Johannesburg in detail

When to go and weather

  • Jo'burg can be visited at any time of year, though winter nights can get close to freezing, making camping a less-than-pleasant experience.
  • When it's peak season on the coast (December and January), you can pick up some bargains in Gauteng – though be aware that some restaurants and guesthouses close for the holidays.
  • A number of arts and music festivals are held in the city in August, September and October. October and early November are also when you'll catch the city's jacaranda trees in bloom.