Welcome to the city of Johannesburg!

Welcome to the city of Johannesburg!

Residence of the largest stock exchange in Africa, the tallest office block in the continent and nicknamed ‘Egoli,’the place of gold.

Part of the province Gauteng 1, Johannesburg was born in 1886 after it spewed out gold, 40% of the world’s gold originated from this region.

Now, the city is part of the province of Gauteng (Gauteng means “place of gold” in Sotho).

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The urban landscape of Johannesburg tells a story - almost a century-long, of racially motivated social engineering.

The city is home to tall, glittering skyscrapers constructed of glass and steel. It also boasts a collection of upscale neighbourhoods and globally recognized universities.

While at the very same time, it hosts desperate poverty and far spread illiteracy. Approximately 20% of the city’s population is in absolute poverty, with black residents making up over 70% of the city’s poor.


The city is a cultural hub. It has several museums, galleries, theatres and libraries, including the National School of Arts and the South African Ballet Theatre.

Climate and people

In the summer, the temperature averages around 24 °C (75 °F) and in the winter, the temperature averages at 13 °C (55 °F).

According to the census in 2014, Johannesburg has a population of just under 4.5 million. A significant chunk of the city’s residents, ¾’s approximately are Black African.

This is how the remaining number of people are split -

12.3% White
5.6% Coloured
4.9% Indian/Asian


One-third of the province speaks the Nguni language.
25% is native to the Sotho language.
18% speaks English.
7% speak Afrikaans.
6% speak Tshivenda.

Unique places in the city

1. The Apartheid Museum

This museum is extremely graphic. And it acts as a reminder of the bleak history of the country.
It is full of photos, artefacts, newspaper clippings, bone-chilling personal accounts and footage from the apartheid.
The museum shows the journey of oppression and the birth of democracy. We’d recommend that if you ever visit Johannesburg, spare a few hours for this living memory of South Africa’s history.

2. Lion Park

Spread over a sprawling 500 acres. This conservation is a mission to protect Transvaal lions. The park is home to over 80 lions, including rare white lions!

3. Nelson Mandela Square

Come here for a picture with Mr.Mandela himself! (Well his statue)
The site is named after the anti-apartheid activist and is a tourist magnet. The place is ever bright with people constantly coming to get the chance to take a selfie with the iconic figure.

4. Croc City Crocodile & Reptile Park

You don’t get to see a crocodile farm every day!

Close to the Lion Park, this park is a go-to place for wildlife documenters.
Make sure to go during feeding time to get a chance to see crocs fight each other for chicken!
The park offers other exciting activities, like the chance to cradle a baby croc or watching a fantastic snake show.

5. Gold Reef City

An amusement park built on a gold mine?
Visit this amusement park to enjoy thrilling rides, explore a gold mine and sit on the giant wheel!

6. Montecasino!

It opened in 2000. And now, almost 10 million people visit Montecasino yearly because of its theatrics and premium entertainment.

7. Lesedi Cultural Village

Experience the culture of exotic South African tribes and cultures.
The Lesedi Cultural Village is home to traditional South African homes and hosts dances and other African rituals like Pedi, Xhosa, Zulu, Basotho and much more!

Here’s a list of other things you should try in Johannesburg.

Johannesburg Zoo
Boat ride in Zoo Lake
Open bus rides

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