Shimmer in the midst of Joburg glam and experience a holiday cast in gold.
Johannesburg the city of gold is glam in every sense of the word. It’s a commercial and industrial city with an array of interesting people from all walks of life. Business people as well as elaborate artists have made Johannesburg their home. Feisty business people enjoy sundowners at trendy restaurants in the city centre, Sandton, whilst the artistic types venture in laid-back areas such as Melville.
If you’re keen to make it as a celebrity, head over to this town. It is fast-paced, non-stop excitement and living large is the ultimate goal. Johannesburg is where people make things happen. The city is known for its stringent work ethic but there is a lighter more jovial side to Johannesburg – a side that holidaymakers should explore. As Johannesburg is the largest city in South Africa, there’s enough land to fill with wonderful tourist attractions. Of course, a Johannesburg car rental will allow you the opportunity to explore all nooks and crannies in this city.
Johannesburg has a number of heritage sites such as historical battlefields, museums, galleries, entertainment facilities, traditional shebeens and elaborate shopping malls found in all suburbs. More than half of the city’s population reside in suburbs such as Diepkloof, Soweto, Benoni, Rosebank and Sandton.
As a holiday destination, Johannesburg offers a world of Hollywood meets South African urban chic experiences. After all, the city thrives economically on its gold and diamond industry. The city is certainly meant for the stylish and ambitious.
Although, the beach may by miles away, Johannesburg’s popular man-made beach should suffice.
Your first point of reference to Johannesburg will be the OR Tambo International Airport. You’ll be welcomed by a buzzing metropolis and an army of traffic. Despite the urban chaos, Johannesburg’s attractions are vast. If you’re in need of cultural and historical information about the city and South Africa you can venture into the Apartheid Museum. If you’re keen for a wildlife adventure and wonderful landscapes, Cradle of Humankind is the perfect location to explore as it is a strip of a dozen dolomitic caves which contains fossilised remains of animals which are amidst coral reefs. Safari Lodges are frequented by locals and tourists alike.
Various areas are known for specific entertainment attractions such as Soweto a township which is set in the south of Johannesburg. Soweto developed under the apartheid regime. Soweto is vibrant and alive with musicians creating a jubilant atmosphere. The latest attraction is the new Mayopani Shopping Mall which has caused great interest. Contact a Johannesburg car rental for easy access to Soweto.
The Hector Peterson Memorial is located in Soweto not far from the area where Hector was shot on 16 June 1976 during the Soweto uprising. Peterson’s memorial symbolises the resistance against the injustice of the apartheid government. The Apartheid Museum is another popular attraction as it documents the history of South Africa since 1984 and gives insight into a world of segregation as well as how democracy came about. The Constitution Hill is the national heritage site which documents South Africa’s past and commemorates those who fought against injustice.
The Nelson Mandela Bridge, built in honour of Nelson Mandela is the largest cable-stayed bridge as it is 284 metres long and starts at the end of Jan Smuts Avenue, links to the Constitutional Hill precinct in Braamfontein into Newtown which is the city’s renewal project. Another construction worth a visit is the Union Buildings completed in 1913 designed by Sir Herbert Baker. The Union Buildings was the setting for the inauguration of Nelson Mandela in 1994.
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The Gold Reef City offers a combination of great entertainment facilities. The casino is open 24 hours a day and has an energetic ambiance. If you’re in the mood for a picturesque view, the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens in Roodepoort is a vast landscape of 300 hectares of natural veld and home to birds and makes for the perfect picnic spot. Hiking Trails and 4×4 trails can be explored as game, majestic mountains amidst great waterfalls and indigenous vegetation showcases the country’s beautiful landscape. If you’re not opting for a Johannesburg car rental, you may consider the luxurious Blue Train which offers a relaxing and stylish train trip along entrancing landscapes.
Soweto is a popular choice as the township offers great nightlife live gigs and entertainment. In Soweto you’ll find traditional shebeens or taverns. The atmosphere is very welcoming and suitable for a casual night out. It is advised that you visit Soweto in a group or arrange a guided shebeen tour. A suitable alternative is, Sandton also referred to as ‘Africa’s richest mile’, offer entertainment amongst skyscrapers. If you’re in search of a classy cocktail party, Sandton is the way to go. Mellville also offers entertainment spots such as Seventh Street and little bars which are ideal for pub crawls. Note that there are particularly long distances between various areas. For this reason, AJohannesburg car rental will ensure you travel with ease.