Weather watch: Going to Johannesburg


In this week’s installment of the best weather happening in the world right now, we travel all the way down to Johannesburg. The largest city and capital of South Africa, Johannesburg is certainly one of the most diverse places on earth–South Africa has eleven national languages, and they are all spoken in this city. Though it is not located off the water, Johannesburg has no end of attractions to see and how much better to enjoy them when the weather report looks like this:


How to get there: There are direct flights from JFK.

Where to stay: The Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa is hardly even a hotel, it is a “retreat.” If the infinity pool, spa, cigar lounge and fabulous restaurant are not enough to tempt you, the hotel also has a notable collection of contemporary South African art that is displayed throughout the hotel (including outdoors). The Executive Luxury Villa offers rooms 861 square feet in size, with 24-hour butler and concierge service. In addition to the hotel, the exclusive Villa Royale nearby offers five en suite bedrooms and a private spa.





What to eat:  The Saxon features one of the best restaurants in the city, five hundred, which uses only fresh ingredients from its vegetable garden. If you feel like leaving the hotel, though, the Four Seasons  just opened up a new restaurant, View, this spring, which is both beautiful and tasty enough to challenge some of the best restaurants in the world.

The View restaurant.
The View restaurant.

What to do: A must-see is Cradle of Humankind, a series of caves outside the city where many of the earliest human skeletons have been found, including some that are more than 3.5 million years old. Go hiking in  The Magaliesberg mountains if you’re feeling adventurous or check out the wildlife at the National Zoological Gardens.