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Sightseeing in Johannesburg - what to see. Complete travel guide

Johannesburg Up to 1886 Johannesburg was a small town without anything outstanding or popular. The destiny of this settlement was changed by the European named George Harrison who found a rich gold mine on the territory of the town. Starting from that time Johannesburg began developing rapidly and just 10 years later already 50 thousand of Europeans lived there. Today this is the largest megalopolis on the territory of South Africa, a famous industrial center and a popular resort. Johannesburg is surrounded by several satellites with each of them having its sights and places of interest, but you should start your exploration of the city from its unique buildings and cultural centers.
A beautiful modern city with rich historical heritage, every year Johannesburg attracts numerous travelers from around the world. The center of the city is the most attractive area for … Open
Exhibitions to mines and old towns built during the times of Gold Rush still remain the most popular attraction among tourists. Loose pit refuse heaps and mines are turned into museums that feature collections of equipment, historical items and documents. Old towns make up a huge museum under the open sky, where you can see houses of miners. Gold Reef City is considered the most popular miner settlement.
We simply cannot fail to mention Sun City town that has been created by skillful architects and is located in the center of an ancient volcano. All tourists interested in active rest and night entertainments should definitely visit this place. You will not find so many aqua parks, entertainment centers and discos in any other city of Republic of South Africa. Near Sun City is located another attraction – Pilanesberg National Park that is a home to over 6 thousands of wild animals including the representatives from the so called “big quintuple” – leopards, rhinoceroses, buffalos, elephants and lions. One more unique nature sight is 40 meters deep Sterkfontein Caves. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
Johannesburg attracts fans of ecotourism as various safaris and walks in the local nature reserves remain the most popular form of entertainment. Sterkfontein Caves are one of the most … Open
The city has many interesting architectural monuments. Near the famous restaurant Blue Elephant is the Baan Chinpracha, built in the early 20th century. Beautiful European furniture and works of art, which were specially delivered from various European countries and China, were used for its decoration. Now the ancient mansion is accessible to tourists for visiting. They can admire the hidden collection of antiques within its walls.
Newtown, Johannesburg In the vicinity of Johannesburg is the ethnic village of Lesedi. It will be a great place to explore the culture and traditions of the indigenous population. On the territory of this village are the dwellings of the five main tribes of South Africa. Travelers in this open-air museum will have a lot of entertainment. They will be able to try on the national costumes of the leaders, learn how to play amazing musical instruments and take part in incredibly interesting rituals. Every day, there are interesting shows with music and dances for visitors of the village. Here you can also buy many interesting souvenirs.
1. Tourists are recommended to use only bottled water for drinking. You can find it in all grocery stores and supermarkets. Tap water is not harmful to health, but the use of it can … Open
Fans of theatrical art in Johannesburg should definitely visit the theater with the unusual name Market. It was built on a square where a large Indian market had previously been located. The opening of the theater took place at the end of the 20th century. In 1974 local theaters started raising funds for its construction. Now the original theater is the owner of a number of prestigious awards. It regularly hosts interesting productions, music concerts and other cultural events.
Outside of Main Street, Johannesburg The perfect place for a family excursion will be the Observatory Ridge. It is located in the highest point of the city, on the top of the mountain range. The opening of this observatory took place back in 1903. Near the observatory is equipped with several wonderful observation platforms. So, after a cognitive excursion you can admire the panorama of the city.
An attraction known only to tourist units is the University of Witwatersrand. Its opening took place in 1896 and is one of the most majestic architectural monuments in the city. The building of the university is surrounded by a picturesque garden. Everyone can walk along it, and in the courtyard, admire the original landscape decorations.
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Map of all castles
Survived castles around Johannesburg
♥   Castle 'Castle Kyalami' , 23 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Erasmus Castle' , 48.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Johannesburg
♥   National Park 'Groenkloof National Park' , 51.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   World Heritage Site 'Vredefort Dome' , 103.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Johannesburg and around
♥   Art museum 'Johannesburg Art Gallery' Johannesburg, 1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'No Show Museum' Johannesburg, 1.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sights around Johannesburg from our guide 'Extreme places on Earth'

Tau Tona Mine

From the series “The Most Inaccessible Spots of the Planet”
On the surface was built an industrial complex that produces ice. The ice is drained through the special pipelines into the depth of the mine, which allows the temperature in the deepest mine parts to reduce to 28 degrees Celsius. Without this measure, the temperature forms more than 40 degrees, which together with the high humidity makes working conditions unbearable. Every day thousands of workers enter the Tau Tona Mine. The journey to the workplace of some workers takes about an hour. Working in the deep pit is very dangerous. According to statistics, an average of 5 people per year are killed in the mine. … Read further

Sightseeing in South Africa: things to see

The Republic of South Africa offers a variety of entertaining activities to its guests, so there’s no wonder why every year more and more travelers come to visit this wonderful country. Gauteng region is considered the historical center of the country as the colonization of South Africa started from it. Travelers are continuously interested in visiting such cities as Pretoria and Johannesburg, which are already not separated cities anymore and have been united into one big metropolis. … Open
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Red Carnation Opens Its First Hotel in Scotland

The “Explorers’ Club’, which will be available to residents only, offers authentic Scottish experiences. It features a wine wall with over 200 bottles of the finest wine and a collection of the most famous Scottish whiskies on another wall. A carefully curated menu contains exclusive treats, delicious cocktails with Scotland’s “liquid gold”, and everlasting classics. The hotel will have a 2:1 staff ratio to provide truly the best service. The Red Carnation hotel in Edinburgh will officially open its doors in April 2022. Read this

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All about Johannesburg, South Africa - sightseeings, attractions, touristic spots, architecture, history, culture and cuisine. Prepare your trip together with OrangeSmile.com - find out the 'must see' things in Johannesburg, which places to visit, which excursions to take, where the breathtaking views are waiting for you. Planning your trip with this travel guide will help your to get the most out of Johannesburg in few days.
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