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Johannesburg Travel Guide

INTRODUCTIONS:

The largest city of South Africa is its economic hub; Johannesburg is the capital of Gauteng province. With a population around 3.9 million, it’s a booming city with a great skyline. The city boasts South Africa’s largest economy and is also known as Jo'burg, Jozi, Egoli or the city of gold. Johannesburg is amongst the most developed cities in Africa and is rich due to the richest gold fields which were discovered in 1886. 

Tourists from all over the world visit Johannesburg to experience the best of African urban life. The city has a great living standard but just like any other city, some of the areas in Johannesburg are not safe due to the crime rates. Tourists are advised to take precautions and consult a travel agent for safer Johannesburg tours. You had better utilize travel agents for booking cheap flights to Johannesburg which are being operated by all major airlines.

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS:

There are many great locations in Johannesburg; some of these are tourists most favorite. Soweto is one of the popular destinations for tourists whereas the Apartheid museum is visited by each visitor. The city centre of Johannesburg has a lot to offer to its visitors too - the Market Theatre, Museum of Africa and Newtown are a must visit for all discern tourists. Exploring the city would let you unveil the most unique African acculturations and traditions.

Lion Park:

Very popular amongst the children and discern nature lovers; this Lion Park enables visitors to play with the lion cubs. The park also offers great viewing; animals such as antelope, zebra and giraffe can be easily found here.

Oriental Plaza:

Shopping in the city is indeed the most preferred activity by vacationers. The Oriental Plaza in Johannesburg is known for its best shopping experience. The plaza comprises more than 360 stores ranging from designer clothing outlets to jewelry stores. It is a kind of place where shoppers from all parts of Africa book their Johannesburg flights and experience the best of shopping.

Carlton Centre and Johannesburg Planetarium:

Johannesburg boasts Africa’s tallest building known as Carlton Centre. Tourists usually visit this building and reach the top of it to see the great views of the whole city. Vacationers who travel with children love visiting the Johannesburg Planetarium as few hours at this location is exciting, informative and worth remembering as well.

Museums & Art Galleries:

There are many museums and galleries in the city, which are highly appreciated by historians and holidaymakers. Johannesburg Art Gallery is the biggest gallery in Africa that has great collections and works done by noble national as well as international artists. Visiting Mandela Family Museum would be a great thing to see as well. This used to be Nelson Mandela’s first residence but today it’s a museum. Other great museums and galleries such as the Apartheid Museum, Chérie De Villiers Gallery, Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, Standard Bank Gallery, South African National Museum of Military History and James Hall museum of Transport are also visited by many tourists.

Other great locations in Johannesburg include Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens, Constitution Hill, South African Lipizzaners, Lesedi Cultural Village, Lion Park, Montecasino Bird Gardens and Gold Reef City.

WEATHER:

Quarter 1:

Weather in Johannesburg in the months of January, February and March are moderate comprising several sessions of rainfalls. The temperature in the month of January is its lowest at 15 degrees Celsius whereas it is the highest at 26 degrees Celsius with 150 mm of rainfall. Weather in Johannesburg in February comprises 129mm of rainfall with 71% of humidity. The lowest temperature that the city sees during the month of February is 14 degrees Celsius and the highest is at 25 degrees Celsius. The temperatures during the nights in March are around 13 degrees while the temperatures during the day are around 24 degrees Celsius with 110mm rainfall by the end of the month.

Quarter 2:

In the month of April, Johannesburg’s lowest temperature has been recorded at 10 degrees Celsius. The highest temperature that the city sees during this month is around 22 degrees Celsius with a rainfall of 48mm. May is one of the coldest months which Johannesburg sees, during this session, the temperature can be at its lowest at around  6 degrees Celsius and would be highest at 19 degrees Celsius. The climate gets cooler as the month of June arrives. The lowest temperature during the month of June is 4 degrees Celsius and the highest is at 17 degrees Celsius with a 53% humidity level.

Quarter 3:

As July hits the skies of the city, the atmosphere gets slightly chillier than that of June. The nights in the city have a temperature of about 4 degrees Celsius while the days comprise 17 degrees Celsius at highest providing stunning 9 hours of sunlight. In the month of August, the lowest temperature that the city experience is at around 6 degrees Celsius while the highest is at 20 degrees Celsius. September is somewhat pleasant having a temperature of 9 degrees Celsius at its highest and 23 degrees Celsius at its highest.

Quarter 4:

The weather conditions in the months of October and November are almost the same. The highest temperatures which these months see are around 25 degrees Celsius and the lowest are at 12 to 13 degrees Celsius. In the month of December, the highest temperatures are around 26 degrees Celsius while the lowest are around 14 degrees Celsius. Most tourists book their Johannesburg flights during this time of the year.