Over the December holidays, most people are holidaying at beach destinations around the country or travelling abroad, making Joburg the perfect place to stay and experience it a little differently - no traffic and no stress. There are many exciting things to do and ways to spend your holiday without jetting off to other locations.
Hyatt Regency, Rosebank
The newly renovated Hyatt Regency in Rosebank is a great place for a luxurious weekend getaway, without having to leave the city. The renovations have given the hotel a new and contemporary feel, adding lots of light. With a range of activities in the hotel and surrounding areas, from spa visits to guided tours, you’ll definitely enjoy your stay. Wether you’re staying at the hotel or you’re just after some fine dining, the hotel’s new and stylish restaurant, oneNINEone, is the place to be. The restaurant offers various cuisines from around the world, with a South African flair; and a list of over 170 local and international wines - perfect for a relaxed night out with friends.
Botanical Gardens, Emmarentia and Roodepoort
Both the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens and the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens and beautiful and lush, and are perfect destinations for a picnic in the park. At the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens you can wander through a rose garden, the herb patch, or take a look at the collection of succulents. The garden nearest to the dam is also dog friendly so your much loved pets can join you on a summer outing. The Walter Sisulu Garden in Roodepoort, features a tranquil waterfall and is home to a pair of Verreaux’s Eagles, which you might be lucky enough to spot. If you’re up for some activity before your relaxing picnic, there is a hiking trail, allowing you to get some exercise in the fresh air and sunshine.
Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg CBD
For art lovers, visiting an art museum is a great way to spend a day, but sometimes everyday life gets too busy and we don’t get to enjoy the finer things in life as much, so December is the perfect time to visit the Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG). JAG, located in the Joburg CBD, is the biggest gallery on the sub-continent., and boasts an extensive collection of over 9000 works of art displayed in 15 exhibition halls and sculpture gardens. There is a vast range of collections, from 15th-century Europe to contemporary African art including; artefacts, sculptures, drawings, paintings, prints and lacework.
San Deck, Sandton
Staying in Joburg over December doesn’t mean you don’t get to feel like you’re on holiday. The San Deck, at the Sandton Sun hotel, is a great place to hang out sipping on delicious cocktails while taking in the breathtaking views over Sandton and its surrounds. You can relax on the luxurious couches on the terrace and enjoy Johannesburg’s beautiful sunsets in comfort and style. The San Bar has a fashionably modern interior and offers a wide range of wines and cocktails, as well as serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s the perfect place for sundowners, excellent food and spectacular views.
4th Avenue, Parkhurts
Being cooped up in shopping centres is not the ideal way to spend your holidays; 4th Avenue in Parkhurst is a much better alternative if you’re up for some chic shopping and delicious dining. 4th Avenue offers a mix of boutiques, gift shops, hair salons, book stores, interior design, restaurants, coffee shops and bars - just about anything you need. This inviting suburb offers a vibrant atmosphere and is always buzzing with people, where you can spend the day shopping and filling up at some of Joburg’s best eateries. 4th Avenue is the perfect place to enjoy summer, as you stroll down the long street and sit out on the pavement cafés.
Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve, Krugersdorp
The Rhino and Lion Park Nature Reserve is an excellent way to entertain the whole family. The nature reserve boasts more than 600 animals with over 30 species including, buffalo, lion, white rhino, wild dog, cheetah, hippo, crocodile and various antelope species. You can take a drive through the reserve or organise day or night drives, that are roughly two and a half hours. The Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve is also home to the Wonder Cave offering guided tours introducing you to the range of formations including, cave pearls, stalactites, stalagmites, popcorn formations, straw formations, mushroom formations, the Madonna, and more. End your visit off with a visit to the Animal Creche where you can pet lion, tiger and cheetah cubs.