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Johannesburg

Johannesburg

Ranging from edgy safari stopovers to the vibrant hubs for art and culture, Johannesburg offers more than enough for any trip. The wide array of things to see and do in the bustling city makes it challenging to narrow down to a small list of activities that will make the best of your stay. Whether you're planning for an abroad program, a business trip or a family vacation, there's more to Johannesburg City than meets the eye. Here's a guide to a few breathtaking spots worth visiting when in Johannesburg.

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Once in Johannesburg, points of interest for tourists are innumerable! Perhaps you can start your trip by visiting one of the most important historical sites in South Africa – Constitution Hill. Here, you’ll learn breathtaking facts about prisoners’ incarceration. Many high-profile activists such as Nelson and Winnie Mandela were held here. Looking to learn more about South African history? You’ll love to drive down to Apartheid Museum. Here, you’ll learn the rise and fall of South Africa’s era of segregation and oppression.

 

If art is your thing, you’ll want to visit the home to Andrew Lindsay’s impeccable Spaza Art Gallery. Explore glamorous Mosaics and wooden sculptures. You can also opt to visit the most prestigious art gallery in South Africa – Goodman Gallery. The museum features great work of Sam Nhlengethwa, William Kentridge, and many others. If that’s not enough, you’ll love the sight of elegant Lutyens-designed Johannesburg Art Gallery. The JAG has one of the largest art collections in Africa.

 

Enjoy a lazy weekend afternoon sipping cocktail and tasting craft beer at world-class restaurants and vibrant rooftop bars in Johannesburg. If outdoor activities are your thing, check out one of the most amazing theatrical or musical productions and enjoy a culture-filled evening. The Sci-Bon Discovery Centre is an ideal destination for family or friends with a keen interest in science and technology. Later, you might want to learn a little about the country’s military conflicts at South African National Museum Military browse through some impressive African Art at the Wits Art Museum.

Good to Know

Read the basic info and also some fun facts about Johannesburg! Here you will find everything you should know about why their motto is ``Unity in Development``’!

Country

South Africa

Visa Requirements

Not Needed for US and EU Citizens

Population

4,000,000

Languages spoken

English, Zulu, Afrikaans, Xhosa

Currency Used

Rand

Area (km2)

129.27 sq. mi (334.81 km2)

History

In about 120 years, a regular mining camp has flourished to become Africa's top prosperous and developed city. Interestingly, everyone in Johannesburg seems to come from somewhere else. Of course, the city didn't exist 130 years ago! The city has golden foundations – the mines laid the foundation of everything else that happened. The different ethnic neighborhoods reflect the various communities that moved here a few decades ago in search of riches.

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