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Johannesburg Tourism

Affectionately called 'Joburg' or 'Jozi, Johannesburg is a land of brilliant landscapes, great architecture and contrasting cultures. It has a wonderfully rich history along with the modern district squares with plenty of things to offer tourists. Posh and Lavish as it looks, Joburg also has the deep interior ancient gullies reminding locals of their olden days. The largest city in South Africa and the second largest city in Africa, Joburg is thoroughly enjoyed by the locals and foreigners alike. 

The beating heart of South Africa, Johannesburg offers to be a quick respite for the vacationers. The city is fast, rapid and constantly changing with the advancing world. Johannesburg offers the best nightlife in South Africa, and the live music here is not to be missed. It also has a thriving art scene and cafe culture. The city is one of the greenest in the world and is the world's largest man-made urban forest.

Visitors are bound to be lured by its beauty with several attractions, sights and dazzling landscapes. An abode with great infrastructure, massive buildings, and informative museums, Johannesburg displays its rich cultural heritage in different ways. Not many people know, but this tourist gem was once a neglected zone. The landmarks were worked upon and fully revamped a couple of decades back to encourage tourism from international countries.

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Currency in Johannesburg

International debit and credit cards are widely accepted by most businesses and electronically validated. Cards accepted include Visa, MasterCard, Diners Club and American Express. There might be some small shops or informal traders that refuse to accept cards. In that case, some amount of cash in ZAR can be kept. Also, some shops accept traveller checks and US dollars also, but these are very few.

Shopping in Johannesburg

  • Neighbourgoods Market - This is a must-visit. A two-floored Saturday (9:00 AM - 3:00 PM) market, situated on 73 Juta Street, Braamfontein. Popular for clothes, accessories, great beers, food, etc.
  • Rosebank Finders Keepers market - Different from the regular on-the-street flea markets. This one is on the rooftop of the mall of Rosebank, flooded with all the typical African crafts, you can get lovely souvenirs here, clothing, and collectables. It is a Sunday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM market.
  • The Shed on R59 - Great place for young adults to spend their Saturday afternoon. They have a kid's play area, an artisanal brewery (for beer lovers), mouth-watering food stalls and a wide range of stalls selling art, clothing and gifting varieties.
  • Apart from these main markets, the Hillfox flea market (known for bargaining) and the Panorama flea market are also great to visit. Must buys - Rooibos (infusion of rooibos bush leaves), Amarula (World's top-selling cream-based liqueurs), soda can art, South African wine, wildlife wine glasses, wooden tribal carvings, bead crafts and ceramics.

Nightlife in Johannesburg

Bassline, Movida Club, Manhattan Club, Emperor's Palace and The Blues Room are some of the live and dynamic places to be at night. Melville seventh street is a popular area. The city also has a lot of cultural nights, acts and shows.

History of Johannesburg

The city of Johannesburg has been named after Johann Friedrich Bernhard Rissik and Christiaan Johannes Joubert. The city boasts of four castles, one of which is as old as 105 years.

Language of Johannesburg

Officially there are 11 languages spoken across south of Africa, but there is nothing to be worried about as English is well spoken and understood. However, like English, Afrikaans is widely spread through the city too. Afrikaans will be a little more easy to understand if you know Dutch. Some basic words in Afrikaans are: 1. Yes - Ja (pronounced as yah) 2. Thank you - Dankie (pronounced as Dunkey)

Johannesburg Customs

In a welcoming city like Johannesburg, a warm smile of acknowledgement is very much appreciated. Men greet each other with a firm handshake, whereas women generally give a courteous nod. If they know each other well, a gentle hug along with a kiss on the cheek is expected. People here are straight forward and upfront about things that offend them or things they like. Tips are anticipated and appreciated. Ten percent is expected in return of good service if not charged on the bill already. The city has no particular norms on clothes, except that beachwear should not be worn off the beach. Otherwise, anything casual and smart that makes you feel comfortable is fine. Avoid wearing flashy accessories.

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Daily Budget for Johannesburg

Budget Travel: 650 R, Comfortable Travel: 800 R, Luxury Travel: 1000 R

Exchanging Money in Johannesburg

Currency can be exchanged into South African Rand from the FOREX windows at the Johannesburg International Airport. Plenty of exchange facilities are avilable at hotels and shops but these usually charge a poor exchange rate. Cash withdrawal using ATMs is extremely common among tourists and provides to be a convenient option.

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What are the top hotels in Johannesburg?

There are 949 in Johannesburg which can be booked through Holidify. The most popular hotels in Johannesburg are Hethersett Guest House, Blackheath Manor Guest House, Executive Suite in Woodmead East, Thornton Gap Guesthouse, Khathala, 58 On Hume. You can see all the hotels in Johannesburg here

What are the places near Johannesburg?

The top places near to Johannesburg are Pretoria which is 53 km from Johannesburg, Durban which is located 500 km from Johannesburg, Cape town which is located 1261 km from Johannesburg, Knysna which is located 994 km from Johannesburg, London which is located 9072 km from Johannesburg

What are the things to do in Johannesburg?

The top things to do in Johannesburg are The Apartheid Museum, Constitution Hill, Gold Reef City, Soweto and the Mandela Museum, Lion Park, South African National Museum of Military History. You can see all the places to visit in Johannesburg here

How much does a package cost for Johannesburg?

The packages for Johannesburg start at INR 62993 which can be further customized based on number of people, days, hotel category, vehicle type and customizations. You can have a look at all packages here

What is the local food in Johannesburg?

As rich as it appears, the local Joburg cuisine is flavoursome and tempts one and all. Coffee is indigenous to Africa and in Johannesburg you get coffee being served with a cardamom rich sponge cake. The other important delicacies include Malwa Pudding, Piri-Piri chicken and Amanqina.
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What is the best time to visit Johannesburg?

The best time to visit Johannesburg is from September to April when the summers have ended. However, the other months are not bad for a vacation in the city as Joburg has a mild and dry weather all round the year. The months of autumn, fall and spring are still relatively cooler and should be preferred.
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