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Johannesburg is one of South Africa’s most vibrant destinations. Filled to the brim with an assortment of attractions, Joburg (as it is affectionately called by locals) is a hub of activity and has something to offer everyone. Here, you can expect to find exceptional eateries, first-class shopping outlets (especially in Sandton and Rosebank), boutique hotel accommodation, informative cultural must-sees and even adrenaline activities for those in need of a pick me up!

As a South African safari is renowned for its Big Five we thought it only apt to offer you our own version - the “City Big Five”.

Joburg city attractions

The Cradle of Humankind

Where some say it all began! The spectacular Cradle of Humankind is a World Heritage Site, situated about 50 kilometres outside of Johannesburg. It is here that a 2.3 million year old fossil nicknamed “Mrs Ples” was found as well as various other incredible fossils that date back as far as 3.5 million years ago – some of the oldest fossil finds to date. View these and other exciting exhibitions on a visit to Maropeng and whilst you are there be sure to embark on a tour of the world famous Sterkfontein caves. Visit www.maropeng.co.za for more information or simply speak to our concierge.

Soweto

Embark on a cultural adventure unlike any other and enjoy a half or full day tour exploring this lively township. Situated just on the outskirts of Johannesburg, Soweto has its roots in the gold mining heyday of the city, where labourers came far and wide to eke out a living in the mines. Many of the tours are interactive – allowing you to meet and engage with residents. You will also be taken to some of the township’s historically significant areas such as the Apartheid Museum and Vilakazi Street (the only street in the world to house two Nobel Prize Winners) where Bishop Desmond Tutu and the late President Nelson Mandela used to reside – this is a not-to-be-missed excursion! For more information please speak to our concierge.

Constitutional Hill

This is the ultimate destination for history fanatics, human rights advocates and art enthusiasts. Constitutional Hill is a South African National Monument. A 20 minute drive (roughly) will take you to one of the country’s most fascinating historical attractions. Tours our held every hour on the hour and will give insight into South Africa’s turbulent past – from the Boer War to the Soweto Uprising, this adventure will outline the dramatic steps this country has gone through to reach its current state of democracy. Constitutional Hill is also home to various temporary art exhibitions. Visit www.constitutionhill.org.za for more information or simply speak to our concierge.

Apartheid Museum

This engaging and interactive museum is a must-see during your stay in Johannesburg. The first of its kind, The Apartheid Museum is situated within Soweto. It was built to illustrate the rise and fall of Apartheid in South Africa. The building itself is an architectural masterpiece that houses elaborate and poignant exhibitions, which showcase various important markers during a time of state-sanctioned racial discrimination. The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 9am to 5pm. Visit www.apartheidmuseum.org for more information or simply speak to our concierge.

Sandton City

The Sandton City shopping complex is one of Johannesburg’s finest! Here, you can indulge in retail therapy of an international calibre. The complex is home to a myriad fashion, food and retail outlets – all housed in state-of-the-art surrounds. Be sure to visit the Nelson Mandel Square – here you will find a mammoth statue that honours the legacy of our beloved Madiba and promises to be a great photographic opportunity. For more information visit www.sandtoncity.com or simply speak to our concierge!

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Apartheid Museum Interior
Apartheid Museum sign outside
Sandton City Shopping interior
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