Here’s Your Ultimate Guide For Johannesburg

Johannesburg is South Africa’s biggest city, filled with rich history, diverse cultures, and some great hidden gems for exploring. Here is your safe, quick, and affordable guide for getting the best out of your Joburg experience.

Johannesburg is an extremely intriguing city, as less than a quarter of a century ago, South Africa was still ruled by a political regime that divided citizens by race, and Joburg – the city’s nickname – was considered to be a dangerous “war zone.” Today, the city has a new populace, as it is becoming a hotspot for exploration.


Apartheid Museum

Northern Park Way and Gold Reef Rd, Johannesburg, 2001, South Africa

Apartheid Museum, Johannesburg, South Africa
Apartheid Museum, Johannesburg, South Africa. Photo by Michael Schofield on Unsplash

For a thorough understanding of South Africa’s history and apartheid era, a visit to Johannesburg’s Apartheid Museum is a must. The museum features a series of graphic yet informative exhibits that represent the government’s racial oppression. There are also a number of interactive exhibits where visitors are invited to work together to show their commitment to fighting racism. The museum has two entrances – one for whites and one for ‘non-whites’ – to denote the physical separations enforced during apartheid. The museum is very emotional but also necessary to help you understand what occurred during this period of time. There is a lot to digest, so if you do go, take your time and carve a few hours out of your day so you can give the museum the attention it deserves.

Mandela House

Northern Park Way and Gold Reef Rd, Johannesburg, 2001, South Africa

Mandela House
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Built in 1942, the Mandela House became the home for Nelson Mandela and his first wife, Evelyn Ntoko Mase, in 1946. The two divorced shortly after, however, Mandela continued to live in the quaint home and by 1948, Mandela’s second wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and their two daughters joined him until Mandela was forced to leave his family during the anti-apartheid movement. The property has now been converted into a museum, including: family belongings, photographs, original furniture, degrees, and awards given to the former president. This stop will provide insight into South Africa’s most famous politician.

Gold Reef City

Northern Park Way and Gold Reef Rd, Johannesburg, 2001, South Africa

Gold Reef City
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Located right across from the Apartheid Museum, Gold Reef City is a diverse entertainment destination that is reminiscent of the area’s gold rush past. The resort offers a variety of entertainment for both the young and young at heart including: two 3-star hotels, a theme park, state of the art casino, a spectacular theater with live productions, and a number of delicious restaurants.

Cradle of Humankind

South Africa

Maropeng, Cradle of Humankind, Johannesburg
Maropeng, Cradle of Humankind, Johannesburg. Facebook Photo

Declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1999, the Cradle of Humankind is nicknamed the birthplace of humanity – where some of the world’s earliest life forms have been found. There are two main sights – Sterkfontein caves and Maropeng. Sterkfontein is where two of the earliest ancestors of the human race were found and you’re also able to explore inside the caves. Maropeng is the visitor’s center which includes an interactive description of how the world began. Although it’s located about an hour and a half away from the city, the surrounding region of Gauteng is one of the best day trips from Johannesburg.

Carlton Centre

Carlton Centre, 150 Commissioner St, Marshalltown, Johannesburg, 2000, South Africa

Carlton Centre
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This 50 story building in downtown Johannesburg will give you a 360-degree view of the city below. Known as the top of Africa, the Carlton Centre is the tallest building on the continent at 731 feet, or 223 meters. It was once home to the prestigious Carlton hotel with quite the famous guest list. The hotel closed in the 1990s but continues to be a great spot for visitors to see some amazing views.


Cube Tasting Kitchen (Est Est Alea)

Shop 5, Parknorth Heights, 17 4th Avenue, Johannesburg, 2193, South Africa