One of the world’s largest urban forests, earning a reputation as the ‘New York of Africa’, Johannesburg is a fast-paced city that has been overlooked for too long. The city, founded on a gold rush, has had a rebirth and is blossoming as an arty hotspot. A muse for jazz bars, beautiful museums, contemporary art galleries and a dabbler in innovative gastronomy, Joburg has its foot firmly in the door as an up and coming destination. You’ll fly into the city and stay one night in the AtholPlace Hotel & Villa
, a luxury boutique hotel near the shopping hub of Sandton. Joburg rewards the curious, which works well if you’ve had a long flight. You’ll be joined by James de Laney, a local artist, who will take you on a tour of the metropolis, pointing out the city’s architectural, artistic and cultural highlights as you stretch your legs. You’ll discover real gems, including private gardens with beautiful sculptures, markets that have become social hubs, and vintage stores, and be able to witness Joburg’s street culture as you happen upon rooftop bars playing local music, downtown pubs serving locally crafted gin cocktails and outdoor cafes offering locally grown rooibos tea. If you have some time left over, walk through the Sandton City mall to Nelson Mandela Square and the Village Walk. Have a relaxing drink in the fountain filled square or for the hungry, tuck into a delicious South Africa steak at the Butcher Shop & Grill. If you are after an introduction into South Africa’s history, you can start in the Apartheid Museum, while tours of Johannesburg and Soweto are easily organised.