Whether you’re travelling to Johannesburg for business or leisure, the ‘city of gold’ offer’s so much to travellers looking for an authentic South African experience.
Whatever your taste may be - outdoor or indoor - here are 5 places you have to see when visiting Johannesburg. All you need is good company, a reliable set of wheels (if you don’t, car hire South Africa is cheap and easy) and you’re all set.
The Apartheid Museum
The Apartheid Museum maintains a firm spot at the top of places to see as it vividly shows the rise, heartaches and inevitable fall of South Africa’s period of segregation and oppression.
Plan to devote at least four hours to get a feel of the history here. The displays are interesting and filled with a variety of media like audio-visual, text and live accounts. Relive some of the bone-chilling experiences of the people during this infamous regime.
Monte Casino Bird Park
If you’re traveling with kids, this is the ideal place to keep them occupied. This a guaranteed fun spot for all ages with a popular jaw-dropping amphitheater live show exhibiting vultures, snakes, hawks in their element. You are also allowed to walk in the massive monkey and lemur cages to interact directly with the animals.
The Bird Park is very well maintained and as an additional benefit, they rescue and help birds in need. Talk about infotainment for the kids as there is more than enough information to read about each species.
Gold Reef City
For travelers with a taste for a family themed Vegas trip, here’s a place for you. Gold Reef City is South Africa’s version of the unique fun and excitement of Las Vegas and worth a visit. The themed casino and décor will keep you entertained for hours.
Kids are not left out as there’s a separate area with rides sure to get excited screams from younger children, teens and even adults. This place will bring out the child in you. There’s plenty of food and drink to choose from too.
Johannesburg Botanical Gardens and Emmarentia Dam
The Botanical Gardens and Dam is more for those that seek a quiet and peaceful retreat and a chance to bond with nature.
The gardens are in seven parts including a Rose garden, an aromatic healing Herb Garden, Succulent Garden with over 2500 species of plants and the Arboterium (trees only). No wonder it’s a favorite spot for wedding photographs.
Nature lovers will be in their element here as there are many activities to choose from. Pack a picnic, take long leisurely walks or have a bike ride. You may choose to swim or fish. Pets are welcome too.
Best of all, entrance is free.
The Neighbourgoods market has a pulse of its own and you will feel it in the sheer funky vibe of the place, views and people. Take a walk through and when you’re tired, grab a snack or drink and have a seat for some interesting people-watching.
The fantastic variety of food stalls, friendly smiling people, arts and crafts, lively music and bars mean you’ll be missing a great experience if you don’t visit this market.