WELCOME TO JOHANNESBURG!

Joburg is a bustling metropolis with an impressive list of activities to explore. Whether you are interested in history or simply want to experience the buzz, Joburg caters for every taste.

APARTHEID MUSEUM


The Apartheid Museum, the first of its kind, illustrates the rise and fall of apartheid in South Africa.

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SOWETO TOUR


Tour this intriguing township as you uncover most of the major attractions from Vilakazi Street, the home of former president Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

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CRADLE OF HUMANKIND


The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site is the world’s richest hominid site, home to around 40% of the world’s human ancestor fossils.

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WALTER SISULU SQUARE & KLIPTOWN


Kliptown, one of the oldest districts in Soweto, is an area steeped in history. It was here that the Freedom Charter was signed in 1955. Walter Sisulu Square in the heart of Kliptown, is South Africa’s first township entertainment explosion centre, attracting both national and international attention with its broad variety of outlets suitable for local traders, event coordinators and international tourists.

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SANDTON CBD & SANDTON CITY


Sandton continues to reign as the most important financial and business district in South Africa, and arguably sub-Saharan Africa. It is also home to Sandton City, a large and prestigious shopping destination housing countless local and international stores.


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AFRICAN CRAFT MARKET ROSEBANK


Experience the vibrancy of a truly African marketplace filled with a warm energy and rhythm. Browse and buy from an assortment of artefacts, beading, wiring, sculptures, gifting options and paintings representative of our African heritage.


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GAUTRAIN


The Gautrain was constructed in an effort to address the heavy traffic problem in and around Johannesburg and Pretoria in Gauteng. This 21st century train is one a kind for Africa.

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VILAKAZI STREET & HECTOR PIETERSON MUSEUM


Vilakazi Street is the only street in the world that has been home to two Nobel prize: Nelson Mandela and Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu. You can also visit the Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum, which commemorates the role of the country’s students in the struggle against apartheid.

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CONSTITUTION HILL


Constitution Hill is a living museum that tells the story of South Africa’s journey to democracy and is partly built on the site of the city’s old Women’s Prison.

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LESEDI CULTURAL VILLAGE & HARTBEESPOORTDAM


Lesedi, which is Sesotho for ‘light’, was initiated in 1995 as a tourist attraction and today features five traditional dwellings, each representing a South African culture: Pedi, Zulu, Xhosa, Basotho and Ndebele. The village is very close to the beauty of Hartebeespoort Dam. This huge engineering project is literally cradled in the lap of the mountains, which many now regard as a retreat from the concrete jungle of city living.

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MALL OF AFRICA


Mall of Africa is South Africa’s largest shopping mall ever built in a single phase. It was completed in 2016 and is home to over 300 stores.


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SIGHTSEEING JOBURG HOP ON HOP OFF BUS


Hop on and off the open-top red bus and explore Johannesburg’s top sights and attractions from the open-top upper deck or down below.


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CHAF POZI SOWETO


Set at the base of the iconic Orlando Towers in Soweto, Chaf Pozi (‘cool place’) is a local institution where you will experience food and a vibe that’s authentically South African.

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MABONENG PRECINCT


With its beginnings in art many years ago, Maboneng has evolved into a collaborative hub of culture, business and lifestyle that entices curiosity, promotes a sense of urban togetherness and encourages exploration. Visit The Bioscope, Arts on Main, The Blackanese Sushi and Wine Bar and more!

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MOOTEE BAR MELVILLE


Situated at 78A 4th Avenue, Melville, Mootee, described as a place of healing for the soul, uses modern culinary and mixology techniques and blends it with traditional drinking rituals and local ingredients.

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MARKET THEATRE


The Market Theatre, founded in Johannesburg in 1976 by Mannie Manim and the late Barney Simon, was built in and around the remains of Johannesburg’s Indian Fruit Market – circa 1913. The theatre has gone on to become internationally renowned as South Africa’s “Theatre of the Struggle”.

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FOUR SEASONS WESTCLIFF


Enjoy the beautiful city and its sunsets with sundowners or Sunday brunch with friends at some of Jobur’s vibrant and exciting venues. Elevated on a hillside with panoramic views across the Johannesburg Zoo and the prestigious neighbourhoods of The Parks, the Hotel is conveniently close to business, culture, shopping and leisure activities.

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4TH AVENUE PARKHURST


The ‘see-and-be-seen’ strip along 4th Avenue has an ambience like no other and with South Africa’s ever-popular mall culture, this high street offers customers from near and far a safe and refreshing break.

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MEIGHBOURGOODS MARKET BRAAMFONTEIN


The Market is a source for speciality foods and goods – a meeting point to enjoy the community, swap ideas and be inspired by the energy of Johannesburg! NB: Saturdays only.

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44 STANLEY


The most established precinct on the edge of downtown Johannesburg, the 44 Stanley precinct is a mix of carefully-curated, bespoke stores and independent restaurants which gives the centre an authenticity that runs through eating, drinking, shopping, working and living experiences.

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ORIENTAL PLAZA


This sizeable indoor bazar was established in the 1970s and is as multifaceted and varied as the people that frequent it, representing the true diversity of South Africa. You’ll be able to bargain for everything from a brass bowl to a pair of Converse high tops.

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ESCAPE ROOM ILLOVO


Escape Room is Johannesburg’s original live puzzle game. You have 60 minutes to unravel the mystery of a hidden room, working as a team of 2-6 to solve a variety of quirky and inventive puzzles to escape.

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RAND CLUB


Founded in 1887 in the fledgling days of Johannesburg, the Rand Club is the city’s most enduring social institution and finest heritage venue.

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WORKSHOP 55


A unique experience combining the very best of finely crafted drinks (with an emphasis on exotic gins and tonics) and locally and internationally influenced food served in a laidback setting.

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CIRCA ART GALLERY


This architectural landmark is the annex to Joburg’s oldest private art gallery: the Everard Read. It has garnered awards for its striking design and green credentials.

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KEYES ART MILE


One of the most recent additions to the Joburg art scene, this three-storey complex is a mix of eclectic galleries, studios and stores for lovers of the arts and beautiful things.

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EVERARD READ GALLERY


Johannesburg has interesting and eclectic galleries and studios you can visit to explore your love of the arts. Everard Read Gallery is Africa’s oldest commercial art gallery. 

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