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Johannesburg

City: Johannesburg       State: N/A       Country: South Africa
 Johannesburg also known as Jozi or Joburg, is the largest city in South Africa. Johannesburg is the provincial capital of Gauteng the wealthiest province in South Africa, having the largest economy of any metropolitan region in Sub-Saharan Africa. The city is one of the 40 largest metropolitan areas in the world and it is one of Africa's only two global cities.While Johannesburg does not form one of South Africa's three capital cities, it does house the Constitutional Court – South Africa's highest court.Johannesburg is the source of a large-scale gold and diamond trade, due to its location on the mineral-rich Witwatersrand range of hills. Johannesburg is served by O.R. Tambo International Airport, the largest and busiest airport in Africa and a gateway for international air travel to and from the rest of southern Africa.    Established in 1886 as a gold-mining town, Johannesburg is the capital of Gauteng province, but is not, as is often thought, South Africa's capital. It has had a troubled past and the collapse of the apartheid regime meant that for several years large parts of the city were no-go areas, but this situation is now improving.Among the most popular destinations in the city is the Mandela Family Museum in Soweto's Orlando West, while the Apartheid Museum is worth spending an entire day visiting. The art gallery is the biggest on the continent and has both European and African paintings, and the Museum of Africa concentrates more on the region's history and culture including a large collection of ancient petroglyphs.The more affluent areas of the city are in the north and north-west: Melvilla is particularly well known for its nightlife and bohemian living. Tours of the former townships such as Alexandra and Soweto are becoming increasingly popular.Of course, the area is rich in wildlife and the Lion Park is where visitors can get up close to lion cubs and drive through an enclosure with prides of adults, as well as antelope, giraffe and zebra. Johannesburg Zoo is the largest in Africa. The Walter Sisulu Botanic Garden is one of the last large green spaces in the city and is home to a wide variety of plants and birds.The Lesedi Cultural Village is home to traditional food and dances of the various cultures of the region, a reminder of the area past and its rich cultural heritage, which is now allowed to flourish once more.Tourist places:-Johannesburg Planetarium, Johannesburg Art Gallery,Mandela Family Museum ,The Apartheid Museum, The Apartheid Museum, Sci-Bono Discovery Center,South African National Museum of Military History, James Hall museum of Transport,Origins Center - The South African Museum of Rock Art: .

Climate | When to Visit

Visit during: March to October

Directions | How to Reach

By Air:-Tambo International Airport in Ekurhuleni is located just east of Johannesburg and is the major airport in South Africa. Other airports, such as Lanseria Airport or Rand Airport are preferred by charter operators and small airlines. There are regular flights from Lanseria to Cape Town. By Road:-Long-distance buses arrive at Park Station . All major bus companies provide a service to and from Johannesburg.

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