Johannesburg, South Africa
ZipTipz Johannesburg Travel Guide

Johannesburg, called by some the 'City of Gold', is now the financial centre of Africa and very Western, filling the sky with concrete and glass buildings, and intensity of activity, unseen in other parts of Africa; 'Joey' should not be missed.

District Guide

Johannesburg City Centre is a vibrant juxtaposition of the first world and the third world. The central part of Jo'burg (as it is known), whose tall skyscrapers are today a grimy reminder of a previous era of commerce, has been returned to Africa. Most businesses have migrated to the northern...

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Historical Background

The history of Gauteng has been moulded for centuries, by the very location of the province on the highland plateau of South Africa.

The Sterkfontein Valley, situated just 30km northwest of Johannesburg has yielded some of the most startling archaeological treasures of our tim...

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Where To Stay

Johannesburg, Africa's New York, is a fast-paced cosmopolitan metropolis that offers accommodation for every taste and pocket.

Johannesburg is divided into very distinct areas, each with their own character and idiosyncrasies. The movement out of the City Centre to the northern suburbs is the...

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Dining and Drinking

Walk up to most Johannesburg restaurants and you'll see waiters scurrying about, hear cutlery clinking, the hubbub and laughter billowing out of the door, almost tangible. Dining out is a special, social occasion here, and of the approximately three hours we spend in a restaurant, only 30 minutes...

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Johannesburg, the city of great diversity, is a place that is celebrating and rejoicing in its different cultures. New genres are being created and cross-cultural projects are tearing down Old South Africa boundaries. These are exciting times to visit, as the vibrant Arts scene sets off on a new...

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Recommended Tours


Travel via lush green suburbs into the heart of Egoli, "place of gold." This ever-changing city offers a diverse history, architecture, culture and style. Visit the top of the Carlton, 50 floors up. See the city hall, post office, Von Brandis statue, Rand Club and more than...

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Johannesburg, also known as eGoli, is the most populous city in South Africa. The city is affectionately known as "Jo'burg", "Jozi" and "JHB" by South Africans. Johannesburg is the provincial capital of Gauteng Province, the wealthiest province in South Africa, and the site of the South African Constitutional Court. The city is one of the 40 largest metropolitan areas in the world, and Africa's only officially designated global city (classified as a gamma world city). Whilst sometimes mistakenly assumed to be South Africa's capital city, Johannesburg is not even one of South Africa's three official capital cities (although Pretoria, which is in the same province, is).

Johannesburg is the site of a large-scale gold and diamond trade due to its location on the mineral-rich Witwatersrand range of hills. Johannesburg is also served by O.R. Tambo International Airport, the largest and busiest airport in Africa and a gateway for international air travel to and from the rest of southern Africa.

According to the 2001 Census, the population of the city is more than three million. Johannesburg's land area of 1,644 km² is very large when compared to other cities, resulting in a population density of only 1,962/km². The population of the Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Area is almost eight million. Johannesburg also encompasses Soweto to the south west, a township which the apartheid government established to accommodate the large number of migrant workers.

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