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Though South Africa is best known for its safari adventures, Johannesburg, the most populous city of South Africa, features a wide range of cultural attractions too. These include the Johannesburg Art Gallery, The Apartheid Museum, The South African National Museum of Military History, Lesedi Cultural Village, Constitution Hill and many others. For those interested in seeking retail therapy, the bustling Central Market District is the place to be with its wide range of shopping options. Nature lovers tend to make a beeline for the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens, Montecasino Bird Gardens, Lions Park and the Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve.
OR Tambo International Airport, ranked among the busiest and largest international terminals in South Africa, serves the populous metropolis of Johannesburg and its neighbouring areas. The airport handles international flights from around the world and also serves as a hub for the country's national carrier. Its domestic terminal is equally busy and allows travellers to connect with destinations across the country through domestic operators. The airport features world-class infrastructure including a wide range of passenger amenities such as expansive duty-free shopping, lavish lounges as well as snazzy restaurants and cafés. It features excellent connectivity to the city by various modes of transport.
Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport handles flights of leading airlines from around the world including those of British Airways and South African Airways from the UK. Britons may also choose to book air tickets to Johannesburg with leading Europe-based operators such as Air France, KLM Royal Dutch, Lufthansa, Virgin Atlantic and Swiss Airlines. Many tourists also book flights to Johannesburg with leading Middle Eastern carriers such as Etihad, Qatar Airways and Emirates who operate scheduled flights to the metropolis from London Heathrow. Other airlines that operate flights on various UK airports to Johannesburg include Singapore Airlines, Kenya Airways, Egypt Air and Turkish Airlines.
Being a major tourist destination in the continent of Africa, the metropolis of Johannesburg provides travellers with a wide range of budget options no matter what their budget. Those seeking luxury holidays should book with globally recognised hotels such as Hyatt Regency, Saxon, African Pride Melrose Arch, Intercontinental, Radisson Blu and Protea. Favourites among foreign tourists seeking affordable luxury lodgings include Umfula Guest Lodge, The Purple Fig, The Lion Park, Tswalu Grove Safari Lodge and Don Eastgate. Numerous cheap dormitories are also available at Johannesburg and its suburbs which cater to backpackers and students travelling on a limited budget.
Johannesburg's weather is characterized by uncomfortably hot summer months and pleasant winter weather. The favourable weather is probably the key reason why air tickets to the city are in such high demand that they vanish faster than greased lightning during the winter months of June and July. For those seeking deals on flights and accommodations along with pleasant weather conditions, the shoulder months of May and August are the best bet. The summer season which lasts from November to February feature low tourist volumes, but travel is not recommended due to the uncomfortably high temperatures and humidity during the period.
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