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Johannesburg - A fine amalgamation of tradition and modernity

By Carlton Leisure - 30/08/2014


Johannesburg or Jo'burg is one of the most popular South Africa. The city which has been the commercial heart of the country from centuries is fast changing its skyscape with addition of new lofty apartments and other symbols of modernity. It’s the place where a common south African go make a career or eke out a living. The city that was once plagued by crime and unplanned growth is brimming with new energy and enthusiasm. Perhaps it is why travellers from around the world are flying to Johannesburg to explore its tourism potentials and be a witness to transformation of this city. Here we turn spotlight on major tourists attractions in Johannesburg.

Apartheid Museum

Those interested to see segregation and oppression in South Africa must visit the Apartheid museum. The museum showcases film, text and audio to show the apartheid system. The locals struggles for democracy are also showcased.

South African National Museum of Military History

The museum offers an opportunity to know about South Africa’s military history and arm and ammunition. Some rare ME 262 jet fighters from WW2 are also on display. A South African built G6 self propelled, 155mm howitzer is also on display here.

Absa Money Museum

The city of Johannesburg is an ideal destination for museum lovers as it is home to several big and small museums. Absa Money Museum is one such museum that showcases several forms currencies used in South African history that includes cowrie shells, Venetian glass beads and gold coins recovered from sunken ships.

Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens

Apart from museums this south African city is also home to cavernous green spaces. Situated in heart of the city Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens with several bird species is highly frequented by travellers who are looking for an escape from bustling city. There is a restaurant situated adjacent to park where you can have snacks and coffee.

Constitution Hill

Situated on the eastern edge of Braamfontein, Constitution Hill serves in various capacities - courtroom, prison and art gallery. The museum is set around the Fort Prison.

Mary Fitzgerald Square

Situated in the heart of the city, the square is named after first female trade unionist of the country. Besides being one of the busiest squares in the city the place also hosts several annual events. The square should be part of your Johannesburg visit.


The city is also famous for its shopping option as it offers a good mix of traditional and modern shopping. One can shop traditional handicrafts, visit flea market or shop designer labels at several shopping malls situated here.