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Silvercloud Travel / Johannesburg

Johannesburg

Welcome to Jo’Burg!

Johannesburg, or Jozi as it is otherwise called, is the heart of South Africa and second largest city in Africa. Built on a rich history of gold mining, Jozi is also the richest city in South Africa and the economic powerhouse of the continent. This city has everything you could possibly be looking for; from rich cultural heritage to amazing diversity to places you can sit back, relax and unwind. Everything about this city is unique and diverse. Although the city is not a hyped as an outdoor city, there is still so much to do and see.

Scattered around the Gold city aremagnificent museums,mostly offering insight into the Apartheid period in South Africa. There are over 6 million trees spread around Johannesburg in parks such as Norwood park and the Kruger National Park. You’ll also find nature in nature reserves such as Emmarentia Dam, the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garde and the Lowveld park.You can also explore the UNESCO-listed Cradle of Humankind, one of the richest paleoanthropological sites in the world. Growing gradually into an exciting hub for arts and culture, you’ll find amazing contemporary art galleries and studios around Jo’burg.

Visit the Apartheid Museum to see the graphical portrayal through photos, film footage, artifact and personal accounts of the Apartheid era in South African history. To learn more about South Africa’s struggle, you can also visit Liliesleaf Farm Museum.

20 kilometers southwest of Johannesburg lies Soweto, an area of planned segregation where black laborers were housed far from the city center. Soweto is also home to the Mandela House Museum, the house Mandela lived with his wife before he was imprisoned. You will also find here Freedom square, where the Freedom Charter was adopted.

Other sites you can visit are Constitution Hill, a former prison in South Africa, Gold Reef City, the Lindfield Victorain House Museum and Market Theatre

Good to Know

Country
South Africa
Visa Requirements
Visa Required except holders of passports from exempted countries or holders of UN Laissez passer. See here (http://www.dha.gov.za/index.php/immigration-services/exempt-countries) for countries exempted.
Languages spoken
English and Afrikaans, mainly. Swahili, Ndebele, Southern Sotho, Northern Sotho, Tsonga, Venda, Xhosa, Tswana and Zulu are also spoken in the city
Currency used
South African Rand
Area (km2)
1645
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