What to see and do in Johannesburg
Johannesburg also known as Jo'burg, is the largest city in South Africa. It is
also an internationally renowned vibrant metropolis and the most powerful commercial centre on the African
continent. Johannesburg earned the name “Egoli” or City of Gold for having the largest gold resources in the
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Main attractions in Johannesburg
Gold Reef City sits on the
grounds of a former gold mine. The streets, houses have been rebuilt to resemble the days of the gold rush, even
the staffs in the theme park are dressed in costumes of that era. Visitors can take a steam train ride or a
historical coach ride round the park, visit old gold mine or spend the night at the Gold Reef City
Soweto ranks as one of the
must see places in South Africa. It’s a township situated just outside Johannesburg where over two million people
live. Soweto is also infamous for its notoriety. The township was formed from the times of Apartheid and was the
centre of civil unrest during the 1970’s. Today, Soweto is a vibrant township with houses ranging from mansions to
makeshift tin shacks, a place of vibrant music and theatre, and the melting pot of South African culture. The best
and safest way to visit Soweto is following a guided tour.
Cradle of HumanKind situated
in the northwest of Johannesburg is a World Heritage Site. The site occupies 183 sq miles (474 km²), contains a
number of dolomitic limestone caves containing many extraordinary fossilized remains of ancient forms of animals,
plants and hominids (ape man fossil). It’s in Sterkfontein Caves where a 2.3 million year old fossil,
Australopithecus africanus was found. About 1,000 hominids fossils have been discovered over the years. An hour’s
drive from Johannesburg and Pretoria, visitors can learned about the history of man through an interactive
exhibition centre, details of fossilisation, paleobotany and visit the caves where the world acclaimed fossils were
Apartheid Museum- The Apartheid Museum
tells the story about the rise and fall of apartheid. Located just 15 minutes from OR Tambo International Airport,
visitors to The Apartheid Museum will come away with a deeper understanding and appreciation of South Africa’s
darkest days and triumph of the human spirit over adversity.
in Johannesburg- Jo'burg is well known for its superb shopping facilities.
From the upmarket Sandton Shopping Centre and Nelson Mandela Square to the fun Oriental Plaza and not to be missed
Rosebank Flea Market; you will never be spoilt for choice.
Newtown is the cultural hub
of Johannesburg. It offers world class experience in theatre, dance, music, art, photography and crafts. There are
also many interesting places to visit in Newtown and they are Museum of Africa, the world famous Market Theatre,
Sci-Bono Discovery Centre and SAB World of Beer.
Lesedi Cultural Village
-Learn about the rich cultural background of the traditional people of South
Africa. Participate in traditional dances, taste foods that are authentic in Zulu, Sotho, Pedi, Xhosa and Ndebele
villages and let the sound of Marimbas transport you through South Africa’s history. Situated within the Cradle of
Humankind, a visit to South Africa is incomplete without a visit to Lesedi Cultural Village.
Soccer City in Johannesburg is the main venue for the 2010 World Cup. Located near Soweto, the
stadium whose design is inspired by the iconic African pot known as the calabash will be
hosting the opening and final matches. The other stadium that will be hosting the football matches is
Ellis Park Stadium. It is located at the centre of the bustling city of Johannesburg. Ellis Park Stadium will
be hosting 7 games including a quarter-final during the 2010 World Cup.