|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
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:
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
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
Gold Reef City 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.
Heia Safari Ranch
In authentic Zulu village built entirely with materials imported
from Zululand - right here in Gauteng. A unique opportunity exists
to see traditional Zulu crafts, customs and clothing which have
been handed down through the generations from pre-Shaka times.