Johannesburg is the second largest city of South Africa. The city offers its visitors with an experience of their lifetime with some of the most exciting and stunning places to visit. Some of these places are compiled in this article.
8 stunning Places to Visit in Johannesburg
Gold Reef City
At a distance of about 8 kilometers from the center of Johannesburg is the world famous Gold Reef City. Although no building of that early period is present there now but the visitors can idea of what the city was like with its reproduction of the mining town, shops, a hotel and the Royal Theatre. Also the wonderful theme park and casino offers a great variety of attractions, full of fun and excitement for the entire family.
The Lion Park
The Lion Park is located in the Gauteng Province near Lanseria about 45 minutes north west of Johannesburg. The park is home to more than 80 lions which include the rare white lion, black backed jackal and a large variety of antelope. It also gives the guests an opportunity to pet the lion cubs and to feed the tame resident giraffe.
Visiting the Apartheid Museum is quite a brilliant and powerful experience. The museum has enlarged photos, artifacts, newspaper clippings, and film footage, to give the visitors a comprehensive overview of the apartheid era. The museum is almost at an area of approximately 65,000 sq ft.
Nelson Mandela Square
The square has a large statue of the iconic president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela. The square has plenty of restaurants and a large shopping center. There is always something going around the square. Also the square is used as a meeting point by both locals and foreigners.
The Zoo has over 300 species of animal which include elephants, lions and many species of monkeys. Some animals have open areas which are only separated by water filled channels. There is also a lake in the zoo on which the boats can be hired. The zoo is perfectly landscaped with parkland between the enclosures.
Walter Sislu National Botanical Gardens
With the background of the stunning Witpoortjie waterfall, The Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden in Roodepoort, is the youngest of the eight Gardens managed by the National Botanical Institute and was built in July 1982. The lovely 300-hectare garden has both landscaped and natural veld areas.
Hillbrow is the most populated district of Johannesburg. And recently many black people have moved into Hillbrow. Black and white people live quite peacefully together, unlike other areas of the city, which gives the district a lively and multicultural environment. Shops remain open until late night, and there is a large variety of restaurants and bars.
Melville Koppies Nature Reserve
The Melville Koppies Nature Reserve is situated on the western border of Johannesburg in the Melville district, which has about 80% of the plant species found on the Witwatersrand. Out of which 30 are safe to eat, 113 have medicinal properties, 8 are toxic and 2 are used in the manufacture of expensive perfumes. In the reserve there is a bird-watching station, where over 150 species of birds have been kept.