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Johannesburg in South Africa is a great place to head to for the big city culture, shopping, dining and nightlife with outdoor adventures, up-close wildlife encounters and visits to historical sites. A visit around the city offers various museums, spanning art, history, science and apartheid.

Johannesburg is an interesting city. Johannesburg is famous for a lot of things such as gold, world cup  etc. but much older thing that it’s famous for is the ancient human hominid remains about an hour to Johannesburg, called Cradle of Humankind Site. A must. Pretty Then comes the Apartheid Museum where you may see the dark years of the Apartheid; the most populous black urban residential area and also the most metropolitan Soweto and  Soweto's Hector Pieterson Museum... Old Fort and Constitutional Hill was the infamous site where people - including Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi - who raised their voices against apartheid were incarcerated. If you want to have look at the early gold mining years, then, the Gold Reef City is the place to visit. For getting closer to the wildlife of South Africa, take your time to visit Kruger National Park, Lion and Rhino Nature Reserve and Johannesburg Lion Park.

Newtown Cultural Precinct, located in the inner city of Johannesburg is the cultural district of Johannesburg. It is the cultural hub of Johannesburg and offers great entertainment such as music, poetry, dance, theatre, art galleries, museums, craft markets, buskers, clubs and intense nightlife.

Shop & Spend
Johannesburg has many places to pick up the perfect gift or souvenir, or just to browse around at what is on offer. From modern shopping centre complexes to local markets, it is certainly a varied shopping experience. You are able to shop in the more than 20 mega-malls around Johannesburg. If you want to pick up a truly unique South African gift, the flea markets of Johannesburg is the place to shop.

Get Out
Something surprising and delightful about Johannesburg is that regarding the eco system Johannesburg is really a very green city. It has got all kind of trees everywhere. There are more than 6 million trees and nearly 2,500 parks in Johannesburg. Johannesburg is the largest man made forest on earth. For parks & gardens, visit Johannesburg Zoo and its Lake Park, Johannesburg and Sisulu Botanic Gardens. Hiking in the nature reserves also recommended.

Close to Johannesburg, Soweto - an acronym for South Western Townships - its genesis lies in the segregationist planning of South Africa. Later it was also the hotbed of many political campaigns and anti-apartheid movements. Visit and see Newtown's Market Theatre, experience the festivals and events specific to South Africa, enjoy cabarets, live South African jazz and hip-hop and spend time at the blues bars. Take in a show at the Liberty Theatre on the Nelson Mandela Square, cast your eye across works of art in one of the galleries in Nelson Mandela Square.

Eat & Drink
Eating out in Johannesburg can be a great experience, especially when combined with some lively local music. There are many areas you can go to which are overflowing with different places to enjoy a nice meal. Enjoy an evening out, celebrating a world of tastes at our top restaurants in Johannesburg, or wind down at a local pub and grill house. Melville and Nelson Mandela Square restaurants, Moyo, Carnivore and Gramadoelas worth having a nice meal.

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