O. R. Tambo International Airport, formerly officially Jan Smuts International Airport then Johannesburg International Airport, is the primary airport serving the cities of Johannesburg and Pretoria in South Africa. The airport is located in Kempton Park, near Johannesburg. It is the busiest public airport in Africa, with connections to all continents except Antarctica. O. R. Tambo International Airport also functions as the hub of South Africa's largest international and domestic carrier, South African Airways.
What to see & do
Gold Reef City - Gold Reef City is an amusement park located on an old gold mine in Johannesburg. The theme of the park is the gold rush that started in 1886 on the Witwatersrand; the buildings are designed the same as structures from the 1880s, and the staff wear costumes from the same period. The park features roller coasters and waterslides, a large auditorium called the Hippodrome, the Apartheid Museum, and other attractions.
Cradle of Humankind - The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cradle of Humankind covers 47,000 hectares, containing a complex system of limestone caves. The name was given due to the fact that a large number of hominin fossils were found in the site, including the 2.3-million year-old fossil Australopithecus Africanus found in 1947 from the Sterkfontein Caves. The Maropeng Visitors Centre can also be found at the site.
Montecasino - Montecasino is an award-winning leisure and casino complex situated in Sandton, Johannesburg. It is owned by Tsogo Sun, and also features the Pivot (a mixture of office, retail, and hotel), the helium Hyundai Balloon, and the large Teatro theatre.
SAB World of Beer - South African Breweries World of Beer is a museum devoted to the history of Africa's beer culture. There are also exhibits of beer-related information and artefacts all over the world. The centre conducts tours and has facilities to accommodate conferences, corporate events, and other events.
How to get around within Johannesburg
Public transport in Johannesburg is still under development. Buses and minicabs provide service within the city but there are no designated stops. Taking the bus or informal minibus is not advisable for tourists who are not familiar with the city. In general, tourists should stick to normal metered or fixed price taxis (and not shared taxis) to lessen the chances of getting robbed. These taxis are usually available only at the airport and the city centre. Haggle with the price if you must before starting the journey. Johannesburg really is best travelled when you're in a private vehicle, so consider renting a car if you'll be in the city for a while.
How to get there
Many of the flights to O. R. Tambo International Airport are handled by South African Airways, connecting the airport to Abu Dhabi, Beijing, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Lagos, London, Munich, New York, Mumbai, Perth, São Paulo, Washington, and to other parts of Africa. Other airlines such as Air Botswana, Air France, Airlink, Air Madagascar, Air Mauritius, British Airways, Compagnie Africaine d'Aviation, Delta Air Lines, EgyptAir, Emirates, and Etihad Airways fly to O. R. Tambo International Airport from Gaborone, Paris, Mauritius, Kinshasa, Tel Aviv, Cairo, Atlanta, Abu Dhabi, Dar es Salaam, and a few other cities outside of South Africa.
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