Johannesburg, jo’burg or Egoli (meaning place of gold) also referred to as jozi is South Africa’s commercial heart. According to history, this is the city where money is made and riches found. This city has been branded as cruel and as a concrete jungle but this is far from the truth. As the largest city in South Africa, it is Gauteng’s capital and a very interesting place to visit at any time of the year, especially summer time.
Summer in Johannesburg
Summer in Johannesburg is characterized by sunny and warm and a bit or rain. This makes this time the best to visit South Africa. At this time of the year, the city is not crowded as most of the residents have travelled for holiday too. This means that Johannesburg attractions are quite accessible and not crowded.
If you are a big fun of exploring cities, then you will love Johannesburg. This city has undergone major incarnations. It is set to become one of the best cosmopolitan cities in Africa. You can visit the Newton district where you will find the market theatre, visit the new Nelson Mandela Bridge and the Museum Africa; there mark the epicenter of this urban city. Take a day trip to Soweto where you get the chance to visit the South Africa struggle monuments, taverns and numerous music venues.
You will find many interesting museums with the most notable one being the museum African and Gold Reef City’s Apartheid museum which is a fun filled theme park located on a former gold mine.
If you are a lover of golf, you will love jo’burg as there are plenty of golf courses that you can enjoy your favorite sport at. Enjoy Kyalami dancing Lipizzaner stallions which is the only one of its kind in Africa with its only counterpart being found in Vienna. This place makes a fantastic outing on a summer Sunday morning.
Enjoy a ride on a hot air balloon, enjoy a scenic flight via a vintage aircraft or paddle through the Crocodile River. Skydiving is offered in plenty of places or you can sand board to the bottom of a mine and if you like taking risks, you can rapp-jump one of the skyscrapers in Johannesburg.
In Johannesburg, one of the other activities you can enjoy is shopping. In case your credit card makes it out of the numerous tantalizing malls, you can spend some more cash in one of the many casinos in Sun City. This is a gambling complex that is known all over the world. It also has one of South Africa’s best golf green located just 1 hour’s drive from jo’burg.
Transportation in Johannesburg
With the central location of this big city, the best way you can move from the game lodges to the museums with ease is through car rental. Car rental services in this city are provided by international and local car hire companies. The hire companies normally offer cheap car hire thus very convenient. With a car rental, you will drive from one location to the other and spend as much time as you want on a location since you do not have to worry about transportation back to the city centre.