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Johannesburg Travel Guide

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Plan Your Johannesburg Vacation

Johannesburg, or Jo'burg, Egoli ("City of Gold"), or Jozi, as it is affectionately known by Jo'burgers, is the commercial heart of South Africa. Historically it is where money is made and fortunes found. It has been stereotyped as a cruel, concrete jungle, plagued by crime, but residents defend it fiercely as a city of opportunity and raw energy, the capital of "Can Do!"

Top Reasons To Go

  1. Cradle of Humankind Visit the Sterkfontein Caves and Maropeng Visitor Centre at this World Heritage Site, about an hour from Johannesburg, to view humankind's evolutionary pathway, fossils, and paleontology, presented in a fun, kid-friendly manner.
  2. History in Your Lifetime Do a self-guided tour of the Constitutional Court, built on the site of a prison whose inmates included Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela. The Apartheid Museum takes a holistic look at South Africa's road to democracy.
  3. Iconic Soweto Visit the site of some dramatic anti-apartheid struggles, as well as former homes of Nobel Peace laureates Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
  4. African Arts and Crafts The African Craft Market in Rosebank showcases ornaments, masks, and fabrics from across Africa, ranging from the cheap and cheerful to one-off collector's items.

When To Go

When to Go

Jo'burgers boast that they enjoy the best climate in the world: not too hot in summer (mid-September-mid-April), not too cold in winter (mid-April-mid-Septemb...

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