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Johannesburg skyline.

What's the word? ...Johannesburg!

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 eateries. And, everywhere, everywhere bargains are to be had throughout a thriving Joburg craft market scene.

Major tourist attractions that draw millions of tourists to the big city each year also include the incredible vistas from "The Top of Africa" 50th floor viewing deck of the Carlton Centre, the awesome Johannesburg Planetarium, and the green and lush Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens.

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:


city 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 tours.

Johannesburg 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.

Skyscrapers of Johannesburg - Go on a virtual tour of the city's most outstanding landmarks.

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