A distinctive city skyline, a vibrant atmosphere, plenty of diversity and strong financial drive set Johannesburg apart as one of Africa’s most appealing cities. The metropolis has also become known as Joburg, Jozi and Egoli, the latter meaning “Place of Gold” in Zulu.
It grew rapidly from a settlement to a large city when the Gold Rush hit the region in the 1880s and, although it has gone through much evolution over the years, remains a powerful economic hub today. It is now South Africa’s largest city and one of the 50 largest urban areas in the world.
Johannesburg is the primary point of entry for internationals arriving in South Africa and thus the city welcomes a multitude of travellers from abroad each year.
It offers much in the way of opportunities and experiences to residents and visitors – business and leisure – alike. Johannesburg has more than one central business district, including Sandton, Rosebank and Roodepoort to name a few.
Despite parts of the city being characterised by their high-rise buildings, Johannesburg is in fact one of the greenest cities in the world, with over six million trees, multiple nature reserves, a number of bird sanctuaries and botanical gardens.
Visitors can look forward to a variety of activities in Johannesburg, from participating in outdoor sports in certain areas to attending theatre productions, discovering more about South Africa’s culture and history at a number of museums, exploring its artistic output at various galleries, shopping at world-class malls or trendy designer shops, and savouring outstanding cuisine at local and internationally-inspired restaurants.
The heartbeat of the country is felt strongly in Johannesburg, and its rhythm is one that intrigues, inspires and excites.
POPArt, which stands for People of Performing Art, is an independent theatre, production company and performing arts centre, based in Johannesburg. It is a platform upon which both emerging and established performers in the city showcase their talents. A variety of entertaining and inspiring shows are continuously available for visitors to enjoy, a local experience not to be missed.
The Agog Gallery celebrates the meaning of art through the meaning of the artist. This trendy gallery has become one of the most sought-after art spaces in Johannesburg, featuring works by local and international artists. It is open seven days a week, from 11H00 to 02H00 and boasts a rooftop deck where sundowners and music can be enjoyed.
Market on Main
Market on Main brings regional foods and local design to the fore on a weekly basis, every Sunday from 10H00 to 15H00, in Maboneng. Established in 2011, this market is now recognised as the city’s leading urban food and design market. It encourages Johannesburg’s inner-city lifestyle and provides a relaxed environment in which creatives can trade and visitors can enjoy the experience.
Maboneng Cycling Tours
Visitors can get their heart rates up and take in the sights and sounds of Maboneng during this informative cycling tour which brings to light public arts, urban living, South Africa’s fascinating history and amazing architecture. The tour winds through Jeppestown, Maboneng, Doornfontein and Troyeville.
Maboneng Inner City Walking Tours
A fantastic way in which to see the heart of Maboneng and all its hidden treasures, the inner city walking tour, which kicks off at Curiocity at 10H00 with freshly-brewed coffee and introductions, takes visitors to spots such as the Kwa-Mai Mai Market, Collectors Treasury, Carlton Centre, the Chancellor House and Little Addis (optional). Unique African gems are bound to be discovered and a taste of the region’s culture will most certainly be savoured.
Mall of Africa
The largest mall ever built in a single phase in South Africa, Mall of Africa is located in Waterfall City, Midrand in Gauteng. It offers a wealth of shops, restaurants and a number of entertainment options.