Johannesburg Destination Guide
A city built on the discovery of glittering gold, Johannesburg now shines brighter than ever. This vibrant metropolis is the economic heart of South Africa and boasts attractions that include casinos, swanky bars and restaurants, theatres, galleries and museums. All the action and adventure you would expect from city life and yet Johannesburg is just a stone’s throw away from some of the most beautiful game reserves in the country.
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Johannesburg loves to shop. Whether from giant chain stores, neighbourhood goods markets or small boutiques they practically have it down to an art. If you are looking for something special to take home with you, visit one of the craft markets and support a local artist. The local art is not only of a very high standard, but it also offers a lesson in South Africa’s cultural heritage. From carved masks to intricate beadwork – the art often has cultural significance – something the friendly store owner will be glad to explain.
Good to know in Johannesburg
- When sightseeing and exploring the city, apply the same caution and sensibility you would at home.
- The African sun is hotter than you might think, so wear sunscreen at all times.
- If you want to go on a township tour, be sure to use a reputable tour guide that knows and respects the community.
- If there is a restaurant you really want to visit – make a reservation as soon as possible.