Things to do in Johannesburg

Eat your fill at the farmers’ markets

Johannesburg has a number of farmers’ markets that will keep the most ardent foodie happy. Bryanston Organic Market is on Thursdays and Sundays from 0900-1500, Neighbourgoods in Braamfontein is on Saturdays from 0900-1500, and Market on Main in Magobeng Precinct is every Sunday from 1000-1500. Come hungry.

Get neck deep in wine on the Vaal Meander Wine Route

Every year for six weeks during the winter, venues along the banks of the Vaal River offer fantastic wine tastings ( The venues - a mixture of bars, shops and restaurants - team up with prominent South African wine estates and will welcome you with open arms and full glasses.

Go big game spotting in safari

There’s all manner of safari options to explore around Johannesburg, though most tours will drive you the 405km (251m) to Kruger National Park. There, you’ll have a good chance of seeing the ‘Big Five’ (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino). African Budget Safaris ( offer a range of two and three day tours.

Take to the plains on horseback

The dusty plains surrounding the city are perfect for exploring by horseback. Whether your experience is closer to cowboy or choirboy, Danielsrust Horse Trails (tel: +27 82 891 8365; will get your saddled up and trotting around a 1,000 hectare farm full of game like zebra, wildebeest and eland.

Chant with the locals at Ellis Park

Few South Africans would argue that they’re not a rugby-mad nation, and national stadium Ellis Park was the site of the country’s most iconic moment - winning the 1995 Rugby World Cup and laying the foundation for the settling of racial relations in the country. Nowadays it’s home to the Lions, the Golden Lions and, of course, the Springboks.

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