Holidays to Johannesburg

Johannesburg, also known as “the City of Gold”, is widely regarded as one of the wildest and most liberated cities in South Africa, and is an extraordinary place for tourists to indulge in numerous cultural and specially created attractions and activities.

Johannesburg plays home to one of the biggest forests created by man in the world, while the amazing Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens, situated at Kloofendal, hosts more than one hundred and twenty different species of birds including a pair of nesting black eagles, the only such birds in existence in the Johannesburg area. The Johannesburg Botanical Gardens, located in Emmarentia just off of Thomas Bowler Avenue, also has plenty to offer visitors, including waterfowl in the Emmarentia Dam’s reed beds, and its world famous Rose Garden.

Holidays in Johannesburg also give tourists the chance to visit the largest parklands in South Africa, the Braamfontein Spruit, which runs for an astonishing twenty five kilometres and features walking trails along the side of the river and into adjacent areas, as well as a large variety of activities for sports lovers. Not far from the Braamfontein Spruit lies Melville Kopples, which features a superb period village from the Iron Age, complete with smelting works.

Holidays to Johannesburg, which was founded in 1886 due in large part to the discovery of gold in the area, has much to offer those tourists keen to explore some of South Africa’s rich history. In addition to Melville Kopples, those on Johannesburg holidays can venture forth to places such as Constitution Hill, Newtown and Soweto. Those on holidays in Johannesburg don’t even have to venture very far given that the central business district of the city offers such historical and cultural attractions as the Bensuem Museum of Photography, the Market Theatre, Museum Africa and the Workers Museum.

Johannesburg also offers an excellent selection of options for those interested in the local music scene, which is thriving at the current time. Bassline in Newtown is a great place to head for contemporary local music, while Soweto is certainly the place to be for lovers of jazz, and there are many other great venues spread throughout the city.

Tourists need not stay just within the confines of the city itself, of course, as there are various guided tours available to places such as Parys on the Vaal River, or the diamond town of Cullinan. Accommodation in Johannesburg ranges from affordable guest houses and bed and breakfast establishments for those on a budget to the most luxurious 5-star hotels to be found anywhere on the continent of Africa.


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