Flights to Johannesburg or the ‘business mecca’ of Africa as it is sometimes called, O.R. Tambo is the airport where you’ll land. This is also the airport where you’ll catch your connecting international flights.
The City of Gold, as it is fondly referred to, is the largest city in South Africa by population, and is the provincial capital of Gauteng, which hosts the wealthiest economy of any metropolitan region in Sub-Saharan Africa. Johannesburg is also the world’s largest city that is not situated on a river, lake or coastline. Yet, it offers a different kind of entertainment to its visitors.
Rich in heritage and business acumen, there’s no sleep in this concrete jungle. And while your 9-5 may be spent in the office, Johannesburg offers every type of entertainment you can imagine for when the sun sets. Another reason travellers venture through this city is to visit the Kingdom of the Lost City – also known as Sun City – where they can enjoy the man-made creations of opulence, and not forgetting the world-renowned Kruger National Park, famous for the Big Five.
With this and so much more to sight-see, make sure you visit some of these attractions while you’re here.
Gold Reef City – Family entertainment at its very best, this theme park includes scary rides, a Victorian fun fair and the Gold Reef City Arts & Crafts Centre. Make a note of checking out the ‘gumboot’ dancing program on your visit.
Cradle Of Humankind – One of eight South African World Heritage sites, Maropeng is the world’s richest hominin site. Home to around 40% of the world’s human ancestor fossils, you can also find a multiplicity of birds, animals and plants; some rare or endangered.
Montecasino – Lavish and all things lush, this casino is Johannesburg’s very own Las Vegas. With the interior designed to recreate a Tuscan Village complete with cobbled pavements, you’ll find a shopping and entertainment centre inside theses palatial walls. Keep an eye on the spectacular live shows that also take place here.
Apartheid Museum – Made up of film, audio and live accounts, this museum is a must-see for anyone interested in South Africa’s history as it documents the structural design and carrying out of the apartheid regime. This spine-chilling encounter depicts the rise and fall of apartheid.
SAB World Of Beer – This is like taking a trip back in time as you will travel from the tombs of Egypt to the dusty mining town of early Johannesburg – all under one roof. Beer lovers will find it interesting to learn how their favourite beverage has transformed throughout the ages. Be sure to try out the sorghum beer, which is a pungent and sour brew called Umqombothi.