Edged by leafy suburbs, Johannesburg is a big beating heart of South Africa which encompasses a large CBD and smaller urban centres. The city boasts world class infrastructure, marvellous architecture of Victorian and Edwardian era, Africa’s tallest skyscraper, pulsating shopping scene, enormous attractions and enthralling nightlife.
From the much loved art galleries to myriad small, bustling bars, Johannesburg truly has something for all tastes. It undeniably embraces everything that makes Johannesburg holidays a pleasant affair. Here’s the sampling of top 5 attractions to see after catching cheap flights to Johannesburg.
Apartheid Museum is an absolute-see attraction for historical buffs catching flight to Johannesburg. The museum is a highly acclaimed all over the world and portrays the detailed history of South Africa. Museum enlightens one about the implementation of apartheid by the National Party from 1948, release of Nelson Mandela and the birth of democracy. Apartheid Museum is truly an evocative museum in South Africa. Film, text, audio and live accounts are used to provide insight into the architecture and execution of apartheid system. This museum is invaluable in understanding the inequalities and tensions that exist even today. A room with 121 nooses representing the 121 political prisoners executed during apartheid and a room dedicated to the 1976 Soweto student are among the major highlights of the museum.
Kruger National Park
Kruger National Park is a true testimony of South Africa’s wealth of wildlife. Strewn over 20,000 sq kilometres (7722 sq miles), the park boasts world’s highest concentration of species. This national park is undeniably a great reason to look for airlines that offer cheap air-tickets on flights to Johannesburg. Kruger National Park is the largest game reserve in South Africa and is home to cheetahs, leopards, lions, rhinos, wildebeest, buffalo, elephants, giraffes, antelope and impala. In addition to this, the remarkable cultural heritage sites and native rock art sites are also among the highlights of the park. Visitors can see the excavated remnants of a late Iron Age settlement at Thulamela Hill. And the village of Masorini is an ideal spot to understand how the hunter-gatherers lived in Stone Age.
Gold Reef City Theme Park and Casino
Gold Reef City is a popular hot spot among holidaymakers booking cheap flights to Johannesburg. It boasts an array of amazing amusement attractions and the exhilarating Casino complex. 60-table casino, the Globe Theatre and the Lyric Theatre are among the major draws of Gold Reef City. The casino stays open 24 hours a day and offers a countless variety of gaming with slots, tables, and sports betting. One can also catch the sight of an underneath gold mine and explore the fascinating surface and subterranean installations. Visitors can indulge in an array of restaurants, enjoy a ride, play the exciting games or experience a 4D movie.
Johannesburg Botanic Gardens
Set at the western shores of the Emmarentia Dam – Johannesburg Botanic Garden covers 148 hectares (365 acres) of hillside. This park is one of the tranquil spots in the city that features 30 000 trees, a large rose garden flaunting countless variety of roses. It has some of the excellent plant collections in the world which includes indigenous trees and succulents, and surprising collection of traditional African medicinal herbs, culinary, medicinal and cosmetic herbs. One can stroll in the pleasant ambiance and can relax for a day. And at night, cook the barbies in serene premises of the park.
Spanning over 54 hectares of land, Johannesburg Zoo is home to 2070 animals and countless species of white lions, polar bears, elephants, chimpanzees, gorillas, bat-eared foxes, hippos and antelope. It is the only place where travellers can have a close encounter with the largest cats in the world, the Siberian Tigers. The zoo is arranged in different zones like Spice Route for animals found in Asia; Heart of Africa for gorillas, chimpanzees and other central African species; Southern Safari houses local animals; camels, polar bears and penguins in extreme environments and Amazonia for animals of South America. One can explore the different zones of the zoo by availing the guided tours.