Pulsating, vibrant and fast. Stop for a moment in Joburg or Jozi as the city is affectionately called, and you’ll surely get left behind!  It’s that kind of city.  Known as eGoli (city of gold), Johannesburg was established in 1886 and its early history was famously characterized by the “Randlords and Rogues” of the gold rush.

Today the inner city has a distinctly African feel with many hawkers selling their wares on the sidewalks. In the northern suburbs of Sandton, Rosebank and Houghton suburban bliss abounds with tree-lined avenues and gated suburbs. The city is the largest and the wealthiest in South Africa and is literally packed with shopping centres, theatres and cinemas.

Johannesburg attractions

  • Sandton  incorporating Sandown, Bryanston and Morningside- shop, eat, drink and play; Visit Nelson Mandela Square and the Lilliesleaf Museum; Pop in at the Rosebank Rooftop Market on Sundays
  • Melville – jammed with delightful restaurants, quaint coffee shops, bookstores, art galleries, junk shops and uber-hip bars.
  • Soweto – South Africa’s biggest, vibiest township. Home of the World Cup Soccer City Stadium. Visit the world class Hector Petersen Museum.
  • Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site– discover the past by visiting Maropeng and the Sterkfontein Caves visitor centres.
  • Gallagher Estate – popular conference venue
  • Kyalami Race Track – home of motor racing in Gauteng
  • The South African Lipizzaners – the only performing Lipizzaners outside Vienna, recognised by the Spanish Riding School.
  • The Apartheid Museum – excellent and interactive testament to the horrors of Apartheid.
  • The Market City Precinct – THE Arts and Cultural Centre of Gauteng Province.
  • Emmarentia Dam – popular venue for music concerts and family picnics
  • Magaliesberg Meander – take in all the craft shops, tea houses and artists and work