Willy's Chateau in Kensington, Johannesburg, offers both Bed & Breakfast and self-catering accommodation in comfortable, en-suite rooms - all furnished to the highest standards.  

Johannesburg Accommodation

on a Bed & Breakfast or
Self Catering basis

46 Leicester Rd, Kensington, Johannesburg
Tel: +27 11 615-5210
Email: steincape@telkomsa.net

Places of Interest in Johannesburg


  Approximately 10km from Willy's - created around an authentic 19th century gold mine, this theme park brings the old Joburg mining town back to life. Experience an underground mine tour, watch real gold being poured, and see and learn the fascinating history of "the city of gold,"  and the African miners and their now world-famous dancing. Right next to it is the Apartheid Museum. The complex also has a casino, restaurants to please all tastes, conference facilities, and a fairground with a giant ferris wheel and exhilarating roller-coaster ride, among others!
  The name "Soweto" has become synonymous with the long struggle against apartheid, and a visit to this area is a must. See The Nelson Mandela Museum,  Archbishop Tutu's House, the Hector Pieterson Museum and the  Regina Mundi Catholic Church. Visit the world-famous Wandies: mandatory stop on the Soweto tour, it is a cosy restaurant-bar in the middle of the township, popular with both locals and tourists alike. A tour guide is a must for this interesting trip, and Willy will arrange this on request.

Lesedi African Lodge is a multi cultural village set amongst the pristine bushveld and rocky hills less than an hour’s drive north of Johannesburg. Live the experience - experience the vibrant and colourful traditions of the Basotho, Ndebele, Pedi, Xhosa and Zulu people on a short tour. Be part of traditional Africa for just a short while. You will never forget it!

Approximately 45 minutes from Johannesburg, the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage site will take you back to the dawn of pre-history. One of the richest fossil sites on the planet, it has yielded hominid fossils that have been dated at 2 to 3.3 million years ago. Well worth a visit.

Designed to replicate an ancient Tuscan hill-top village, Montecasino offers a casino, the five star InterContinental Palazzo hotel; conference and event facilities, unique dining options and the Pieter Toerien Theatre. There is also a 15 screen Nu Metro cinema complex, the Magic company - a family entertainment centre - and the Montecasino Bird Gardens. Using the Johannesburg freeway system, easy to reach from Willy's, and well worth a visit.

Eastgate Shopping Centre is situated in the suburb of Bedfordview, on a prime site on the major freeway between Johannesburg International Airport and Johannesburg city center. Easily accessible from the highway, this superregional shopping center has 250 stores catering for all tastes and styles. From department stores to top boutiques, restaurants, cinemas and a host of exclusive speciality stores, Eastgate has everything, AND free parking! Just round the corner from Willy's.
  Bedford Centre & Square offers exclusive cosmopolitan shopping. Whether you are searching for that perfect outfit and stunning gift or convenient groceries it will be a pleasure from beginning to end – guaranteed. Hot fashions, accessories, designer wear and all those “to die for” items will surely rejuvenate your look and satisfy your soul. Step into the centre, smell the rich aromas emitting from the coffee shops. Let yourself go and indulge in a delectable cheese cake or a glass of wine with a scrumptious meal. This is not what dreams are made of. Its is real. It is the way shopping should be. Literally 5 minutes away from Willy's.

Travel Tips for South Africa


Johannesburg's Oliver Tambo Airport is the major international airport in South Africa for flights from all five continents. There are also direct international flights to Cape Town International. Flights from the UK or Europe are usually overnight, with a flight from London to Johannesburg or Cape Town taking approximately 12 hours. Direct flights between Sydney and Johannesburg take approximately 15 hours. South Africa has an excellent network of domestic carriers, offering flights to all major city centres throughout South Africa. A flight between Johannesburg and Cape Town takes 2 hours.

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Travelling round South Africa

South Africa is a vast country and areas of interest are widespread. It is often best to combine both flying and driving to make the most of your time. Public transport is not reliable, and it is advisable to hire a car to get around cities and to attractions. If you'd rather not drive long distances, you might consider one of the excellent bus companies offering cost-effective deals for people to travel around the country. Look out for the Greyhound, TransLux  and InterCape buses, amongst others. These luxury buses will transport you from one major city centre to another at a very reasonable cost  - tickets can be booked at Computicket. The Baz Bus is an affordable hop off option for backpackers. Alternatively, join an organised tour that suits your interests and your schedule.

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Passports and visas

Travelling to South Africa is fairly easy. All foreign nationals must be in possession of a valid passport, and in some instances, a visa is required. Travellers from Europe, most Commonwealth countries, the USA, Scandinavia and Japan do not need a visa for vacation purposes. A free entry permit for a period of up to 90 days will be issued on arrival. For visitors wishing to stay longer, an official visa needs to be applied for.

International travellers with minors accompanying them (this also applies to travellers to Swaziland) need an Unabridged Birth Certificate for each minor travelling with both parents. Minors travelling alone, or with only one parent, or with friends, etc., need to enquire at South Africa's Home Affairs Department about the latest applicable regulation.

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Value Added Tax (VAT), at the rate of 14%, is charged on most items. Foreign tourists to South Africa can have their 14% VAT refunded provided that the value of the items purchased exceeds R250.00. VAT is refunded at the point of departure and receipts from purchases must be kept and produced. Ask shop assistants for a VAT invoice.

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Currency and banks

The South African currency unit is the Rand, denoted by the symbol "R." One hundred cents makes up R1 (one Rand). Currently, the Rand is weaker than many European currencies, as well as the US$, making travel to South Africa affordable by international standards. Visitors will more than likely find eating out and shopping particularly affordable and excellent quality. Foreign currency can be exchanged at local banks and Bureaux de Change. Credit cards are widely accepted, including American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa. Banks are open Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 15:30 and on Saturdays, from 8:30 to 11:00. Autobanks (ATMs, Automatic Teller Machines) are found in most towns, and operate on a 24-hour basis.

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Petrol/gas stations

Petrol (or gas) stations are widespread throughout South Africa, and many are open 24 hours a day. However, if you are planning a long-distance trip through a remote area, ensure the tank is full to avoid running low. A petrol attendant will fill your tank for you, and will wash your windscreen. Petrol stations do not accept credit cards and petrol must be paid for in cash or with a local petrol card.

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As a rule, South African restaurants do not include a service charge in the total bill. It is customary to leave a 10% tip for good service, or more for excellent service. At petrol stations, an attendant will fill your tank for you and will offer to wash your windscreen - whatever small change you have available will be appreciated - R3 to R5. In many areas, attendants will offer to assist you in finding a parking space for your car and to watch over it while you shop - again, on your return to the car, a tip of R3 to R5 or so will be appreciated.

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South Africa's electricity supply is 220/230 volts, AC 50Hz. Most plugs have three round pins but some plugs with two smaller pins are also found on appliances. Adaptors can be purchased. US-made appliances will need a transformer.

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Public holidays

Public holidays are listed below. In major areas, shops, restaurants and cinemas will be open on public holidays (except for Christmas Day and New Year's Day). If the holiday falls on a Sunday, the following Monday will be a holiday.

  • 1 January - New Year's Day
  • 21 March - Human Rights Day
  • 9 April - Good Friday (the Friday before Easter Sunday)
  • 12 April - Family Day (the Monday after Easter Sunday)
  • 27 April - Freedom Day
  • 1 May - Worker's Day
  • 16 June - Youth Day
  • 9 August - Women's Day
  • 24 September - Heritage Day
  • 16 December - Day of Reconciliation
  • 25 December - Christmas Day
  • 26 December - Day of Goodwill

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The law prohibits smoking in most public spaces, including airports and railway stations. Most restaurants have designated smoking and non-smoking areas.

Things to Do and See in Kensington and Surrounds

Day Trips

Baluleni Safari Lodge

Wakkerstroom to Dullstroom

Dullstroom to Hippo Jessica via the Panoramic Route

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