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Johannesburg Pocket Guide

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One of three capital cities, and home to over 10 million people, Johannesburg (or Joburg as the locals call it) is South Africa's largest city. In many ways it is also South Africa's most important city as it is the economic and industrial heart of this fascinating nation. It is a culture vulture's dream come true, with a vast number of intriguing museums. It is also one of a million stories, and as you walk the streets (yes, it is safe to do so in many areas) you know if they could speak they'd be able to tell a tale or two. In the evening there are a surprisingly high number of neighbourhoods to keep you occupied, each with a good selection of restaurants that are great value for money and bars too. And while you may have heard mixed reports about 'Joburg', many of which that were far from complimentary, take it from us - give this city a chance and you'll be glad you did.


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In The Guide

  • Cheap Eats Find out what restaurants are best value for money and what are the local specialties.
  • Don't Miss A list of the best local attractions and places worth visiting whilst in Johannesburg.
  • Budget Tips Insider tips on how to save money or what to do when you don't have any!
  • A day in Johannesburg... Only have one day to spare? We give you our ultimate day in Johannesburg.

Johannesburg City Reviews

  • 60%

    dyfan28

    Free n Easy JNB

    The Kruger National Park trip was amzing. However beware of pickpockets. My phone was stolen, partly due to my negligence as well.

    Insider Tip:Take good care of your belongings!

  • 90%

    Anonymous

    not like what i heard

    clean and pretty. taxi is too expensive. public transport is poor but cheap and helpfull sametimes. better than that i heard about it.

    Insider Tip:pay attention: no taxi in CBD

  • 80%

    Anonymous

    Interesting place

    There's enough to do in Johannesburg especially if you're only here for a few days. The South African Museum of Military History is a very place and there are other attractions such as the Lion Park.

    Insider Tip:Always check with the hostel you're staying at beforehand about what you should be paying the taxi drivers to your various destinations. Also check that the taxi driver - before you get in the cab - that they know how to get to where you want to go. Johannesburg is a big place and anyone can become a taxi driver and often the taxi drivers have no clue about different destinations, and, they don't seem to know how to operate a GPS or read a map.

  • 70%

    Anonymous

    Wild and authentic

    In Johannesburg you will find everything: poor areas, but vibrant; rich areas, but not boring. Security is always an issue. But it is not worth to care about too long. Just enjoy the time with these friendly people.

    Insider Tip:Yeoville: real african life where life is always on street.

  • 50%

    Anonymous

    Yes it's dangerous, but still a few thing worth seeing.

    Most people we met in S-Africa skipped the city altogether, but we stayed there for 3-4 days and had a nice time. The apartheid museum, Soweto tours, sterkfontein caves and the cradle of humankind are amongst a few things we saw there. But you really feel how dangerous the city is, especially when walking in the city centre. Taxis are expensive compared to other countries in Africa.

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