Johannesburg is the largest city in South Africa, and also the trade and communication centre for whole Africa. It is a popular tourist’s destination, and has many attractions. Johannesburg attractions range from both cultural and historic exhibitions to fun family outings and interesting displays of local innovation and productivity. Whatever your reasons for visiting, Johannesburg attractions have something for every one.
Major tourist’s attractions are; Gold Reef City, Newtown Cultural Precinct, Johannesburg Zoo, SAB World of Beer, Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens, Melville, The Apartheid Museum, Constitution Hill, Hector Pieterson Memorial Site and Museum, Market Theatre, Johannesburg Art Gallery. Other attractions include; Agfa Theatre on the Square, Bensusan Museum, Bruma Lake, Camouflage, Carlton Panorama, Cinema Nouveau, French Institute of South Africa, Funny Farm (The), Globe Theatre, Goodhope Entertainment Centre, Goodman Gallery (The), Hurricanes Action Bar, Hyde Park Nu Metro, Johannesburg Civic Theatre (The), Johannesburg Youth Theatre,
Johannesburg Zoo, Killarney Mall Nu Metro, Kultcha Klub, Linder Auditorium.
A few among major attractions are described below;
Gold Reef City:
This is a theme park full of thrill rides; this entertainment complex was designed to be a re-creation of Victorian Johannesburg during the gold-rush era. It has gold Mines, during its production period 1,400 tons of gold came out of its shafts. Visitors can watch gold being poured and minted here. Gold Reef City also houses a number of museums, restaurants, bars, a massive casino, and a Victorian hotel for those wanting to stay the night. Youngsters also have the opportunity of enjoying the rides like the Anaconda roller coaster and Thunder Mountain River Rapids at golden Reef City.
The Johannesburg Zoo houses more than 3,000 species of animal, including polar bears. Visitors like to view polar bear underwater in their pool. It is a favorite place for visitors as well as locals because of its large variety of animal species. If you can’t fancy walking, a tractor-tram does circuits of the zoo. The Museum of Military History On the eastern edge of the zoo has some interesting exhibits of tanks, fighter aircraft and submarines.
The Apartheid Museum:
The Apartheid Museum is situated near Gold Reef City. This area discriminates whites from non whites, which banned non-whites from certain areas and from receiving an education, as well as forbidding interracial relationships.
Market Theatre is a Johannesburg’s famous entertainment complex. It offers live theatre venues, bookshops, galleries and restaurants, as well as a flea market on Saturdays. Near Market Theater is Museum Africa, which showcases the lives and cultures of the South African people.