Johannesburg, Jo’burg, Jozi, Egoli …

Welcome to Joburg – the heartbeat of the country!

Feel the sizzling energy, the welcoming vibes, the explosions of creativity, the everything-is-possible business attitude. It’s the economic and cultural centre of South Africa, where things get done and everyone is on the move, from doing business to hitting the city’s nightspots until late. Joburg is a dynamic cosmopolitan city with great places to eat, interesting sites to visit and a good range of places to stay, a “melting pot of culture, race, heritage, nationality, background and tastes. The landscapes reflect its people: so vast and contrasting”

And what can I do during my stay?

You would be amazed what this city has to offer besides business, shopping and eating out (and we are talking not only about the big and fancy shopping centres and restaurants in Sandton and Rosebank, but also about all the little jewels and hidden gems e.g. in Melville, Greenside, Parkhurst). From A like Apartheid Museum to Z like ZOO there is so much too much to do for one visit only.

For outdoor activities we like the ideas on (go to Regions – Gauteng) and here are some more things to do in Jo’burg (if you stay at Idwala we are more than happy to arrange activities for you). We do have a driver and offer shuttles/transport for guest who are not comfortable with driving in Johannesburg.

Some of the have-to-do sightseeings:

  1. Cradle of Humankind (with Maropeng, a worldclass exhibition about the development of humans and their planet; the Sterkfontein Caves with their amazing fossil finds, the Cradle Restaurant – very nice!, etc),
  2. Johannesburg Zoo
  3. Zoo Lake:  A large, well-established park surrounds Zoo Lake, which is frequented by breeding bird colonies. Other attractions include rowing boats for hire, a swimming pool, tennis courts, a tea garden and a restaurant (Moyo’s at Zoo Lake)
  4. African Craft Market  & the famous Sunday Roof Top market in Rosebank Mall
  5. Organic Market in Bryanston
  6. concerts/shows in Johannesburg – for infos and tickets go to
  7. Apartheid Museum
  8. Botanical Gardens (Concerts/ Picnic / have a nice walk)
  9. Newtown with MuseumAfrica or the Market Theatre
  10. also check (Touristguide) and to see what’s on
  11. The South African Brewery offers tours and tastings
  12. and there are endless galleries and museums for a cloudy day

Play Golf in Johannesburg!

Idwala is sourrounded by golf courses, e.g. Parkview Golf Club (7 min) or Randpark Colf Club (5 min). With its 40 world class golf courses  and its year-round moderate and sunny weather Johannesburg must be Golfers Paradies! Shuttles from Idwala available – our concierge may book the green fee for you!

If you would like to book a guided tour we gladly send you more information about

★    Johannesburg City or Soweto

★    Apartheid Museum

★    Goldreef City

★    Constitution Hill

★    Lesedi Cultural Village

★    Lion Park / Rhino and Lion Park

★    Pilansberg Nature Reserve

★    Sun City

★    Magaliesberg Adventure

★    Sterkfontein Caves / Maropeng

★    Pretoria

★    Diamond Mines and experiences

★    visit the World Cup stadiums

★    etc etc

  • Quick facts:
  • Johannesburg was established 1886 with the found of gold. It is today the Capital of the Gauteng Province. The Population (officially) is 3,88 Million in the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality. Cities belonging to the Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality: Alexandra, Johannesburg, Lenasia, Midrand, Randburg, Roodepoort, Sandton, Soweto
  • Area: 1 645km2
  • Quick facts:
  • Getting around
  • Rent a car – with GPS!
    Use the Gautrain – brandnew mass rapid transway system with currently 6 stations. Use metered taxis (not the shared Minibuses) – we have lists of preferred taxi and shuttle companies. Tourguides – we gladly suggest tours in and around Johannesburg with our preferred registered tourguides
  • Excellent Climate all year round!
  • Johannesburg features a Subtropical highland climate. The city enjoys a dry, sunny climate with late afternoon thundershowers in the summer months of October to April. Temperatures in Johannesburg are usually fairly mild due to the city’s high altitude, with the average maximum daytime temperature in January of 25.6 °C (78.1 °F), dropping to an average maximum of around 16 °C (61 °F) in June. Winter is the sunniest time of the year, with mild days and cool nights, dropping to 4.1 °C (39.4 °F) in June and July. The temperature occasionally drops to below freezing at night, causing frost. Snow is a rare occurrence
  • Did you know? Joburg is …
    • the largest city of the country by population
    • the largest economy in the Subsaharan Africa
    • the biggest man made forest in the world with over 10 Million trees
    • The city’s OR Tambo airport is the busiest in Africa, handling an estimated 18-million passengers a year
    • Johannesburg has been rebuilt four times in the span of one century. First, it was a tented camp, then a town of tin hanties, then of four-storey Edwardian brick buildings and a city of modern skyscrapers.
    • It is Africa’s second largest global city, after Cairo
    • Forty percent of the world’s gold is found in the greater Johannesburg region. In effect, Johannesburg is also referred as ‘Egoli’, meaning the ‘Place of Gold’.
    • The city of Johannesburg receives an average of twelve hours of sunlight in a day.
    • Forty percent of all the world’s human ancestor fossils have been discovered in and around Johannesburg.

A high-end hotel does not come close to rivalling Idwala. If you are looking for an exclusive and distinct getaway within the city of Johannesburg then this is the place to lay your head and relax.

Sue, Canada

I travel extensively for work and have traveled world-wide and in no other place I’ve stayed was I made to feel so welcomed


“Enjoyed my stay”, Very cozy lodge and friendly accommodating staff. It was a little hard to find the lodge but my stay overally was very enjoyable. I loved the bathroom!! It is really spacious and done up well. I would definitely return to Idwala Lodge if I am in the area.

Sandy Vims
Happy Guest

“Exquisite”, We spent 2 nights here on vacation. The staff was amazing, from the time we arrived until checkout. The food was top notch. I recommend the springbok. The room was just as pleasant ( especially the heated floor in the bathroom). We will definitely be staying here again on our return trip.

Rick C
Happy Guest

More Info

read more about Johannesburg on