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1. Visit the Apartheid Museum

Visit the Apartheid Museum
4.5 /5

5 km
from city center
1 out of 28
things to do in Johannesburg

The Apartheid Museum is established in the southern part of Johannesburg and is one of the must-visit attractions. It displays paper clippings, films, documents, photos and other historical artefacts exhibiting the history of Apartheid. The entrance is different depending on whether you are white or non-white.

2. Learn South Africa's History at Constitution Hill

Learn South Africa's History at Constitution Hill
4.3 /5

2 km
from city center
2 out of 28
things to do in Johannesburg

Located in northern Johannesburg, Constitution hill aptly describes South Africa's transformation to democracy and signifies the great freedom struggles for the country's independence. The sight is an abode to Constitution court, Women's prison, Old Fort and Number Four prison.

3. Visit Mandela House in Soweto

Visit Mandela House in Soweto
3.8 /5

14 km
from city center
3 out of 28
things to do in Johannesburg

Located almost twenty kilometres southwest of Johannesburg, Soweto opens the historical chapters of freedom fights. Also the birthplace of the struggle for democracy, it was home to black labourers, who were kept away from most of the urban and suburban Johannesburg. Soweto also has the Mandela House museum, where Mandela used to live before he was imprisoned.

4. Have a Fun Day at Gold Reef City

Have a Fun Day at Gold Reef City
4.2 /5

5 km
from city center
4 out of 28
things to do in Johannesburg

The Gold Reef City offers a spectacular sight with countless theme park rides, historical antiquities and marvellous golden exhibits. The unique spot hosts numerous edifices and businesses, including shops, stores, hotels, the Royal Theatre and Johannesburg's first stock exchange.

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5. Explore Cradle of Humankind

Explore Cradle of Humankind

27 km
from city center
5 out of 28
things to do in Johannesburg

A paleoanthropological zone in Gauteng, about 50km northwest of Johannesburg, Cradle of Humankind is a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its dolomitic limestone caves. These caves feature fossilised remains of the old forms of plants, rocks, animals and hominids.

6. Explore Modern Johannesburg at the Maboneng Precinct

Explore Modern Johannesburg at the Maboneng Precinct
3.6 /5

1 km
from city center
6 out of 28
things to do in Johannesburg

The Maboneng Precinct lies in the city's heart and is a fantastic example of a successful mixed-use renewal project. You can find numerous restaurants, bars, cafes, art galleries and shops. The area is a bright combination of both commercial and residential buildings and imparts the cheerful vibe of the city.

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7. Day Trip to Lion & Safari Park

Day Trip to Lion & Safari Park

44 km
from city center
7 out of 28
things to do in Johannesburg

Located about 40 minutes from Johannesburg in Gauteng, the Lion and Safari Park is part of the Cradle of Humankind and is known for its numerous indigenous species. The best way to explore the park is through one of its informative safaris and tours. River rafting through the Crocodile River, horse riding, quad biking and mountain biking are also popular activities here.

8. Experience Local Culture at Market Theatre

Experience Local Culture at Market Theatre
3.7 /5

2 km
from city center
8 out of 28
things to do in Johannesburg

The Market Theatre is housed in a converted Market Building and has a great significance in Joburg's culture, attracting several tourists. The theatre has four live theatre venues where the finest productions are held. The building includes a book store, art and gallery, and restaurants.

9. Visit Sci-Bono Discovery Centre

Visit Sci-Bono Discovery Centre
3.9 /5

1 km
from city center
9 out of 28
things to do in Johannesburg

The Sci-Bono Discovery Centre is South Africa’s largest science centre, located at Helen St. Joseph in Johannesburg. It has over 350 interactive exhibits on math, science and technology. The mini planetarium inside is stunning and enjoyable to learn about the universe.

10. See Verreaux's Eagles at Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens

See Verreaux's Eagles at Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens
4.1 /5

24 km
from city center
10 out of 28
things to do in Johannesburg

Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens is a nature reserve in Roodepoort near Johannesburg. It is popular for a pair of Verreaux's eagles that reside in the Roodekrans Ridge and the beautiful Witpoortjie waterfall. It is also popular for birdwatching, with over 240 species of birds here. Guided tours are available.

11. South African National Museum of Military History

South African National Museum of Military History
3.7 /5

5 km
from city center
11 out of 28
things to do in Johannesburg

The massive museum contains every minute detail of the South African military history. Tourists come and get informed about the military conflicts and complications which existed a few decades back.

12. Enjoy Panoramic Views from Carlton Centre

Enjoy Panoramic Views from Carlton Centre

1 km
from city center
12 out of 28
things to do in Johannesburg

The Carlton Center in the Central Business District of Johannesburg is a 50-storey building and shopping centre and also the country’s third tallest building. It houses almost 180 stores along with some food outlets. The 50th floor of the Carlton Center, called the Carlton Panorama, has an observation deck that offers marvellous views of the city.

13. Day Trip to Pilanesberg National Park

Day Trip to Pilanesberg National Park
4.2 /5

148 km
from city center
13 out of 28
things to do in Johannesburg

Pilanesberg National Park is famous for its unique terrain as it lies in the crater of an extinct volcano which erupted over 1000 billion years ago. It is located north of Rustenberg. It is home to all the Big Five game animals in Africa, including lions, leopards, black rhinoceros, African bush elephants, and African buffalo. Hot Air Balloon Ride over the park is popular.

14. Hector Pieterson Museum

Hector Pieterson Museum

15 km
from city center
14 out of 28
things to do in Johannesburg

Hector Pieterson Museum & Memorial is a museum in Orlando West, Soweto, Johannesburg. It is dedicated to Hector Pieterson, a 12-year-old boy who was shot and killed during the anti-Apartheid Soweto Uprising and other young children. There is also an engraved granite memorial stone inside.

15. Walk Around Melville Koppies Nature Reserve

Walk Around Melville Koppies Nature Reserve

6 km
from city center
15 out of 28
things to do in Johannesburg

A beautiful lush green area and a Johannesburg City Heritage Site, the Melville Koppies Nature Reserve is situated next to the Johannesburg Botanical Garden. The reserve is divided into Melville Koppies East, Central and West. It is an excellent place for walking, hiking and walking dogs.

16. Boating in Zoo Lake

Boating in Zoo Lake

5 km
from city center
16 out of 28
things to do in Johannesburg

Johannesburg Zoo Lake is a beautiful lake and public park that is part of the Hermann Eckstein Park opposite the Johannesburg Zoo. There is a 1.2km long walking path around the lake. It is also an excellent place for picnics, boating and canoeing. The famous Coronation Fountain built in honour of King George VI’s coronation is located here.

17. Drive Through Nelson Mandela Bridge

Drive Through Nelson Mandela Bridge
3.8 /5

2 km
from city center
17 out of 28
things to do in Johannesburg

Nelson Mandela Bridge is the largest cable-stayed bridge in South Africa. Spanning almost 300 m, it connects Braamfontein and Newtown. It is a major landmark in Johannesburg and is popular for night drives. The buildings surrounding the bridge are decorated with beautiful artwork and murals.

18. Explore Biodiversity at Johannesburg Botanical Garden

Explore Biodiversity at Johannesburg Botanical Garden

0 km
from city center
18 out of 28
things to do in Johannesburg

The Johannesburg Botanical Garden is located in the city’s Emmarentia neighbourhood. It is divided into different gardens, which feature a variety of indigenous and exotic plants, trees and flowers. The park is commonly used for jogging, walking, picnics, dog walking etc. and for events like Summer Sunset Concerts and kite-flying competitions.

19. Bird Watching at Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve

Bird Watching at Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve

9 km
from city center
19 out of 28
things to do in Johannesburg

The Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve is a stunning nature reserve situated about 10 km south of Johannesburg. It is the largest nature reserve in the Johannesburg Metropolitan area. It is popular for bird watching since it is home to about 230 bird species. It also houses over 240 large mammals.

20. Eat & Shop at Rosebank Sunday Market

Eat & Shop at Rosebank Sunday Market
3.9 /5

6 km
from city center
20 out of 28
things to do in Johannesburg

Rosebank Sunday Market is hosted every Sunday at the Rosebank Mall in Johannesburg. Although it hosts over 300 stalls, it is most famous for its food stalls that offer everything from elaborate curries to nacho cheeseburgers. Some stalls sell handmade arts and crafts, vintage items, clothing and other apparel.

21. Johannesburg Zoo

Johannesburg Zoo

4 km
from city center
21 out of 28
things to do in Johannesburg

The Johannesburg Zoo is situated in the Randburg area of Gauteng and is home to about 320 species and over 2,000 animals worldwide. The zoo is divided into different enclosures such as Amazonia, Madagascar, Ape House and Cheetah Slopes that house other species. The best way to explore them is via Ferry Tours.

22. Explore Restaurants at Vilakazi Street

Explore Restaurants at Vilakazi Street

17 km
from city center
22 out of 28
things to do in Johannesburg

Vilakazi Street is one of the most famous and iconic streets in Soweto and Johannesburg, housing many markets and restaurants. Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu used to live here. The café where both of them used to meet is now a favourite among locals.

23. Relax at Gillooly's Farm

Relax at Gillooly's Farm
3.8 /5

9 km
from city center
23 out of 28
things to do in Johannesburg

Gillooly’s Farm, located in Bedfordview, is a nature retreat famous for its nature trails and an artificial lake. It is the perfect location for picnics, birdwatching, and taking a calming walk in nature. A variety of birds and fishes can be spotted here as well.

24. Ride the Gautrain

Ride the Gautrain
4.0 /5

8 km
from city center
24 out of 28
things to do in Johannesburg

Gautrain is a 50-mile express commuter rail that links Johannesburg, Pretoria, and Ekurhuleni. Explore famous attractions by travelling through Gautrain; visit Africa’s richest square mile, Sandton City or get down at Park Station to visit Constitution Hill.

25. The Playground

The Playground

3 km
from city center
25 out of 28
things to do in Johannesburg

​​The Playground is a weekly market that takes place every Saturday on Juta Street, Johannesburg. The market features live musical performances, gourmet street food and a display of local fashion items.

26. James and Ethel Gray Park

James and Ethel Gray Park
4.0 /5

8 km
from city center
26 out of 28
things to do in Johannesburg

James and Ethel Gray Park is the most popular picnic spot in Gauteng and is located in Birdhaven, just South of the Melrose arch. The Sandspruit River flows across the park, and its steep banks provide panoramic views of the city. It has two playgrounds for children, numerous trails for walking, jogging and biking, and four ziplines.

27. Gandhi Square Johannesburg

Gandhi Square Johannesburg
3.9 /5

0 km
from city center
27 out of 28
things to do in Johannesburg

Gandhi Square is a major landmark of Johannesburg, where Mahatma Gandhi once had legal offices. It is located off Rissik street. Today, it is a bustle of activity with many stores and eateries located around the square. There is an imposing statue of Gandhiji in his lawyer’s garb in the centre of the square.

28. Regina Mundi Church

Regina Mundi Church

19 km
from city center
28 out of 28
things to do in Johannesburg

Regina Mundi is the largest Roman Catholic Church in South Africa, situated in the Soweto township of Johannesburg. The church is home to several artworks, including The Madonna and Child of Soweto painting which features a black Virgin Mary holding a black baby Jesus.

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What are the top hotels in Johannesburg?

There are 949 Hotels 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 top sightseeing places in Johannesburg?

The top sightseeing places 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.

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

How can I commute within Johannesburg?

Intra city travel in Johannesburg can be a little difficult, as it is not very systematic. The available options include: Minibus taxis - Various hand signals signify the direction or the place where the minibus taxi would take you. Knowing these signs would very much come handy. Metered taxis - Not the ones you would find around the corner of a street. They have to be called up to book a ride. Metro - Cheapest of all and beneficial for the workers. Connects central Johannesburg to the main business districts. It connects Johannesburg, Pretoria, Sandton and The OR Tambo International Airport while stopping at various suburbs. All you need is a Gold Card to travel through the city's prestigious Gautrain. As you get off the station you will find Gautrain feeder buses for which you can pay using the Gold Card too. They are at intervals of 20 to 40 minutes and run between 6:00 AM to 7:30 PM. Prices differ based on travel time. Route maps for the buses can be found at every station. Uber - Like most major cities in the world, Uber is available here for safe and quick taxi service. City Sightseeing Bus - ¾This Hop-on Hop-off red bus takes a circular route around the city and conveniently shows off the city's beauty in a span of two hours with 11 stops. The first bus leaves the park station at 9:00 AM and the last one at 3:40 PM at intervals of 40 minutes on the weekdays and 30 minutes on the weekends. Tickets for adults costs ZAR 170 offline and ZAR 130 online. For ¾children between 5 and 15 it is ZAR 80. The city provides you with two more options: 1. Soweto - from the Gold Reef City stop there is an option to take up a two hour tour of Soweto. This bus is at an interval of an hour from 10:00 AM. 2.Maboneng - This shuttle takes you to a 1.5 hours of on-foot tour toward inner street ¾full of street art, galleries, shops, lovely cafes etc. This is available from Thursday to Saturday at 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM. On Sundays can be availed every 30 minutes from 10:00 AM to 1:3
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