It is among the most significant economic powerhouses in Africa. According to the MasterCard’s Global Destination Cities Index 2016, Johannesburg is still the most visited city in Africa.
Originally built on the gold discovery, Johannesburg has grown to become a significant and lively city. Currently, the population stands at approximately 4.5 million people.
There are many attractions in the city. Get to The Nelson Mandela Bridge which connects the Central Business District to the Newtown Cultural Precinct. You will find all the museums and art galleries at the Newton Cultural Project.
There is a wide range of shopping malls in Johannesburg. For designer outfits and general clothing, visit the malls in Sandton.
If in need of African Crafts, Rosebank is the place to be. Indian fabrics and antiques are available in Fordsburg.
For those who like going out at night, Johannesburg is the place to be. Melville hosts a good number of bars and clubs.
Johannesburg Civic Theatre regularly holds musical, dance and opera performances at night. There is also the Mary Fitzgerald Square where various stage productions take place.
The Apartheid Museum is popular with tourists eager to know more about life in the township of Johannesburg. The museum portrays the apartheid story through film footage, photos, and artifacts as well as through personal accounts.
Get to see the Mandela house museum, the first house where the Mandela family lived before Nelson Mandela's imprisonment for 27 years.
Both tourists and the locals like the Specialty Museums in Johannesburg. Apart from the Apartheid Museum, the Origins Center showcases the origins of humankind.
The Peacemaker Museum celebrates the past and present memories of Nobel Peace Prize winners as well as their contribution to the community.
The Constitution Hill, a former prison, provides a fascinating insight into the history of South Africa. Visitors get to explore the exhibits at the Number Four Museum, the Women‘s Gaol museum, and the Old fort museum.
The Zoo Lake, a park full of oak and sycamore trees, is a good site for picnics. One can as well tour Pretoria to see the big five (lions, cheetahs, leopards, elephants, and rhinos) in any of the game reserves.
At The Lion Park, get to enjoy a close experience with the animals.
Visit the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens and Emmarentia Dam to enjoy kayaking, boating or canoeing, and other outdoor activities. The botanical garden is home to many plant species and has over thousands of plant collections. You might want to take photos at the garden because of its natural and scenic beauty. The Wonder Caves, which is part of the Humankind World Heritage Sites, is also the right place for trekking as an outdoor activity. The Humankind World Heritage Sites is well known for the many fossils present at the site.
Built around a gold mine is the Gold Reef City. The family-friendly attraction hosts shops, houses, the Royal Theater, hotel, a chemist shop, Johannesburg's first stock exchange, etc. On visiting the site, one gets to view both historical attractions as well as exciting rides. For the fast and energetic tourists, they can enjoy crazy trips in the southern hemisphere. For the less energetic ones, exploring the Story of Gold in an old-world museum atmosphere will be ideal. Visitors can also tour the Crown Miles, one of the world's most productive gold mines.
You can as well enjoy the underground mine tours.
Johannesburg art gallery in Joubert Park has more than 9000 works displayed one at a time. The museum focuses on works by artists from South Africa.
Get to enjoy the public artworks in the city when taking leisurely walks. The Artworks are on display along the streets, in the parks, between tall buildings, and on the pavements.
The Market Theatre plays a significant role in the cultural life of Johannesburg. It hosts four live theatre venues.
Emperor's Palace also known as Palace of Dreams is a grand casino development which plays host to meetings, conferences, and social events. There are world-class entertainments ranging from theatre to boxing. There are four hotels, a spa, restaurants, shops, and nightclubs within the Palace.
Other Notable Destinations to Visit while in Johannesburg:
No trip to Johannesburg is complete without visiting Soweto, a township in the South-West of the city.
Walter Sisulu Square in Kliptown where South Africa's Freedom Charter was signed in 1955 is also a destination you can’t afford to miss.
The Hector Peterson memorial museum, known for the commemoration of the Soweto uprising in 1976 is another attraction.
There’s also the VilaKazi Street, where Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu once lived.