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What to see in Johannesburg

Johannesburg Attractions


Johannesburg attractions range from educational cultural and historic exhibitions and museums to fun family outings and interesting displays of local innovation and productivity. With good weather throughout most of the year, sightseeing in Johannesburg is always a rewarding adventure.

The first stop on any list of things to see in Johannesburg should be the Apartheid Museum, which showcases South Africa's history of black oppression and illustrates how far the nation has come in its move towards democracy. Another must-see is the Cradle of Humankind, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which features the Sterkfontein Caves where the ancient fossil of Mrs. Ples was found in 1947. Finally, a township tour of Soweto is a fascinating cultural experience, incorporating several wonderful museums, fun shebeens (bars) and historic sites.

On a lighter note, a fantastic Johannesburg attraction is Gold Reef City, a 'gold-rush' fashioned theme park full of exciting thrill rides, which incorporates some of the old gold mines that the city is built on and guides visitors down the old mine shafts if they want something more educational than rollercoasters. While sightseeing in Johannesburg visitors can tour the SAB World of Beer, which documents South Africa's proud beer brewing traditions, or take a scenic hike through the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens. Newtown Cultural Precinct's Market Theatre and Museum Africa are also Johannesburg attractions worth seeing.


Constitution Hill

A guided tour of the National Heritage Site of Constitution Hill takes visitors on a journey through South Africa's turbulent…

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Hector Pieterson Memorial Site and Museum

Hector Pieterson became the iconic image of the 1976 Soweto Uprising in Apartheid South Africa, when a news photograph…

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Melville

Melville is an old suburb known for its quirky, artistic atmosphere, eclectic little shops and pavement cafes, and fun…

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Newtown Cultural Precinct

This complex of buildings in the city centre has been upgraded and restored as part of the city fathers' urban renewal…

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SAB World of Beer

SABMiller started in South Africa and has expanded to become one of the world's largest and most popular brewers of beer.…

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Soweto

Soweto's history goes back to 1903, when the town of Kliptown was established as the first black settlement on the outskirts…

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The Apartheid Museum

South Africa's tragic history of black oppression is chronicled in this building, situated near Gold Reef City. Relics…

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Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens

Johannesburg is one of the most densely treed cities in the world and has a number of pleasant parks and gardens, but…

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