We were pleased to see a recent article on the Cheap Flights website regarding all of the amazing things that you can do in and around Johannesburg.
We’ve always known about these types of activities – and we have a selection for you to experience as part of our ‘Little Five’ Day Tours, but we thought you might be interested to hear about a few more as, contrary to popular belief, there is plenty to see and do here!
One of the key things that was mentioned was to simply ‘meet the people’ and this is indeed true. You won’t experience a welcome like it anywhere else! As they put it:
“It’s said that Cape Town has the mountain and Johannesburg has the people. Nowhere is the oft-used term ‘a melting pot of cultures’ more apt than when it comes to the people of Jo’burg. Twenty-one years after achieving democracy in South Africa, Jo’burg is often hailed as the most racially integrated city in the country, proudly reflecting Madiba’s dream of a united front and Desmond Tutu’s description of South Africa as the Rainbow Nation. But the charm of the people extends far beyond this.
Despite the hustle and bustle of this fast-paced city that drives the country’s economy, the people are warm, genuine, friendly and filled with boundless energy. An inevitability when it comes to Jo’burg, particularly when driving around yourself, is that you will get lost. Its size and inconveniently-named streets can lead you on many mind-bending meanders, but find a Joburger and they will be able to tell you exactly how to get to where you need to be – and they’ll do it with a smile on their face.”
A visit to Mandela House has to be top of the list for anyone who wants to understand more about the unique heritage of this country. His old home is one of the most renowned spots, where you can take a tour through the interior.
Besides being his home on and off for fourteen years, the street is also famous for being the only one in the world to house two Nobel Peace Prize laureates – namely: Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu. Complete the experience with a trip to Nelson Mandela Bridge and Nelson Mandela Square
As the article quite rightly states, another thing you can’t leave Jo-burg without doing is some shopping! As the biggest and most economically powerful city in South Africa, it’s hardly surprising to discover that Jo’burg is a shopper’s paradise. Sandton City is overflowing with designer shops and boutiques, top retail outfits and a variety of upmarket restaurants, while The Zone at Rosebank Mall offers lots of entertainment and great places to eat.
For those who prefer something a little more creative, there are an abundance of markets throughout the city where you can shop for arts, crafts and clothing, as well as fresh produce.
One of the best is the Neighbourgoods Market in Braamfontein, which is a popular choice, especially because of its rooftop area with sweeping views of the city. Meanwhile Market on Main will give you a glimpse into inner city life, while Bryanston Organic Market is particularly splendid when there’s plenty of sunshine – offering a great selection of art, fresh produce, books and loads of delicious things to eat.
Us South Africans and known for our ability to make a celebration out of any situation, given half a chance – as after all, what’s city life without a good party? As the article points out, in Jo’burg you’ll find many places where you can dance the night away or take it easy with friends while sipping on cocktails in rooftop bars and jazz clubs. We also have numerous theatres, as well as live music venues, so there really is something for everyone.
To find out more, read the full Cheap Flights article.