Johannesburg Sights

Johannesburg epitomizes South Africa's paradoxical makeup—it's rich, poor, innovative, and historic all rolled into one. And it seems at times as though no one actually comes from Johannesburg. The city is full of immigrants: Italians, Portuguese, Chinese, Hindus, Swazis, English, Zimbabweans, Nigerians, Zulus, Xhosas. The streets are full of merchants. Traders hawk skop (boiled

sheep's head, split open and eaten off newspaper) in front of polished glass buildings as taxis jockey for position in rush hour. Sangomas (traditional healers) lay out herbs and roots next to roadside barbers' tents, and you never seem to be far from women selling vetkoek (dollops of deep-fried dough) beneath billboards advertising investment banks or cell phones.

The Greater Johannesburg metropolitan area is massive—more than 1,600 square km (618 square miles)—incorporating the large municipalities of Randburg and Sandton to the north. Most of the sights are just north of the city center, which degenerated badly in the 1990s but is now being revamped.

To the south, in Ormonde, are the Apartheid Museum and Gold Reef City; the sprawling township of Soweto is just a little farther to the southwest. Johannesburg's northern suburbs are its most affluent. On the way to the shopping meccas of Rosebank and Sandton, you can find the superb Johannesburg Zoo and the South African Museum of Military History, in the leafy suburb of Saxonwold.

Read More

Browse Sights

View All 5

(5 out of 5 results)

Fodor's Choice

Area

View All 51

Pretoria 15

City Center 9

Soweto and the South 8

Cradle of Humankind 6

The Magaliesberg 5

Parktown, Parkview, Saxonwold, and Westcliff 2

Greenside and Emmarentia 2

Roodepoort 2

Madikwe Game Reserve 1

Pilanesberg Game Reserve 1

Show More +
Category

View All 51

Amusement Park/ Water Park 1

Archaeological Site/ Ruins 2

Body Of Water/ Waterfall 1

Bridge/ Tunnel 1

Building/ Architectural Site 1

Cave 2

Dam 1

Garden/ Arboretum 3

Government Building 2

Historic District/ Site 2

House/ Mansion/ Villa 2

Industrial Site/ Mill/ Factory 1

Information Center 1

Local Interest–Sight 1

Memorial/ Monument/ Tomb 2

Mine 2

Museum Village 2

Museum/ Gallery 16

Nature Preserve/ Wildlife Refuge 8

Neighborhood/ Street 1

Observatory/ Planetarium 1

Park (National/ State/ Provincial) 3

Park/ Playground 1

Plaza/ Square/ Piazza 3

Religious Building/ Site/ Shrine 1

Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train) 1

Zoo/ Aquarium 5

Show More +
Best For

View All 16

Family 12

Advertisement

Johannesburg Sights

Showing 5 out of 5 Results

Filter Results
Clear All Filters

Sort By:

  • Alphabetical
  • Fodor's Choice

Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre

  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

The Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre (formerly the De Wildt Cheetah Centre, it has been renamed after its founder) is respected for its conservation...

Elephant Sanctuary

  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

The Elephant Sanctuary is home to 5 of the big mammals and has elephant rides. Visits must be prearranged and include interactive educational...

Harties Cableway

  • Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

Take the longest mono-cableway in Africa to savour panoramic views of the Magaliesberg mountains and Hartbeespoort Dam. A circular pathway...

Lesedi Cultural Village

  • Museum Village

This is not just a place to stay and eat (although you can stay here in a very comfortable hut); it's a place to learn about the cultures...

Snake and Animal Park

  • Zoo/Aquarium

The Snake and Animal Park is not big (you can walk through in less than two hours) but it has lions, tigers, pumas, jaguars, hyenas,...

Advertisement