Johannesburg Travel Guide
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- 98%Local Culture
- 94%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 92%Business Travelers
- 80%Green Travelers
- 75%Luxury Travelers
- 72%Family Travelers
- 71%Budget Travelers
- 70%Adventure Travelers
Member Reviews (70)
- JohannesburgMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness Travelers+ 3Mar 05, 2013
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!
- JohannesburgFeb 27, 2013
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.
- JohannesburgMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 2Jan 14, 2013
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.
- JohannesburgDec 07, 2012
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.
- JohannesburgMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsSep 23, 2012
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. =)
- JohannesburgAug 13, 2012
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. .
- JohannesburgMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness Travelers+ 3Aug 01, 2012
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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