Or rather 10 things to do in Johannesburg when you are stuck for a day or two. If you are coming to southern Africa on safari, more likely than not you are going to transit via Johannesburg and you may have to stay over a night or two. Our consultant team and our friends from Spurwing in Johannesburg have put together a list whether you are with your partner, friends or family. Enjoy!
10 things to do in johannesburg;
1. Lion Park, Fourways. This is no urban zoo. It is a breeding ground and rehabilitation sanctuary for various species with particular emphasis on white lion, cheetah and wild dog. You will leave uplifted and with a greater knowledge of these magnificent animals.
2. A half hour drive from Johannesburg, you will come to the Cradle of Humankind at Maropeng.This world heritage site is widely recognised as the place from which all of humankind originated. The area is large and incorporates several sites of interest most notably the Sterkfontein caves which hosts the oldest and most continuous paleontological dig in the world. Be sure to stop of at the Carnivore restaurant on your return!
3. Soweto Towers. This is a an adrenalin filled activity area. Two disused cooling towers form the nucleus of the area from which you can bungee jump, abseil, base jump, rock climb and power swing from. Not for the feint of heart and pregnant women!
4. Soweto day tour. Soweto (south west township) is one of the largest townships in South Africa with a population of over 1.5 million people. It is most closely associated with the anti apartheid struggle and houses several museums and memorials to this period of history. Coupled with it being a melting pot for different African tribal cultures, the western visitor will not leave this area without some thought provoking memories.
5. Shopping. Of course! Johannesburg is the richest city in Africa and has several upscale shopping centres at its heart. Sandton City and Rosebank mall are just two examples. With everything from the latest international brands to local African curio and artifact shops, you will leave with your wallet considerably lightened.
6. Moyo’s at Melrose Arch or Zoo Lake. Moyo’s is a nationally renowned, Africa themed restaurant. Specialising in dishes from all the different African cultures in a stylish and elegant setting. This is not Soweto but nor is it a tourist trap, being frequented by many local Johannesburgers.
7. Johannesburg Zoo. No, we are not disparaging about this particular zoo. South Africans care about their wildlife and this zoo uses the latest techniques in animal welfare and nutrition as well maintaining a high level of ethical conduct. There are no cages here with depressed animals. Again, a centre of research and rehabilitation which will interest all age groups.
8. The City Sightseeing Johannesburg Red Bus. An open topped, red double decker bus which will take you around all the sights of interest in Johannesburg. You can plan your trip for half or full day excursions.
9. Gold Reef City. Johannesburg is known as eGoli in Zulu or “place of gold.” The history of the region was based on gold. Twenty minutes from the CBD you will find Gold Reef City, an amusement and theme park as well as having real gold shafts descending seven levels which you can visit with an expert guide. You will gain an insight to the history and culture of mining and miners as well as an amusing outing for children.
10. Scenic flights. From several different private air strips you can take off on small Cessna aircraft, giving you fantastic, low-level aerial views over this city. The best are at sunrise or at sunset.