Johannesburg South Africa!
Although this website is about Johannesburg, I've been prompted - due to the number of enquiries I've had linked to Johannesburg South Africa, to give you an insight into the number of very different travel opportunities that lie beyond the municipal borders of the city.
With both air and road connections, Johannesburg is the most common launch pad for a trip to the bush or a safari to the Kruger National Park
The lookout deck at Olifants Camp overlooking the flooded Olifants River in the Kruger National Park
There are nine entrance gates to the Kruger National Park
, with the southern gates approximately 400kms (250 miles), and the northern gates roughly 600kms (375 miles), from Johannesburg
They're all in easy reach on tar roads.
The distances to the private game reserves are approximately : Sabi Sand 440 kms (270 miles); Kapama, Klaserie, Thornybush and Timbavati 480 kms (300 miles);
Choosing a private lodge needs to be done with the help of a knowledgeable person or agent, as there are so many options.
Some lodges are like large impersonal hotels, others are run like the military whereas others are small and intimate.
My favourite is Savanna Private Game Lodge
, which is small and intimate.
It's in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve
within the greater Kruger National Park
conservation area, so has excellent game viewing.
A photo of lions fighting, taken at Savanna Lodge in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve
If you're interested in driving to the private lodges in Kruger and Greater Kruger, or plan a self-drive through Kruger
, click here to see the car rental companies that operate out of OR Tambo International Airport
A word of advice about the roads out of Jo'burg!
The most commonly used route is east on the N12 - but due to major construction, there are restrictions and lane closures.
Not pleasant - especially at night!
The suggested route is to travel north on either to use the M1 and onto the N1 or use the R21 and then onto the N1.
Once east of Pretoria, you take the N4 east, which is uncongested and contruction-free, and will take you directly to Greater Kruger.
If you'd rather fly to the private lodges in Kruger or Greater Kruger, or pick up a hire car for self-drive close to Kruger, click here to see the domestic airlines that fly from OR Tambo International Airport to airports near Kruger.
The drive to Sun City and the Pilanesberg Game Reserve should take an hour and a half to 2 hours, and are both roughly 160 kms (100 miles) from Jo'burg, and Madikwe Game Reserve, approx. 320 kms (200 miles) - all to the northwest of Jo'burg.
Johannesburg South Africa is very central to the game areas of South Africa
INTO AFRICA :
If you need to travel into Africa, click here for information on the OR Tambo International Airport
, which is Africa's busiest, and the hub for air travel into the whole of the southern and east African region.
Elephants enjoying a sandbath in the Etosha National Park in Namibia
is once again a great launch pad for driving into Africa.
Here are the distances by road to the countries bordering on South Africa
Namibia is approximately 900 kms (560 miles) to the west, Botswana roughly 290 kms (180 miles) to the northwest, Zimbabwe 545 kms (340 miles) to the north, Swaziland 340 kms (210 miles) and Mocambique 450 kms (280 miles) to the east and Lesotho 324 kms (200 miles) to the southeast.
These border posts are all accessible using tar roads, and are the border gates that are nearest to Johannesburg.
So, if wanting to go into Africa, Johannesburg South Africa
is very central to the borders of all neighbouring countries.
CAPE TOWN :
, known as "The Mother City", is South Africa's most popular tourist destination, with world famous landmarks such as Table Mountain and Robben Island.
Twilight on the cableway on Table Mountain in Cape Town
The most common way of traveling from Johannesburg
to Cape Town
is by air.
Click here to see the domestic low cost, no frill airlines that fly from Jo'burg to Cape Town.
Although a long way, a trip by road passes through varying scenery and a number of different landscapes.
Distances to Cape Town, using the N1 via Bloemfontein, is approximately 1400kms (870 miles), via Kimberley and the N12 is roughly 1440kms (900 miles), and via Port Elizabeth and the Garden Route, 1800kms (1120 miles).
Another interesting route, via the west coast, through mostly desert and semi-desert terrain, with the world's greatest flower show in spring, is more or less 1720kms (1070 miles).
Johannesburg South Africa
is often the first stop for travellers coming into the country, but Cape Town is a short hop and skip away.
UKHAHLAMBA DRAKENSBERG PARK :
With human activity evident for the past 1 million years, The uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park was made a UNESCO world heritage site in 2000, due to its diverse beauty of rugged peaks and the richest concentration of rock paintings in sub-Saharan Africa.
L-R : The Inner and Outer Horns (both 3005m), Bell (2928m) and Cathedral Peak taken from the Didima Camp
The relatively short drive, of approximately 400kms (250 miles) to the northern resorts, and 600 kms (375 miles) to the southern, is via good roads and highways.
For stunning mountain scenery, game viewing, birding and wildlife, the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park
is within easy reach of Johannesburg South Africa
WEEKEND GETAWAYS :
There are a number of places to go for weekend getaway.
Unfortunately this page is still being worked on, so for now - you'll have to do your own surfing and research, but here's where to start looking!
Drakensberg, Dullstroom, Eastern Free State, Hartebeespoort Dam area, Kruger National Park, KZN Battlefield Route, Lesotho, Magaliesberg, Magoebaskloof, Midlands Meander, Panorama Route, Pilanesberg, Pretoria area, Swaziland, Vaal River and Vaal Dam, Wakkerstroom and the Waterberg.
Father and son in a rural, mountainous village in Lesotho
Big Sky country
With the number of weekend getaways within easy reach of Johannesburg South Africa
, there's no reason not to see what's beyond the city's border.