Jozi in the rain!



We’ve had non-stop rain in Jozi for the past two or three days and it is delicious, everything is green, grey and misty, the dams are filling up, the farmers are delighted and we’re all feeling a lot cooler and calmer.

We think the best thing to do in this weather is to curl up on a cozy couch in your Johannesburg Guesthouse with a great book, in front of a roaring fire, and just stay there for days!   But if you’re a visitor and your time is limited you may just want to get out and see the city.


The patio at Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse – a great place to enjoy a good book


Here are a few ideas, how to handle Johannesburg in the rain:-

  1. Get a driver (or an Uber). Your Johannesburg Guesthouse can easily arrange a driver for you. It’s much easier to handle the city if you don’t have to brave our slippery roads or look for parking. Uber, you’ll find on your phone.


  1. Explore our museums. All museums have divine coffee shops so you could do art and history followed by a fab lunch, staying dry the whole time. The Apartheid Museum is really worth a visit (rain or shine), Constitution Hill is astonishing and the Hector Pieterson Museum in Soweto is brilliant. The Wits Art Museum is also extraordinary but only opening again in Feb.


  1. Have a day all about art and movies. Visit the Goodman, Kim Sacks, Everard Read and Circa Galleries which are all in Rosebank, then head into the Rosebank Mall and go to Cinema Nouveau for an art movie.   You could even do two movies in a row! The popcorn is good…


  1. Books and antiques! All our shopping malls (Rosebank, Hyde Park, Killarney, Sandton) have an Exclusive Books where you can sit comfortably, read a magazine or an International newspaper, browse the books and have an excellent cup of coffee/meal at the same time.   There are antique stores in Rosebank, Reads and Maple Galleries, and in Sandton you’ll find Antique Dealers. In the same shopping malls you will find every single store and boutique that you possibly need and no-one ever says no to shopping!


  1. You could have a Spa day. Our very own Hands on Retreat is a seriously gorgeous Spa and you can have a treatment, manicure/pedicure, facial, body scrub or wrap, and then a fabulous lunch or tea, before coming home feeling like a celebrity. Of course, you can spend the night there too!

Relax on the deck at Hands on Retreat


  1. If you have kids you can hang out at the Sci-Bono Museum in Newtown and if you don’t have kids you could hang out at the SAB World of Beer Museum, also in Newtown. The Planetarium in Braamfontein is also a cool idea for kids, although it will also only open in Feb. The weather is always perfect there.

And if you really don’t feel like going out, your Johannesburg Guesthouse will be well prepared for the rain. Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse has a fantastic library as well as a very impressive DVD selection. Pam from Amanzi Guesthouse has a fabulous kitchen and a vegetable garden that is just flourishing in this rain. She’ll be cooking / juicing up a storm, probably baking fresh bread and making organic hot chocolate.