TOP 10 Things to do in Johannesburg

Here you find my top 10 things to do in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Are you visiting South Africa soon? Then please add Johannesburg to your bucket list. I have been to Joburg 4 times already and I love “The City of Gold”. My reasons for that you can find here. My TOP 10 of things to do in Johannesburg I listed here:

1. Visit Walther Sisulu Botanical Garden

This garden is a beautiful natural area with hiking trails, picnic spots and wildlife.

2. Shop souvenirs at “The Kwa Mai-Mai Traditional Healers Market”

The “Kwa Mai Mai” market is known to be the oldest market in Johannesburg.

3. Visit “The University of Witwatersrand”

This university is one of the most famous universities in South Africa.

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4. Explore the vibrant student area of Braamfontein

My suggestion for an amazing Saturday:

  • start off with yummi food at the “Neighbourgoods Market”
  • chill at the rooftop bar “The Beach”
  • carry on partying at “Kitchener´s”


This is at the Neighbourgoods Market in Braamfontein in Johannesburg.

5. Go on a Soweto tour

Must sees are “Hector Pieterson Memorial” and “Vilakazi Street”. This street is the only street in the world that used to house 2 Nobel Prize winners, Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu.

6. Take a tour at Apartheid Museum and learn about South Africa´s history

This is inside the Apartheid museum in Johannesburg South Africa.

7. Watch a cricket game at Bidvest Wanderers Stadium

The This is Bidvest Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg.

8. Explore the vibrant neighbourhood of Maboneng

  • explore “Art´s on Main”
  • get yummy food at “Market on Main”
  • check out the nice bars and restaurant along “Fox Street”


Maboneng is one of the most upcoming neighbourhoods in Johannesburg.

9. Visit Constitution Hill

Constitution Hill used to be a prison and is now a museum and home to South Africa´s Constitutional Court.

10. Enjoy a breathtaking view of Johannesburg

Carlton Center is the tallest building in Johannesburg. On the 50 th floor is has a viewing platform that offers an stunning view of Johannesburg.

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This is Carlton Center, the tallest building in Johannesburg.

Where to stay in Johannesburg:

You are looking for a vibrant, cool place to stay? My favourite place is: Once in Joburg”

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How to get to Johannesburg?

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For sure, there are much more things to do in Johannesburg. Here you can find out more.

Have you been to Johannesburg? What did you like about the city?

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  • Joleisa Creed
    Posted at 18:55h, 09 January Reply

    It reminds me so much of Jamaica! Even the colours on the flag! I would love to visit one day! Looks like you had a blast. I like that there are options that are not too touristy! Great pics too!

    • Claudia Bartsch
      Posted at 10:37h, 21 January Reply

      Thank you so much. What exactly reminds you of Jamaica?

  • The Traveling Pinoys
    Posted at 16:33h, 20 January Reply

    I was in Joburg for 2 weeks few months ago and I’m embarrassed to say that I didn’t go anywhere but Rosebank lol. It’s not the danger that puts me off because I have lived in countries with high crime rates (Belize, Mexico, Cape Town and also Philippines) but it is the fact that it’s hard to go anywhere without taking an expensive Uber. I was over 200 rands away from places I wanna go and was always too tired. I wish I have seen this article before. The Apartheid Museum looks interesting and the Soweto tour.

    • Claudia Bartsch
      Posted at 10:30h, 21 January Reply

      I hear you. Joburg spreads out and it takes you ages to get from one point to the next one. Going by uber is an really expensive way of getting around. If you visit Joburg again go on a tour with the Red Bus City Sightseeing. It covers all the important spots you need to see and also it´s quite cheap as you can hop on and off for the entire day or even 2. I think it´s something about R200.

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