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Johannesburg Landmarks and Attractions:

Johannesburg has many historical landmarks as it is a city steeped in history. Although it is has not been in the past known as a tourist destination, Johannesburg is a transit point for connecting flights to Cape Town, Durban, and the Kruger National Park. Consequently, most international visitors to South Africa pass through Johannesburg at least once, which has led to the development of more attractions for tourists. Recent additions have centred around history museums, such as the Apartheid Museum and the Hector Pieterson Museum. There is also a large industry around visiting former townships, such as Soweto and Alexandra. Most visitors to Soweto see the Mandela Museum, which is located in the former home of Nelson Mandela.

Johannesburg has several art museums and galleries, such as the Johannesburg Art Gallery, which featured South African and European landscape and figurative paintings. The Market Theatre complex in Johannesburg attained notoriety in the 1970s and 1980s by staging anti-apartheid plays, and has now become a centre for modern South African playwriting.

Apartheid Museum
Johannesburg's Apartheid Museum opened in 2001, the museum is registered as a Section 21 company with an independent board of trustees, the chairman of which is Dr John Kani. The museum relies on donations, contributions and sponsorships to sustain its growth. The Museum occupies approximately 6 000 square metres on a seven-hectare site which consists of natural recreated veld and indigenous bush habitat containing a lake and paths ...more about Apartheid Museum

Carlton Centre
The Carlton Centre is a skyscraper and shopping centre located in downtown Johannesburg. The Carlton Centre is the tallest building in Africa. It was the tallest building in the southern hemisphere when originally completed. It has 50 floors, and is 223m tall, about 3m short of featuring in the world's top 100 skyscrapers. The foundations of the two buildings in the complex are 3.5m in diameter and extend 20m down to the bedrock, 30m below street level ...more about Carlton Centre

Constitution Hill
Constitution Hill is a city precinct, anchored by the South African Constitutional Court – the highest court in the country on constitutional matters. Constitution Hill is also the site of Johannesburg’s notorious Old Fort Prison Complex, where thousands of ordinary people were brutally punished before the dawn of democracy. This national heritage site has witnessed a century of South Africa’s history. From rebellious British soldiers who fought with the Boers at the turn of the century ...more about Constitution Hill

The Gautrain  is a state-of-the-art rapid rail network in Gauteng.  The rail connection comprises of two links, namely a link between Pretoria and Johannesburg and a link between OR Tambo International Airport and Sandton.  Apart from the three anchor stations on these two links, seven other stations will be linked by approximately 80 kilometres of rail along the route. The Gautrain network is connected to other forms of public transport like taxis ...more about the Gautrain

Goldreef City
Just 8 kilometres from the centre of Johannesburg lies Gold Reef City. With its magnificent Theme Park offering the widest range of features and attractions in Africa and the exhilarating Casino complex, alive with the excitement, buzz and energy of Jozi, this is where Jozi comes to play, relax and more! Gold Reef City is ideally situated with Johannesburg's business district just 10 minutes away, Sandton City a comfortable 20 minutes drive, OR Tambo International Airport ...more about Gold Reef City

Hector Pieterson Memorial
The Hector Pieterson Memorial and museum opened in Soweto in 2002 near the place he was shot to honour Hector and those who died around the country in the 1976 uprising. Funded by the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism and the Johannesburg City Council, it has become a major tourist attraction. The start of the museum begins with pictures of Hector Pierterson's death. The museum fuses memorabilia with modern technology ...more about Hector Pieterson Memorial

Hillbrow Tower
The Hillbrow Tower is the highest structure in Johannesburg, and is probably the city's most recognisable landmark. The Hillbrow Tower was previously known as the JG Strijdom Tower. It was built over three years, between June 1968 and April 1971, and is 269m high. The Hillbrow Tower has been the tallest structure and tower in Africa for 40 years, and it was also the tallest structure in the Southern Hemisphere until 1978, when surpassed by the 270m Mount Isa Chimney in Australia ...more about Hillbrow Tower

Johannesburg Art Gallery
The Johannesburg Art Gallery is the biggest gallery on the sub-continent, with a collection larger than that of the South African National Art Gallery in Cape Town. Located on the corner of Klein and King George Streets in Joubert Park, the Johannesburg Art Gallery comprises 15 exhibition halls and sculpture gardens. The gallery houses collections of 17th century Dutch paintings, 18th and 19th century British and European art ...more about the Johannesburg Art Gallery

Johannesburg Botanical Gardens
The Johannesburg Botanical Gardens combined area of the dam and gardens is over 81 hectares. The park is only six kilometres from the Johannesburg city centre. The gardens were established in 1968 and are home to over 30 000 trees, among them a fascinating array of exotics such as cork oaks, English oaks, Californian redwoods and silver birches.Located at the northeast side of the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens, the dam is a popular destination ...more about the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens

Johannesburg Zoo
Situated on Jan Smuts Avenue in Parkview, the Johannesburg Zoo is one of Johannesburg's most popular local and tourist attractions. The Zoo covers 81 hectares of land and was founded in 1904, as a piece of land donated to the public for recreational use by the firm of the late Hermann Ekstein. The Johannesburg Zoo houses over 320 species of animals, totaling about 2000 animals. The Zoo is open to the public 364 days a year ...more about the Johannesburg Zoo

Museum Africa
Housed in the city’s old fruit and vegetable market – originally built in 1913 and creatively converted into one of the city’s premier museums – Museum Africa tells the story of South Africa. It’s here you’ll find a slice of South African life through the ages. Known for many years as the Africana Museum, the facility has six sub-departments, comprising images, history, cultural history, geology, photography and contemporary exhibitions. In 1994, soon after South Africa's first democratic elections ...more about Museum Africa


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