Johannesburg, South Africa’s very own concrete jungle, is a busy blend of colour and commotion. Nicknamed the ‘City of Gold’ (because of its past as a mining mecca), Johannesburg is both the economic hub of the country and an exemplary model of the ‘modern African city’. In fact: Joburg’s city limits has swelled so much that it is now virtually connected to neighbouring Pretoria!
Nowhere is Johannesburg’s work-hard-play-hard attitude more evident than in affluent Sandton. Not only is Africa’s richest square mile (as Sandton’s commonly known) home to the Johannesburg Stock Exchange but it also boasts one of Africa’s largest shopping centres: Sandton City. Here you can shop yourself fabulous at high-end boutiques and big-brand stores, or dine in top-notch dishes to match your exacting taste. In the mood for something more low-key? Sip on craft beers or shop for street-style fashion in Maboneng, the city’s oh-so-edgy hipster hotspot.
For all its flash and cash, Johannesburg hasn’t forgotten its roots. The moving Apartheid Museum is an absolute must for anyone passing through the city. If you want to discover more about South Africa’s tumultuous past, head to the blooming township of Soweto and pay a visit to the Hector Pietersen Museum or Nelson Mandela’s former home on Vilakazi Street.
- South Africa’s business capital and home to the Johannesburg Stock Exchange
- Sandton City will delight any shopper with its wide range of high-end stores
- O.R. Tambo International Airport is the largest airport on the continent
- Delve into South Africa’s tumultuous past at the Apartheid Museum, the Hector Pietersen Museum, or Nelson Mandela’s old home on Vilakazi Street in Soweto