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What You Should Know More About Johannesburg

  • Travel Advice

    ·         Keep the touts at bay.

    ·         Do not entertain the beggars.

    ·         Make sure you do not travel alone in the night hours.

    ·         Ensure that you have had sufficient research before going to any new place.

    ·         Nudity is strictly prohibited.

    ·         Do not flaunt your cash or valuables in the public place.

    ·         Avoid booking a hotel in any shady region.

    ·         Beware of thefts. Make sure you have kept all your cash and valuables safely.

    ·         Do not get involved in any fight with anyone.

    ·         Make sure you double check the seal of the water bottle before buying.

    ·         Check the quality of the street food before ordering for it.

    ·         Do not book any cab or taxi without negotiating the fare for the same.

     

  • Drinking Law

    The legal age for drinking in Johannesburg is 18 years. 

  • Our Recommendations: What you can’t afford to miss

    Apartheid Museum


    The Apartheid Museum graphically brings forth the story of apartheid by way of artifacts, photos, newspaper clippings, film footage and chilling personal accounts. The sounds and sights of the apartheid era assail the viewers as they pass through the thought provoking permanent exhibits on a journey packed with emotions relating to the history of South Africa. Several paths follow the country through many decades of oppression before being finally blessed with a gift of democracy. You must reserve a minimum of 2 hours to see this beautiful tourist attraction here. For those of you, seeking insight on the South Africa’s quest for freedom should also make a visit to the Liliesleaf Farm Museum which used to be the center for the leaders of the liberation movement.


    Constitution Hill


    Towering the city of Johannesburg is Constitution Hill. It is an erstwhile prison which offers fascinating insight into the history of South Africa. On this site, visitors can come and explore the provocative exhibits at the the Women's Gaol museum, Number Four museum and the Old Fort museum. Together with these museums, the precinct was known as The Fort. It has been known for its reputation of giving brutal treatment to the passive resistors, political prisoners and common criminals including worldwide icons like Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela. At present, the old Awaiting Trial building has been metamorphosed into the Constitutional Court of South Africa that serves as a symbol of freedom which seeks to protect the rights of people of South Africa. Visitors who come to view this sightseeing attraction can also attend the hearings and watch one of the judicial trials happening here. You can also take a guided tour of the Constitutional Hill to get due insight on the history. 


    Gold Reef City


    Situated about 8 km from the city center lies the Gold Reef City. Here the visitors are whisked back to the gold rush days via a series of historical exhibits and thrilling theme park rides. It is a family friendly place to see in South Africa which hosts reproduction of the businesses and buildings from the era including the Chinese laundry, houses, the Royal Theatre, shops, a tailor's workshop, a hotel, a newspaper office, Johannesburg's first stock exchange and a chemist's shop. Visitors can take a tour of the disused shaft of the Crown Mines which is one of the richest mines of the world.      


    Soweto & the Mandela Museum


    Soweto is situated about 20 km south west of the city of Johannesburg. It offers the visitor a journey into the soul of the gest of freedom in the country. The area is regarded as the area of planned segregation where the black laborers were housed far from the city center. This place is also seen as the birthplace for the struggle for democracy. Today visitors can find a land of contrast here. Several mansions have been located amidst the shanties and the government is taking measures to establish the much needed green spaces and infrastructure. You can take a guided tour of the township to see how the residents live here. Your tour will also include a visit to the Mandela House Museum where Mandela lived with his wife before being imprisoned for 27 years. You can also check out the other attractions like the Freedom Square and Hector Pieterson Museum.  

  • What you will like there

    Johannesburg has the best weather in the world


    Yes, it is just as simple as that. The city stays sunny all round the year. It is neither too hot nor too warm. The air here is never humid and cools down sufficiently during the night hours so much so that you can comfortably live without the need of an air conditioner. In this city of South Africa, the winters last for a very brief period. However, during the winters, you may experience warm sunny days followed by cold winter nights.  


    Best Creativity


    The creativity of Johannesburg has time and again attracted the world attention. Many creative people flock the city time and again seeking limitless possibilities here. The exhibitions, the designers, the street art, the music, the photography, the architects and the makers here are continually striving hard to come up with world class work. You can find creative people everywhere in the city so much that it will only leave you inspired at the end of your trip.


    The Food & Coffee


    You know, the most quintessential feature of a holiday is seeing more and more tourist attractions, practicing all the fun things popular there and eating lovely food. So, food is naturally an important ingredient in making for a great holiday. A lot of things in Johannesburg revolve around food and coffee. You can get some really interesting restaurants serving the best food that you can get your hands on. Don’t forget to try out as many authentic local dishes as possible. It will not only give you an understanding of local flavours and cuisines but will also give you a through understanding on the local vibes. Search for few top rated restaurants and do savour on a great meal.  ¯


    You will get to pet lions


    Lions as pets? YES! Just think, where else can you do that on a regular basis. Of course many of you might be fond of cats but cats as big as lions could be a rare fantasy. If you are one of them, Johannesburg may seem fairly attractive for you to plan a holiday. Get your hands on a small lion cub and you can cuddle it all day.


    It makes people patient


    Is that a good thing? Could be! When you are in Africa, you are naturally going to be slowed down a bit. It is just not like your Western bred pace of life. However, you don’t come to a vacation to experience that fast paced high end lifestyle, either. So, get in flow with the lax and lazy vibe and do things at African pace.


    The world’s friendliest people


    People in Johannesburg are warm and friendly. Of course, if you are coming from the Western pace of lifestyle and their level of patience may seem a little irritating at first but when you understand that they are trying to help you out at their pace, you’ll love them. Everyone who sees you here will give you reassuring smiles. Believe me, they are genuinely happy to see you just as if they had been waiting all day, only to meet you. The city has over the years acquired a reputation of having the most welcoming and friendly people which is apparently in stark contrast to Cape Town. Often if you do happen to make friends with the locals here, it will not take too long for them to invite you to their houses for a braai. Braai is basically a South African version of barbeque however, it more or less deals with the entire philosophy of life. In case, you are lost or in case you are seeking something, you will be offered help more than what you are accustomed to. You can also seek recommendations on the best places to see, things to do, restaurants to eat and hotels to stay, be assured the locals will help you with only genuine suggestions.


    You will get to learn wonderful new words, even if English is already your first language


    Johannesburg will teach you several new words even if English is something you already know. Some of the common descriptive phrases and words that are most commonly used by the locals here include ballbox i.e. an athletic cup, robot i.e. traffic light, kak i.e. bad, tinkle i.e. phone calls. These words are used in English too but differently. So make sure you catch the meaning and don’t end up misinterpreting. 


    Sunset


    There is simply nothing more fascinating than the African sky at the time of sunset. Stay active during the golden hour so that you can capture the most beautiful view of the sky in your eyes (and even your camera, if you like). You’ll love how everything just takes on a new birth just as the sun is in its final visible moments. Sunsets in Africa seem more like living paintings that keep changing. If you look away even for a split second, you’ll miss out on one unique blend of light and color.

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