Now Johannesburg is a vibrant metropolis, which is also a good place for tourists to stay. What can you see and do in Johannesburg?
The city of Johannesburg
The city of Johannesburg is located in the South African province of Gauteng. The foundation for the city was laid at the end of the nineteenth century, when gold was discovered in the area and many people moved to this region to make money during the gold rush.
Today, Johannesburg is an important business center and is also home to South Africa’s largest international airport, Oliver Thambo International Airport. Johannesburg is notorious for crime, of which tourists are unfortunately regularly targeted, so be alert to this during your stay in Johannesburg!
Johannesburg has several faces, but this is what makes the city interesting for a visit. You can read more about the attractions you can visit in and around Johannesburg below.
Special interest in Johannesburg in 2023
2010, the year of the Football World Cup! The Dutch team will play its first group match against Denmark on June 14 in the Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg.
If you are the proud owner of tickets for this match, you can find more information here about what you can see and experience in and around Johannesburg before and after this football match.
Do the Soweto tour
Soweto is short for South Western Township and is the most famous township in South Africa. The townships were once established to keep the black population as separate from the white population as possible, so to speak.
Soweto was in the news in 1976 when there were hundreds of victims during a demonstration by black students against the then regime or apartheid. During a Soweto tour you can also see the houses where Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Tutu once lived.
You can book an organized Soweto tour at most tourist agencies. Never explore Soweto alone!
Visit the MuseuMAfrica in Johannesburg
In the beautiful MuseuMAfrica you will find photos, paintings and other things that tell you a lot about the development of Johannesburg and South Africa since 1935. This museum is located in the beautiful market halls that date from 1913.
A famous flea market; the Rosebank Rooftop Market
Every Sunday the Rosebank Rooftop Market takes place in Johannesburg, north of the center. This flea market is definitely worth a visit and offers the ultimate opportunity to score fun, original and affordable souvenirs to take home. You will find hundreds of market stalls with all kinds of curiosities, clothing and jewelry.
Combine history, culture and entertainment in Gold Reef City
Gold Reef City is located approximately 15 kilometers south of Johannesburg and offers entertainment for everyone. Entertainment is combined here with history and culture, so that a day at Gold Reef City is also educational.
Here, Johannesburg during the gold rush is depicted, you can enjoy performances of traditional South African dances and to increase the excitement to a high point, you can take rides on one of the roller coasters available. Gold Reef City is part of the offer at almost all excursion agencies.
Eating, drinking and going out in Johannesburg
If you are staying in Johannesburg itself and want to do something fun to relax in the evenings, this city offers a range of options for eating, drinking and going out.
Particularly for these activities during the dark hours, you must be careful and it is best to do something in an organized group. Various evening programs are offered at the many tourist offices in Johannesburg.
Nightlife can be found mainly in the following neighborhoods: Greenside, Melville, Newtown, Norwood and Parkhurst.
Shopping in Johannesburg
Johannesburg offers many shopping opportunities and if you are looking for glitz and glamour, designer fashion and exclusive shoes, jewelry and clothing, then you can shop or be amazed in the Rosebank and Sandton districts.
During the 2010 World Cup, the Dutch national team will stay in the Hilton hotel in the Sandton district, north of Johannesburg.