If You Only Have Three Days in Jozi
Collected by Justin Lee, AFAR Local Expert
See Soweto, experience Jozi's nightlife, and be sure to stop and smell the flowers (at the rose garden).
Chris Hani Rd, Klipspruit 318-Iq, Johannesburg, 1809, South Africa
100m up, where the wind catches your hair and you suddenly get this uneasy feeling at the bottom of your stomach... this is where you'll get one of the craziest views out over Soweto and Johannesburg. A few deep breaths and a couple of safety...
Soweto, Johannesburg, 1860, South Africa
The stained glass window in Regina Mundi Catholic Church in Soweto stands in tribute to Nelson Mandela. Close to the Hector Petersen Museum, the church was one of the few places where "colored" were allowed to congregate during apartheid. The...
Yale Road &, Enoch Sontonga Ave, Johannesburg, 2050, South Africa
The Origins Centre, located in Johannesburg's historically and culturally significant University of the Witwatersrand, houses displays and artworks showcasing the origins of humans. Full of interactive displays and assisted with guided or...
40 Oxford Rd, Parktown, Johannesburg, 2193, South Africa
Johannesburg has over 10 million trees and is touted as having the world's largest man-made forest. Experiencing the setting sun while out on the balcony, or just chilling out on a sunny Sunday afternoon is great with this many trees around. If...
Top Floor, 6 Desmond St, Kramerville, Sandton, 2090, South Africa
Katy's Palace Bar is a relatively new venue, with a lot of people still unaware of it. More people should know: it's one of the best venues I've been to in a long time! It isn't open every week but when it is open, you can be sure you'll have a...
1 Melrose St, Melrose, Johannesburg, 2196, South Africa
As you walk into the Melrose Arch hotel, turn left towards the Giant bucket where you'll find the March Restaurant and an equally giant buffet breakfast spread! Accompanied by a fantastic cappuccino (rumours are it's one of the best in town), the...
Atholl Oaklands Rd & Fort St, Birnam, Johannesburg, 2196, South Africa
My friend and I had won a prize of high tea from a little place in Melrose called Belle's Patisserie. It's arrival at our table was met with oooohs amd aaaaahs from the others seated around us, with many asking exactly what it was. We hadn't...
Emmarentia Dam, Emmarentia, Randburg, 2029, South Africa
The Rose Garden at Emmarentia Dam is a favourite spot for locals to hangout and relax under the shade of a tree and have a picnic. Did you know: There are approximately 4500 rose bushes in the garden! The best time to go is in Spring or Summer...
Maboneng East Side Of Inner City, Kruger St, City and Suburban, Johannesburg, 2094, South Africa
Uncle Merv's Original Shakes makes some killer smoothies, all with non-dairy milk bases. My favourite would have to be the Macci-Porter, a delicious blend of Tahini, Dates, Cashew nuts, Banana, Honey and Soy Milk. Grab a sarmie (sandwich) or a...
Northern Pkwy & Data Cres, Ormonde 99-Ir, Johannesburg, 2159, South Africa
225 meters below the surface of the earth, visitors make their way through dim passageways that miners in the late 1800s had navigated in search of gold. The tour guide 'jokingly' points out that if for some reason we get stuck down there, the...
Diagonal St, Johannesburg South, South Africa
On a recent inner city tour I attended with tour operator, Past Experiences, we went past some of the local stores, one of which was a Muti Store. Muti is the Southern African traditional medicine which is prepared by a Sangoma or traditional...
Cradock Ave, Rosebank, Johannesburg, 2196, South Africa
In Johannesburg, this "Rosebank Handicraft Market" has an amazing collection of handicrafts from all over South Africa. They offer textiles: home and wearables for him, her, and children, plus shoes and bags. Jewellery, paintings, wooden carvings...
Alice Ln & Fifth Street, Sandhurst, Sandton, 2031, South Africa
Enjoy a sundowner outside on the San Deck of the Sandton Sun Hotel, which offers great views and a good menu with some light snacks. Once you're done, find your way inside to the hotel's restaurant before heading back up to your spacious hotel...
Malcolm Rd, Poortview, Roodepoort, 1724, South Africa
The Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens have amazing rolling lawns and a great variety of local and foreign plant species in different sections. There's even a waterfall at the one end which is home to a pair of Black Eagles! Seasonal changes bring in...
Montecasino, 1 Montecasino Boulevard, Magaliessig, Johannesburg, 2055, South Africa
Take in a flight of colours as you stroll through the beautiful bird gardens at Montecasino. The parrots are extra playful, but be careful... they will bite you if given a chance! The gardens feature a wide variety of birds, reptiles, mammals and...
Magaliesberg, South Africa
Travel up to the top of the Magaliesberg, via the Harties Cableway. From here you can lookout over the Hartebeespoort Dam and see all the way to Johannesburg which is about an hour away! If you're the thrill seeking type, you can catch the cable...
R400, Mogale, 1911, South Africa
This is one of the richest paleontology sites in the world. These sites team with scientists uncovering hominid fossils aged as old as 2 million years. It's incredible to stand, watch, and reflect as our ancient ancestors are being unearthed....
Main Rd & William Nicol Dr., Bryanston, Johannesburg, 2191, South Africa
Life sized replicas of Rhinos and steel Elephants are the order of the day at this location. Here you'll find beaded wire works of African plants and animals, Jewellery, art, stone statues and many other interesting curios. If you're looking for a...
R550, Heidelberg, South Africa
Hot Summers in Johannesburg are held at bay by cool, late afternoon thunder showers. The build up of clouds throughout the afternoon, catch amazing colours as the sun goes down and eventually culminate in a lightshow of epic proportions as...
69 Drift Boulevard, Muldersdrift Estate, Muldersdrift, Johannesburg, 1747, South Africa
The Carnivore is a long time favourite for locals and tourists alike who want to have a good buffet of game meat. There's Giraffe, Crocodile, Imapala, Kudu, Springbok, amongst other traditional and more western dishes on the menu and all are very...
S Park Ln, New Doornfontein, Johannesburg, 2094, South Africa
On the night I took this photo, my friends and I had gone to watch the Lions vs the Sharks, two rugby teams with a long rivalry. The Lions are Johannesburg's local team while the Sharks are from Durban The local team lost that night to the better...
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