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10 Outstanding Things To Do in Johannesburg For The Perfect Trip

The largest city in South Africa is Johannesburg, where many tourists arrive. Johannesburg is a bustling, hardworking metropolis that lacks Cape Town’s natural beauty but makes up for it in personality. The top ten activities in Johannesburg are listed below.

1. Around Soweto, bicycle

Soweto
Soweto

Soweto, which stands for South-Western Townships, is a fascinating neighbourhood with some pretty fashionable spots. It is incredibly rich in history, having given birth to many of South Africa’s most notable individuals. One of the first locations to reclaim township tourism and take control of how visitors experience the place was Lebo’s Backpackers.

One of the most well-liked ways to visit Soweto is through their bike tours, which feature local guides and stops at various locations throughout the township to demonstrate the range of development, such as Vilakazi Street (the old residence of Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu) and the Hector Pieterson Memorial.

2. Bungee off the cooling towers in Soweto.

Soweto-Bungee
Soweto-Bungee

The 33-storey twin cooling towers in Orlando, a township in Soweto, are an indisputable element of the township skyline and are covered in vibrant murals. Bungee jumping enthusiasts can do it from the centre of the two towers, while others can only admire it from a distance.

More exhilarating activities are available as well, including the straitjacket bungee jump, a suspended catch air device (SCAD) freefall inside one of the towers, base jumping (only for experienced jumpers), and paintballing (less so).

3. Visiting the Market on Main

johannesburg-market
johannesburg-market

When in Johannesburg, you must go to the Maboneng Precinct. There are new apartment buildings, hotels, shops, art galleries, restaurants, and pubs in this inner-city neighbourhood.

A Sunday market called Market on Main is held in the Arts on Main building. Browse the food, drink, crafts, fashion, and art stalls before taking a stroll around the precinct to take in the atmosphere, spot the local style icons, and take in the striking street art.

4. Visit the Apartheid Museum

Museum-Apartheid
Museum-Apartheid

Apartheid, which translates to “separateness” in Afrikaans, was a system of racial segregation that ruled the nation for close to 50 years. The Apartheid Museum, the first of its kind in the world, chronicles the infamous practice from its inception until Nelson Mandela’s inauguration as president in 1994 when it came to an official end.

The exhibitions include text, images, motion pictures, and artefacts. There is a permanent exhibition honoring Mandela, as well as temporary ones that incorporate contemporary topics.

5. Visit the Cradle of Humankind for the day.

Cradle-of-Humankind
Cradle-of-Humankind

Hominids are thought to have evolved at the Cradle of Humankind, which is located just outside of Johannesburg. There are currently 13 excavation sites after the initial remains were discovered in 1924. Through interactive exhibits, fossil collections, and stone tool collections, the visitor centre describes the evolutionary process.

Many of the fossils, including well-known ones like Little Foot, an almost-complete skeleton dating back more than three million years, were discovered at the adjacent Sterkfontein Caves. The caves are open every day of the week, and you may reserve a guided trip to get the whole experience.

6. Visit the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden and stroll about.

Walter-Sisulu-National-Botanical-Garden
Walter-Sisulu-National-Botanical-Garden

The Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden, which bears the name of a South African anti-apartheid activist, is home to 240 different bird species, three plant types, and a nesting pair of Verreaux’s eagles. This urban getaway is the ideal location to unwind, apart from the busy streets and throngs of people.

With spots to pause or have a picnic along the route, hiking trails snake through the garden while the Witpoortjie Waterfall cascades down untamed red rocks. There is a bird hide for birdwatchers, and there are excursions to explore different areas of the park, such as a walk through the wildflowers and a stop to see the eagles.

7. Constitution Hill offers historical lessons about SA.

Constitution-Hill
Constitution-Hill

Constitution Hill, located in the Braamfontein neighbourhood of central Johannesburg, is another location where you may learn about South Africa’s tumultuous transition from colonialism to apartheid to democracy. The location, which formerly housed a prison, is now the public home of SA’s Constitutional Court.

The Old Fort prison, which was once reserved for white people only, the Women’s Jail, as well as the Number Four Jail, which was for people of color, and the Constitutional Court, will all be included in a “highlights” trip.

8. Visit one of Africa’s largest art museums to admire the works of art.

Johannesburg-Art-Gallery
Johannesburg-Art-Gallery

One of the biggest art galleries in Africa is located in central Johannesburg’s Joubert Park. It was founded in 1910, at first in London, then in that same year, it relocated to South Africa.

The gallery is home to hundreds of pieces of art, some created by foreign artists like Pablo Picasso and Claude Monet and others by South African painters including Maud Sumner, Pierneef, and Gerard Sekoto. The gallery became the first in South Africa to purchase a piece by a black artist when it acquired Sekoto’s Yellow Houses in 1940.

9. Visit Pilanesberg National Park for the day.

Pilanesberg-National-Park
Pilanesberg-National-Park

Go to Pilanesberg National Park if you feel like leaving the city. This is an excellent site to watch animals and much easier to visit than Kruger, being only a 2.5-hour drive from Johannesburg.

The wildlife in the park is highly diverse since it is situated in a crater of an extinct volcano that sits in a region between the Kalahari Desert and the Lowveld. The Big Five, as well as zebras, giraffes, antelopes, wild canines, and many bird species, are expected to be spotted.

10. Exploring Melville Koppies Nature Reserve on foot

Melville-Koppies-Nature-Reserve
Melville-Koppies-Nature-Reserve

Although Cape Town is regarded as the greatest location in South Africa for urban hiking, Johannesburg also has its fair number of trails. In addition to being a wonderful area to wander, Melville Koppies is also a historical site with geology that is considered to be three billion years old and evidence that Early Stone Age humans may have lived here as long as 500,000 years ago.

Before the reserve shuts, get up here in time to see the sunset over the city. The Friends of the Melville Koppies host guided walks that include details about the flora, animals, and history of the reserve.

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