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Johannesburg is a big, crowded city. Some people say it’s a dangerous city but it’s like any other big city. You must be aware that pickpocketing can happen and don’t go wandering around the alleys during the night. Just use your common sense.
In and around Johannesburg there are some places that you must visit:
If you want to know more about South Africa read the blog What to know about South Africa. When you are planning to do a road trip in South Africa you should read the blog The ultimate road trip in South Africa so you don’t forget to visit the best places.
This museum illustrates the rise and the fall of the apartheid. The museum opened in 2001 and you will learn everything that you need to know about the apartheid. You must visit this museum when you are in Johannesburg.
The opening hours are normally from Wednesday to Sunday from 9 am to 5 pm. Read more about the apartheid museum on their website.
Lindfield Victorian House Museum
This museum tells a story about Johannesburg that makes this city how it is today. You will learn about a day in a family life and how it used to be in a bygone world. You can read more about this museum on their website.
View on the Constitution Hill
Here you will see an Old Fort Prison complex. On this hill 156 people were arrested and held at the prison complex. Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo were two of those people. The Constitution Hill is the seat of the Constitutional Court.
Gold Reef City Theme Park
The largest theme park of its kind in South Africa. There are many rides for daredevils, families and even kids. It’s perfect for people who love theme parks because there is much to do. More you can read on their website.
This is an urban neighborhood with many creative vibes, nice coffee shops, clothing boutiques, art galleries and much more. It’s perfect to stroll around this area.
Soweto and Mandela’s House
Soweto is a township in Johannesburg. This area borders the city’s mining belt in the south. Soweto became the center of political campaigns aimed to overthrow the apartheid state in 1950s. It was the location where 3,000 people came together to adapt the Freedom Charter in 1955.
Must visits in this area are Vilakazi Street because here were housed two Nobel Peace Prize winners and Mandela’s House. Besides that, I suggest you walk around and wander off.
Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens
This nature reserve has over 240 bird species and some beautiful nature. If you have the time, I suggest you go and discover this place. There is even a waterfall here so that’s a reason to visit this garden. You can read more about the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens on their website.
Wandering in Pretoria
Pretoria is absolutely a must visit when you are in Johannesburg. It’s the administrative capital of South Africa and you can easily walk around. To know more about what to visit in Pretoria, read the blog The ultimate road trip in South Africa.
Relax at Sun City resort
Sun City resort is the perfect place to relax if you have the budget for it. There are many activities that you can do here, and you will not be bored. Besides the resort there is also the casinos. If you want to know more about this place, read the blog The ultimate road trip in South Africa.
Wildlife at Pilanesberg
When you visit South Africa, you must try to spot some wildlife. Kruger National Park is a must do in South Africa, but it is still some hours away from Johannesburg. This means you will need a couple of days to visit the Kurger Park. If you don’t have the time you should go to Pilanesberg to spot some wildlife. More about this place you can read in the blog The ultimate road trip in South Africa.