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Johannesburg, or Jo’burg, as it’s more commonly known, is South Africa’s most populated city. Its turbulent history has given it an edge that is lacking elsewhere in the country. Life in all its extremes can be witnessed here, making for a fascinating visit. Crime is still a major problem, but the cautious visitor can minimise risks by planning their stay in advance - take a look at these discounted activities in and around Joburg.

Apartheid Museum

The era of apartheid is the country’s darkest. This museum is a must-see for those hoping to understand the tensions that still exist in South Africa. Visitors are provided with an unsparing insight into the philosophy of the notorious policy using text, film, audio and live accounts.

Johannesburg Zoo

The Johannesburg Zoo on Jan Smuts Avenue, Westcliff, boasts a fine selection of animals both native and exotic. The Animal Mythbuster Tour is highly recommended.

Gold Reef City

This historical theme park harks back to the 19th century, when gold was on the mind of every immigrant. The park features a Victorian fun fair and reconstructions of a bank, newspaper office, brewery and pub. Visitors can also watch gold being poured, as well as a traditional miners’ dance.

Accommodation is available at the Gold Reef City Hotel, which offers everything from its own casino through to an authentic, and wonderfully relaxing massage - take a look at these discounted massage offers based in JHB.

Hector Pieterson Memorial

Named after the 13-year-old boy who was shot dead in the run-up to the Soweto uprising, Hector Pieterson Square, in Soweto, features a touching Hector Pieterson Memorial and the Hector Pieterson Museum.

Turbine Hall

Situated next to SAB World of Beer, Turbine Hall is part of what was once a huge power station. The south boiler house is often used as a venue for some of the city’s most interesting events.

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Zoology Museum

The Zoology Museum is the city’s only natural history museum, and features a vast collection of specimens housed in teak cabinets - allowing for hands-on engagement with the displays. The display area is open to all members of the public but access to the reference collections and guided tours are by appointment.

Johannesburg Botanical Garden

Located in the suburb of Emmarentia, the gardens were originally designed to display roses. They now cover an area of around 1.25 km2 and feature 10,000 roses, as well as 2, 500 specimens of succulents and more than 20, 000 indigenous trees.

Market Theatre

Having gained acclaim for staging anti-apartheid plays in the 1970s and 1980s, the Market Theatre, in the suburb of Newtown, is now a centre for modern South African playwriting.

(Flickr - Sacks08)

Johannesburg Art Gallery

Housed in a building designed by Edward Lutyens, the Johannesburg Art Gallery features 15 exhibition halls. Collections include 17th century Dutch paintings, 18th and 19th century British and European art, 19th century South African works, and a large body of contemporary works.


As well as being home to a popular flea market, the suburb of Rosebank is a favoured shopping (and general hangout) destination area for the city’s young professionals, as well as its burgeoning gay community.

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