Johannesburg, Egoli (City of Gold), Jozi, Jo’burg or Gauteng is the largest city in South Africa and the most densely populated. It is the economic hub of the country and has the largest economy in Sub Saharan Africa and as such boats the most conference venues in South Africa.
It is one of the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the world and the world’s largest city not situated on a river, lake or coastline.
It enjoys a sub-tropical highland climate. The summer months of October to April bring late afternoon thunder showers while the climate remains somewhat dry and sunny. It claims to be the lightning capital of the world although this title is also claimed by other cities around the world. Despite experiencing a relatively dry climate Johannesburg has over 10 million trees making it the largest man-made forest in the world second only to Graskop in Mpumalanga. These trees were originally planted to provide wood for the mining industry in the mineral rich Witwatersrand area. They were retained as the northern suburbs grew and were even expanded with the encouragement of subsequent municipalities but recently deforestation has occurred to make way for redevelopment both commercially and residentially.
Conference venues in Johannesburg range from small boutique hotels to guest houses and of course larger dedicated conference centers or conference venues attached to the larger hotels. Most are well priced and offer a wide range of menus and facilities of a world-class standard.
There are many conference venue web sites which list hotels and conference venues in Johannesburg and other areas of South Africa. Click here to find a conference venue in Johannesburg.
Johannesburg boasts the largest and busiest airport in South Africa and as such commuting to and from conference venues in Johannesburg is almost effortless. Airport transfers are available and affordable and many hotel venues in Johannesburg offer a complimentary shuttle service to guests. For national conferences, where delegates are commuting from other major cities in South Africa, Johannesburg remains a popular destination due to its accessibility and availability of services. Air flights are frequent and cost-effective and delegates often travel to Johannesburg for the day to attend conferences in Johannesburg. Hotel accommodation in Johannesburg is also plentiful and delegates who wish to stay over can find a room easily. Accommodation ranges from 5 star properties to the more budget friendly establishments.
There are nine hotels which are situated at or very near to R Tambo International Airport allowing delegates and business travellers to move between the airport and their hotels inexpensively and with ease.
In the CBD there are some very large conference venues while on the outskirts one can find some very quaint and more intimate establishments.
Johannesburg is a gateway to other regions in the Gauteng province such as Muldersdrift, Magaliesburg, Centurion and Pretoria. Popular conference venues near Johannesburg include areas such as Midrand, Fourways, Randburg, Randfontein, Rustenburg and Sandton.
The four biggest conference venues in Johannesburg are undoubtedly; Sandton Convention Center, situated in Sandton, Africa’s top class shopping and business center, Gallagher Estate, situated between Johannesburg and Pretoria, The Coca Cola Dome, the fourth largest such structure in the world, and MTN Expo Center, Nasrec, the city’s biggest venue and not far from Soweto. These venues can each host thousands of delegates and abound with facilities and services to cater for all types of conferences and events.
- Conference Venue Eastern Cape – Review by Rosalie Howard – The Venue Pages (venuepages.co.za)