Johannesburg is the economic heart of South Africa. As the largest and richest city in South Africa, Johannesburg lifestyle is a fast-paced and hectic one.
Johannesburg accommodation is characteristically large, stylish, five star hotels (often set on sprawling properties); these Johannesburg hotels offer visitors some seclusion and peace in an otherwise frenetic city.
Many Southern African tours & safaris pass through Johannesburg, and the city’s international airport offers flights directly into all South African attractions, from coastal towns to safari reserves.
Cities of gold & Shanty Towns
No-one could have imagined the repercussions when an unemployed miner found a stone bearing traces of gold here in 1886, an event that led to the discovery of the world’s richest natural treasure trove.
People flocked to Johannesburg, South Africa from all ends of the earth, and the open pastoral landscape changed almost overnight. Shantytowns sprang up and were rapidly transformed into modern concrete cities. Johannesburg became ‘The Gold Capital of the World’, and South Africa was catapulted into an economic boom.
Today the shantytown remains, a vast and sprawling tin-roofed expanse that houses millions of extremely poor South African people. Astonishingly, the opulent and luxurious mansions of the rich are located less than a mile distant, behind high walls and razor wire. The obvious tension between rich and poor characterises Johannesburg, South Africa and finds expression in its very high crime rate.
Perceptions & Fact
Despite its sociological problems, which intimidate many people away from exploring Johannesburg, this major South African city is not to be written off as tourist destination.
For those interested in South Africa’s history and culture, Johannesburg offers fascinating museums. A thriving café culture and a thrumming nightlife exist in many of Johannesburg’s suburbs. Townships in Johannesburg, South Africa are also interesting to tour.