Formerly known as Johannesburg International Airport, the O. R. Tambo International Airport is Africa’s busiest airport and the primary airport for domestic and international travel for South Africa. The airport also used to be called as Jan Smuts International Airport after South Africa's former prime minister of that name.
In 2006, it was renamed to O. R. Tambo International Airport, after Oliver Tambo, a central figure of the African National Congress and was an avid anti-apartheid politician.
Located 21 km from the city center, O. R. Tambo International Airport is the hub of South Africa's largest international and domestic carrier, South African Airways. The airport has two terminals which serve many major airlines with connections to many intercontinental destinations to all continents except Antarctica. The busiest international routes to Johannesburg are from London, Paris and Frankfurt.
O. R. Tambo International Airport is conveniently accessible by public transport. A transit terminal, between the domestic and international terminals houses the Gautrain MRT station linking the airport to Sandton, one of the metropolitan area's main business districts and a primary tourist area, and the rest of the Gautrain system.
Car rental services, metered taxis and luxury airport taxis are readily available at the airport for transport into city centre. There are also city bus lines serving the airport twice a day. Travel time to the city is approximately 45 minutes, depending on traffic.
Johannesburg is South Africa's largest city, with a population of 3.2 million people. The city is the main economic hub of South Africa, and increasingly for the rest of Africa. Johannesburg often gets a bad rap due to the large contrast between rich and poor and incidents of crime, but with ample precautions, it is a city that should not be missed. There are many things that make Johannesburg unique, the variety of attractions is impressive; it is definitely worth a visit!
Getting around Johannesburg is quite difficult as public transportation is very limited. There are city buses and shared minibus services but suitable for visitors unfamiliar with the city. Taxis are not commonly found in Johannesburg and available only at the airport and some areas of Sandton and the city centre. The best option to enjoy Johannesburg is renting a car with driver. It is also worth noting that most establishments close on weekends and also during the lunch hours. Planning your itinerary can be quite a challenge.
Despite these drawbacks, it is definitely worth your while to venture to this amazing city. Its colourful streetscape, green landscapes, and revitalised city centre with trendy shops, array of art galleries and museums promises a unique holiday to remember. Johannesburg truly has much to offer and the attractions suggested here are just some of the places that one simply can't miss —
A definite must visit for any visitor to Johannesburg. It tells the story of South Africa's turbulent past and present. The dramatic exhibits include video, photographs and artefacts that reflect the strength of the human spirit. Due to the graphic nature of the Museum’s exhibits, it is not suitable for children under the age of 11.
Constitution Hill, Johannesburg
Located downtown on the eastern edge of Braamfontein is now a museum that holds various exhibits which commemorates the history of the various struggles of the nation. The notorious Old Fort Prison Complex was where many of South Africa’s political activists, including Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela were detained. Today, the Constitution Hill functions as courtroom, museum and art gallery.
Established in 1904, this 55-hectare zoo houses about 2000 individuals of 320 species. Tours and excursions around the zoo are offered. Notable zoo residents are the rare white lions. The Johannesburg Zoo is also the only zoo in South Africa to have successfully bred Siberian Tigers, the largest cats in the world.
Montecasino Bird Gardens
This bird park is a popular family-friendly attraction in Johannesburg. Here, you can find an extensive collection of colourful birds, mammals, reptiles and unusual animals from around the world.
With a marvellous blend of old and new, and the continuous regeneration of its famous landmarks and monuments, visitors will surely have a memorable time in Johannesburg. The weather is generally regarded as excellent with mild temperatures all year round, just perfect for a holiday! Get the best flight deals to O. R. Tambo International Airport today! No fixed dates are needed – simply search all the cheap flights available using Skyscanner Singapore.
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