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Johannesburg is one of the world's most diverse, fast-paced and vibrant cities; in many ways it lives up to its reputation as the New York of Africa, despite its vast, sprawling developments. Joburg (or Jozi, or Egoli) is the largest city in South Africa, and is the capital of Gauteng, the country's wealthiest province. The City is one Africa's most global cities, alongside Cairo and Cape Town.
The video below gives you a great overview of what Johannesburg is all about
Before the FIFA 2010 Soccer World Cup, many people would have frowned when you told them you're coming to Johannesburg on holiday. You would have be confronted with concerns about crime and traffic, and the very common question Jo'burg? What's there to actually do in Jo'burg?. As with many large cities throughout the world, crime does remain a problem, and tourists are encouraged to always be aware of their surroundings and belongings, as measures to safeguard residents and tourists are slowly being put into action.
And yet despite it's undeniable issues, this fascinating city, which originally served as a starting point for travels to the rest of South Africa and Africa, has fast become one of the region's most popular, and well-run, tourism and business centres. And things have changed now. Forever!
There are dozens of world-class museums, theatres, restaurants, shopping centres, safari activities, and attractions dotted throughout the city, and it's our aim to show you exactly what's worth visiting during your time here. And, as the hub of the continent, there is always something on the go, be it a world class sporting event, an international musical event or production, or an international conference or function - check out our events page.
As a result, the city has developed comprehensive facilities, the majority with tourists in mind. It is serviced by the modern OR Tambo International Airport, which fields flights from across the globe, and there are also exciting plans in the pipeline for rapid bus and train services around the city. You can also easily rent your own vehicle, or make use of a range of cost-effective private taxi services and shuttles.
On top of this all, Johannesburg is considered to be the world's largest man-made forest (just take a look at it as you fly in), and its cool winters, warm summers (with spectacular thunder showers and lightning storms), and plentiful sunshine makes it an ideal place to visit all year round. There are also some more very interesting things to learn about about Johannesburg in our "Did You Know?" section
In order to obtain a feeling for Johannesburg and its people and places, please read our short articles about different aspects of life in the City.
So when you're planning your next trip to this spectacular country, be sure to allow a number of days in Johannesburg, which is truly living up to its reputation as a world-class African city.
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