Experiencing Johannesburg

Mid October 2021, I travelled to South Africa – my first time in this beautiful country.

Having spent the last couple of years stuck indoors in the UK, my partner and I travelled to the Middle East for a planned 3 months of remote working. The trip to South Africa was meant to be for a couple of weeks but that decision soon turned from two weeks to two months!

By experiencing these locations first-hand, I am able to provide my clients with some real gems of information to make their business or personal trips a brilliant success.

In the end, I spent around 3 weeks in ‘Jozi’. Over the next few weeks, I will be divulging what I have seen, learnt and can recommend from one of the key financial centres of southern Africa - Johannesburg.

If you’re planning a trip to South Africa – for business or pleasure – book a free consultation call to learn how I can help you to organise your trip to be a memorable one, for all the right reasons!

Getting there and around

I arrived at O.R. Tambo International airport after an 8-hour flight from Dubai with Emirates Airline. From London, it is up to 11 hours on a direct flight with Virgin Atlantic or British Airways.

We were staying in Sandton, the financial district of Johannesburg, so to get there we got the train, called the Gautrain, from the airport to Sandton station.

14 minutes on the train and cost 200R (about £10) for a one-way ticket.

By car, the travel is around 20 minutes.

Hiring a car

Car hire is relatively inexpensive in South Africa and can be hired from the airport or locations in Sandton.

Pretoria is around 1hr away, so if you are travelling between locations for meetings, or want to get out to explore the surrounding areas for a couple of days at a game reserve, hiring a car may be your most flexible option.


On the other hand, taxis are a relatively new experience for tourists in South Africa. Unlike London where you can hail one from the side of the road, taxis need to be pre-booked in South Africa.

The best option is using the hotel chauffeur service for unique locations, which can be pre-booked, or take advantage of their shuttle service to main hotspots.

Use Lady PA to book your travel to make the most of your time, wherever you are.

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