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Johannesburg is the largest city in South Africa, is the provincial capital of Gauteng. Johannesburg had to two main districts; Soweto and Sandton. Soweto is the most popular travel destination for tourists. English and Afrikaans is the most widely spoken languages in Johannesburg.
The extremely large population of Johannesburg means there are extreme differences between living conditions from first world to third world conditions. Crime is high in Johannesburg and tourists should always be away of their safety and valuables both day and night.
Weather in Johannesburg
The weather in Johannesburg is generally pleasant all year round making it an excellent tourist destination. Temperatures during summer between December and February reach the mid-30s Celsius. During this time there is little to no wind and with occasional thunderstorm. Snow in Johannesburg is extremely rare however in winter the temperature can drop below 10 degrees.
Johannesburg International Airport
O.R Tambo International Airport is the main airport in Johannesburg for international and domestic arrivals and departures. Johannesburg international airport is the busiest airport in Africa as it is the connecting hub for flights to South Africa from other countries in Africa. The airport is located just 24 kilometres from Johannesburg with easy access to hotel shuttles, hire cars or taxis services from the arrivals area.
Johannesburg Lion Park
The Lion Park in Johannesburg is a truly unique experience where you can experience live encounters with the lion cubs and get the chance to touch one. There is also a self-drive viewing option where visitors can drive through the lion camps and get close to other African animals including antelope, zebra and giraffe. The Lion Park can be very busy over weekends and public holidays. So if possible its advisable to visit during the week to avoid large crowds.
Shopping in Johannesburg
There are many shopping malls around Johannesburg. Whether its a large or small shopping complex, each centre in Johannesburg has it's own attractions from smaller independent retailers, chain stores, local products, food, cinemas and other upscale retail stores. There is sure to be something to entice the shopper in any visitor to Johannesburg.
Attractions in Johannesburg
A great free attraction not to be missed when visiting Johannesburg is the Johannesburg Art Gallery, in Joubert Park. The Johannesburg gallery is the largest collection of international and local work in the continent.
Lesedi Cultural Village showcases some of the traditional cultures of well-known African tribes. A stay at the Lesedi Cultural Village gives visitors a better understanding of people native to the area now known as South Africa, their rich cultural background and traditional way of life.
The Apartheid Museum holds a large collection of video, pictures and many artefacts to give a very clear and informative understanding into the turbulent past of South Africa. Visitors to the Johannesburg Apartheid Museum should allow at least a half day to see everything on show. The museum is considered a must see by many visitors to Johannesburg.
South African National Museum of Military History is located next to the Johannesburg Zoo. A good collection of military hardware, including a rare ME 262 jet fighters used in World War II. Also on show is the South African built, G6 howitzer, one of the most powerful self propelled guns ever built. The Military Museum is open daily
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