Also known as Jo’burg or Jozi, the city of gold Johannesburg boasts a rich history, remarkable museums, contemporary galleries, fascinating hubs of arts and culture, UNESCO world heritage sites, soaring skyscrapers and wealthy enclaves. All this and much more have contributed to the immense popularity of this metropolis among tourists looking to book a holiday to this part of the world. Spare a couple of days to explore Jo’burg, and perhaps more as the city is likely to catch your fancy in no time. Here are some places you must go to when in Johannesburg.
The Apartheid Museum
A not to be missed tourist attraction in Johannesburg, The Apartheid Museum does an excellent job at portraying the history of South African apartheid. This non-profit museum tells you all about the struggles of apartheid and the birth of democracy after decades of fight through photographs, film footages, newspaper clippings, artifacts, text panels, and more. The entry fee for adults is around five pounds and it is recommended by museum to spend at least 2 hours at the exhibition.
Cradle of Humankind
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Cradle of Humankind is home to fossils of hominids or early humans that used to walk the Earth more than 3 billion years ago. The excavation sites are multiple underground caves with numerous fossils of hominids and other animals. The skeletons and skulls of human ancestors are on display at the visitor center along with some exhibits that tell you about the site and the related history. Reaching the site takes around an hour of car drive from Johannesburg.
SAB World of Beer
One of the most fun-filled and interesting tourist attractions in Jo’burg, the SAB World of Beer Tour is a highly recommended thing to do even if you have a mild interest in beers. You are taken on a tour of the brewery where you can taste their famous beer, and along with it you get a souvenir beer glass and 2 drink vouchers with free bar snacks. The tour costs around 7 Pounds for adults, 6 Pounds for students, and 2.5 Pounds for kids up to 17 years.
Located just besides the Johannesburg Zoo, the Zoo Lake area is a lovely place to spend some time at. Although the lake along with the adjoining park area serves as a picnicking hotspot for locals, you will find enough spots to spend some quiet time by the lake. You can take a leisurely stroll, go on a boat ride, or just sit by the coronation fountain and enjoy the beautiful scenery around. The Zoo Lake also boasts a restaurant and a pub.
A former prison complex where passive resistance prisoners, political prisoners and criminals were kept, Constitution Hill lets you take a peek into the history of South Africa. The Number Four museum, the Old Fort museum, and the Women’s Gaol museum are parts of the prison complex, also known as The Fort. These museums at The Fort hold photographs, artifacts, and intricate information regarding South Africa’s past struggles. The entry fee for adults ranges from 4 to 15 Pounds which depends upon the duration of the visit and children’s entry fee is half of that.