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Best tourist attractions in Johannesburg, South Africa

by Ali Haider
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We all have a life pattern to follow, which is usually very hectic, tiring and full of worries. A day is about work, eating, going to bed, and having fun over the weekend, but anxiety is always after us. So, I recommend everyone; at least twice, oh ok, it is not suitable, then I guess once a year, your 

needs to come out of your routine life and plan a leisure trip to refresh your body, mind and soul. I recommend you have a saving plan to follow throughout the year to make this plan work and book flights during off-peak seasons. After reading this article, I assure you that you cannot help but book cheap flights to South Africa and will be happy to know that some savings are still available in your bank account.

Introduction of Johannesburg, South Africa

South Africa is a country that is situated on the southernmost tip of the African continent, marked by many distinct ecosystems. It is a land of beaches, safari destinations, wine lands, forests and a chain of cliffs & mountains. It is home to almost ten per cent of the world’s birds, fish, and plant species and six per cent of mammal and reptile species.

People and Culture:

South Africa has different ethnic groups with their languages and history. The country has 11 official languages, and English is one of them, makings it more accessible for tourists to communicate with the locals. Since it combines multi-cultures, the country is also known as the “rainbow nation”. South Africans are music lovers and express social and political ideas through dancing. 


Johannesburg is the largest city in South Africa and the capital of Gauteng province. This city has many attractions that catch one’sone’s attention, as it is rapidly growing from an edgy safari stopover to a vibrant hub of arts and culture. Johannesburg has world’sworld’s largest urban forest area and the wealthiest city on the continent, with the tallest building in Africa. Let’sLet’s talk about the places we never want to miss visiting;

In the city of Johannesburg, you will find the below tourist attractions;

  • Apartheid Museum: This museum explains the apartheid in South Africa and provides a comprehensive look at the country’scountry’s struggling past. There, you can find images, artefacts, newspaper articles, and video recordings telling the apartheid story.
  • Cradle of Humankind: The Cradle of Humankind, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is about an hour’s drive from Johannesburg and is home to some of the world’s earliest human fossils. It offers visitors a chance to explore ancient caves and learn about the progression of mankind and anthropology. One of the breathtaking attractions of Cradle of Humankind is Sterkfontein stalactitic caves, which consist of six linked underground chambers with a lake at a depth of about 40 meters.  
  • Nelson Mandela Square: Located in the heart of Sandton, this sparkling square is home to the statue of Nelson Mandela. You will also find many shops, restaurants and bars to make your day more exciting.         
  • Soweto: Short for “South Western Township”, is known as the birthplace of the South African struggle for freedom and offers visitors a chance to explore history and cultures. The most well-known location in Soweto is “Vilakazi Street,” the only street in the world with homes for Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, both recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize. 
  • Johannesburg Zoo: Among the many species that call this zoo home are lions, tigers, elephants, and other creatures. 
  • Gold Reef City: This theme park and entertainment complex offers the tourist a fun day out for the whole family with thrilling rides, interactive exhibits, and more.
  • Constitution Hill: This former prison and now a museum and cultural centre provide a unique look at the country’scountry’s struggle for democracy and human rights. The precinct was once known as The Fort and is a famous place known for its former prisoners, including Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi.
  • The Market Theatre: This famous theatre has been the home of South African theatre for over 40 years and offers various shows and performances throughout the year and entertaining music like Fakaza.
  • Rosebank Sunday Market: This famous market is a great place to shop for locally made crafts, souvenirs, live music, and delicious food.
  • Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens: These gardens offer a peaceful retreat from the city, with beautiful natural scenery, various plants, wildlife, and a beautiful view of red-rock cliffs.
  • Safari Trips: When booking a flight for a safari excursion from Johannesburg, choose a date between June and August when the temperature lowers to the mid-forties, making the safari drive in the Kruger National Park—an hour’s flight away—even more enjoyable.

Once you plan your trip to Johannesburg, I assure you you are off to a place bursting with fantastic wildlife, rich culture and mind-blowing history. For booking this exciting trip, you should know some tricks and tips to make your journey more comfortable and affordable. 

  • Book your flight on weekdays:

Always book in advance on weekdays because flights are comparatively expensive on weekends.

  • Consider connecting flights:

Direct flights cost you more than connecting flights. So book a flight with a stop or two, which will help you to save more money. 

  • Look for sales or promotions:

Keep looking for travel agency promotions, and you will find good options.

I am sure the first call you will make tomorrow morning will be to the travel agent, asking him to book you for this exciting trip. Do share with us your experience once you return from this memorable trip, and yes, don’t forget to share pictures. 

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