With its notable past as a major flash-point in South Africa's apartheid movement, the city remains a major
hub of culture, politics, and the South African economy.
Today, Jo'burg (or Jozie, as it is popularity known by residents) remains a land of light and shadow, rich and poor, past and future.
As a major tourist mecca, Johannesburg offers something for everyone.
That includes amenities ranging from luxury hotels to student hostels, four-star restaurants to local budget
And, everywhere, everywhere bargains are to be had throughout a thriving craft market scene.
An elephant with her calf
at Pilanesburg Game Park
Of course, no visit to Johannesburg would be complete without a township tour around Soweto with stops at the Mandela Family Museum or lunch at Wandies, offering some of the best indigenous food in South Africa.
For up-close encounters with cute lion cubs, also don't miss a memorable day
trip to nearby Lion Park. Or, or go on full-fledged day safari offering close encounters with the 'Big Five' (African: lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and Cape buffalo) on a guided tour through Pilanesberg Game Reserve.
DID YOU KNOW? Johannesburg Travel Fun Facts
Ride it if you dare!.
• Located at the popular amusement park Gold Reef City, the Tower of Terror,is a vertical-drop roller coaster that has the distinction of being the tallest and fastest roller coaster in Africa.
• Johannesburg boasts over 10 million trees, often considered the largest man made forest in the world.
• At 90 stories, the Hillbrow Tower is the tallest structure in Johannesburg.
• Johannesburg boasts the busiest airport in Africa. Almost 28 million people pass through the Tambo International Airport every year.
More about Johannesburg travel & tourism around the Web:
of Johannesburg - Check out the official city travel guide with feature articles and travelogues on what's going on & what's
coming up in Johannesburg, plus general travel tips and information on top attractions, shopping & restaurant guides, walking
travel guide - Get complete information from Wikitravel including overviews of major tourist attractions, budget-moderate-luxury
hotels, restaurants & nightlife, tips on how to get around, suggested day trips.
Johannesburg - Here's the Frommers guide with an excellent trip planner offering self-guided driving tours, fast facts, major attractions, rated hotels and restaurants, things to do with the kids, event calendar, maps.