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Johannesburg by Hariworld

Still riding the high from the World Cup, Johannesburg is thriving more than ever. The city is the heart of South Africa, with everything that happens within the country both beginning and ending in the capital. While it has had its fair share of ups and downs politically, economically and emotionally, the country has rallied this decade to become one of the hottest destinations in Africa. Representing a multitude of people, Joburg proudly boasts itself as the second largest city on the continent, and with that comes a great deal of activities for visitors.

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Johannesburg attracts people from all over the continent with one sole purpose — to shop till they drop. Sandton has several tasteful shopping malls, although anyone looking for distinctive “where-did-you-get-that?” designer items should head to Rosebank. Here you’ll also find a daily African Craft Market selling creative artwork to the sound of bongo drums. Haggle for precious Indian fabrics in crowded Fordsburg and antiques and retro items in 44 Stanley Avenue, Milpark‘s relaxed shopping complex.
  • Learn about township life at the Apartheid Museum, opened in 2001 and focusing on 20th century South African history. Exhibits include “Our Triumphs and Our Tears:
    Women’s struggles in 20th century South Africa” and Nelson Mandela.
  • From the Central Business District, walk across the Nelson Mandela Bridge to the Newtown Cultural Precinct, a cultural hub of museums, art centers and music venues. Dotted with giant oaks and sycamores.
  • Zoo Lake park is a lovely place to spend the afternoon with the kids. It is hailed as one of the most popular and safest outdoor areas for families to enjoy each other and get some exercise. The park is nestled around a man-made lake which takes only an hour or two to walk around.
  • Bar or club-hop with the “Jo’burg Joller” (Johannesburg party animal) in Melville, where the action spills out onto the road once venues fill up. Nearby Milpark is more sedate but equally sociable. Large-scale musicals, operas and dance are the speciality of the Johannesburg Civic Theatre but Mary Fitzgerald Square also stages worthy performances.
  • The trendy and health-conscious love the designer portions of fusion food served in Parkhurst, while those prepared to loosen their belts stick to steakhouses like the 500-seater Carnivore in Muldersdrift. Authentic African food, such as mogodu, a black tripe and wild African spinach stew, is a hit at renowned Gramadoelas; the similar Moyo restaurants offer North African stews and Zanzibar fish burgers. Or pick a tried-and-tested restaurant in Sandton‘s Nelson Mandela Square to combine dinner with dance or music shows.
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