View of the Constitutional Court and the Hillbrow Tower in Johannesburg, taken at night

Johannesburg Travel Guide

Explore The  Real  Johannesburg

A little about the person who created this Whyjoburg.com website.

I was born and bred in Johannesburg, and as I’ve explored it more than most, I’ve created this website that I’ve based on personal experience, to help you get the most out of your visit to a vibrant, exciting city.

I’ve had a passion for travel all my life, and have turned that passion into a business.

I’m a Registered Tourist Guide in both Culture Guiding and Nature Guiding
My Culture Guiding Tours include Johannesburg and Soweto, and my Nature Guiding Tours include Pilanesberg National Park and Kruger National Park.

Acorns on 8th Self Catering Accommodation in Johannesburg

JOHANNESBURG . . . AFRICA’S MOST VISITED CITY

Well . . . Johannesburg is South Africa’s most African, and the continents most cosmopolitan city. It is also Africa’s most visited city! And what about . . . Johannesburg, Second Greatest City after Paris*! It’s true – but I’ll talk about that later. But why Jo’burg? –   It’s a city built on the world’s largest gold deposit, but designed to be no more than a temporary mining camp! –   It has beautiful open spaces, but development stretches for hundreds of kilometres! –   It has a really good night life as well as an abundance of great restaurants. –   Warm, friendly people plus warm, perfect weather! –   It’s the world’s largest city not on a waterway, despite 12 river systems – better described as streams, that run throughout the city. So . . . no distinguishing natural icons to explore.
A wall in Soweto with street art showing Nelson Mandela

OR TAMBO AIRPORT

All overseas flights arrive at OR Tambo International Airport. It is Africa’s biggest and busiest airport, and 25km east of Johannesburg.
A wall in Soweto with street art showing Nelson Mandela

ACCOMMODATION

From Backpackers to Boutique and Luxury to Lodges. Also Guest House, Bed and Breakfast, and Self Catering Units.
A wall in Soweto with street art showing Nelson Mandela

SOWETO

A very familiar name, but sadly for all the wrong reasons!

The SOuth WEstern TOwnships is today one of Johannesburg’s top tourist attractions.

JOHANNESBURG . . . A CEREBRAL CITY

It’s a vibrant city, a fun city . . . but also a cerebral city.
Despite it only being declared a city on 5th September 1928, (having been ‘founded’ in September 1886), it has eons of significant history to explore.

The surrounding area has, along with East Africa, the world’s longest recorded human activity.
From the early Australopithecus africanus (discovered in 1947) to Australopithecus sediba, discovered in 2008 and Homo naledi discovered in 2013.

It’s been home to Homo sapiens sapiens, Early Stone Age hunter-gatherers and finally Iron Age settlements – they’ve all been here, done it and earned the ‘T’ shirt (or should that be leopard skin?)

It is a city that was at the forefront of the struggle against Apartheid, including Mohandas Gandhi’s Satyagraha of 1908, the Freedom Charter of 1955, Women’s March of 1956, Treason Trial of 1956-1961, Sharpeville massacre of 1960, the Rivonia Trial 1963-1964 and the Soweto Uprising of 1976.

This rich cultural history results in a number of fantastic museums and monuments to explore.

A wall in Soweto with street art showing Nelson Mandela

SOWETO

A very familiar name, but sadly for all the wrong reasons!

The SOuth WEstern TOwnships is today one of Johannesburg’s top tourist attractions.
A wall in Soweto with street art showing Nelson Mandela

ACCOMMODATION

From Backpackers to Boutique and Luxury to Lodges. Also Guest House, Bed and Breakfast, and Self Catering Units.
A wall in Soweto with street art showing Nelson Mandela

AIRPORT

All overseas flights arrive at OR Tambo International Airport. It is Africa’s biggest and busiest airport, and 25km east of Johannesburg.

JOHANNESBURG . . . MELTING POT OF BOTH HISTORY AND CULTURE

Johannesburg is not the bland nightmare that uninformed opinions in distant lands might try to, or might well have, convinced you of.

Those innumerable critics, some of whom I’m sure have never set foot here, and others who live here, but all consider themselves experts on ‘how little the city has to offer’ or ‘how dangerous a city it is’!

You know those I’m talking about!

It’s unfortunately partly true.

There is crime in certain areas.
Levels that are unacceptable in a civilised society.

But . . . when living here, it’s people that form an integral part of our existence, and outsiders are often quick to comment on how warm the people in this city actually are.
That is because people is all we have, and in a nutshell, the city has nothing to offer but itself!

Johannesburg today is a great melting pot of both history and culture, and you’re likely to discover a huge, yummy dollop of Africa!

It’s only during the last 100 plus years that the African powerhouse I know as home has been built into Africa’s only World City.

Tempted?

You should be!

A wall in Soweto with street art showing Nelson Mandela

SOWETO

A very familiar name, but sadly for all the wrong reasons!

The SOuth WEstern TOwnships is today one of Johannesburg’s top tourist attractions.
A wall in Soweto with street art showing Nelson Mandela

ACCOMMODATION

From Backpackers to Boutique and Luxury to Lodges. Also Guest House, Bed and Breakfast, and Self Catering Units.
A wall in Soweto with street art showing Nelson Mandela

AIRPORT

All overseas flights arrive at OR Tambo International Airport. It is Africa’s biggest and busiest airport, and 25km east of Johannesburg.

WELCOME TO JOHANNESBURG

I’ll be adding to this website on an ongoing basis, and intend including everything from Jozi’s distant past of ancient history up to what’s happening here this week.

Welcome to my home – Johannesburg, Jo’burg, Jozi, Egoli, Joni or Joeys!

Whilst every attempt will be made to keep the information on this website relevant and up to date, we accept no responsibility for consequences arising from errors or omissions.

* William Kentridge, the internationally acclaimed artist – born and bred in the city, produced his first animated movie, “Johannesburg, 2nd Greatest City After Paris”, in 1989, as part of a series called ‘Drawings for Projection’.