
December - April
Low Season
May - November
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      Getting There
      Major Airports
      • Major Airport O.R. Tambo International Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      Travelers to South African from Japan, American, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the European Union will not need visas to enter the country. All travelers need a valid passport from their country of origin. The passport must have at least one page available for stamping and 30 days of remaining validity at the end of your stay in South Africa. South African embassies or consulates help travelers apply for visas if they are required. American citizens can also use the U.S State Department website as a resource. 

      Need to Know

      Severe Weather: Come prepared with a jacket if you spend time in the highland areas. Nights are drastically cooler than the days. 

      Safety Concerns ATM scams are a big problem in South Africa. Be careful about the ATMs you use and avoid drawing money out at night. Thieves are frequently well-dressed men who jam the machines and wait nearby. Daylight muggings are also a problem in Johannesburg and it is important to stay vigilant about your personal security. Never walk anywhere at night. 

      Health Concerns Speak with your doctor at least two months before your trip to discuss health concerns and to plan any vaccinations.