Top things to do in Johannesburg

Top things to do in Johannesburg

Top things to do in Johannesburg

Johannesburg is one of the fastest growing cities in the world. It is a young city and has a rich history and legacy to fall back on. The Dutch colonization, then the British rule and the discovery of gold in Johannesburg all contribute to the rich cultural history of this place. It is flanked by some of the world most pristine natural reserves that hosts thousands of species of flora and fauna especially wildlife. Through the years, it has grown significantly as the centre point of global business in the world especially for banking services and has led to a lot of expats settling down in South Africa. Johannesburg thus is a perfect blend of history, culture, nature and contemporary aspects of travel.

Constitution Hill:

This is the home to South Africa’s constitutional court and contains a range of historic buildings. It also accommodates prison number 4 that held several prisoners during the apartheid era including Nelson Mandela, Albertina Sisulu, Joe Slovo and Mahatma Gandhi. The museum depicts the country’s journey to democracy. Constitution Hill is a place of contrasts: of oppression, justice, injustice and liberation. It is an educational and heritage precinct that depicts the values of South Africa’s constitution.

Carlton Centre:

Recognized as the tallest building in Africa, this structure offers you the best views of Johannesburg. It is home to Transnet’s head office which is 223 meters tall. It overlooks the magnificent gold reef, soccer stadium and Gandhi Square. It is also home to one of the most vibrant shopping centers in Johannesburg. The 50-storey center provides a 360-degree-view of the city of gold and was once the tallest building in the southern hemisphere.

Apartheid Museum:

This is one of the best-maintained facilities to explore the apartheid days of South Africa. Displays and film footages reflect the regime of racial discrimination. This place shows historic photos of the negotiations that led to the first democratic elections in the country. The displays in the museum have been arranged by a team of designers, historians and curators. The exhibits in the museum consist of film footage, infuriating text panels, and pictures depicting the events and stories that were a part of the apartheid.

Mandela House Museum:

Also known as the Mandela Family Museum, this property was the residence of the former President of the country. This has now been converted into a full-fledged museum by the Soweto Trust and is adorned with memorabilia and paintings from his life. The museum is very popular among tourists for the preservation of the legacy and background of the Mandela family. It provides a meaningful experience to all its visitors by telling them about the story of Nelson Mandela that exemplifies mutual respect, tolerance and human rights among the people of the country.

Orlando Towers:

Located in Soweto, Orlando Towers were used by a coal-burning plant to provide electricity to the northern region of Johannesburg. The people in this region became victims of the vicious smoke that was emitted from these towers. The towers were left unused and neglected after 1998. In 2007, they were converted into an entertainment area that later became a landmark for tourists. Today, Orlando Towers are known for adrenaline junkies who want to experience different adventure sports in the city. The lifestyle of the town is depicted by the artwork on the towers.

Gold Reef City Casino:

Located between the inner-city and Soweto, Gold Reef City is a hotel and amusement park. Among its attractions is the Gold Reef City Theme Park and a replicated historic village and live mine. Travelers can experience the time and era of the 19th century. It also holds performances of local brands during spring and summer. Located 8 kilometers from the city center, it is made of pure gold and is one of the country's most well-known family attractions.

Sanur Beach:

Located in the south of Bali, this beach is on the coast of Sanur village. It stretches for miles with golden sand and small corals and has mild waves making it perfect for swimming and surfing. Along with this, the crystalline water makes it easy to witness many underwater creatures.

Nusa Dua Beach

Imagine a clear blue ocean, golden sand, tall palm trees coupled with wild mangroves, fragrant trees and orchids. Giving heaven its own twist, this beach is the perfect place for swimming and snorkeling as the water is absolutely clear and the tide is always low. You can also binge on some delicious food at the local restaurants.

Bias Tugel Beach:

Known as Pantai Kecil (little beach) by the locals, this white-sand coastline is one of Bali’s best-kept secrets. Tucked away between the west of the harbor and Padang Bai, reaching the beach is an expedition of sorts. After having completed a trek of about half a kilometer, the beach rewards you with its sparkling sand, clear blue waters and dancing palm trees that are perfect for swimming and sunbathing.

Dream Beach:

Situated on the island of Lembongan which is 7 kilometers away from Bali, this beach is known for its breathtaking views and is generally visited by tourists who want to enjoy the calm and the cozy environment this beach offers, unlike anywhere else in Bali. Dream Beach lives up to its name with a lyrical shoreline of big rocks and sandy bays.

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