City Guide Johannesburg, South Africa

Visiting Johannesburg

A city of vast contrasts from palatial mansions to shantytowns with no electricity, a visit to Johannesburg will leave you with many lasting memories.

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Johannesburg Podcasts

Soweto - South Africa's most famous township

Located on the outskirts of Johannesburg, Soweto is by far the most famous township in South Africa. In this podcast Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty speaks to Lebo Malepa of Lebo's Soweto Backpackers to discuss the famous township, find out what you can see there and much more.

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Johannesburg Videos

Johannesburg - a video postcard

Take a look around the city for a glimpse at some of the top things to see and do while you're there.

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Johannesburg Pocket Guide

Johannesburg Pocket Guide

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Johannesburg City Reviews

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    What makes Joburg special is the whole history around Mandela, Soweto and the happenings during Apartheid. There are some really nice museums (Apardheid museum, Hector Pieterson Museum) that give tourists a huge insight and are very nicely done. But except for that there is not so much to see and as a solo-travelling-girl I sometimes felt quite uncomfortable after sunset.

    Insider Tip:The night market in Maboneng, Curiocity Backpackers (even if it is only for a drink at the bar

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    I was only in Johannesburg and the outlining area for one day, I could not give an accurate detail of the city, therefore my results are going to be average without any further insight.

    Insider Tip:I was only in Johannesburg and the outlining area for one day, I could not give anyone any insider tips about the city.

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    Good museum, good comedy scene but dangerous.

    Kitchener's is a good place to go and hang out with people. 7th Avenue Melville - another cool place.

    Insider Tip:Kitchener's Bar.

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    MoAfrika booked a Soweto Night Tour for me

    Whilst at MoAfrika I went on a Soweto night tour. It was so nice. I hanged out with the locals at the different places we went to. I met some nice people.

    Insider Tip:Don't do this alone

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    What a breath taking experience

    I booked a Johannesburg Tour with Moafrika Tours. It was a real experience seeing the Local Township Soweto. And also i went to the apartheid museum. Gaining the knowledge of their history is helped me understand South Africa better.

    Insider Tip:Make sure that you go with a registered tour guide when going into Johannesburg.

South Africa: Itinerary

In terms of travelling, South Africa is one of the most diverse countries in the world. You can leave a bustling city and then seek refuge beside a tranquil beach before heading off into the wilds of the game parks on safari.

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