Johannesburg is the second largest city in Africa. In 2016 there were 4.94 million people living in the City of Johannesburg. Joburg, or Jozi as some prefer to call it, offers visitors an experience as unique and diverse as the city itself.
It is most famous for its catchy lyrics that embody post-apartheid township culture. While Johannesburg is also known as the City of Gold, or ‘eGoli’ because of its beginnings as a gold-mining town.
Johannesburg is the world’s biggest man-made forest, with over 10 million trees. This number is set to grow, as City Parks launched the Greening Soweto project in 2006, with the goal of planting an extra 200 000 trees in the famous township.
With the rich archaeological site known as the Cradle of Humankind on the outskirts of the city, it’s not surprising that 40% of the planet’s human ancestor fossils have been discovered in the Jo’burg area.
Take in the view from the tallest skyscraper in Africa! Ride the elevator 50 floors to see the awe-inspiring view from the top of the Carlton Centre. Good to know: this is a stop on the red bus tour.
Get your adrenaline fix at Orlando Towers. This is the site of the world’s first bungee jump between two cooling towers.
The most cheerful way to discover Joburg is on the roof of a shiny red city sightseeing bus. They’re hop on, hop off meaning you get to choose how you spend your time. The tour comes with audio commentary available in 15 languages.
Top sights in Johannesburg
Gold Reef City
Hector Pieterson Museum
Cradle of Humankind
SAB World of Beer
Ubuntu Kraal Brewery, Soweto
Melville Koppies Reserve
Rosebank Rooftop Market