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Joburg has a lot to offer and you can fit quite a lot in over just a few days. This is a list you can build your itinerary from either for a 1 day or up to 3 day visit.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Like a Local

16 Places

3 City Tips

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16 Places

Apartheid Museum

Speciality Museums

Maboneng Precinct

Neighbourhoods

Constitution Hill

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Government Buildings, Historic Sites

Carlton Centre

Observation Decks & Towers

Gold Reef City

Casinos, Theme Parks

Melville

Neighbourhoods

South Western Townships

Historic Sites

Sci-Bono Discovery Centre

Science Museums

African Craft Market of Rosebank

Art Galleries

Goodman Gallery

Art Galleries

Wits Art Museum

Speciality Museums

Doubleshot Coffee & Tea

Restaurants

Great Dane

Restaurants

Johannesburg Botanical Gardens and Emmarentia Dam

Dams, Gardens, Parks, Aquariums

Neighbourgoods Market

Flea & Street Markets

Sterkfontein Cave

Caverns & Caves

EmJayBV's City Tips

  • When in doubt or in a hurry, use an UberX - they are the cheapest in the city
  • Public transport is sparse but cheap - be adventurous and you can save a lot if you plan well
  • Definitely tip at least 10% for good service
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    Apartheid Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    EmJayBV Says:

    This is not a short visit item. Allow at least two hours so that you can take your time.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Wear comfortable shoes!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 170 things to do in Johannesburg
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • it was a reality check 26/03/2017
    • Apartheid 25/03/2017
    • Apartheid Museum
    Address:
    Northern Parkway (and Gold Reef Road)
    Ormonde (next to Gold Reef City casino)
    Johannesburg
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 11 309 4700
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Maboneng Precinct
    Neighbourhoods
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    EmJayBV Says:

    Visit any time, but it is busiest on Sundays or first Thursday evening of the month

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Great place to eat, drink and meet locals
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 170 things to do in Johannesburg
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great experience! 20/03/2017
    • A hip and happening precinct 19/03/2017
    • Maboneng Precinct
    Address:
    286 Fox Street, Maboneng Precinct
    City & Suburban
    Johannesburg 2094
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 72 880 9583
    Hours:
    Mon
    09:00 - 16:00
    Tue - Sun
    09:00 - 22:00
    Other:
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    Constitution Hill
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Government Buildings, Historic Sites
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    EmJayBV Says:

    This is a must see when visiting Johannesburg not only for the history but the art work around the campus is pretty fantastic

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Comfortable shoes for walking around
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 170 things to do in Johannesburg
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Historic fort and prison 26/03/2017
    • Interesting history and bright future 22/03/2017
    • Constitution Hill
    Address:
    11 Kotze Road
    Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct
    Johannesburg 2001
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 11 381 3100
    Price range:
    US$6 - US$6
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Carlton Centre
    Observation Decks & Towers
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    EmJayBV Says:

    The best views of the city. Wonderful both day and night. My last visit was just before sunset, which gave a bit of both.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Go just before sunset
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #46 of 170 things to do in Johannesburg
    • Top of Africa 15/03/2017
    • Depressing building 13/03/2017
    • Carlton Centre
    Address:
    150 Commissioner Street
    Johannesburg 2094
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 11 308 1331
    Other:
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    Gold Reef City
    Casinos, Theme Parks
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    EmJayBV Says:

    I haven't been on the rides in a while but this is a lot of family fun

    Good for
    • Family
    • Friends
    • Thrill Seeker
    Tips
    • This would not be a short visit
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 170 things to do in Johannesburg
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great for all ages. 25/03/2017
    • DONT MISS GOLD REEF CITY 24/03/2017
    • Gold Reef City
    Phone:
    +27 861 44 77 44
    Hours:
    Wed - Sat
    09:30 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Melville
    Neighbourhoods
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    EmJayBV Says:

    Great variety of night life venues from cozy to bustling. Great variety of music too. Braamfontein also offers good night life, but this is my preference

    Good for
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Check whether there is any live Jazz - often happens at Poppy's cafe
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #21 of 170 things to do in Johannesburg
    • Trendy 15/03/2017
    • Great location 02/03/2017
    • Melville
    Phone:
    +27 860 109 237
    Other:
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    South Western Townships
    Historic Sites
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    EmJayBV Says:

    A unique South African experience. There are a lot of good guided tours on offer. You could include stopping by the Orlando Towers and bungee jump!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Book a guided tour
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 170 things to do in Johannesburg
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Dissapointed 21/03/2017
    • Educational and eye-opening 20/03/2017
    • South Western Townships
    Address:
    Soweto, Johannesburg
    Johannesburg
    South Africa
    Phone:
    0027-11-463-3306-0027-72-075-3883
    Other:
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    Sci-Bono Discovery Centre
    Science Museums
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    EmJayBV Says:

    Exhibits change from time to time - a nice stocking filler for a rainy day when those happen.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Friends
    Tips
    • Comfy shoes for walking around
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 170 things to do in Johannesburg
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Visit with kiddies 23/03/2017
    • Great for the kids 20/03/2017
    • Sci-Bono Discovery Centre
    Address:
    Corner of Miriam Makeba & President Street
    Newtown
    Johannesburg 2107
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 11 639 8400
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    09:00 - 17:00
    Sat - Sun
    09:30 - 16:30
    Other:
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    African Craft Market of Rosebank
    Art Galleries
    EmJayBV Says:

    If you need to have crafty things, this is a convenient stop with it all under one roof.

    Good for
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • Loads of parking in the mall
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #19 of 170 things to do in Johannesburg
    • Fun, educational, shopping experience 20/03/2017
    • Great Deals, Lots of Booths 13/03/2017
    • African Craft Market of Rosebank
    Address:
    Cradock Ave
    Johannesburg 2121
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 11 442 4488
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    Goodman Gallery
    Art Galleries
    EmJayBV Says:

    This is well-worth a visit. Good mix of local artists

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Entrance is free
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #81 of 170 things to do in Johannesburg
    • WYE 08/03/2017
    • Get on Mailing list and await extravagant exhibitions in Johannesburg 17/10/2016
    • Goodman Gallery
    Address:
    163 Jan Smuts Avenue
    Johannesburg 2193
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 11 788 1113
    Hours:
    Tue - Fri
    09:30 - 19:30
    Sat
    09:30 - 16:00
    Other:
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    Wits Art Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    EmJayBV Says:

    Outstanding venue and exhibits - well worth visiting while in the city at Neighbourgoods or before going to the top of the Carlton Centre

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Easy to walk to when in Braamfontein
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #57 of 170 things to do in Johannesburg
    • Wonderful exhibition for a small museum. 21/03/2017
    • Wonderfully curated, pity parking is tricky 25/02/2017
    • Wits Art Museum
    Address:
    1 Jan Smuts Avenue
    University of the Witwatersrand
    Johannesburg 2001
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 11 717 1365
    Hours:
    Wed - Sun
    10:00 - 16:00
    Other:
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    Doubleshot Coffee & Tea
    Restaurants
    EmJayBV Says:

    I have yet to find better coffee in the city. The staff are always so welcoming.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    Tips
    • Try the cappucino
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #343 of 976 restaurants in Johannesburg
    • FINALLY found a Mocha! 24/01/2017
    • Great coffee fairly close to Park Station 16/11/2016
    • Doubleshot Coffee & Tea
    Address:
    1 Peppermint Place
    Corner Juta & Melle Streets
    Johannesburg
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 11 100 5241
    Other:
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    Great Dane
    Restaurants
    EmJayBV Says:

    Always good music, cheap drinks. Nice place to meet locals.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • The boerewors rolls are great
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #457 of 976 restaurants in Johannesburg
    • Great Bar 01/01/2017
    • One Of My Favourite Spaces 21/11/2016
    • Great Dane
    Address:
    6 De Beer Street
    Braamfontein
    Johannesburg 2001
    South Africa
    Hours:
    Wed
    19:00 - 04:00
    Thu - Sat
    12:00 - 04:00
    Other:
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    Johannesburg Botanical Gardens and Emmarentia Dam
    Dams, Gardens, Parks, Aquariums
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    EmJayBV Says:

    Take your time and enjoy this oasis in the middle of the city

    Good for
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Free entrance
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #17 of 170 things to do in Johannesburg
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best park I have been to! 21/03/2017
    • A beautiful setting 19/03/2017
    • Johannesburg Botanical Gardens and Emmarentia Dam
    Address:
    Olifants Road
    Emmarentia
    Johannesburg
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 11 782 7064
    Other:
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    Neighbourgoods Market
    Flea & Street Markets
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    EmJayBV Says:

    Saturdays only and definitely must be seen when you visit the city

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Free entrance - gets really busy from 11am
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 170 things to do in Johannesburg
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • evening outing 24/03/2017
    • Great experience 20/03/2017
    • Neighbourgoods Market
    Address:
    73 Jutta Street
    Johannesburg 2001
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27-81-416-2605
    Hours:
    Sat
    09:00 - 15:00
    Other:
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    Sterkfontein Cave
    Caverns & Caves
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    EmJayBV Says:

    I have not been, but several friends and colleagues have raved about the caves. While there you can also schedule a balloon ride which has also had amazing reviews.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Awesome experience 19/03/2017
    • Awesome experience! 14/03/2017
    • Sterkfontein Cave
    Address:
    Sterkfontein Caves Rd.
    Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 14 577 9000
    Other:
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