I first visited Africa in 2009, traveling to Arusha in Tanzania. The awe-inspiring backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro and the warm hospitality of the local people, made a memorable start to my African escapade.
My second foray in Africa was to Johannesburg in South Africa. While not one of the 3 capital cities, it’s a main focal point for many people traveling to the country. A place rich in history in the aftermath of apartheid, more people are flocking to see it for themselves. If you’ve never been to Johannesburg, these top 5 attractions will give a valuable mini introduction.
5 things to see and do in Johannesburg
Top 5 things to do in Johannesburg- Sterkfontein Caves – Cradle of Humankind
One hour’s drive from Johannesburg and Pretoria are the Sterkfontein Caves. It’s located in the valley commonly known as The Cradle of Humankind.
The caves are world famous for its fossil finds, and the museum and visitor’s centre can help answer your questions about the evolution of humankind.
Of all the modes of transportation, I love the train the most, and you can see Johannesburg in style on the Rovos Rail. ‘The most luxurious train in the world’ offers many trips throughout South Africa, and neighboring African countries too.
The trip from Pretoria to Cape Town captures the mountain ranges, wine regions of the Cape and of course Table Mountain along the 1,600km journey.
Nothing is more iconic and South African than the traditional sausage, boerewors. I’ve lost count of the number of times my African friends have raved about this delicious meaty snack. Saying that, it really does live up to the hype.
Gourmet Boerie, specialises in boerewors, though with a slight twist. A piping hot boerewors is stuffed inside a freshly baked roll, with a choice of toppings to choose from such as caramelised onion. Are you also drooling right now?!
Hyundai balloon ride, Montecasino
To capture some of the most spectacular views of the city, take a ride in the Helium Hyundai balloon ride from the Montecasino.
Lasting approximately 15 minutes, you’ll see panoramic vistas of Johannesburg, Sandton and the mountain ranges of the Magliesburg. The rides operate on a daily basis, weather permitting, so check the forecast before you book.
The Lion Park
You can’t come to South Africa without seeing any animals, preferably a lion. If a proper safari isn’t within your reach or budget, the Lion Park in the Pretoria complex is the next best thing.
A popular eco-tourism destination, the park markets itself as a breeding ground and sanctuary for important species. Would you like to see the White Lion or the endangered Wild Dog?
The park also offers a night drive, which includes an all-inclusive tour, and dinner beneath the African starry skies. Now how good does that sound?