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  • Johannesburg
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    As dangerous as the inner city, it is astoundingly breathtaking with views of a plethora of buildings in and around the inner city. the landscape is spectacular to watch over a great sunset and hopefully while at the 12 decades hotel rooftop at the maboneng precinct. This place is so rich with culture and history at every turn.

    Recommended for:Local CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersBusiness TravelersFoodiesWellnessBackpackersHistory BuffsNightlife LoversTrendstersArt & Design Lovers
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  • Johannesburg
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    The LA of SA. Spread out, car mandatory and very diverse. Knowing locals will help immensely as it's not the most tourist accessible city

    Recommended for:Adventure TravelersBusiness TravelersLocal CultureHistory Buffs
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    I went on a great tour with spearofthenation.co.za Very interesting and great for getting a feel for the places and the people. I dont normally do tours, but I would completely recommend this one!

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  • Johannesburg

    Jo'berg, as the locals call it. If the awe inspiring thunderstorms don't astound you, or the beautiful purple leaved Jacaranda trees that adorn the streets, then surely the people will. Whether it is the bustling center alive with the kind of activity only found on the African continent. Or the placid suburbs with their wide parks and quality restaurants. It is a city alive with activity and a people who make you understand why. Check out Baseline an amazing Dancehall venue in the center and the bars of Melville's 6th avenue.

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  • JohannesburgPro 2014
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    A diverse city, difficult to classify, Johannesburg fascinates me. Wealthy suburbs intermingled with the squalor of townships and the on-going revitalization of the central city offer a diversity worth exploring.

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  • Johannesburg

    Jo'berg is not for the faint hearted. Locals will tell you that this is a dangerous place to be and to not wander aimlessly, especially not downtown. Crime rate is high and enforcement is not reliable. The good thing about Jo'berg is the weather. It's cool and if you're in the nice parts of town like Sandton, you'll be shielded from the dangerous parts of the city. Other fun stuff to do would be to drive through the animal parks and have lions and leopards walk alongside your car.

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  • JohannesburgPro 2014
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    Understand this, first off: if you know someone in Jo'burg who can show you around, take you to the cool spots and restaurants and parties, you'll have a great time. If, on the other hand, you come on your own, you'll likely find this denucleated, sprawling city with its crime-ridden center and aggressive car culture rather unpleasant. Being lucky, I knew someone here, and found a city with a super-hip music and arts scene, great (and great-value) restaurants, and some of the best parties in the southern hemisphere. Consider staying in Pretoria if you're arriving without a local contact. Otherwise, dive in and have fun in neighborhoods like Rosebank, Greenside, Sandton, and Oaklands. =)

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    Beautiful whent he jacaranda trees are in bloom. Plenty of history and grit, but I also feel like a place where you need to watch your back a bit.

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  • Johannesburg

    Johannesburg is huge so you may want to be sure you have a GPS if you are driving and it is your first time there. I am not a city person so it was a little scary at first driving on the opposite side of the streets and a lot of them go one way. Took us 4 hours before we actually got out of the city (we didn't have a GPS and the maps were very confusing). Did some sightseeing, went to the Zoo in Bloemfontain and on to Masseru, Spent the last day of the trip again in Johannesburg and did some more touring around the city. Hope to go again soon and do more in South Africa this time. .

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    Johannesburg offers fascinating museums, most notably the Apartheid Museum in Gold Reef City and the Museum Africa in Newtown, as well as excellent art galleries. Several suburbs have a thriving café culture, which by the evening transforms into a lively restaurant scene.
    Shopping is Jo'burg's biggest addiction, and the city offers an abundance of superb contemporary African art, fashion and design. And then there are the townships, most easily explored on a tour but, in some cases, possible to get to under your own steam.

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  • Johannesburg

    is a nice place.lots of shops,bussinessess.but don't get me wrong it's a lot of traffic in johannesburg.you must always look over your shoulder if your save.

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  • Johannesburg

    There is a really nice place in johannesburg named suncity, very very cosy and fancy yet not expensive you will just love it especially the landscape and nature wise.

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  • Johannesburg

    Very interesting, just not very safe. We were asked not to go out of the hotel at night without a guide. Outside the city is better.

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  • Johannesburg

    As with most cities these days there is a need to keep to certain areas, stray at your own risk. None the less there is plenty to see

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  • Johannesburg
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    this is a very pretty place and there is a lot to see and yes full of history. the streets have treets growing down them,it can get very cold in winter,and yes snow has also been there two.

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  • Johannesburg

    i was visiosa has gone really upmarket since i was last ther in 1998 i was vising family but you must be careful and aware crime wise

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  • Johannesburg

    An interesting city with some must see sights.

    The main problem is the violence, witch will greatly limit your ability to visit it.

    The funny part is that I felt much safer in Soweto than in the city center. And the South Africans are some really amazing people.

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  • Johannesburg

    mostly dry and overcrowded, and everyone drives like maniacs. The gautrain was kinda cool, and the population makes it quite an entertaining place.

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  • Johannesburg

    More things to do in Johannesburg (provided by the locals!)
    Gold Reef City (go down the mine...enjoy the tourist attractions),
    Sun City (including Pilansberg game drive),
    Soweto tour,
    Montecasino (Meals and Shows..(check out what is showing on their site),
    Super 15 Rugby match,
    Moyo Zoo Lake (restaurant),
    Melrose Arch (meal & shopping),
    Sandton City (shopping),
    Rosebank Flea market on a Sunday...
    Gold Reef City,
    Apartheid Museum,
    Moyo Zoo Lake,
    Cradle of Human Kind,
    Lion and Rhino Park,
    sun city/pilansberg,
    market theatre
    Constitution Hill.
    Science Museum Newtown.

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  • Johannesburg

    Imagine LA, without the nice beach and the mountains, that's pretty much Johannesburg. Outside of Soweto or Aparteid Museum, there is not much of interest around here.

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Joburg, as it's known, is a city of contrasts. The wealthiest city in Africa once known as the 'City of Gold,' Joburg also has stark poverty and, as a result of the contrast, one of the highest crime rates in the world. To travel here is to step into a culture inextricably linked with its apartheid past. But Joburg is moving forward, and its openness to visitors is a large part of this. The black township of Soweto is a prime example. Book one of dozens of cultural heritage tours -- by bicycle, van or on foot -- to learn about the history. Visiting the Apartheid Museum offers a view into South Africa's troubled past. To see Joburg's future, head out to swish suburbs, where attractions include zoos, hot air balloon rides, traditional cultural villages or shopping. There are several nature preserves within Joburg's city limits (and many larger ones nearby), so day safaris to see rhinos, lions or antelope. Because of its relative costs compared to Europe, Joburg is popular with backpackers. Hotels can be a good value and a plethora of cheap hostels offer something for every price range. ... read more

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