Johannesburg

Overview

Johannesburg is South Africa’s largest city and the second-largest city on the continent of Africa, belonging to the province of Gauteng with roughly 4.4 million people inhabiting it. The origin of the city comes from the discovery of gold on a farm in 1886 which has led to the steady growth in population over the years. Johannesburg is divided into six districts: the city center, Soweto, Sandton District, the Eastern suburbs, Northern suburbs, and North-Western suburbs. Each section of the division exhibits a notably different feel and environment, distinct in character from one another.

Previously the downtown core of Johannesburg had been a bustling hub of opportunity and the financial epicenter, though an uprising of crime during the late 1980s and early 1990s caused many businesses to relocate, eventually deserting the area. In recent years efforts to ignite change and re-develop the city have been sparked by the gentrification of the Central Business Center. Johannesburg is a city known for its abundance of planted trees, with an estimated six million it is often viewed as an “urban forest”.

Johannesburg contains multiple attractions and activities for visitors including Gold Reef City, an amusement park and interactive history of Johannesburg’s gold mining industry, the Apartheid Museum depicting South Africa’s history of the racial segregation system that was previously in place, and Constitution Hill, a former prison that had once housed Mahatma Ghandi.

The South Africa's Largest And Fastest-Growing City, With Sprawling Suburbs Fanning

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Why Should You Go To Johannesburg?

Johannesburg Highlights

• Gateway to southern Africa via OR Tambo International Airport
• Most modern, prosperous city in Africa
• One of the world's largest metropolitan areas
• Incorporates Randburg, Sandton, Soweto, Germiston and Midrand
• Shopping capital of Africa
• Wide choice of entertainment complexes and casinos
• Buzzing nightlife with live music venues
• Excellent sporting, golf and outdoor activities
Johannesburg is once again gaining media favour as a vibrant, friendly city with a rich history and diverse, fascinating culture. Johannesburg has a lot to offer and is well worth a visit. So Connect with us & make it added on your South Africa Tours.

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