Johannesburg is South Africa’s largest city, but there’s so much more here than a typical sprawling metropolis. This is a destination with a rich art and music scene, and the local culture is always warm and welcoming. The Apartheid Museum will give you a glimpse into South Africa’s volatile past, while Lion Park showcases the rich African wildlife. Montecasino is the perfect stop if you’re feeling lucky. Whatever you decide to do, you’re sure to have a memorable holiday here.
Music for the People: Arts Alive Festival
Johannesburg is a city of music, and there’s no better opportunity to experience this side of the city than at the Arts Alive Festival. Taking place each September, this lively festival gives you the unique opportunity to soak up some of the best of Johannesburg’s rich and diverse musical culture. Most of the official performances take place in Newtown, but there are countless offshoots of the festival, so you’ll find live music throughout the city. If you’re a music fan, or you’re just looking for the real Johannesburg, this is a great opportunity.
Above the Rest: Get a View from Top of Africa
There’s one place in Johannesburg that will give you a view that tops any other. Top of Africa is a viewing platform on the 50th floor of the Carlton Center, the tallest building in South Africa. Located in the city’s Central Business District, Top of Africa gives you incredible views of Johannesburg and the landscape beyond. It’s an impressive panorama you’ll want to capture with your camera. There’s also a restaurant and a mall inside the building, so you can easily make a day of it.
Archaeology and Adventure: The Sterkfontein Caves
If you’re looking for a fun day-trip, just an hour outside Johannesburg you’ll find the Sterkfontein Caves, a world-famous network of caves where many fossils and other archaeological treasures have been found. This is a unique tourist attraction that has been recently updated to include a restaurant, modern walkways and signs, so you’ll have all the guidance you need to fully explore the caves at your leisure. This is a great way to get out of Johannesburg for a unique change of pace, and change of temperature, as the caves are cooler than the sun-baked city.