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Johannesburg Layover Tips For Flight Attendants | WOC

Johannesburg Layover Tips For Flight Attendants | WOC

Johannesburg or Jozi, as it is affectionately known by locals, is the commercial heart of South Africa and the primary gateway for international visitors. Historically, it is where money is made and fortunes are found. Its center is smartening up and new loft apartments and office developments are being constructed at a rapid pace. On the contrary, much of Johannesburg is quite pretty, largely because of the millions of trees that cover it. So delve in during your layover and experience the buzz of a city undergoing an incredible rebirth.

What to do in Johannesburg for 24h to 48h?

Places to Visit 

The Apartheid Museum

The Apartheid Museum illustrates the rise and fall of South Africa’s era of segregation and oppression, and is an absolute must-see. It uses film, text, audio and live accounts to provide a chilling insight into the architecture and implementation of the apartheid system, as well as inspiring stories of the struggle towards democracy. Located 8km south of the city centre, just off the M1 freeway.

Apartheid Museum

Joziburg Lane

Joziburg Lane occupies the ground floor of One Eloff, a magnificent art deco building that once stood derelict and is now filled with loft-style apartments. Browse artists’ studios, graze on cheese platters, curries and traditional African eats in the hip eateries and sip on good coffee and craft beer. The shops and cafes stay open until 10pm on Fridays.

joziburg lane

Wits Art Museum

This modern museum is the leading museum of African art on the continent, with an extraordinary collection of 10,000 works and a dynamic program of events and exhibitions. With its clean, modern lines, it will also appeal to architecture buffs.

Wits Art Museum

Constitution Hill

Inspiring Constitution Hill is one of the city’s most important attractions. It offers travellers interested in the modern South African story an integral understanding of the legal and historical ramifications of the struggle. The development focuses on South Africa’s new Constitutional Court, built within the ramparts of the Old Fort, which dates from 1892 and was once a notorious prison – many of the country’s high-profile political activists, including Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi, were once held there.

CIRCA on Jellicoe

An essential part of the Jo’burg cultural landscape, CIRCA on Jellicoe is both an architectural landmark and a superb gallery hosting contemporary works of art. Overlooking the northern suburbs, the spiral structure houses unusual sculptures, sketches and contemporary work from across South Africa.

CIRCA on Jellicoe

Places to Eat

This is housed in a Ferrari and Maserati showroom.

Its north Indian fare has a huge following from Johannesburg’s well-heeled Indian community.

It Serves modern Greek food.

Try Modern African dishes here: the entrecote with peppered chakalaka (a spicy relish) and maize dumplings spiked with coriander is excellent.



There’s a decent steakhouse on almost every corner in the city although this is one of the best.

Wangthai was described by the Thai ambassador to South Africa as the best Thai food he’s eaten outside of Thailand.

Run by celebrity chef Dario de Angeli, Yum was voted one of South Africa’s top 10 restaurants.

Places to Shop

Johannesburg boasts a plethora of malls scattered in every corner of the city. One of the wealthiest cities in Africa that attracts hordes of tourists, designer labels bellow from many of the shelves.

Sandton City

Undoubtedly the best mall in the city, Sandton City is the one-stop-shop for every shopper and every occasion, positioned in the heart of the city. International fashion for the bang-on-trend can be found in Top Shop, Zara, Mango, Country Road and Cotton On, to name a few, while local favourites Mr. Price and Jay Jay’s deliver impeccable style and tailoring for the tighter purse strings.

Sandton City


Admittedly still a mall, Rosebank is the shopping destination for the shopper who refuses to battle their way to the till through a sea of zealous-eyed tourists. Just a 10 minute drive from Sandton and now its very own stop on the Gautrain, this mall is much more alternative and niche; full of boutiques and local fashion such as Sowerto and YDE – Young Designer’s Emporium – as well as upmarket shops Trenery and Jo Borkett.


Best Spa’s around the City!

Soulstice Day Spa

From facials and massages to hand and foot care, Soulstice Day Spa in Krugersdorp offers a range of treatments for weary Joburgers. If you are looking for the full relaxing experience then take a look at the fabulous packages they have available … they offer some real stress relievers, like the Pure Bliss, which includes a Swedish massage, classic facial, luxury manicure, luxury pedicure and a tasty spa lunch!

Renaissance Day Spa

Visit the Renaissance Spa at the Michaelangelo and indulge in a pamper session that is sure to leave you feeling revitalised! There is a large selection of treatments to choose from, including great facials for anti-ageing and other beautifying regimes!

Flight Attendants Discounts in South Africa

World Of Crew gets you a few awesome deals only for cabin crews in South Africa. Have a look into these and let us know if you manage to visit them during your layover!

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Any Cool Experience to share in Johannesburg?

How was your layover in Johannesburg ? Did you discover any new places? If so, please do share these useful tips with your fellow cabin crew, by commenting below!

Have a great layover !


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