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1. The Apartheid Museum

The Apartheid Museum
4.5 /5

5 km
from city center
1 out of 17
places to visit in Johannesburg

Close to the city centre, the Apartheid museum is established in the southern pat of Johannesburg. Brilliantly illustrating the cruelty and the day-to-day injustice by the white minority rule is rightly detailed in this building.

2. Constitution Hill

Constitution Hill
4.3 /5

2 km
from city center
2 out of 17
places to visit in Johannesburg

Located in the northern Johannesburg, Constitution hill aptly describes South Africa's transformation to democracy. The sight is an abode to Constitution court, Women's prison, Old æFort and Number Four prison, which are prime attractions for all the tourists.

3. Gold Reef City

Gold Reef City
4.2 /5

5 km
from city center
3 out of 17
places to visit in Johannesburg

Essentially built on an ancient gold mine, the Gold Reef city is just about eight kilometres away from the main downtown. The series of several golden exhibits is truly awe-inspiring for every visitor.

4. Soweto and the Mandela Museum

Soweto and the Mandela Museum
3.8 /5

14 km
from city center
4 out of 17
places to visit in Johannesburg

Southwestern Townships or simply Soweto, displays a different side of Johannesburg. It gives an opportunity to explore what life is like in South Africa city suburbs.

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5. Lion Park

Lion Park
3.8 /5

26 km
from city center
5 out of 17
places to visit in Johannesburg

Lion Park, a two kilometre long wildlife sanctuary and is the most attractive spot for animal lovers. It provides a great opportunity for tourists to learn about the wonderful African animals.

6. South African National Museum of Military History

South African National Museum of Military History
3.7 /5

5 km
from city center
6 out of 17
places to visit 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.

7. Market Theatre

Market Theatre
3.7 /5

2 km
from city center
7 out of 17
places to visit in Johannesburg

The Market Theatre is housed in converted Market Building and has a great significance in Joburg's culture, attracting several tourists to come and visit this beautiful place.

8. The Maboneng Precinct

The Maboneng Precinct
3.6 /5

1 km
from city center
8 out of 17
places to visit in Johannesburg

Maboneng, which means 'place of light' is filled with vibrancy, enthusiasm and energy. Travellers come here to wander around and to explore the true spirit of the city.æ

9. Regina Mundi Church

Regina Mundi Church

19 km
from city center
9 out of 17
places to visit 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.

10. Cradle of Humankind

Cradle of Humankind

27 km
from city center
10 out of 17
places to visit 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.

11. Johannesburg Zoo

Johannesburg Zoo

4 km
from city center
11 out of 17
places to visit 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.

12. Lion and Safari Park Johannesburg

Lion and Safari Park Johannesburg

23 km
from city center
12 out of 17
places to visit 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.

13. Johannesburg Botanical Gardens

Johannesburg Botanical Gardens

0 km
from city center
13 out of 17
places to visit 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.

14. Carlton Center Johannesburg

Carlton Center Johannesburg

1 km
from city center
14 out of 17
places to visit 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.

15. Melville Koppies Nature Reserve

Melville Koppies Nature Reserve

6 km
from city center
15 out of 17
places to visit 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. Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve

Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve

9 km
from city center
16 out of 17
places to visit 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.

17. Johannesburg Zoo Lake

Johannesburg Zoo Lake

5 km
from city center
17 out of 17
places to visit 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.

FAQs on Johannesburg

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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How much does a package cost for Johannesburg?

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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.

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
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