Whatever the time of year, there are a million and one reasons to visit Johannesburg South Africa. With a beautiful, sunny climate that brings pleasant temperatures all year round, a rich and vibrant history, and a bold and colorful culture, Johannesburg is one of the most fascinating and intriguing destinations in the world, perfect for the intrepid traveler.
What makes Johannesburg so appealing is that it really is a place of contrasts. While the high rise city is busy, bustling, and cosmopolitan, it is surrounded by quiet, serene, and incomprehensibly vast spaces dedicated to the protection of some of the world’s most majestic creatures.
The beauty of taking a trip to Johannesburg is that, as South Africa’s largest city, the sights and attractions are easily accessible from all four corners of the globe. Johannesburg flights are available online and can be easily booked, so start searching for one that will complement your budget and enjoy the vacation of life afterwards.
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Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens of Johannesburg South Africa
Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens may seem like they’re a man made haven for rare and exotic wildlife, especially as they’re maintained by The South African National Biodiversity Institute, but these gardens are actually naturally occurring. They have drawn all manner of wildlife, and encouraged the growth of unique plants and flowers, due to their diverse landscape which comprises of a mix of lush, green grassland and sparse, barren Savannah.
The mix of both environments ensures a healthy blend of species which thrive in the differing conditions, such as the Verreaux’s Eagle which can be found in only a few places around Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, and the antelope which flourishes in Savannah conditions. For travelers who don’t want to make the trip out to see the Big 5, this is the next best thing.
Lesedi Cultural Village
While the Lonely Planet guide describes this Johannesburg attraction as ‘very cheesy’, it’s actually a very educational and inspirational experience. The traditional village is more of a museum set up than an authentic community these days, but an overnight stay here is a wonderful and fun way to learn more about South Africa’s history; how the landscape and economy has changed over the years, and how there are still whole communities dedicated to the preservation of the country.
Visitors to the village will get to witness, and partake in, an ‘Afrofusion’ dance performance typical to South Africa, and dine on mouthwatering cuisine native to this part of the world – particularly potjiekos filled with a colourful medley of local vegetables.
Montecasino Bird Gardens
In Johannesburg, you’ll find amazing attractions in the most unlikely of places, such as the Montecasino. Primarily known as a place of over-18 debauchery, drinking, and gambling, what many don’t know is that this entertainment complex is actually home to a wide range of wonderful creatures that are provided with a large, clean, fresh, and, most importantly, safe environment in which to live.
The white pelicans, red ruffed lemurs, gentle sloths, and colour-changing chameleons live in harmony amongst hornbills, cranes, and flamingos, making for a truly breathtaking attraction. The bird gardens have recently partnered with the University of South Africa’s Nature Conservation Programme, aiming to provide a great tourist experience while still protecting the environment.
Old Kromdraai Gold Mine
The Johannesburg gold rush of the 1880s was a real turning point for the city. Not only did the economy boom during this time, but, following the gold rush, the city really expanded and became much more like what we know it as today – full of high rise skyscrapers and contemporary architecture – all due to the economical boost. It was largely this gold rush that made Johannesburg what it is today.
Visitors to the city can take a tour of one of the original gold mines – the Old Kromdraai Gold Mine – which operated between 1887 and 1914. Not only will visitors get a unique view inside a real gold mine, but they’ll also have the opportunity to learn more about the traditional techniques which were used back in the 19th century, and stroll through the eerie, abandoned tunnels which give a whole different view to South Africa.
Diversity is Key
Johannesburg really benefits from its diversity in terms of tourism, attracting travelers of all demographics, from all over the world, and with a wide range of interests. While the above attractions offer some of the most breathtaking scenery, amazing wildlife encounters, safaris and fascinating historical and cultural experiences, they are far from a comprehensive list of what Johannesburg has to offer.
Ranging from observation decks on the tallest city centre skyscrapers to green parklands and compelling museums, no traveler will ever get bored of Johannesburg, whether they visit for just a quick getaway or spend months in the city.
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