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Tourism in Johannesburg

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About Johannesburg Attractions

Johannesburg is the seat of the Constitutional Court of South Africa and is also one of the largest and the most visited cities in the country. The inception of the city is rooted in the gold-rich hills of Witwatersrand Range, earning Johannesburg the nickname of modern-day El Dorado. One of the fifty largest urban areas of the world, the city of Johannesburg ranks very high among the African countries in regard to tourism. Tourism in Johannesburg is a perfect blend of art, history and natural bounties, which ensures you have a great week soaked in its hospitality. 

History of Johannesburg 

The original inhabitants of Johannesburg were the San people. The San people were supposed to be hunters and gatherers who used tools made of stone for their hunting and other purposes. According to a few evidences, San people lived in Johannesburg till the tenth century. After the San people moved out, Johannesburg was inhabited by groups of people whose common tongue was Bantu. They came in southwards from the central part of Africa. Ruins of stone walls of Sotho-Tswana and some villages are now scattered around parts of Transvaal which is supposed to be the seat of Johannesburg. The ruins of Sotho-Tswana mines and furnaces where iron was melted suggest that these areas were exploited for its rich mineral wealth much before the Europeans came in or before gold was discovered. One of the most evident sites inside Johannesburg is Melville Koppies which has an iron smelting furnace. The history of Johannesburg also shows the inextricable part of South Africa’s freedom struggle and democracy. 

Here are the top 5 things to see on your trip to Johannesburg.

1. The Apartheid Museum

To know the history of Johannesburg and South Africa, do visit the Apartheid Museum. Apartheid is the institutional racial segregation imposed on the native black majority by the white minority in the country, and it was very much prevalent up until the early 90s. The museum traces the trail of the oppression, struggle and the final victory through photos, artefacts, newspaper clippings and video footages.

2. Cradle of Humankind

A Johannesburg day tour to Cradle of Humankind is an absolute must on your visit. About an hours’ drive away, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is the world richest site for relics of hominins, the species believed to be the direct ancestors of humans, thus earning the site its name. Do visit Sterkfontein Caves and the Maropeng Visitor Centre in the premises, and hire a guide for better understanding of the Palaeolithic history.

3. Gold Reef City

Gold Reef City is the country’s most famous attraction park. Themed on the ‘golden’ history of the Johannesburg, there are numerous thrilling rides and historical exhibits for kids and adults alike. Children will love the trampoline, ten-pin bowling alley and the Anaconda roller coaster. Grownups should not miss the opportunity of seeing the inside of a real gold mine at Crown Mines, although now very much out of use.

4. Soweto and Mandela House

Soweto is an abbreviation for South-western Townships, which shines a very broad light into how deep did racism cut into the Johannesburg. This was the area where black labourers were segregated in a planned manner and made to live far away from the main city in low shacks. This is the cradle of the South African uprising against apartheid and the struggle towards democracy, holding the eminent hands of Nelson Mandela. Do visit the Mandela House on your Soweto tour from Johannesburg for a plethora of photographs, paintings and framed documents about the family, of the society and of various recognitions he received.

5. Lion and Safari Park

At the Lion and Safari Park, animal interaction is the biggest attraction. Visitors can drive through pride of lions in caged vehicles, and see the kings and queens of the jungle in their everyday actions. You can even cuddle a cub, and hand feed other animals like giraffes and zebras.

People & Culture of Johannesburg

Johannesburg is also known as the cultural hub of SOuth Africa. Several museums, theatres, art galleries and libraries are seated in Johannesburg. The much reputed National School of Arts is situated here. Also, the dance institution, South African Ballet Theatre is located here. Apart from that, Johannesburg is also home to the University of  Witwatersrand’s School of Arts. University of Johannesburg Art Gallery is quite popular for its painitings which include a collection from the 17th century to the 21st century. The paintings include a collection of Dutch, British, European and French paintings along with some masterpieces of Contemporary Art. The rich cultural diversity of Johannesburg and its history is quite evident through these pictures. 

The population of Johannesburg, according to the 2014 census, is  4,434,827. Therefore, it is also considered as the largest and densely populated city in the country. 3/4th of its population comprises of Africans, while 16% comprises of the Whites and 6% colored. It is also interesting to find that Indians make up for the 4% of the population of Johannesburg. Christianity is the practicing religion among majority. Jews, Hindus and Muslims reside as minorities in Johannesburg. The residents are fond of sports and games; soccer and cricket are the favorite pastimes of people here.

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The best available India to Johannesburg flight is operated by Air Seychelles from Mumbai via Mahe, Seychelles. The flight takes 10 hours 40 minutes, which is the fastest you can go from India to Johannesburg. Another daily flight from Mumbai is Ethiopian Airlines via Addis Ababa, which takes 11 hours 45 minutes. Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways have regular flights from all Indian cities via their respective hubs at Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha. The best flights from Delhi are flown by Emirates and Ethiopian Airlines. From the airport, you can take the Gautrain, a rapid transit network which will take you to the CBD in 25 minutes. One can also avail the hotel shuttle bus service by intimating your place of accommodation in advance. There are minibus services and car rentals too.

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    Jennifer B

    Mumbai

    Jennifer's 11 days trip to Johannesburg

    Plan your destinations efficiently arranged a wonderful trip to South Africa and Seychelles.We had in total 12 days travel itinerary. Accommodation, food, intercity transfers,sight seeing were well arranged. No blunders at all. Highly recommend their services for these destinations. Well planned by Sandeep.

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    Aniruddha Jasu

    Ashburn

    Aniruddha's 9 days trip to Johannesburg

    We had an amazing trip to South Africa. It is a beautiful country to visit with very hospitable people around. Everything went well without any hiccups. The hotels, cab drivers and other details were well planned by Nikhil from Besten/MK Holidays, special thanks to him. Some elements which can be improved were the visits planned during our stay at Knysna as they were quite some distance away from our hotel. Will definitely recommend Travel Triangle to others for planning their trips.

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    Sonaleeka Dash

    Bangalore

    Sonaleeka's 6 days trip to Johannesburg

    Its good ..but i did not had same experience as travel factory they used to provide us our day activity one day ahead.but hear besten tour everything is clumsy and messy every time we have to call our agent to get the details through out the tour.and some othe place we have to pay from our pocket even after paying for the pacakge. We had a very bad experience with besten tour.Half of things which promised not taked care by the vendor.We paid extra from our pocket for some of the tickets (activity) even after paying the complete amont..vendor promised he will pay us back..but we are still chasing behind him.This is the worst experience I ever had...I will never reccomend any one neither nor besten tour..learn something from travel factory

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    Rajesh Kazankodath

    Pune

    Rajesh's 11 days trip to Johannesburg

    Was a unique experience in the game safari and capetown. Sandeep was extremely help and was always reachable. Thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience.

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    Yanshuk Sharma

    New delhi

    Yanshuk's 8 days trip to Johannesburg

    everything went very well as planned. hotels were awesome their locations, clean, services & all (except soho hotel in sun city. service was not goodas well as room was not as per expectation). overall trip was awesome. A big thanks to our travel agent Mr. Inderjit (flyocity trip planners pvt. ltd.) & travel triangle....

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    Urbi Pal

    Kolkata

    Urbi's 7 days trip to Johannesburg

    It was awesome. Sun City hotel was very nice but in Cape Town hotel wasn't good

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    Yuvraj Jain

    Mumbai

    Yuvraj's 6 days trip to Johannesburg

    We recommend the services of Trip Market to anyone who wishes to travel according to their wishes. Everything is well organised and ultimate customer satisfaction is something that they really excel at.

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    Utkarsh Upadhyay

    New delhi

    Utkarsh's 7 days trip to Johannesburg

    Would recommend the location to everyone for a must-visit Bucket list item. Would NEVER recommend the travel agent to anyone regarding any trip. About the destination: South Africa is definitely one of the best places to visit in the months of January. The weather is pleasant throughout the day with light breezes greeting you wherever you go. We were really lucky with our safari in Kwantu as we were able to sight almost all of the variety of wildlife that they have in the reserve. The stay at Kwantu was also equally comfortable. Knysna and Oudtshoorn were another pair of scenic locations and the drive from Port Elizabeth to Kwantu to Knysna & Oudtshoorn was undoubtedly one of the best drives I have ever had. The visit to Cape Town was as exciting as we were expecting and the city welcomed us with a marvelous evening sky as we drove in. The local sightseeing service available in the city was a good enough option as it drove us through almost all the places of interest within and around the city. The Table Top Mountain did live to it's grandeur and the view from up top was really breathtaking. The entire Cape peninsula as well as the town were so tiny yet so vast. The Cape Peninsula tour on the next day was equally interesting, covering the entirety of the Cape of Good Hope, the Botanical garden, Hout Bay Harbour and the most awaited Jackass Penguin colony in Boulders beach. About the travel agent: The approach of MKHolidays before and after the first payment for the trip was in dire contrast. While they were following up with us multiple times throughout the day with even minor changes in the itinerary before we made the first payment, after that we had to call them up over 4-5 times for every update or voucher request. We did no get the hotel vouchers till the very last week of our travel. The flight ticket from Johannesberg to Port Elizabeth were given to us at midnight just before the day of our flight. Without that, we had been stranded in JoBerg with no onward flight tickets. The downpayment for the car rental which was included in the travel package had not been made and I had to pay for the same from my pocket. Upon arrival in Cape Town, when we went to Holiday Inn (a 4-star property), we were told that there was no booking in our name and the hotel voucher given to us for that place was invalid. All calls to MKHolidays went unanswered & the Travel Triangle representative merely shrugged off saying that he would not be able to help as the bookings were under the agent's purview. I had to pay for the first night from my own pocket. Upon the next day, I was told that the hotel booked for me was the Holiday Inn Express (a 3-star property), even though the package specifically included the other property. We reluctantly moved to Holiday Inn Express, only to realize that our booking there was cancelled due to a no-show the previous night. We had to wait for a longer time for the bookings to get re-listed. The vouchers for each day's activity were given to us only on the previous midnight. This caused an aura of uncertainty throughout our trip as we never knew what time we had to wake up the next day for the pickup. Had South Africa not been that marvelous a country, the callous approach of the travel agent during the trip would definitely have ruined the experience for us.

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    Vidhan Khanna

    Mumbai

    Vidhan's 11 days trip to Johannesburg

    It was a troubled trip with respect to service of the agent since day 1. Attention to detail to itenary was very poor. First they were denying many inclusion but on closer scrutiny of the itenary they finally relented. Second there was lots of errors regarding to hotel and dates. I had to check each and every voucher they provided and it used to be wrong on couple of occasions. Had to get them rectified. Also had to chase them for vouchers till the last minute inspite of repeated reminders. They never even told about baggage allowance of internal flights and tried to play fraud on each point. It was my honeymoon and not once in South Africa and Seychelles was there any honeymoon decoration and goodies. Cab from Cape town to Kynsna was cancelled last minute and they arranged 1 at the nth hour delaying my program by 2 hrs. Over all the agency lacks a clear intent and is very deceptive

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    Harshit Kumar

    Bengaluru

    Harshit's 5 days trip to Johannesburg

    Thanks a lot Aditya for your help and availability whenever needed during and even before the trip. The itinerary was apt and clear to enjoy the best places in South Africa in optimal price. Everything

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