Having only more recently become a destination for travellers, the city has plenty of historical and cultural attractions to take in, in addition to a special interest around former townships including nearby Alexandra and Soweto, home to Nelson Mandela’s former home-cum-museum, the Mandela Museum.
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When to Visit Johannesburg
Johannesburg sees moderate temperatures and less humidity from May through October, which is peak season for Johannesburg travel. If you prefer a budget vacation, consider visiting Johannesburg in off-peak tourist season, during the warmer months from October through May. It is advised year-round to stay hydrated and protected from the sun on your trip to the capital of South Africa!
Things to Do in Johannesburg
Johannesburg offers a sprawling range of interesting places to go and things to see and do, and half the fun is fitting it all into one trip! Have a Johannesburg adventure with an exciting gold rush-themed excursion at Gold Reef City amusement park. Be humbled on a cavernous hike at UNESCO World Heritage Site, Cradle of Humankind - the geological site that has produced the richest collection of some of the oldest hominid fossils ever found, some dated as far back as 3.5 million years. If you’re a more modern history buff, a visit to Constitution Hill or a guided tour at the Apartheid Museum is in order. And for the leisurely fun-seekers and adventurers alike, spend a day at the Johannesburg Zoo, the only Zoo in South Africa to have successfully bred Siberian Tigers, and one of the only places in the world where you may see the endangered Scimitar Oryx, an antelope which is extinct north of the Sahara. Cap your Johannesburg vacation off with a tour of South African Breweries’ World of Beer, where you can learn all there is to know about the history of beer as it relates to South Africa, and then enjoy a tasting.
Getting Around Johannesburg
A young, sprawling town, Johannesburg transportation favors private vehicles and the highway driver. The city has some unofficial hop-on/hop-off taxi buses, but a cheap and common mode of getting everywhere you need to go in Johannesburg is by taxi. Metered taxis are the safest travel choice, and it is likely your hotel attendant can call a trusted service to get you to your destination. It is recommended to hire a car or schedule a bus tour to get around to your favorite Johannesburg attractions.
The Metro Railway system can get visitors around the old southern areas of Johannesburg, and the Metrobus, owned by Johannesburg city, is the second largest city bus operator in South Africa, serving 80 scheduled routes with a fleet of 530+ buses, some with accessibility accommodations.
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