15 Best Things to Do in Johannesburg

Written by Ian Packham
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Here I use my expert knowledge of South Africa to highlight the best things to do in Johannesburg. It’s a city which took me some time to love, but look beyond its obvious problems and you’ll find a vibrant forward-facing city packed with attractions just as I did.

Johannesburg, Jo’burg, Jozi, eGoli. Call it what you will, the reputation of South Africa’s biggest city won’t have passed you by. But high crime rates – now thankfully on the turn – aren’t the end of the city’s story.

Plus, as the site of the country’s primary international airport, there’s a good chance you’ll end up in Johannesburg at least overnight. It would be a real shame to waste that time locked up in a hotel in one of the city suburbs.

Born out of the discovery of gold in 1896, Johannesburg fell into decline with the ‘white flight’ of the transition between apartheid and m