Johannesburg: An Experience
South Africa’s biggest city and capital of its inland Gauteng province also known as Jozi, jo’burg or eGoli (place of gold) began as a 19th century gold-mining settlement and is known for Soweto Township, which is the location of African worker’s houses that was once home to Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu. Johannes Joubert and Johannes Rissik who both worked in land surveying and aping combined the name they both shared, adding ‘burg’ the archaic Afrikaans word for fortified city.
The most widely spread dialects are English and Afrikaans, which is similar to Dutch and Flemish.
January is the hottest month at an average temperature of 21 degrees Celsius and the coldest month is June at 21 degrees Celsius with most daily sunshine hours at 11 in December.
Currency Exchange And Cards
For those wishing to exchange their currency while in Jozi the exchange rates include:
1 SA Rand= 0.06522 USD
1 SA Rand= 0.05789 Euros
1 SA Rand= 0.046008 British Pounds
1 SA Rand= 0.084579 Canadian Dollar
The major banks have branches as well as ATMs in most large towns and all over the cities. They accept Cirrus or Maestro as well as major credit and debit cards; you will not be charged any fees over and above those levied by your own bank so no need to stress over that!!
If you are looking to see some of the most culturally and historically engaging sites Jo’ Burg is definitely the place to be. They include:
- The maboneng precinct
- Apartheid museum
- Constitution hill
- Gold reef city
- Soweto and the Mandela museum
- The hindfield Victorian house museum
- The South African national museum of military history
- Wits art museum
- Market theatre
- Johannesburg art gallery
Being on the coast, Johannesburg has some of the best beaches, you will find the waters calm and the beaches clean with good water temperatures. There are mainly 2 beaches in the area: Algoa bay and Germiston Lake.
Things To Do
There are so many activities you can engage in to get your adrenaline pumping while in Johannesburg
- 4×4 tours – motorcycle tours SA
- Abseiling- impact adventure Africa
- Acrobranching- acrobranch adventure park
- Aerial cable trail- ama zwing awing zip lines
- Bungee jumping among others
Places To Eat
Tickle your taste buds with the different cuisines at various restaurants, ranging from expensive to cheap:
- The butcher shop and grill
- The carnivore
- Bistro vine
- Doppio zero
- The cradle
- Tortellino d’oro
- Turn n’ tender
- Wandie’s place
- Sophia town barrand lounge
- Trabella pizzeria
Hotels And Resorts
After a long day of experiencing Jozi in all its glory you’ll definitely need a place to stay right? Well, this too is one of the many joys the city has to offer as seen below:
- Peermont d’oreale Grande at emperor’s place
- Protea hotel or Tambo airport
- Courtyard hotel sandton
- Hotel 224
- Aero guest lodge
These are just but a few of the many luxurious all inclusive hotels and resorts within the city.
There is so much to say about Johannesburg but I guess you will just have to come experience it for yourself….