Johannesburg, Joburg or Jozi for short, is South Africa’s largest city. The city celebrates 135 years in 2021 since it was founded following the discovery of gold rich land. Joburg was one of the host cities for the 2010 FIFA World Cup which saw a revamp of many of the city’s areas into modern, trendy locations that are a big hit with Instagrammers! Johannesburg does have a bad reputation as being a major crime hotspot and we would advise everyone to take usual precautions. Be mindful of where you visit in the city, especially at night, avoid walking around alone and keep your belongings out of sight as much as possible. That being said, we have been to Johannesburg many times in the last 10 years and structure our tours to take guests safely to each location. Sign up to our newsletter and keep up to date on our tour packages to South Africa in 2021.
The Carlton Centre gives you a bird’s eye view of Johannesburg. At 50 stories high, is the second tallest building in the city following the completion of Leonardo Building in 2019 and was once the tallest building in the whole of Africa. The Carlton Centre also has plenty of shopping outlets and restaurants which are mainly located underground.
Soweto (South-Western Townships) was originally a separate city until 1994 when it officially became part of Johannesburg. The Soweto uprising in 1976 saw roughly 20,000 students from the area protest apartheid which resulted in clashes with police. The area isn’t as affluent as others but the community spirit is still strong today. One of Soweto’s most iconic sights are the Orlando Towers, which are covered in murals that change from time to time. It is also an adventure centre where you can bungee jump inside the enormous towers!
A tour of the Apartheid Museum in Joburg is a humbling experience that dramatically tells of the rise and fall of apartheid in South Africa. With excellently curated exhibits, including a solitary confinement cell that you can enter, you will be educated in the history of apartheid in South Africa and have a deeper appreciation and understanding of the country. A visit to Constitution Hill, which imprisoned Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi, compliments the Apartheid Museum Tour. The former prison has been transformed into a museum in parts and also the highest court in the land.
The two stadiums that will host British & Irish Lions Tour tests in Johannesburg are FNB Stadium and Emirates Airline Park. FNB Stadium, dubbed Soccer City, was built for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and can hold a mammoth 94,736 people! This marvel of a stadium is something to behold and can only be truly appreciated when seen up close in person. The final test of the series will be held in the city centre stadium, Emirates Airline Park. Formerly known as Ellis Park, this 62,567 capacity stadium was the location for South Africa’s infamous 1995 Rugby World Cup win.
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