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SOUTH AFRICAN SAFARIS AND JOHANNESBURG
Johannesburg is commonly known as ‘Jozi’ or ’Egoli (place of gold) and is the largest and most influential city in South Africa; it is also the provincial capital of Gauteng and the richest province in South Africa. Johannesburg is famously known around the world for its richness in gold and diamonds…!
The Johannesburg region is home to Soweto; Soweto is an acronym for ‘South Western Townships’… and is the largest settlement, so large in fact that it actually became a separate city. Soweto originated during the apartheid era and has since become a vibrant and colourful area offering interesting cultural tours.
Johannesburg was originally occupied by the San Tribes and over time was reclaimed by other African clans…
Gold was first discovered in 1886 and prompted the gold-rush era –people then moved to Johannesburg to find gold and to profit from the potential richness of the area. As the word spread the region started to become more and more populated with North American, British and European settlers. This resulted in tension between the locals and the foreigners and prompted the Jameson Raid in 1896 and the 2nd Boer War (1899 -1902). Nowadays Johannesburg is still an area successfully mined for gold.
Johannesburg (JHB) is the largest city in the world that is not situated on a lake, coast or navigable river. JHB is also home to the tallest building in Africa – the Carlton Centre – and also has the largest man-made forest in the world… with over 10 million trees!
There are many entertaining activities to enjoy while visiting Johannesburg, such as; seeing the lions at the Rhino & Lion Park; discovering Soweto on a township tour; exploring South Africa’s history at the Apartheid Museum; amusing yourself at the Gold Reef City theme park (with a 200 m mine shaft, roller coasters and much more); spending hours shopping up a storm in the world-renowned Sandton Shopping Centre; playing some golf at the Houghton Golf Club and so much more!
Johannesburg has a subtropical highland climate with dry, cold winters and wet, warm summers. Between October and April the weather can reach an average of 26ºC, and in the winter months the temperature can drop to below 0ºC at night!
Have a look at our South African safaris that include the Johannesburg area below. There are also other South African attractions beneath that you might want to visit on your South African Safari.
More Safari Attractions in South Africa:
- Kruger National Park
- Garden Route
- Cape Town
- Addo Elephant National Park
- Greater St Lucia
- Hluhluwe-Umfolozi National Park
- Pilanesberg National Park
- West Coast
- Table Mountain
- Cango Caves
- Cape Point, Cape Agulhas
- Gods Window
- Kapama Game Reserve
- Madikwe Game Reserve
- Pilgrims Rest
- Robben Island
- Sun City
- Karoo South Africa
- Wild Coast
- V&A Waterfront
- Valley of a 1000 Hills
- Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
- The Battlefields
Safaris that include Johannesburg
Enjoy our Half Day Gold Reef City Tour which includes and exciting trip down into the depths of a old gold mine! The Half Day Gold Reef City Tour is a perfect South African tour for the whole family. Read more…