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Joburg at a Glance

Welcome to Joburg, a fascinating, multifaceted metropolis which offers visitors plenty of colourful and diverse experiences across a broad spectrum of interests.

From its humble beginnings as a gold mining boomtown in 1886, Joburg has blossomed and grown into the cultural and commercial hub of the African subcontinent in the short space of 127 years.

Towering skyscrapers, museums and art galleries share busy streets with gorgeous gardens teeming with trees, fabulous shopping malls and theatres; and very importantly, a broadly multiracial and multicultural population, making it one of the most colourful and culturally cosmopolitan destinations on the African continent.

Everyone who visits Joburg will tell you about the people, their warmth, enthusiasm and vibrancy; making it the remarkable place that it is.

We invite you to visit Joburg and stay a little longer, enjoy discovering why the people who live here love it and those who visit our great city, never forget it.

Notes for the urban traveller

Joburg’s status as the financial and commercial capital of Southern Africa, as well as being the major access hub for air transport, has led to the development of an urban tourism culture in the City. This centres around places of historical, cultural, economic and political interest, as well as leisure and lifestyle, including retail, fashion, music, sports and entertainment. Johannesburg’s legendary shopping, dining, entertainment and nightlife is complemented by fabulous weather, as well as an astonishing array of facilities like spectacular golf courses, gyms, spa’s and wellness centres which add to its appeal as a destination.

Joburg is indeed a global, year-round business and leisure destination, brimming with special events, attractions, tastes, sights and sounds to encourage visitors to stay longer, spend more and enjoy exploring further afield. From The Joburg Open golf tournament in January, the Joburg Fashion Week in March, the Africa Cup Polo and Joy of Jazz in August, Arts Alive, Joburg Shopping Festival and SA Fashion Week in September, to Africa Fashion Week and the Sansui Summer Cup in November, Joburg has a calendar jam-packed with special consumer and lifestyle events, festivals and celebrations throughout the year.

Johannesburg is Africa's most popular destination

Johannesburg is set to be the most popular destination in Africa, with a projected 2.54 million international visitors expected to visit the city in 2013, according to the third annual MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index. Despite a marginal 5.5% increase in the number of international visitors from 2012, Johannesburg’s substantial 53.6% growth in international visitors from 2009 to 2013 has propelled it into the Index’s top 20 fastest growing cities globally. Johannesburg also comes out tops in Africa in terms of international visitor spending, with US$2.7billion estimated to be injected into the city during 2013, a slight increase (1%) on 2012’s expenditure.

Joburg's top visitor attractions

Red Bus Tour
The tour runs along a fascinating route through the Johannesburg CBD that stops at Gandhi Square, the Roof of Africa at the Carlton Centre, the James Hall Transport Museum, the Apartheid Museumand Gold Reef City, the Mining District, the World of Beer, the Carlton Centre, Santarama Miniland, Newtown Precinct, the Origins Centre, Wits Campus, Braamfontein and Constitution Hill.

Origins Centre
A museum in Africa for the people of the world, offering visitors a unique experience of Africa’s rich complex and mysterious past. The narrative structure of the Museum takes visitors through an extraordinary journey of discovery.

Gold Reef City
Experience Africa’s greatest entertainment Theme Park created around an authentic 19th Century Gold mine at Gold Reef Theme Park. The attraction offers an abundance of adventures rides, restaurant, history, and site seeing, including the Jozi’s Story of Gold underground tour to enjoy.

Joburg Zoo
The Joburg Zoo is one of the most popular local and tourist attractions situated in the leafy northern suburbs of Johannesburg. 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 Joburg Zoo houses over 320 species of animals, totaling about 2000 animals; it is open to the public 365 days a year, including Christmas, New Year’s Day and during the Easter holidays. The zoo is internationally accredited and highly respected for its husbandry practices, which includes maintaining a high standard of animal welfare, nutrition and ethical conduct, ensuring the physical and psychological well-being of all its animals.

Monte Casino
Located in Fourways, north of Joburg, Montecasino is known for being Gauteng’s number one entertainment destination, having being voted Best Casino, Best Entertainment Complex, Best Cinema Complex and Best Place to Take Out-of-Towners. Montecasino’s attractive Tuscan-style appearance makes it an attractive filming destination as well as an ideal venue for events, having hosted several local and international performers.

Apartheid Museum

The first of its kind, this museum illustrates the rise and fall of apartheid. It is a beacon of hope, showing the world how South Africans are coming to terms with their oppressive past and working towards a future that they can all call it their own.

The June 16 Trail Route
Walking the June 16 Trail will acquaint visitors with the township’s struggle heritage. This route is mapped by red bricks symbolizing bloodshed, with landmarks along this open air museum portraying milestones of the student march, which started at Naledi High School. The students gathered pupils along the way and were planning to assemble for meeting at the Orlando Stadium, but were intercepted by police on Vilakazi Street in Orlando West.

The Struggle route

Includes “must see” attractions which house South Africa’s rich struggle history. These include:

  • Mandela Family Museum
  • Walter Sisulu Square of Dedication
  • Hector Pieterson Memorial & Museum
  • Liliesleaf Farm
  • Constitution Hill

Joburg today

As the African continent’s leading business metropolis, tourism in Johannesburg pivots on business. Johannesburg is the most powerful commercial centre on the African continent. The city generates 16 percent of South Africa's GDP and employs 12 percent of the national workforce.

Its infrastructure matches leading first world cities, yet the cost of living is far lower. The city is recognized as the financial capital of South Africa and is home to 74 percent of Corporate Headquarters. South Africa’s only stock exchange, the Johannesburg Securities Exchange (JSE) rates as one of the top 20 exchanges in the world in terms of market capitalization.

 
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Joburg Open

Joburg Open is an important
tournament in the golf
calendar for both local and
international players.

It is co-sanctioned by the

Sunshine Tour and PGA

European Tour as an official

Order of Merit event.

The prize money is 1.3

million euros and this will be

shared amongst all the

players who will make the cut.

 

Live Broadcast on Supersport 5

Thursday & Friday
Morning field: 10:30-12:30
Afternoon field:14:00– 16:00

Saturday & Sunday
12:00 – 16:30

 

 


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