Johannesburg, fondly known as Jo’burg or Jozi, is a dichotomy of culture, like much of South Africa itself. Despite the gaps, it proves to have a richness in history and new modern districts full of things to do. As the host of the 2010 World Cup, many areas have been revamped into cool spaces with new purpose. The people are friendly and the recent improvements in transportation help Johannesburg travel be a great addition to a South Africa visit.
The area gained its wealth originally from gold and diamond mining. It has grown to be the third-largest city on the African continent, and the only one not near a major body of water. The country has eleven national languages, and the city mirrors that diversity to a T. Though English is the most common, Zulu, Afrikaans, and Xhosa are spoken along with others. Travel to Johannesburg offers new experiences for every kind of traveler.
Visitor should also be advised to take caution. Avoid walking around alone in parts of town at night, and ask locals for the safest places to withdraw money. Take care of your belongings, and keep a wary eye.
Things Not to Miss in Johannesburg
• Cradle of Humankind
• The Magaliesberg
• Northern Suburbs
• Soweto and the South
• National Cultural History Museum
• National Zoological Gardens
• Origins Centre
When to Go to Johannesburg
The best time to visit Johannesburg is May through August, when there is abundant sunshine during winter. Afternoon rainstorms are common in the summer. Though the winter is the sunniest time of year, it can get cold at night but is generally mild during the day. The average daytime temperature throughout the year is 78 degrees; it’s mild since the city is at a high elevation.