Not traditionally thought of as a tourist destination, Johannesburg is a cultural hub in South Africa with numerous museums, galleries, theaters and markets. This vibrant city, known to many as ‘Joburg’, is currently undergoing an exciting rebirth. Here is a list of our Top 6 Things To Do In Johannesburg.
Browse the stalls for farm fresh produce and speciality goods at Neighbourgoods Market. Takes place every Saturday in Braamfontein.
44 Stanley is a creative hub occupying a bunch of revamped industrial buildings close to Johannesburg’s inner city. It has fast become a favourite meeting place for Joburg’s ‘hipster’ crowd looking to kick back with their Apple Macs and a coffee at Bean There Fair Trade Coffee during the week, or chill with a cocktail at Salvation Café over the weekend. Aside from coffee and cocktails, 44 Stanley is an excellent place to find unique, locally produced trinkets and accessories from one of the cool shops. See Religion for fashion, Sirkel for jewelry and Tin Table for some locally crafted items. Source: thelittlebackpacker
Gold Reef City
Gold Reef City is an amusement park located on an old gold mine which closed in 1971, the park is themed around the gold rush that started in 1886 on the Witwatersrand. It has casino, theatre, restaurants and a whole lot more.
Less than an hour’s drive from downtown Johannesburg, Lion Park is a sanctuary for a number of important species, the park gives visitors the chance to see and learn about the animals in their care. In addition to lion, expect to see cheetah, wild dog and hyena, as well as zebra, giraffe, and antelope.
Cradle of Humankind
The world’s greatest source of hominid fossils is among dozens of caves just an hour drive from Johannesburg. The Cradle of Humankind is a World Heritage Site and is named due to the fact that it is the source for some of the oldest fossils ever found of early humans.
Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden
Welcome to an Eden hidden in the West Rand of Gauteng where luscious nature welcomes visitors and the rushing water of the Witpoortjie Waterfall, gushing from a height of 70 meters (229 ft), soothes and revitalizes careworn city-dwellers. The garden is also home to a pair of breeding Verreaux’s Eagles which have become proud symbols of this majestic garden.
Just So You Know…
- The settlement in Johannesburg began in 1886 when gold was discovered. 40% of the world’s gold has been found in this area on which the city was build.
- The 50-story Carlton Centre building in the Johannesburg CBD is the tallest skyscraper on the African continent.
- The city seems flat without any noticeable mountains nearby, but its elevation is 1,753 meter (5,751 ft).
- There is only one other city on the continent that is bigger than Joburg, and that is the bustling metropolis of Cairo in Egypt.
- Johannesburg is a gay friendly city. Enjoy the best welcoming vibe at one of the Top 11 Gay Friendly Hotels in Johannesburg.
Get Some Culture:
- Johannesburg Art Gallery – The biggest gallery on the sub-continent, JAG boasts over 9,000 works of art, displayed in 15 exhibition halls and sculpture gardens.
- Apartheid Museum – Dedicated to illustrating apartheid and the 20th century history of South Africa.
- Hector Pieterson Museum – Recalls the events of 16 June 1976 and the ensuing Soweto Uprising.
- MuseuMAfricA – With collections of African material culture from across the continent.
- SAB World of Beer – A museum of beer and conference venue operated by South African Breweries