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!"


Johannesburg Hotels

Most, if not all, of the good hotels are in the northern suburbs. Many of the hotels are linked to nearby malls and are well... read more


Johannesburg Restaurants

Jo'burgers love eating out, and there are hundreds of restaurants throughout the city to satisfy them. Some notable... read more

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Johannesburg Experiences

  • Top Reasons to Go to Johannesburg

    Cradle of Humankind: Visit the Sterkfontein Caves and Maropeng Visitor Centre at this World Heritage Site, about an hour from... Read more

  • Posing on a Gold Mine

    In 1952, Dolly Rathebe, a young black woman who was to become a jazz-singing legend, and a white German photographer, J├╝rgen Schadeberg,... Read more

  • Other Northern Suburbs Neighborhoods

    While Saxonwold, Parkview, and Parktown are where you'll find most of the sights in the northern suburbs, the nearby suburbs of Rosebank,... Read more

  • Hector Pieterson and the Soweto Uprising

    On June 16, 1976, hundreds of schoolchildren in Soweto marched to protest the use of Afrikaans as the primary language of education in the... Read more

  • Victorian Parktown

    Parktown was once a gated community for the area's mining magnates, but most of its Victorian mansions fell victim to the wrecking ball... Read more

  • Kwaito

    Kwaito is a uniquely South African music genre, rooted in house, raga (a subgenre of reggae), hip-hop, and local rhythms. It... Read more

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