Top 4 Places to Visit in Johannesburg, South Africa
Jo' burg, Jozie, Egoli, The City of Gold-- all names offered to the largest city in South Africa, Johannesburg is a cultural center with a diverse range of things to see and do. The best time to check out Johannesburg from May through August. Due to its high elevation, you can enjoy mild average daytime temperatures all year round of about 78 degrees. Here are some of the top four places to visit during your trip.
#1 APARTHEID MUSEUM
History aficionados should make their very first stop The Apartheid Museum. More than 20 long-term exhibits, highlight the fall of apartheid. The museum was designed by, an architectural consortium, who developed the design on a seven-hectare stand. The museum is an exemplary representation of the design and a distinctly South African experience.
A series of 22 specific exhibition locations, organized by a multi-disciplinary group of curators, film-makers, historians and designers, takes the visitor through a remarkable psychological journey that narrates of a state-sanctioned system based upon racial discrimination and the battle of the majority to overthrow this tyranny.
For anyone desiring to comprehend and experience what apartheid South Africa was actually like, a visit to the Apartheid Museum is essential.
#2 CONSTITUTION HILL
One of most significant historical sites within Johannesburg, if not all of South Africa, Constitution Hill formerly acted as a jail and fort in 1892. The monolithic structure has a dark past, responsible for imprisoning leading revolutionaries who battled against apartheid. So notorious was its function, the structure has been referred to as the 'The Robben Island of Johannesburg.'
In the act of reconciliation, the building was reformed to house the 'flame of democracy' both actually and figuratively. The old jail building is now the heart of South Africa's constitution.
Learn more about Constitution Hill and browse the exhibits at www.constitutionhill.org.za
#3 SOWETO NEIGHBORHOOD
Often called the heartbeat of the nation, don’t forget to include a check out to the Soweto neighborhood to your schedule. It's a remarkable place like no other in South Africa. In the heart of the African bushveld and rocky hills, in the Cradle of Humankind, a World Heritage Site, only 45 minutes' drive from Johannesburg and Pretoria. An enthralling opportunity to experience the mystical cultures and customs of individuals of Africa, and go to 5 standard homesteads, each populated by Zulu, Xhosa, Pedi, Basotho and Ndebele tribes who live according to tribal folklore and traditions of their ancestors.
#4 PILANESBERG NATIONAL PARK
Just a couple hours' drive northwest of Johannesburg lies Pilanesberg National Park, a nature reserve that's house to a bounty of wildlife.
You'll have the opportunity to find the big five here-- that's lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and Cape buffalo-- in addition to hippos, giraffes, hyenas and all manner of birds. Early morning and late afternoon safaris from Bakubung or Kwa Maritane bush lodges are your best option-- their lorries get the most beautiful views, and the guides are exceptionally experienced. The Pilanesberg Game Reserve lies inside a 1300 million-year-old volcanic complex and uses an extensive range of gorgeous landscapes. Pilanesberg is home to a terrific variety of plants and animals, including the Big 5, wild pet dog and 360 species of bird.
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