Johannesburg is the biggest urban space in South Africa. It is sub-Saharan Africa’s economic powerhouse. This vibrant city has worked hard for the reinvention of its beauty. As its security improved over the years, travellers have discovered a city centre that is highlighted with Edwardian and Victorian colonial architecture as well as glass skyscrapers and a thicket of chrome.
Inner city suburbs like Braamfontein and Newton have many cultural treats to be proud of while its burgeoning restaurant scene allows people to in Johannesburg like they are in New York and London. A lot of tourists prefer to take day tours in Johannesburg to see a lot of amazing things in the region. The following are some of them.
Constitution Hill Museum
This interactive museum is located on the site of the old Number Four prison complex that previously process about 2,000 to 3,000 prisoners every day. The cell doors’ back still has the original graffiti etched in it. The complex has television monitors that display interviews with previous prisoners and period footage.
Gold Reef City Theme Park and Casino
The gold rush museums of the Gold Reef City have been filled with the South Hemisphere’s biggest rollercoaster, the Lyric Theatre and, a 60-table casino and the Globe Theatre. Tours are expected to take travellers down a shaft where workers, toiled, sweated and died. One of the highlights of the scenery is the surface and subterranean installations’ fascinating model.
Johannesburg Botanic Gardens
This property covers 148 hectares of hillside that rise up from the Emmarential Dam’s western shores. The dam is composed of a canoeing and yachting club while the gardens have a terraced rose garden located in water features that have a classic theme.
Behind the scenes, guided and night tours in the zoo can be arranged. These tours particularly cater for children. The zoo boasts of more than 2,000 animals arranged in zones. These zones include Extreme Environments (penguins, polar bears and camels), Spice Route (Asian animals), Heart of Africa (chimpanzees, gorillas and other species in Africa), Amazonia (South American animals) and Southern Safari (local animals).
Kruger National Park
This park is South Africa’s biggest reserve. It takes pride of its high concentration of species. Kruger National Park houses an abundance of wild life that includes leopards, cheetahs, wildebeest, rhinos, lions, giraffes, buffalo, impala and antelope. Also, the park is famous for its cultural heritage sites that include a lot of native rock art sites.
Melville Koppies Nature Reserve
This reserve is located north of Melville. It protects an area of highveld vegetation and boasts of archaeological remains of the Iron and Stone Age settlements that include iron furnaces. Birdwatchers and dog walkers often explore the site. Travellers here can walk through the bohemian Seventh Street as well as check out antique dealers, second-hand bookstores and pavement cafes.
Johannesburg boasts of some great galleries that range from private to corporate and from offbeat to mainstream. The Johannesburg Art Gallery is home to traditional African art, modern landscapes in South Africa and the William Kentridge collection. The Kin Sacks Gallery shows conventional artefacts and modern crafts in South Africa.
Author Bio: Johan is a travel expert. A number of his works features tips for travellers who aim to ensure they will have successful Day tours in Johannesburg.