Johannesburg, also known as Jozi, Jo'burg or Egoli, is the largest city in South Africa (by population) and is the provincial capital of Gauteng, the wealthiest province in South Africa. With almost 4 million residents, Johannesburg is also the world's largest city not situated on a river, lake or coastline. In a city that is rich in both Dutch and native culture, meeting venues in Johannesburg offer groups an eclectic mix of amenities to suit all tastes and budgets.
Johannesburg is served by O.R. Tambo International Airport, the largest and busiest airport in Africa and a gateway for international air travel to and from the rest of Southern Africa. (More recently Lanseria International Airport, situated conveniently on the opposite side of the city, has started international flights.)
Of the various conference venues in Johannesburg, those at the Sandton Sun are endorsed by its Signature Conference status. Sandton Sun offers 15 on-site meeting rooms and event facilities that cater to intimate board meetings of 4 delegates as well as cocktail/ dinner functions for 1,200 guests. The Midrand Conference Centre, just a 30-minute drive from Johannesburg's Airport, is practically a village of state-of-the-art conference rooms, guest houses and accommodation in an exquisite seven-acre garden setting opposite Gallagher Estate. The AstroTech Conference Centre in Parktown is in a gracious mansion in one of the most historic and beautiful areas of South Africa, offering elegance, security, convenience and free parking, too. Hotel venues with large meeting facilities include the Johannesburg Sandton Towers, with 50,000 square feet of meeting space; the Hyatt Regency Johannesburg, with 15,000 square feet of meeting space; and the Kloofzicht Lodge, with 7,000 square feet of space.
Visitors to Johannesburg will enjoy its rich history and colorful past. Spend an afternoon at the Apartheid Museum where its newest exhibit celebrates the life of Nelson Mandela, who was freed from his 26-year jail sentence in 1991. Explore the many bohemian restaurants in Melville; and don't miss the Lion Park, established in 1966 by the world-famous Chipperfields Circus. A mere 40 minutes drive from Johannesburg, it is conveniently situated in the Gauteng-Tshwane complex. Neither a game reserve nor a zoo, the Lion Park is split into two areas – one area for the herbivores such as zebra, giraffe, and various plains antelope and other grass-eating animals; and a carnivore area that houses three prides of lions and a clan of hyenas. (These are protected by barriers and fences to prevent the different prides from attacking one another.)
All average costs based on U.S. Government Per Diem rates as published by the U.S. General Services Administration.
OR Tambo International Airport (JNB)
Approximate taxi fare: 35 USD
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