Johannesburg is Africa’s most popular city and it continues to attract international visitors due to its diverse tourism attractions. With our below guide you dont have to wonder about what to in Johannesburg anymore. Whatever you plan on doing, be sure to discover the best of the city of gold with our list of the fun things to do in Johannesburg.
1. Maboneng Precinct
Maboneng is located in downtown Johannesburg, the word Maboneng means place of light. The district reflects the soul and heart of Johannesburg. It is a magical place where you can experience an African cultural experience, great food and good music. Catering for different people the place is a must-visit for your next visit to Johannesburg.
2. Cradle of Humankind, Johannesburg
Cradle Humankind is a World Heritage Site which is about 60 minutes from Johannesburg. The museum offers a wonderful experience where you will learn about the origins of humankind. Take along the kids to enjoy the archaeological sites and cave tours done by well trained and friendly guides. The Cradle of Humankind is definitely worth paying a visit.
3. Constitutional Hill, Johannesburg
Located in Braamfontein, Constitutional Hill is a museum that tells South Africa’s road to democracy. Constitution Hill was used as a notorious prison where many inmates were arrested for various offences during apartheid. You will learn about are the injustices of the South African Pass and how freedom was won.
4. Sandton City, Johannesburg
Sandton City is a shopping mall located in Sandton Johannesburg. The upmarket shopping mall with more than 300 stores is classy and spacious with lots of incredible clothing stores and restaurants. Nelson Mandela Square is also is a great place to relax after shopping around. You will find everything you need under one roof as the mall caters for all. The price of parking in the mall is fairly reasonable.
5. Happy Island Water World
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Happy Island Water World is Africa’s largest water park, located in Muldersdrift, Johannesburg. The water park has become very popular with Johannesburg locals and visitors to the city of gold. You will find amazing slides and rides that cater to all age groups. For food, there are a couple of food chains to choose from.
6. Gold Reef City
Gold Reef City is a very popular theme park in Johannesburg. This is a great place to spend time with family and friends for all that love adventure and thrill rides. If going on a public holiday the best time to visit is early in the morning before it gets very busy. This is a great place for all adrenaline junkies and the rides will keep both adults and kids entertained all day. Gold Reef City is without a doubt one of the best fun places in Johannesburg.
7. Soweto Towers
Soweto Towers were once the site of a coal-fired power station. Bungee jumping from the top of the towers was a great idea to reuse the towers. The views from the top of the towers are simply amazing. The thrill of bungee jumping and free falling is something that you need to do on your next visit to Johannesburg. This is definately one of the fun things to do in Johannesburg.
8. Johannesburg Botanical Garden
The Johannesburg Botanical Garden is located in the suburb of Emmarentia in Johannesburg. The well-kept garden is one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in South Africa. This is one of the best picnic venues in Johannesburg, its family-friendly with a clear pathway for prams. There is always a great vibe and peacefulness and the police always patrolling around creates a very safe environment.
9.The Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum
Located in Soweto, is the Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum which was erected as a memorial to the late Hector Pieterson. This is a must-visit to learn more about the struggle of how children stood up for their rights to study in the language of their choice.
10. Mandela House
The Nelson Mandela Mandela House is a very famous house on Vilakazi Street where Nelson Mandela lived from 1946 to 1962. This is an amazing place to walk around the house where Nelson Mandela once lived. The house has been kept as it was in the era when it was occupied. There are still bullet holes in the walls. The Mandela House is a place everyone must visit.
11. Lesedi Cultural Village
Lesedi Cultural Village is the best place in Johannesburg to learn all about South Africa’s different cultures with various tribal villages to learn about. The cultural village is located an hour’s drive north of Johannesburg. The guided tours around the different tribal villages are done by friendly guides. Do not leave without trying the African cuisine from the restaurant.