Johannesburg City Travel Guide
Johannesburg, Second Greatest City after Paris* ..... it's true, but I'll get onto that later!* William Kentridge, the internationally acclaimed artist - born and bred in the city, produced his first animated Movie, "Johannesburg, 2nd Greatest City After Paris", in 1989, as part of a series called Drawings for Projection.
But why Jo'burg?
Kids in Soweto using the 'wire sculpture' street art - titled "Student Confrontation",
by artist Stone Mabunda, as a jungle gym!
Well, it is South Africa's most African, and the continents most cosmopoltan city.
It's a fun city.
Warm, friendly people, beautiful open spaces, a really good night life and an abundance of great restaurants.
It's also a cerebral city.
The surrounding area has, along with East Africa, the world's longest recorded human activity.
Built on the world's largest gold deposit, it's a city that has been designed as no more than a temporary mining camp.
This rich cultural history, results in a number of fantastic museums and monuments to explore.
The beautiful Orient Hotel in Fordsburg, a suburb of Asian and middle-eastern residents with
numerous interesting eateries and restaurants.
I've lived here since birth, and as I've explored it more than most, I've created this website that I've based on personal experience, to help you get the most out of your visit to a vibrant, exciting city.
Whether you're planning that trip (or just want to learn more about the city), this website is the only reference you'll need.
With no commercial interest, it's as good as being shown around by your very own tour guide.
Johannesburg is not the bland nightmare that uninformed opinions in distant lands might try to, or might well have, convinced you of.
Those innumerable critics, some of whom I'm sure have never set foot here, and others who live here, but all consider themselves experts on 'how little the city has to offer' or 'how dangerous a city it is'!
It's unfortunately partly true.
There is crime in certain areas. Levels that are unacceptable in a civilised society.
But ... no distinguishing natural icons to explore.
When living here, it's people that form an integral part of our existence, and outsiders are often quick to comment on how warm the people in this city actually are.
That is because people is all we have, and in a nutshell, the city has nothing to offer but itself!
Sandton, a Johannesburg suburb, rising above the world's largest man-made forest
It's only during the last 100 plus years that the African powerhouse I know as home has been built into Africa's only World City.
Start with these attractions to get a better understanding
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