Focus on Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

Johannesburg unlike most other major cities, was not founded near water. Inland, and perched on the 80km long rocky outcrop of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg's existence and growth came from the financial waters left behind - gold.

The discovery of this enchanting mineral hidden below the plains of the highveld sparked off one of the fastest urban developments of the modern era.

In just over a century, the ramshackle congregation of prospectors' tents and crude digging devices near the farm of Langlaagte has spread for more than 30 kilometres in each direction into a metropolis of skyscrapers.

The Johannesburg of today is a modern version of its inauspicious but frantic beginnings. It is the technological and financial forerunner of Africa, South Africa's pemier business destination and home, including Soweto, to more than five million people.

Built on and maintained by the ancient ground it covers, Johannesburg is the prince of the subcontinent.

Johannesburg offers a host of attractions and activities, of which the following are a few examples:

Newtown is the creative capital of Johannesburg with a world class offering of theatre, dance, music, art, photography and crafts - all for your entertainment. Newtown's key attractions include the world famous Market Theatre, MuseuMAfrica, Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, Bassline, Dance Factory and SAB World of Beer.

Famous or notorious, Soweto is a former township from the times of Apartheid. Starting about 15 km away from the centre of Johannesburg, it comprises some 63 sq. km, where an estimated two million people live - and a must for the visitor to Johannesburg.

The Adler Museum of Medicine; the Dynamite Museum chronicling the history of explosives and chemicals; the Madiba Freedom Museum charting South Africa's journey to demoscracy; the Museum Africa where you step into the typical 1950s shebeen are a few of the many to be visited in Johannesburg

Gardens & Parks
Johannesburg has a host of parks, gardens and reserves - from Bokkie Park giving children the opportunity to experience farm life to the Botanical Gardens home to some of the finest plant collections in the world.

Johannesburg is a shopper`s paradise. The shopping malls offer superior quality merchandise, entertainment and are unique lifestyle destinations whilst the craft markets feature African masks, carvings, dolls, baskets - whatever you`re looking for you'll find at bargain prices.

Gold Reef City
This theme park will raise your adrenalin on one of the roller coaster rides and an underground visit to the gold mine is an interesting option.

Cradle of Humankind
The Sterkfontein Valley landscape comprises a band of important palaeo-anthropological sites including Sterkfontein, Swartkrans, Kromdraai, Coopers B, Wonder Cave.

Johannesburg buzzes with an exciting range of nightlife options right through the city - theatre, dance clubs, live music, cinemas, shows, restauarants and casinos.

Sandton is the Gauteng property of choice, a sophisticated, upmarket suburb featuring expensive shops, world-class hotels and Johannesburg`s most illustrious corporate adresses.





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