I really enjoyed my week in Joburg, I’d only ever passed through Joburg in the past so it was great to spend some time and find out more about the City of Gold.
I decided to take the CitySightseeing bus and do the Joburg Red City Tour on my first day. This was such a good decision as it gave me a fantastic overview of the city. There are 12 stops on the route which are well thought out and offer plenty to see (Their blog is also full of useful Joburg tips).
I only hopped off and explored three different spots and that was more than enough for one day! The first stop for me was The Carlton Centre which is the tallest building in Africa, where I was escorted to the top floor by one of the friendly CitySightseeing guides to get a brilliant aerial view of the city. My next stop was the Apartheid Museum which is well worth visiting. It was great to see the Nelson Mandela Exhibition, keep in mind that a visit to the museum does take time, you need to allow at least 2 – 3 hours. After that I hopped off at Braamfontein and explored the area which is home to quite a few trendy coffee shops.
Joburg is a definitely a city of contrasts and a real melting pot of cultures. From the hustle and bustle of the inner city centre where buildings are run down and hundreds of people are struggling to make a living to the leafy, lush suburbs with their trendy coffee shops and boutiques. It’s a huge urban city to navigate with plenty of traffic but in between there are plenty of green belts and parks, you just need to know where to go! I’ll be sharing some of the places I visited over the next few weeks, I hope you’ll enjoy!
All photography: Lana Kenney ©