Johannesburg

Johannesburg- Joburg

Johannesburg, one of the largest cities on the continent and South Africa’s financial capital, is a stopover point for most visitors travelling in or out of Southern Africa. Many head straight out of town for a safari, but don’t make that mistake because Joburg has that and more!

Top things to do in Johannesburg

 

1. 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 a broad variety of media to provide a chilling insight into the architecture and implementation of the apartheid system, as well as inspiring stories of the struggle towards democracy.

 

2. Cradle of Humankind

The Cradle of Humankind region in South Africa, which is approximately 90 minutes’ drive from the Johannesburg city centre, offers visitors the opportunity to learn about stones and bones, wine and dine in tranquil surroundings, try out a range of adrenalin-pumping activities, have a beautiful wedding, discover a range of wonderful wildlife and experience culture and craft. The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site is one of eight in the country. It’s the world’s richest hominin site, home to around 40% of the world’s human ancestor fossils. The area is also home to a diversity of birds, animals and plants, some of which are rare or endangered.

 

3. Lesedi Cultural Village

Lesedi Cultural Village is a tourist village which celebrates the cultural traditions of several different peoples of Southern Africa. It reproduces traditional dwellings and offers demonstrations of dances and other cultural activities.

 

4. Cullinan Diamond Mine

Since the discovery of diamond pipes in the world, it was established that the Cullinan Diamond Pipe is the oldest diamond pipe in the world. In 1905 only a mere 9 metres from surface the world’s biggest rough diamond the CULLINAN at 3106ct was found.

 

5. National Heritage Monument

South Africa’s struggle for liberation was fought over three centuries of colonial domination and four decades of apartheid rule. In 1994 freedom was won and the world celebrated our new democracy with us. Today we bring you the iconic leaders of this epic journey, from the first chiefs to the last activists, in The Long March to Freedom – a ground-breaking public attraction at the heart of the National Heritage Monument.

6. Pilansberg Safari

The Pilanesberg Game Reserve is a provincial park in South Africa, northwest of Johannesburg. It’s set in an extinct volcanic crater, with grasslands, wooded valleys and multihued rock formations. Wildlife includes elephants, lions, leopards and rhinos. Animals drink at Mankwe Dam, a man-made lake. Abundant birdlife includes eagles and ostriches. Concealed wildlife-viewing shelters are scattered throughout the park.

7. Mandela Square

A towering sculpture of South Africa’s favourite son holds court over Nelson Mandela Square. One of the largest open public spaces in the country, the Square adjoins the renowned Sandton City complex. This piazza commemorates heritage and celebrates international style with the warmth of African hospitality. It draws a cosmopolitan society to its sidewalk cafes, some of the finest restaurants in South Africa and over 88 exclusive stores. The 1,000sqm Square serves as a stage for a host of local and international prestigious events. There is always a song or a dance in the air at the Square.

 

8. Neighbourgoods Food Market

Begun with a vision of reviving the community market as a social institution, The Neighbourgoods Market was held for the first time in September of 2006. Housed in the historic sky-lit warehouse of The Old Biscuit Mill, the market quickly established itself as a catalyst for – and celebration of – the urban renaissance that has seen the once dilapidated neighbourhood of Woodstock become the thriving heart of the city’s creative industries. A decade later it remains the essential showcase of Cape Town’s finest micro-merchants, designer-makers, specialty-producers and food-alchemists.

 

9. Soweto

The townships are the heart of the nation and none beats louder than Soweto. Standing for ‘South West Townships’, this area has evolved from one of forced habitation to an address of pride and social prestige as well as a destination in its own right. Come here to experience welcoming township life and to visit places of tremendous historical significance.