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My photograph of Johannesburg is not the "usual" areal shot of the city of Jhb. I never venture into it. Here is a caption of the northern suburbs of Johannesburg, seen from a "Balloon" 120 metres high.

Firstly, if you are going to be visiting South Africa - here are some Zulu words you might like to learn.

Hello - Sawubona
How are you? - Unjani
What is your name - Ngubani igama lakho
Can you please help me - Ungangisiza
Thank you - Ngiyabonga
Yes - Yebo
No - Cha

Goodbye -( to one going )- Hamba Kahle
Goodbye -(to one staying)- Sala kahle

Please dont steal my car - Ungayintshontshi /Ngicela ungayebi imoto yami

No - I dont use drugs - Cha angizisebenzisi izidakamizwa

Are Bafana Bafana going to win the world cup --- NO!!!!

Johannesburg is the largest and most populous city in South Africa, and while it has never been the capital, since the beginning of the 20th century, it has been the principal city in terms of the economy.

Most visitors to South Africa want to do the following;

Visiting townships;
The best way to visit a township is on an official tour with recognised operators. Visit www.saweb.co.za/townships


The most well known and celebrated of South Africa's townships is Soweto, the sprawling mix of shanty town and formal housing estates that lies approximately 30km outside of Johannesburg in Gauteng. Established in 1932, the region was first known as Orlando East. More than 3.5 million people live ther now.

Other larger townships

Others worth visiting with a tour guide;
Alexandra adjoining Sandton. Atteridgeville outside Pretoria, KwaMashu outside Durban, and Khayelitsha and Guguletu outside Cape Town.
Every country town also has a township, and these are more often than not worth visiting.

I am going to list a few things to do on this page;

APARTHEID MUSEUM; Opened in 2001, this multidisciplinary museum covers the rise and fall of the apartheid era and the atrocities commited over that time.

JOHANNESBURG ART GALLERY; Impressive collection of works spanning 5 centuries and covering artists, both early and contemporary from Europe and Africa.

OLD FORT AND CONSTITUTIONAL HILL; This focuses on South Africa's path to democracy. It includes the new Constitutional Court, built alongside the notorius Old Fort prison complex, which housed many od apartheid's opponents.

CRADLE OF HUMANKIND; Located outside Johannesburg, this world heritage site contains a number of important sites, which have yielded more than 950 hominid fossils, making this one of the richest concentrations in the world. Some of the finds are estimated to be 3 and 3.5 million years old. The site includes a number of complexes eg; The Sterkfontein Caves and the Wonder Caves.

GOLD MINES; The Chamber of Mines organises extemely informative tours down working gold mines situated just outside Johannesburg. www.bullion.org.za

Overlooking Fourways and Bryanston

Also taken from the Balloon.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beautiful weather, friendly people.
  • Cons:Crime - more in the cities than in the suburbs.
  • Intro Updated Apr 8, 2009
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  • MaheshSamtani's Profile Photo
    Jul 27, 2010 at 12:35 AM

    Hope to know more of your fantastic country through your pages. In Spain we have very good memories of S. Africa after the world cup. Regards. Mahesh

  • kenHuocj's Profile Photo
    Apr 25, 2010 at 4:58 AM

    Closets thing to Balooning over Egoli is for me to go into Google Earth - enjoyed visitng Jooeys with you again;-)))

  • PierreZA's Profile Photo
    Mar 19, 2010 at 10:54 AM

    Nice new restaurant tips. I love Linger Longer!

  • magor65's Profile Photo
    Feb 20, 2010 at 10:29 AM

    Interesting page. I'd like to go up in the balloon over Montecasino Park. Perhaps I'll do it when if I stay overnight in Johannesburg during my summer trip.

  • Moirads's Profile Photo
    Jan 30, 2010 at 1:33 AM

    Oh, I also enjoy this place so much. Upstairs there is a tea place which doesn't allow small children and the moms can chat in peace. It was always a favourite haunt for my sister and I while her children were small. Thank you for your lovely pages.

  • VeronicaG's Profile Photo
    Nov 7, 2009 at 12:47 PM

    After revisiting your Johannesburg page, I see you've added a new restaurant tip, Kong Roast. I thought their warning "The East doesn't mix with the West" was amusing. From the looks of your photo, dining there would be very rewarding!!

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Oct 9, 2009 at 9:22 AM

    An excellent Johannesburg page June! I enjoy your travels! Have a lovely weekend!

  • icunme's Profile Photo
    Sep 23, 2009 at 1:27 AM

    Such good organization - hope to see more of your photos / detail. Grazie for all your good work, Carol <(•¿•)>

  • etfromnc's Profile Photo
    Sep 21, 2009 at 1:43 PM

    I hope to attend the World Cup activities in SA next year and your pages have made your country seem even more appealing to me. Thanks!!

  • Mikebb's Profile Photo
    Sep 15, 2009 at 3:33 PM

    Excellent page, informative, just what the tourist needs. We arrived Joberg airport & immediately collected by driver, taken direct to Sun City. 4 days , Cabanas. Safari was fantastic & liked Sun City theme.

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