Have Queries? Fill in the form below & get the best deals.
You missed this
You missed this
You missed this
You missed this
I accept Privacy Policy and I authorise Thomas Cook to contact me with details

Places to visit in Johannesburg

When you travel to Johannesburg, you will love to visit popular tourist spots and enjoy the local culture. Amongst other Things to do in Johannesburg, you can surely explore some of the best things to do in Johannesburg to make your trip a fulfilling one. On a trip to Johannesburg things to do can include exploring Johannesburg attractions and visiting the places of interest.

Attractions in johannesburg


Every tourist must visit the Constitution Hill and Fort Complex. The infamous Number Four Prison is also found here where Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela were kept as prisoners.


Originally built in 19th century and was initially known as Government Square, this tourist spot was recently given a new name and look. There is a statue of Gandhi and attractive shopping arcades for visitors to stroll in.


It is a bronze statue of the country’s greatest hero located at the centre of the Square with shops and cafes around for people to enjoy. Cultural performances are also hosted here with lot of gaiety.


You will come across buses that will take you round the city helping you take a glance of the beautiful and fun filling scenarios. Some of the interesting spots you will get to see around are Gold Reef City and James Hall Transport Museum. There are kids’ specials too.


Not only the kids but the adults too will enjoy this swinging from branch to branch through the tree tops. This park in Melrose is equipped with swing bridges, Tarzan swings and zip lines and these courses are safe for the children and will entertain your kids to a great height.


Make a family trip to the Cradle of Humanity in Maropeng, a perfect blend of education and entertainment. Though the underwater boat ride is the main attraction guiding you through the history of earth’s creation but there are more to explore in this spot.


This temple is visible from most parts of the city, especially the six long spires. This temple serves church members from the other African countries as well.


Constructed in 1895, this was a residence of a mining official with history records of explosives and their uses. There is also a commentary on the part played by some of the national heroes of the country, who navigated the history of South Africa.


This museum houses a number of tanks, aircrafts and guns including the Molch, the one man submarine used by Germans in the Second World War.


Inaugurated in 1962 and is a conception of Dr Cyril Adler, the agenda of this museum was to collect all kinds of materials illustrating the History of Medicine and preserving them for posterity.


With an area of 300 hectares, this garden is set against a magnificent waterfall, comprising of landscape and natural areas and it also has a good footfall of tourists.


In the suburb of Jabavu, this garden lies in the heart of Soweto, consisting of many uncommon plants.


Six kilometres away from the city centre, this park offers a splendid combination of activity and serenity, attracts thousands of tourists every year.  With a spread of 100 hectares, it is also a popular destination for boating and canoeing.


To know about the famous movement against apartheid in South Africa, if you are interested in getting in-depth information, this museum presents you with the same. The condition of the people at that time and their trying period is beautifully portrayed here.


An experience is Gautrain is absolutely compulsory to understand one of the best subway systems of the world. The cleanliness, the comfort and the safety speak volumes.


Credo Mutwa who is South Africa’s controversial spiritual leader, also an artist and is also a healer, this cultural village is a representation of his visionaries from 1974 to 1986. This park is a must visit for art lovers as it is steeped in prophecy, mysticism and folklore.


Forty kilometres away from the city centre of Johannesburg, Kliptown represents a collection of residential settlements and was established way back in 1903.


This is the highest structure of Johannesburg, 269 metres, and is owned by Telkom and is used as a microwave tower.


Also known as the Brixton Tower, built in 1962, this tower is used for transmission purposes.


The tallest building in South Africa with fifty floors and is one of the popular shopping centre located in downtown Johannesburg. It is the tallest office building in Africa and has 50 floors. The building comprises both offices and shops.

Activities in johannesburg

international-tourism/johannesburg-tourism/places-to-visit-in-johannesburg/bush-babies-monkey-sanctuary/5407" class="placedetailblk_hrf_static">

It is a monkey sanctuary and is a fun place to observe them moving around freely and interacting with the visitors. It will be a wonderful experience for you as well as for others visiting the spot along with you.

international-tourism/johannesburg-tourism/places-to-visit-in-johannesburg/emmarentia-dam/5418" class="placedetailblk_hrf_static">

There are a number of beautiful parks in Jo’burg, the biggest of which is the Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden in Roodepoort. You can take an easy hike till the top of the waterfall, and make a note of the resident eagles, while you climb.

If you want to have a relaxing day, go for a picnic or a walk in the sunshine at Emmarentia Dam, or indulge in boating on Zoo Lake.

Food in johannesburg


It is a new restaurant near the Bryanston Shopping Centre; welcomes you with a crisp and neat atmosphere along with a classy dining experience. The Beef Wellington is a speciality here.


A visit to this fine dining destination will help you have an amazing experience. Though it is a small and intimate place, the quality and standard of food is above par.


It is an overall fine dining destination that will surely meet all your expectations of experiencing quality, service and ambience. There is a personal touch added on the part of the chefs and the sommeliers too. This is basically a terrific place to spend a romantic date with your special one.


Biltong is a raw meat, dried and salted very similar to the beef jerky in US.  Frikkadel is meatballs in traditional style with minced beef, tomatoes and onions. Rooibos tea is a popular herbal tea with no caffeine and less tannin than normal tea.

Night Life in johannesburg


The Club was built in 1887 in a grand building in downtown. Johannesburg is closely linked with the development of the country. It is a place glorifying history, dignity and a remarkable concoction of memorabilia.


Be it contemporary rock or African jazz, live music is played here till the wee hours.


This is a very happening pub where along with a huge range of cocktails, you will come across lip smacking sushi menu. Modern beats are played on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.


This is comparatively a very rustic bar focussing more on Afrikaan bands. Drinks are reasonably priced here and the live performances are excellent.

Shopping in johannesburg


Situated in Mulbarton, off Klipriver Drive, this is the busiest flea market in southern Johannesburg. There are over 400 stalls including live entertainment.


Located close to the Tambo International Airport, there are over 270 shops here with a combination of big and small retail shops. There are top departmental stores, cinema halls, cafes and all of it under one roof for an enriching shopping experience.


There is no dearth of markets here be it food, fashion or accessories, there is something for all in Joburg. The Night Market on Main, the Magaliesburg Christmas Market at the Station and the Fourways Christmas Market is the one coming up to cater all your needs.

Top International
Honeymoon Destinations
Need help? Leave your number and we will call you.