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Eco-friendly travel guide to Johannesburg advises how to be a responsible tourist. Learn how to explore the attractions in a sustainable way and how to respect the local people and culture. Make your trip green by supporting locally owned hotels, organic restaurants and other businesses. Read more on how to protect the environment by making conscientious choices and how to travel green in Johannesburg, South Africa.

city view, Johannesburg


  • Air quality: 3.7 / 5
  • Exploring by foot: 3.5 / 5
  • Exploring by bicycle: 3.8 / 5
  • Public transportation: 3.9 / 5
  • Parks: 4.6 / 5
  • Outdoor activities: 3.9 / 5
  • Locals' English level: 4.7 / 5
  • Safety: 3.6 / 5
  • Accommodation: US$23 - $179
  • Budget per day: US$30 - $208

Responsible Travel

  • Use water responsibly: The water situation in Johannesburg is sometimes wanting thus when we use the water resource here very efficiently, we would be doing a lot of justice to both this resource and the people. We can do so by closing the tap after we are done using it.
  • Engage in activities that aim to promote the livelihoods of locals: Many volunteering organizations here in Johannesburg are working hard to improve the living standards of people here. They are also working to save animals either lost or abandoned. When we contribute directly to these initiatives, our contributions will go a long way easing their activities.
  • Use public transport: When you use public transport to move around the city, you will be doing yourself and the environment a favor. The popular use of public transport usually minimizes traffic jams as there will be few vehicles in the city at the same time thus, reducing toxic exhaust emissions to the air. Also, you will be able to interact with locals and also appreciate the city more through Sightseeing tours.
  • Promote the local economy: When you buy souvenirs and artifacts here, you will be contributing to the living standards of local artists as well as the economy at large. You are advised to buy directly from the local markets so that the money goes directly to the local economy.


Air Quality and Pollution

The air quality in Johannesburg has continued to improve over time. The main threat to the air quality here in the city is the waste that creates foul smell into the air. The local authorities here have put in measures to try and curb illegal accumulation of waste. The waste situation in the country is quite under control although new challenges to the already put-in-place measures continue to emerge.in terms of pollution, solid waste constitutes a majority of the pollutants that are being generated.


Respect the Culture

South Africa has been known to be the most diverse country on the continent. A majority of the country's local population still live in poverty in informal settlements. The cultural beliefs and customs are highly upheld by these people despite influence from the western countries. South Africans living in urban areas speak English or Afrikaans in addition to their native languages. There exists a small group of Khoisan speakers who are not among the official languages in the re-known eleven official languages.

Literature has since time immemorial taken root in South Africa. One of the most popular novel writers was Solomon Thekiso Plaatje's Mhudi, a black author who wrote his novel in 1930. Among the white South African authors, Nadine Gordimer takes center stage. She was the seventh woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1991. Her novel was released in 1981.

Music in South Africa has continued to evolve as time has gone by. The majority of African artists who sang in English during apartheid have now embraced the traditional African languages, and have developed a unique style called Kwaito. One of the most re-known musicians in South Africa is Brenda Fassie, who rose to popularity with her song "Weekend Special", written and sang in English.


Top 10 Places to Visit

  • Emmarentia Dam: This dam is located in Emmarentia in Johannesburg, South Africa. It is comprised of several smaller dams. It measures 400 meters in length, 20 meters in height, and has a water surface covering 8.8 hectares. Towards the west of this dam, you will find a forest, a barbecue area, a tea room, the Johannesburg Botanical Garden, and a picnic area. The amazing stroll paths found here makes walking tours feel like an adventure. You will be able to enjoy stunning views of the Sandton and Rosebank, and the Melville Koppies.
  • The Carlton Centre: This 50 story building is located in Johannesburg CBD in South Africa. It is the second tallest building in the continent standing at a height of 223 meters. The dimensions for the foundations of this skyscraper are believed to measure 5 meters in diameter and 50 meters deep. Here, you will find many offices and business premises. There is also an underground shopping mall here which has more than 180 shops.
  • The Constitution Hill: It is located along 11 Kotze Street in Braamfontein in Johannesburg, South Africa. It is the principal headquarters of the Constitutional Court of South Africa. Initially, this hill was a fort then later converted into a prison which was famously known as Number Four. The initial prison was for white male prisoners. Later, between 1896 to 1899, Paul Kruger constructed the Old Fort to fight off the British colonialists. However, the British managed to colonize South Africa and even used this prison to jail Boer military leaders of the Anglo-Boer War.
  • The Johannesburg Zoo: This zoo is located in Johannesburg in South Africa. It covers a total area of 55 hectares. It was dedicated to offer accommodation, medical care, and husbandry services to more than 320 species of wild animals totaling up to 2,000 animals. It was commissioned in 1904 and is managed by the Johannesburg City Council. It has now been registered as a non-profit organization.
  • The Cradle of Humankind: This paleoanthropological site is situated in some few kilometers from the Johannesburg CBD in South Africa. It was acknowledged as a World Heritage Site in 1999 by UNESCO. It is listed as Fossil Hominid Sites of South Africa in the World Heritage list. It covers a total area of 47,000 hectares where you will find several limestone caves. In December 2005, Thabo Mbeki, the country's president at that time, commissioned the Maropeng Visitors Centre at the site.
  • Zoo Lake: It is located in Johannesburg in South Africa. It forms part of the Hermann Eckstein Park next to the Johannesburg Zoo. Here, you will find a feeder dam and a lower dam which is a bit larger than the feeder dam. Both dams are constructed in natural marshland. Several amazing activities that usually take place here are jogging, picnicking, canoeing, and even pet walking. There are several ducks and other water birds here in the lake. Be advised that you are highly discouraged to feed these birds. Several restaurants are found here where you can enjoy local delicacies. Some of the most important events that are held in this venue are the Carols by Candlelight events, the annual Jazz on the Lake festival, and the Artists under the Sun open air art exhibition.
  • The Johannesburg Botanical Garden: It is situated in Emmarentia suburbs in Johannesburg, South Africa. It was founded in 1964 where the grounds upon which the garden now stands was a rose garden. Expansion commenced in 1969 and now this botanical garden occupies a total area of 125 hectares. The Johannesburg City Parks council manages this garden. Rose flowers are grown in numbers here. This garden neighbors the Emmarentia Dam.
  • Montecasino: This casino complex is located in Johannesburg, South Africa. This complex was designed by Creative Kingdom Inc. This company is from America, and was later constructed by architects from the Bentel Associates International, which is a South African company. The total cost of constructing this complex is believed to be R1.6 billion. It was commissioned to the public in November 2000 and is among the most important attractions in the country. It was designed to mimic an ancient Tuscan village. The interior decor of this casino is truly amazing where the architects went an extra mile to decorate the ceiling by painting the sky's appearance on it. It is owned and operated by Tsogo Sun, which is a partnership between Tsogo Investments and the Southern Sun company.
  • Vilakazi Street: It is located in Soweto township in Johannesburg, South Africa. It is a very iconic street in the country as the first country's president, Nelson Mandela, and one of the most re-known archbishops in the country, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, lived along this street. Both Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu are Nobel Prize winners. One of the saddest events that occurred on this street was the assassination of Hector Peterson by local police in June 1976. This assassination happened during a students' strike. June 16th, the exact day of the assassination, is now usually celebrated as the Youth Day in the country. A museum and a memorial stand that were constructed in remembrance of Hector Peterson are also found at the edge of this street.
  • Lion & Safari Park: It is located in Johannesburg, South Africa. It is a conservation area for wild animals such as lions, cheetahs, wild dogs, antelopes, and even hyenas. It is situated inside the Cradle of Humankind. Initially, it was only a conservation area for lions before other wild animals were brought in. It covers a total area of 600 hectares. It is located a few kilometers from Pretoria and the Lanseria Airport. Various lion species are found here including the rare white lion. There is also an herbivore seclusion area where you will find giraffe, impala, zebra, warthog, blesbok, gemsbok, and wildebeest.
The Emmarentia Dam in Autumn as viewed from the Olifants Road Bridge


Explore

Johannesburg is located in South Africa. There are many attraction sites here where you can make memories of your stay here in the city. The Johannesburg Botanical Garden is one of the amazing attraction sites that you can find here in the city. You can also visit the museums here to learn about the history of the city and its people. You may also visit the amusement parks where you can relax and enjoy the surroundings. The traditional restaurants here are sure to offer you tasty local cuisines.


City Parks

  • Gold Reef City: This public park is located in Johannesburg, South Africa. It is situated on top of an old gold mine which ceased its operations in 1971. The theme of this park was inspired by the gold rush, which began in 1886. The buildings found here are constructed to replicate the gold rush period. A museum was constructed here to show the gold mining processes where you can even see an ore containing gold. Several shops are located within this park. Some of the amazing activities that you can engage in while in this park include roller coasters, water rides, and even gambling at the Gold Reef City Casino.


National Parks

  • Melville Koppies East: This national park is located in Johannesburg, South Africa. Here, you will be able to enjoy amazing scenery of the surrounding archeological sites and even the Joies. It is conveniently located inside the city. Be prepared to enjoy hiking as this national park has several hills which one cab have an amazing experience scaling them. The paths here in this park are clearly marked thus you no worry of getting lost here. Security has been beefed up here thus you can even enjoy by yourself during the day and may even take your pet for a walk here. It is usually open for 24 hours. You can get in touch with the management here using this number, +27 11 482 4797.
  • Rotary Park: It is located along Kloof Road in Johannesburg, South Africa. There are several picnic grounds where you can enjoy your picnic experience as you take in the amazing atmosphere created by the breathtaking surrounding landscape. Security is also ensured here as security personnel usually do their patrols here.


Beaches

Johannesburg city does not border any lake or sea or ocean thus it does not have a natural beach. However, this has not deterred the authorities here from coming up with a man-made beach which can enable both locals and foreigners have that feeling of being at a beach when they visit the city. The Albeit beach is situated on top of a rooftop. This beach was commissioned to the public in 2012 with the main stakeholders being Adam Levy, the property developer for Braamfontein and beer brand Grolsch. The vibrant night life at this beach is usually memorable. You will be required to pay an entry fee when you enter this beach. At the beach, you will find amazing soft white sand and several deck chairs. You will be able to enjoy breathtaking views of the Nelson Mandela Bridge. The mood here is usually lifted on Saturday afternoons as many locals usually come here and the house DJ entertains visitors with amazing music. Cocktails are also offered here. Some of the amazing drinks offered here include Moscow Mule, classic G&T among others.


Landmarks

  • Ponte City: This skyscraper is located in Berea in Johannesburg, South Africa. It was constructed in 1975 and rises to a height of 173 meters. It is a 55-story building making it the tallest residential building in the entire continent. It takes a cylindrical shape which is open at the top to allow additional natural light into the apartments. You will be able to enjoy amazing views of the city from here. It has a neon sign at the top which is believed to be the largest sign in the southern hemisphere. This sign usually advertises for big companies such as Coca-Cola and Vodacom.


Museums

  • The Apartheid Museum: It is located in Johannesburg, South Africa. It has exhibits which display the apartheid and history of the 20th century in South Africa. It is located in inside the Gold Reef City complex and was commissioned to the public in November 2001. Important events are usually held at this museum in celebration of the end of apartheid and introduction of multiracial democracy in South Africa. The first exhibit that you will see when you visit this museum is the Pillars of the Constitution exhibit. It is situated in the courtyard of this museum. Here, you will find seven pillars where each pillar represents one important value entombed in the constitution of South Africa. These values are democracy, reconciliation, respect, freedom, equality, responsibility, and diversity. Another exhibit that you will find at this museum is the Journeys exhibit. Here, you will see pictures of generations of people who arrived in Johannesburg in the aftermath of the discovery of gold in 1886. Racism was still very evident among these people. Interestingly, when you walk in this museum, the designs found here appear as if they will be walking in the same direction as you. The third exhibit that you will be able to see here is the Segregation exhibit. It displays the background of the official policy of segregation embraced by the union of South Africa which was founded in 1910. Blacks and white women were not permitted to vote under this policy.
  • The Nelson Mandela National Museum: It is also referred to as Mandela House. It is located along Vilakazi Street in Johannesburg, South Africa. It is believed to be the exact house that Nelson Mandela lived in from 1946 to 1962. It is located at the edge of Vilakazi and Ngakane streets. It is a few meters from the house of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. In September 1997, Nelson Mandela donated this house to the Soweto Heritage Trust, for which it was turned into a museum. In 1999, it was declared a National Heritage Site.
  • The Hector Pieterson Museum: It is situated in Johannesburg, South Africa. A few meters away, is the exact location where Hector Pieterson was assassinated in June 1976 during a students' strike. This museum was constructed in memory of him. You will also be able to learn about the events leading up to the anti-Apartheid Soweto Uprising which resulted in over 170 protesting school children being killed. At the museum, you will find videos, newspapers, pictures, and personal testimonials of events that took place during this uprising.
The entrance to the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg


Eat

Johannesburg has an array of restaurants where you are guaranteed to enjoy your meal which comprises both local and international cuisines. Vegetarian dishes are also available. Street snacks are also offered in plenty here in Johannesburg.


Traditional Local Restaurants

  • Pata: This restaurant is located in Johannesburg, South Africa. Here, you can be assured of enjoying African cuisines and amazing cocktails. There is adequate seating available here as both indoor and outdoor seating arrangements are available here. You will also be able to enjoy regular live entertainment with the bar present being a plus. The entrance is fitted with a modern wheelchair ramp. It is usually open all through the week from 8 am to 11 pm. You can get in touch with the management here using this number, +27 73 036 9031.
  • Africa Cuisine & Restaurant: Thus restaurant is located along Simmonds Street in Johannesburg. The menu offered here is very diverse as you will have a wide variety of delicacies to choose from. The meals here are expertly prepared and maintain its taste. The staff here is amazing and charming towards clients. The services that you will get here are fast and reliable. The meals are usually professionally presented. There is a bar on-site where you can enjoy a variety of drinks. There are also several slot machines where you can get entertained and even win if you are lucky. It is usually open all through the week from 10 am to 9 pm. You can get in touch with the management here using this number, +27 11 403 4400.
  • Mkhaya African Cuisine & Grill: This restaurant is located along 29 Rissik Street in Johannesburg, South Africa. You will be able to enjoy local cuisines that are offered here. The staff is charming and friendly towards clients. It is suited both for those who prefer to eat as individuals or in groups. It is also kid friendly. The entrance is fitted with a modern wheelchair ramp. It is usually open all through the week where from Monday to Friday it is open between 6 am to 8 pm, while on Saturdays it is open between 8 am to 8pm, and on Sundays it is open between 9 am to 4 pm. You can get in touch with the management here using this number, +27 76 776 8084.


Vegetarian and Vegan

  • Free Food: This restaurant is located along 5 Delta Road in Johannesburg, South Africa. The food here is expertly prepared and is professionally presented to customers. They have an open plan kitchen where customers will get to see how their food is prepared. The time and keenness put in preparing the food is totally worth it as the delicacy maintains its flavor and taste. Both the main dishes and desserts are all plant based. You will get to enjoy free Wi-Fi here. It is usually open from Monday to Friday between 8:30 am to 4 pm while it is closed over the weekends. You can get in touch with the management here using this number, +27 82 406 4699.
  • Fresh Earth Food Store: This restaurant is located along 103 Komatie Street in Emmarentia, Johannesburg, South Africa. The dishes prepared here are usually vegetarian thus they are usually very healthy. Both the main dishes and desserts are served in generous portions with the prices offered here being reasonable. The entrance is fitted with a modern wheelchair ramp. It is usually open all through the week where from Monday to Saturday it is open from 8 am to 5 pm while it is open between 8 am to 3 pm on Sundays. You can get in touch with the management here using this number, +27 11 646 4404.
  • Urbanologi: This restaurant is located along1 Fox Street in Johannesburg, South Africa. It is an Asian themed restaurant. It is located inside the Mad Giant brewery. It boasts about being the winner of the 2017 best designed restaurant and bar in Africa & Middle East at the international restaurant and bar design awards. Both the interior and exterior decor of this restaurant is amazing. It is usually crowded most of the time. You will get to enjoy amazing background music. The delicacies offered here are purely vegetarian. The management here organizes for events such as birthday parties, weddings, corporate parties, tour groups, and other events. There operating policy is quite different where from Monday to Wednesday, it is usually reserved for group bookings while between Thursday to Sunday, it is open to the public. The entrance has been fitted with a wheelchair ramp. You can get in touch with the management here using this number, +27 11 492 1399.


Street Food

  • Johnnys Roti: This street snack is usually loved by locals mostly teenagers. This delicacy is prepared using mutton curry and cheese. It is also famous in other cities other than Johannesburg such as Mowbray and Durban.
  • Bunny Chow: This delicacy is also loved by many locals. It is one of the most popular delicacies in the country. It is prepared using bread and curry. This delicacy is believed to have originated from the Durban Indian community. It is locally referred to as bunny. It can also found in Indian restaurants in Cape Town.
  • Smiley: Surprisingly, this dish is prepared using the sheep's head. However, it is tasty meat surrounding the skull of this head that counts. This dish has a history back to the apartheid period where blacks were forced to eat the heads of animals as their masters ate the rest. First, the heads are boiled then the fur is scrapped off using metal bars. The meat that remains is usually soft that people usually eat with bare hands.
  • Amagwinya: This street food is also known as Vetkoek. It is among the most famous street snacks in Johannesburg and the country at large. It is made in different styles and flavors where you have the opportunity to choose your preferred dish.
  • Walkie talkie: Interestingly enough, the name of this delicacy is used to refer to the head and feet of a chicken. Locals usually find this dish to be very tasty. It can either be prepared by boiling or braaing. They will be fried then later seasoned. Do not let the appearance fool you as this dish is very tasty.


Drink

  • Churchills Bar: This bar is located in Johannesburg in South Africa. You will have the opportunity to choose from a wide variety of cocktails that are offered here. The staff here is usually friendly and warmly welcomes customers. The service that you will receive here is usually fast and reliable. You will have a wide selection of wines and beers to choose from. You can get in touch with the management here using this number, +27 11 684 1040.
  • Kitchener's Carvery Bar: This bar is located along 71 Juta Street in Johannesburg, South Africa. It is housed by a building that was built in 1906. It is a vintage themed bar. The cocktails offered here are usually amazing. Snacks such as burgers are also offered here. The atmosphere here is usually electric as you will get to be entertained by the house DJs. You will get to choose from a wide variety of wines and beers. It is usually open all through the week from 12 pm to 12 am. You can get in touch with the management here using this number, +27 11 403 0166.


Tap-water

Although many locals believe that the faucet water here in Johannesburg maybe safe to drink, it is advisable that you buy bottled water from vendors who practice high levels of hygiene. As we cannot measure the microbial content of water with our eyes, the only time it is acceptable to drink tap water is when you have mixed it with water purification tablets or boiled it.


Organic Cafés

  • The Gourmet Grocer: This Cafe is located at the junction of St Andrew Street and Wrenrose Avenue in Johannesburg, South Africa. The menu offered here is quite diverse as the delicacies available are of different types and origins. Adequate seating arrangement is available here. Some of the delicacies offered here are also children-friendly. Beer and wine is also available here. The entrance is fitted with a wheelchair ramp. It is usually open all through the week where from Monday to Friday, it is open between 7 am to 6 pm, while it is open between 8 am to 4 pm over the weekend. You can get in touch with the management here using this number, +27 11 442 6965.


Breweries

  • MAD GIANT Brewery: This brewery is located along 1 Fox Street in Johannesburg, South Africa. They usually craft their own beers here. They usually sell their beer locally and even internationally. It is open to the public. The management here can also organize for birthday parties, end year parties, and other events. You can get in touch with the management here using this number, +27 11 492 0901.

The other brewery that is located in Johannesburg is the 400 Brewing Company. You can get in touch with the management of this brewery using the number, +27 61 421 7340.


Activities

Johannesburg is located in South Africa. There are many attraction sites here where you can make memories of your stay here in the city. The Johannesburg Botanical Garden is one of the amazing attraction sites that you can find here in the city. You can also visit the museums here to learn about the history of the city and its people. You may also visit the amusement parks where you can relax and enjoy the surroundings. The traditional restaurants here are sure to offer you tasty local cuisines.


Yoga and Retreats

  • The Yoga Centre: This yoga center is located along 37 Beryl Street in Johannesburg, South Africa. They usually offer boxing yoga sessions which relax the body and mind. They aim to enable one to channel the energy in the body to the mind to achieve inner calmness. You can get in touch with the management here using this number, +27 79 859 5714.


Accommodation

  • Villa Simone: It is situated in Houghton in Johannesburg, South Africa. It is a vintage themed residence which is easily accessed from the M1 highway in the country. It is located along the Gautrain bus route. Each room is themed in accordance with one major city in the world. Amenities that guests will get to enjoy here include free Wi-Fi, a garden, a pool terrace, a games room, a sauna, a bar, and an amphitheater. The rooms are fitted with a refrigerator, a microwave, and a kettle. Guests will get to enjoy an a-la-carte breakfast here every morning. Other meals such as lunch and dinner are also available here. The management here can also arrange for themed events such as private house parties, weddings, and even corporate events. Airport transfer services are offered on demand. Popular points of interest located close to this property include the Johannesburg Zoo, the Zoo Lake, Killarney Mall, Villa Simone, and the Houghton Golf Club.
  • 130 Market: It is located in Johannesburg, South Africa. Amenities that guests will get to enjoy here include free Wi-Fi, a garden, a shared lounge area, a bar, and ample private parking. The rooms here are fitted with a refrigerator and an electric kettle. Guests will have the opportunity to choose between an English or an Irish breakfast that is offered here every morning. There is a children's playground available here at this accommodation facility. The management arranges for a paid shuttle service here. Popular points of interest located close to this property include the Montecasino which is located 3.1 miles away, the Sandton City Mall is 8.1 miles away, and the Lanseria International Airport which is located 8.1 miles from this property.
  • Rosebank Accommodation: It is situated in Rosebank in Johannesburg, South Africa. The rooms here are fitted with a flat-screen TV, a lounge area, a dining area, a kitchen area, a dishwasher, a toaster, a microwave, an electric kettle, a refrigerator, and an oven. A shared bathroom is available here. Grocery delivery services are also offered here. Popular points of interest located close to this property include the Rosebank Gautrain Station which is located a few meters away, the Zoo Lake which is located 1.2 miles away, the War Museum which is located 1.3 miles away, and the O.R. Tambo International Airport which is located12 miles from this property.


Green Hotels

The Peech. It is located in Johannesburg, South Africa. This boutique hotel has put in measures that minimize any negative impact it might have on the environment. The management here has set up a recycling center to handle all the waste that is produced from this hotel. They Ave even installed solar panels that generate clean energy that is used for water heating. This hotel also gives back to the community by supporting several community institutions such as the Little Eden and Pack for a Purpose organization.


Hostels and Guest Houses

  • GFK Cresta Guest House: This guesthouse is situated in Johannesburg, South Africa. Amenities that guests will get to enjoy here include free Wi-Fi, a garden, a shared lounge area, and free private parking. The rooms here are fitted with a shared kitchen area and personal bathrooms. Popular points of interest located close to this property include the Sandton City Mall which is located 6.8 miles away, the Johannesburg Stadium which is located 7.5 miles away, the Apartheid Museum which is located 8.7 miles away, the Gold Reef City Casino which is located 8.7 miles away, the Montecasino which is located 11 miles away, and the Lanseria International Airport which is located 15 miles from this property.
  • Rosebank Hostel: This hostel is situated in Rosebank district in Johannesburg, South Africa. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the entire complex. The rooms here are fitted with a lounge area, a shared kitchen area, and a communal terrace. Both personal and shared bathrooms are available here depending on the room you choose. 24-hour reception services are available here with airport shuttle services being offered at an additional charge. Popular points of interest located close to this property include the Rosebank Mall which is located 0.6 miles away, the Hyde Park Shopping Center which is located 1.1 miles away, the Wanderers Golf Club which is located 1.5 miles away, the Melrose Arch which is located 3.2 miles away, and the O.R. Tambo International Airport which is located 22 miles from this property.
  • Alimop Guesthouse: It is located in Johannesburg, South Africa. Amenities that guests will get to enjoy here include free Wi-Fi, a garden, a shared lounge area, and private ample parking. The rooms here are fitted with a flat-screen TV, a lounge area, a work desk, and a personal bathroom. Guests will get to enjoy a buffet breakfast offered here every morning. Services offered here include 24-hour reception services and airport shuttle services. Popular points of interest located close to this property include the Sandton City Mall which is located 5 miles away, the Montecasino which is located 6.2 miles away, the Johannesburg Stadium which is located 9.9 miles away, the Gold Reef City Casino which is located 12 miles away, the Apartheid Museum which is located13 miles away, and the Lanseria International Airport which is located 12 miles from this guest house.
  • Accoustix Backpackers Hostel: This hostel is situated in the suburb of Blair Gowrie in Johannesburg, South Africa. There is a barbecue area and a bar on-site. The rooms here are fitted with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities. Games that you can engage in while at this hostel include pool, darts, and table tennis. At the bar, live music events are usually held on a weekly basis. Services offered here include 24-hour reception services and airport shuttle services offered at an extra charge. The Lanseria International Airport is located 16 miles from this hostel.
  • [email protected]: It is situated in Johannesburg, South Africa. Amenities that guests will get to enjoy here include free Wi-Fi, a garden, a terrace, a shared lounge area, free ample parking, a restaurant, and a bar on-site. The rooms here are fitted with a work desk, a wardrobe, and a personal bathroom. Guests will have the opportunity to choose between an English or an Irish or a à la carte breakfast offered here every morning. Popular points of interest located close to this property include the Sandton City Mall which is located 5.6 miles away, the Montecasino which is located 5.6 miles away, the Johannesburg Stadium which is located 11 miles away, the Lanseria International Airport which is located 11 miles away, and the Gold Reef City which is located 13 miles from this property.
  • Corgi Guest House: This guest house is situated in Johannesburg, South Africa. Amenities that guests will get to enjoy here include a garden, an outdoor swimming pool, a shared lounge area, a terrace, and free ample parking. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the entire complex. The rooms here have a shared kitchen area. Services offered here include 24-hour reception services and airport shuttle services. You will find a hairdresser and a business center on-site. Popular points of interest located close to this property include Montecasino which is located 3.7 miles away, the Lanseria International Airport which is located 8.1 miles away, the Sandton City Mall which is located 11 miles away, and the Apartheid Museum which is located 19 miles from this guest house.
  • Johannesburg Youth Hostel: This hostel is located in Johannesburg, South Africa. Amenities that guests will get to enjoy here include a garden, an outdoor swimming pool, a terrace, and a shared lounge area. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the entire complex. Barbecue facilities are also available on-site. The rooms here have a shared kitchen area. You will get to enjoy 24-hour reception services with the management here organizing sightseeing tours for guests. Airport shuttle services are also offered here at an extra charge. Popular points of interest located close to this property include the Sandton City Mall which is located 3.7 miles away, the Montecasino which is located 6.2 miles away, the Johannesburg Stadium which is located 9.3 miles away, and the Lanseria International Airport which is located 12 miles from this hostel.


Apartments

  • Sandton Executive Suites - Hydro Park: It is located in Johannesburg, South Africa. Amenities that guests will get to enjoy here include a garden, an outdoor swimming pool, and barbecue facilities. The units here are fitted with a satellite TV, a lounge area, a dining area, a fully-equipped kitchen, a washing machine, a hair dryer, and a personal bathroom. Free Wi-Fi is available in each unit. There are several restaurants located in the surroundings where you can enjoy local delicacies. Popular points of interest located close to this property include the Wanderers Stadium, the Nelson Mandela Square, Gautrain Sandton Station, the Village Walk Shopping Center, and the OR Tambo International Airport.
  • Marriott Executive Apartments: These apartments are located in Johannesburg, South Africa. Amenities that guests will get to enjoy here include a garden, a sun terrace, and a restaurant on-site. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the entire complex. The units here come fitted with a satellite flat-screen TV, a work desk, a lounge area, a kitchen area, a microwave, a dish washer, ironing facilities, a hairdryer, and a personal bathroom. Guests will have the opportunity to choose between an English or an Irish or vegetarian breakfast that is offered here every morning. Popular points of interest located close to this property include the Sandton City Mall which is located 3.1 miles away, the Johannesburg Stadium which is located 5.6 miles away, and the O.R. Tambo International Airport which is located 16 miles from this property.
  • The Residency Jellicoe: It is located in Johannesburg, South Africa. Guests will get to relax and enjoy the beautiful garden found here. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the complex with free private parking being a plus. The units here are fitted with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a lounge area, a kitchen area, a microwave, an oven, a toaster, a dishwasher, and an electric kettle. Room services are available every day with laundry services being provided at an extra charge. Popular points of interest located close to this property include the Rosebank Mall which is located several meters away, the Zoo Lake which is located 1.6 miles away, and the O.R. Tambo International Airport which is located 14 miles from this property.


Couchsurfing

Locals here have happily embraced couch surfing. The locals here realize how important the revenue that tourists bring in to the city is and thus, they are more than willing to ensure that these tourists have a peaceful and enjoyable stay here. Some have enrolled in Couch surfing websites where they can link with potential visitors across the world and agree on how to meet once they get into the city.


Camping

  • Portlock: This campsite is situated in Johannesburg, South Africa. Campers will get to enjoy free ample parking on-site. Amenities found here include a garden and a terrace. Campers will get to enjoy a continental breakfast that is offered here every morning. Popular points of interest located close to this campsite include the Sandton City Mall which is located 2.7 miles away, the Johannesburg Stadium which is located 4.3 miles away, and the O.R. Tambo International Airport which is located 8.7 miles from this campsite.


How to Get There

Johannesburg is located in South Africa. It is among the most developed cities in the country. The transport infrastructure in this city is highly developed. You can access Johannesburg by air, through the OR Tambo International Airport and the Lanseria Airport. You can also take one of the coaches that head to Johannesburg.


Air

OR Tambo International Airport. This airport is located in Johannesburg, South Africa. It usually serves both regional and some international destinations. Many international airlines usually operate from this airport including smaller aircrafts.

Lanseria Airport. This airport is located in Johannesburg, South Africa. It usually serves aircrafts that mostly operate between Cape Town, Durban, and Johannesburg.

OR Tambo International Airport


Bus

Gautrain coaches offers transportation services in the suburbs of Johannesburg, South Africa. Gautrain bus stations are situated in various points within the CBD. In order for you to be able to travel by this bus, you will be required to purchase a Swift Card or a contactless bank card. You will be able to see all the bus routes and travel timetables at each Gautrain bus station. The management here has also developed an app that will help passengers keep track of bus operations. You can get in touch with the management here using this number, +27 10 223 1098.

Bus on the way from Lilongwe to Johannesburg


Train

Train transport in Johannesburg is facilitated by the Gautrain, which has a shiny-gold appearance. It usually operates from Johannesburg to nearby districts such as Sandton and Rosebank. It also accesses important areas such as the O.R. Tambo International Airport and also Pretoria and beyond. You are also advised to purchase a Swift Card at any train station, then top it up with money and use it to pay for your transport. You are advised to access their website which is gautrain.co.za, to be able to know their timetable operations.


Hitchhiking

Majority of the motorists here have embraced hospitality and are more than willing to take you at least close to your destination if not directly to your stop. You will need to indicate with a hand signal upon which you will be able to hitch a ride.


Others

Many of the places in Johannesburg are designed to travel by car more than walking. However, some of the areas in the city usually come alive during the day making walking not as tiresome and boring like when walking during the night. Areas such as Parkhurst, Braamfontein, and Melville usually have that vibrant atmosphere during the day. You are advised to be very cautious of your valuables when walking. For some area such as Joubert Park, Hillbrow, Yeoville, and Berea, you are advised to seek a local guide to help you navigate these areas.


Moving Around

Taxis are also another famous mode of transport to use to move around in Johannesburg. The most dominant taxi company in the city is the Uber taxi company. It begun its operations in 2014 and has become one of the most preferred mode of transport in the city. Aspects of it that make it most beloved by most commuters is because it is fast, reliable, and very safe. The prices offered are also very reasonable. The Bolt taxi company usually offers lower prices than Uber but has not really satisfied its customers.


Walk

Walking is the most environmentally friendly way to travel. The improved infrastructure and the amazing terrain of Johannesburg make this venture an easy and enjoyable experience. The authorities have installed pavements in majority of the roads to enable people to walk safely.


Bicycle

The local authority of Johannesburg has been working round the clock to improve the road networks in the country. This has in turn made cycling in the country easier more fun. You can now cycle for long distances while you are in Johannesburg.


Electronic Vehicles

The Grid Cars company has taken over the electronic vehicle industry in Johannesburg, South Africa, by storm. It was founded in 2009. It is the biggest Electric Vehicle Charging Service Equip (EVSE) in the country. Johannesburg has already incorporated electric vehicles into their transport sector. The city portrays great potential for expansion as it is highly contributed by diverse variety of electric vehicles that are ring brought into the country and the growing public charging network.


Public Bus

Gautrain coaches offers transportation services in the suburbs of Johannesburg, South Africa. Gautrain bus stations are situated in various points within the CBD. In order for you to be able to travel by this bus, you will be required to purchase a Swift Card or a contactless bank card. You will be able to see all the bus routes and travel timetables at each Gautrain bus station. The management here has also developed an app that will help passengers keep track of bus operations. You can get in touch with the management here using this number, +27 10 223 1098.


Tram, Train and Subway

Train transport in Johannesburg is facilitated by the Gautrain, which has a shiny-gold appearance. It usually operates from Johannesburg to nearby districts such as Sandton and Rosebank. It also accesses important areas such as the O.R. Tambo International Airport and also Pretoria and beyond. You are also advised to purchase a Swift Card at any train station, then top it up with money and use it to pay for your transport. You are advised to access their website which is gautrain.co.za, to be able to know their timetable operations.


Sustainable Shopping

The fashion industry in Johannesburg is booming. Clothing designers are aiming to take the design industry to a new level by introducing cloths that produce zero waste upon completion of their half-life. They are showcasing cloth making materials that have very minimal effect to the environment. They are doing this through fashion galas.


Food Markets

Melville Food and Farmers Market. This market is located in Johannesburg, South Africa. Here, you will be able to purchase homemade food substances and spices. They include sauces, jams, lemonades, and artisanal breads. It is usually only opened on Saturday from 9 am to 1:30 am. You can get in touch with the management here using this number, +27 82 730 3109.


Flea Markets

  • Rosebank Sunday Market: This market is located along 50 Bath Avenue in Johannesburg, South Africa. Here, you will be able by amazing products and souvenirs. These products include home decor, antiques, and even gifts. There are many stores that advertise their products. The vendors here are very friendly and willing to bargain. The most interesting store is a Bear Cub Fip store which has amazing decor and gifts. It is usually open only on Sunday from 9 am to 4 pm. You can get in touch with the management here using this number, +27 72 243 8582.
  • Weekend Market Jhb: This market is located along 1 Rifle Range Road in Johannesburg, South Africa. It is a very interesting market. Various products that are put on offer are worth buying. The most outstanding attraction here are the fun activities that are available. For children, they can have fun at the playground here which has amazing rides and several outdoor swimming pools. For adults, there is a braai available here and also drinks are offered here. The prices offered are quite reasonable. The toilets found here are regularly cleaned. You can get in touch with the management here using this number, 021 437 3003.


Second Hand Stores

  • Second Hand Clothing: This shop is located along Appolonia Street in Johannesburg, South Africa. Here, you will be able to buy used cloths both for men and women. Accessories can also be found here. You can get in touch with the management here using this number, +27 11 618 2050.
  • Bounty Hunters Charity Shop: This shop is located along 4th Avenue in Melville, Johannesburg in South Africa. You will be able to purchase a wide variety of products. The staff here is charming and very friendly towards clients. The service that you will receive here is fast and reliable. The host here has achieved perfection in arrangement thus everything can be easily accessed. You can get in touch with the management here using this number, +27 11 482 6094.


Eco-Fashion

The eco-fashion industry in Johannesburg has taken a turn for the better. Several brands are beginning to bring in their environmentally friendly products into this market so as to promote the need for consumers to focus on purchasing these products.


Recycling

The recycling industry in the city has received a major boost from both the local and national government to expand its operations. Some locals have even employed themselves in this venture where they collect recyclable wastes such as metal and plastics then they sell them to recycling companies.


Waste

Johannesburg is already a developed city thus it will continue to attract many people with time. A place which has a high concentrated population means that a lot of waste will be produced from here. The local authorities have put in measured to ensure that they handle all the waste that is produced from the various waste generation points in the city such as homesteads and markets.


Work and Study Abroad

WWF South Africa Johannesburg Office. This is a non-profit organization located in Johannesburg, South Africa. This organization works to utilize the earth's capability in providing food, water, clean energy, and inspiration. They aim at preserving the environment and its natural resources. Their office is usually open from Monday to Friday between 8 am to 5 pm while it is closed over the weekends. You can get in touch with the management here using this number, +27 11 339 1152.

International Finance Corporation. This organization is conveniently located in Johannesburg' s CBD. The buildings found here are amazing. The roads leading to this office are well paved. The staff here is friendly and professionally interacts with clients. You can get in touch with the management here using this number, +27 11 731 3000.


Exchange Student

  • The University of Johannesburg: This public university is situated in Johannesburg in South Africa. It was established in January 2005. It came into formation after the merge of the Technikon Witwatersrand, the Rand Afrikaans University, and the Soweto and East Rand campuses of Vista University. Before this merge, the Soweto and Daveyton campuses were under the Rand Afrikaans University. The first Vice Chancellor of this university was Prof Ihron Lester Rensburg who served from 2005 to 2017.
  • Central Johannesburg College (CJC): This institution of higher learning is located in Johannesburg, South Africa. It was established in September 2001. The minister for education at that time, Kader Asmal, made changes to boost the college education in the country. This enabled these institutions to sought out a more diverse student population.
  • The University of the Witwatersrand: This university is located in Johannesburg, South Africa. It is a public research institution. It is located towards the north of the city. It is mostly inspired by mining in the region. It was established in 1896, initially as the South African School of Mines in Kimberly. It is among the oldest universities in the country that are still operational.


Au Pair

Many locals on Johannesburg flock the city center in search of nanny jobs from those living in high end estate in the city. These individuals living in the upper social class have often preferred having a local as their nanny. However, foreigners can also apply for this job.


Volunteering

Door of Hope. This volunteering organization is located in Johannesburg, South Africa. It is often a home for abandoned babies. The management here works to reunite these babies with their families. Adoption services are also provided by this organization. The process of enrolling into this program as a volunteer is not easy since small children are involved. However, if you succeed to fully enroll here, you will get the opportunity to work directly with the children here. Foreigners are also encouraged to apply as volunteers to this program. You will get to feed them and also play with them. You can get in touch with the management here using this number, +27 11 432 2797.

Johannesburg Dream Center. It is located in Johannesburg, South Africa. Volunteers will get to enjoy spreading joy to people's hearts by doing amazing things for them. They include marketing, voluntary grocery shopping, to packaging of gifts during Christmas. You can get in touch with the management here using this number, +27 81 402 8576.

Animal Anti-Cruelty League. This volunteering organization is located in Johannesburg, South Africa. This organization is aimed at fighting for animal rights. Volunteers are highly encouraged to join this venture to make it a success. You will get to interact with animals and other people at a more personal level. You can also participate in some of the skilled opportunities such as event organizing, fundraising, and event marketing. You can get in touch with the management here using this number, +27 11 435 0672.

Kids Haven. This childrens home is located in Johannesburg, South Africa. It was established in 1992 to provide a haven for the homeless children in the area. The hosts ere work with local communities to reunite these children with their families. Volunteers are highly encouraged to enroll for this program. Some of the activities that you will get to engage in here include supplying food, helping children with their homework, and even working in a charity shop. You can get in touch with the management here using this number, +27 11 421 4222.

South African National Council for the Blind. This organization is situated Johannesburg, South Africa. As a volunteer here, you will get to work directly with blind people where you will get to interact with them and learn from each other. You will be working in teams to make this venture easier and more interactive. You will get to assist in raising funds, engaging in excursions, creating awareness among other activities. You can get in touch with the management here using this number, +27 12 452 3811.

The Sandton SPCA. This organization is situated Johannesburg, South Africa. The hosts here work to reunite lost pets with their owners. Volunteers here will get to engage in fun activities such as feeding these animals and taking care of them. They usually carry out a dog walking experience every Saturday between 9 am to noon. You can get in touch with the management here using this number, +27 11 444 7730.


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