South Africa is a rainbow nation: a country intertwined with many cultures and traditions, but proudly united in one nation. The country’s colorful communities are reflected in its cities, particularly in Johannesburg. As the largest city in South Africa, Johannesburg is at the forefront of all things commercial, economic and cultural. A visit to the city is as varied as its people, with hundreds of attractions, from its notable shopping centers to its architecture, historical sites to its inner-city flora.
A sprawling metropolis, there are simply hundreds of places to stay, be it for the traveling businessman on the company card or a backpacking student on a strict budget. Divided into districts, the city is a little easier to navigate, with each neighborhood boasting its own character, charm and atmosphere.
Johannesburg is a shopper’s paradise; from swanky designer boutiques, nestled in high end shopping malls, flaunting international designs swathed in lace and silk to cosy flea markets touting locally made knick knacks and young designer’s wares, Johannesburg offers every possible shopper the perfect shopping experience.
Johannesburg is a vast melting pot of cultures and ethnicities, people from all corners of the world flooding to and eventually settling there in search of fortune after the discovery of gold in 1886. The food, as a result, is a direct reflection of this and screams variety; with almost every cuisine thinkable being served up across the city, allowing the traveler to sample a myriad of both local and foreign tastes.
Johannesburg’s attractions are more ample and varied than many realize, with all sorts of attractions dotted around the city. World class wildlife roams in the national parks and zoos while the country’s rich history is constantly apparent in the many notable landmarks and museums. Shoppers will delight in the diverse retail opportunities while outdoorsmen will have a ball at the various extreme sports venues.
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