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Top attractions in Johannesburg

With the recovery of its post-apartheid economy, Johannesburg is shedding its "most dangerous city" reputation for that of a friendly metropolis with quirky urban attractions to substantiate its wilder and more scenic offerings. Here are a few of its best!

Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens

Combining natural vegetation and rocky hiking trails with skillfully landscaped gardens, visitors must trek up to the top of its waterfall to see Black Eagles and terrific views!

Pilanesberg National Park

This national park not only offers safaris galore but you can even camp here. In spite of the large meandering beasts, it's safer than it sounds!

Sterkfontein

Home to a startling number of our chimpish ancestors, it's no wonder the fossil-rich Sterkfontein caves are also known as the Cradle of Humankind!

The Old Fort

Discover the brutish conditions of a detention center that held Nelson Mandela, Gandhi, and many other political leaders and suspected dissidents. It can prove to be a very humbling experience.

De Wildt Cheetah & Wildlife Centre

This research and observation center lets you get close to cheetahs, wild dogs, and other native creatures you may have missed on safari.

Apartheid Museum

How did Apartheid feel? Upon paying admission you'll be assigned a racial category to help you understand the gravity of the exhibits. It's hard to see it all in one visit though.

Johannesburg Zoo

The allure of the safari too often distracts from this brilliantly landscaped zoo. It's now a world-beater but you can still visit a few old enclosures to see how far it's come!

Planning Your Johannesburg Visit

When to go?

In terms of the weather there is not really a best time to visit Johannesburg. Daytime temperatures are fairly warm all year round, with the high altitude keeping summers from getting too hot. The South African winter is between May and August, and if you plan to take safari then the lack of foliage at this time makes it considerably easier to spot lions!

How safe is it?

Johannesburg is not as dangerous as you might think. Crime is nowhere near the level it once was and you'll immediately notice cars stopping at red lights all over the place without being stolen! Like any city, crime is still an issue but tends to be particularly high around certain areas. Avoid Yeoville, Berea, Hillbrow, and Alexandra if you can, and opt for taxis over public transport, which is quite chaotic.

Where to stay?

Johannesburg is a city of suburbs, so don't expect a hotel in the center to be your best bet. Consider booking a guesthouse in Melville, Sandton, or Rosebank. For contrast, Soweto is the city's largest township. Although it's still quite poor, it's one of the friendliest, liveliest parts of the city. The downside to that is it can be hard to get any sleep!

Good to know

  • Language
    Afrikaans and English
  • Currency
    South African Rand (ZAR)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+02:00)
  • Country Code
    +27
  • Best time to visit
    Warm temperatures can be enjoyed all year round, but if you are visiting for safari, plan to come between May and August when foliage is at a minimum and big game sightings are easier!

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What people are saying about Johannesburg

Excelent and very interesting tour of the city

Erick did a very nice job showing the main events and places of the city, he has a very good understanding of Johannesburg.

Johannesburg and Soweto Apartheid Full Day Tour Reviewed by Pedro, 05/21/2019

Amazing! We managed to see all of the Big 5 in one day!

I can't recommend this trip enough. My young daughter was so excited to see an entire pride of lions cross the road just a few feet in front of us. As well as that, we were literally a metre away from an elephant. We saw whilte and black rhino, giraffes and an elusive cheetah! It was an unfoegettable trip. I lived in Africa years ago and took friens and family on many safaris, but never managed to see all of these in one day. Incredible. The tour guide was terrific, as was the driver to the park. The lunch was also fabulous. Definitely worth every penny. We may have been incredibly lucky, but we have amazing videos to keep. Thank you!

Amazing experience! We saw everything we wanted.

Amazing experience! We saw everything we wanted, the guide was experienced and lunch was great. I totally recommend this tour.

Excellent way to see Joburg and most of it's major attractions.

Recommend 2 days if you have time. Much to see and this will give you needed time. We still were not able to do all we wanted along the route.

Everything worked out well! Great experience!

Everything was well organized and pick up from the hotel was on time. Joe was a very enthusiastic Ranger and we could really feel her passion for her job! We saw almost all of the Big Five, only the leopard didn't want to show up!