Johannesburg: Places to Explore


  • Cradle of Humankind

    This World Heritage Site stretches over an area of about 470 square km (181 square mi), with about 300 caves. Inside these caves, paleoanthropologists have discovered thousands of fossils of hominids and... Read more

  • Downtown

    Although the city center is experiencing a revival, it's not a place everyone will choose to visit. You'll find plenty to do downtown, including a visit to the impressive Standard Bank Gallery and Johannesburg... Read more

  • The Magaliesberg

    The Magaliesberg Mountains (actually rolling hills) stretch 120 km (74 mi) between Pretoria and the town of Rustenburg. The South African War once raged here, and the remains of British blockhouses can... Read more

  • Northern Suburbs

    Johannesburg has dozens of northern suburbs, ranging in size from the huge and diverse Sandton, which includes the entire township of Alexandra, among other suburbs, to the smaller, leafy Saxonwold near... Read more

  • Pretoria

    The city of Pretoria, 48 km (30 mi) north of Johannesburg, lies within the Tshwane metropolitan area, which was formed in 2000 when Pretoria and its surrounding areas—Centurion, the townships of Atteridgeville... Read more

  • Soweto and the South

    An acronym for South Western Townships, Soweto was founded in 1904, when city councilors used an outbreak of bubonic plague as an excuse to move black people outside the town. Today the suburb, which is... Read more

  • Sun City

    A huge entertainment and resort complex in the middle of dry bushveld in the North West Province, Sun City is popular with golfers and families, and South Africans and foreign tourists alike. Sun City's... Read more


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