The people are diverse, the streets are narrow, filled with high rise buildings built dating back to the mid 1900’s, it’s described as Africa’s powerhouse city, it’s trendy, busy, modern and prosperous, Johannesburg is South Africa’s biggest city and the capital of Gauteng province. It began as a 19th-century gold-mining settlement and today, South Africa's commercial, financial, industrial, and mining undertakings take place in Johannesburg. The 1900s brought along with it the introduction of many different architectural styles and structures that can be admired at places such as The Johannesburg Art Gallery and Supreme Court Building.
It is home to the Soweto township which was once home to Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu, two of South Africa’s most renowned leaders. The two actually lived on the same street, Vilakazi Street, and are the only nobel peace prize winners to have lived on the same street.
With its beginnings in street art, Maboneng has developed into a vibrant collaborative hub of culture, business and lifestyle that attracts curiosity, promotes the feeling of urban togetherness and is waiting to be explored! Maboneng Precinct is Jozi’s funkiest destination on the eastern side of the city's business district. Retail stores, entertainment venues and restaurants mixed with residential, office and industrial spaces that appeal to a wide variety of people and businesses and of course, the memorable street art on display.
Although being a busy, business-based urban city, Johannesburg has many cultural activities to watch/ take part in, it is home to more than 40 art galleries and many theatres. There are lovely parks and gardens to explore, Johannesburg Botanical Garden, located in the suburb of Emmarentia, is a popular park. Jozi, as the people prefer to call it, offers a brilliant array of options of everything from accommodation to car rental, restaurants, entertainment, shopping and casinos. Special events from expos to concerts to festivals or exhibitions, there is always something happening in Jozi! And the nightlife is vibrant and constantly on-the-go, with many superb venues that allow you to let your hair down. And let’s not forget, Johannesburg is also one of the premium shopping destinations in Africa, with access to your favorite international brands but locally crafted items too, at places like Sandton city Sandton City is situated in the affluent area of Sandton, and is one of it’s main attractions.
Sandton City, together with Nelson Mandela Square, the centre, with some 144,000 m2 of shopping space, is one of the largest in the Southern Hemisphere. Much of Johannesburg's business tourism is centred in Sandton, which has a number of renowned 5-star hotels such as the The Michelangelo, The Hilton Hotel, The Radisson and Sandton Sun and the Protea brands.
You could even hop on a Red Bus Tour and explore the city from the roof of a shiny red sightseeing bus, or three wheel through Jozi on a traditional e-tuk-tuk, its environmentally friendly! Or rediscover the city in a unique way, by hiring a bicycle and cycle through the busy and diverse city!