The City Of Johannesburg
We are situated on one of the main arterial routes in the middle of a bustling city suburb with easy access from all directions in and around johannesburg.
Useful Information About Johannesburg
Avenue English is proud to be situated in Johannesburg. Few countries in Africa can offer a melting pot of culture and diversity in the economic hub of Africa, home of Nelson Mandela. We are situated on one of the main arterial routes in the middle of a bustling city suburb with easy access from all directions in and around Johannesburg.
Johannesburg, affectionately called Jo’burg, Jozi, and E’Goli, the “city of gold,” is the financial and industrial metropolis of South Africa, built on a rich history of gold mining. The city is rapidly evolving from an edgy safari stopover to a vibrant hub for arts and culture. Cutting-edge contemporary galleries and the new Maboneng Precinct, with its funky restaurants, cafes, and art studios, now rank among the city’s top tourist attractions along with the poignant Apartheid Museum and Constitution Hill. Glaring disparities — the shanty towns of Soweto, birthplace of the nation’s struggle for democracy — still contrast sharply with the walled villas of wealthy enclaves and the city’s gleaming skyscrapers. However, rapid changes are coaxing tourists to linger. Hop aboard one of the new Gautrain trains and buses to explore or take a guided tour, and not far from the city’s borders, more adventures await. You can commune with wildlife at a popular lion park; stroll among the beautiful gardens, parks, and other attractions in Pretoria, the country’s administrative capital; and explore the UNESCO-listed Cradle of Humankind, one of the richest paleoanthropological sites in the world. Discover the best things to do with our list of the top attractions in Johannesburg.
SOUTH AFRICAN CURRENCY
DESCRIPTION The South African currency is the Rand (R) and cents (c). There are 100 cents in a Rand. Notes are R200, R100, R50, R20 and R10 and coins in R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c and 10c. Foreign currency can be exchanged at any commercial bank, American Express, Thomas Cook, Rennies or Diners Club office or Bureau de Change which can be found at airports and in most large shopping centres.
ABOUT JOHANNESBURG'S CULTURE AND PEOPLE
DESCRIPTION South Africa's culture is one of the most diverse in the world and has given rise to the term “Rainbow Nation”. With 11 official languages and 8 other recognised languages, the rich culture of each of these groups brings its own vibrancy to our diversity. Contained within South Africa's borders are Zulu, Xhosa, Pedi, Tswana, Ndebele, Khoisan, Hindu, Muslim, and Afrikaner people to name but a few.
1. The Apartheid Museum
2. Constitution Hill
3. Gold Reef City
4. Soweto & the Mandela Museum
5. The Maboneng Precinct
6. Lion & Safari Park Day Trip
7. The Cradle of Humankind Day Trip
8. Pilanesberg National Park Day Trip
9. Day Trip to Pretoria
10. Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens
11. The Lindfield Victorian House Museum
12. South African National Museum of Military History
13. Wits Art Museum
14. Market Theatre
14 TOP - RATED THINGS TO DO IN JOHANNESBURG
10 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT JOHANNESBURG
Here are 10 interesting facts about Johannesburg that you need to know:
1. Johannesburg is South Africa’s largest city – It’s also the second largest on the African continent, behind the Egyptian city of Cairo.
2. It’s been rebuilt four times – Within one century, Johannesburg has been transformed from a tented camp, a tin shanty town, four-storey Edwardian brick buildings and now, a city of modern skyscrapers.
3. It’s earned the title ‘city of gold’ – The city of Johannesburg was formed by a gold rush in the 19th century – 4 October 1886 to be exact.
4. It’s home to almost half the world’s human ancestor fossils – The Cradle of Humankind is home to 40% of the planet’s human fossils, making it one of the richest archaeological sites in the world.
5. It’s also home to the world’s largest man-made forest – Johannesburg is home to 10 million trees, which helps the city cope with greenhouse effects and also lowers the noise levels within the city.
6. It boasts the tallest building in Africa – Coming in at a whopping 270 metres tall, the Hillbrow Tower overlooks everything in the city of Johannesburg.
7. It has the world’s largest hospital – The Chris Hani-Baragwanath Hospital has the ability to serve up to 3.5 million people in Johannesburg.
8. The busiest airport in Africa – Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport serves an estimated 28 million passengers every year.
9. There’s a Johannesburg in California – Named in honour the gold miners who worked in Johannesburg, the town has approximately 172 inhabitants.
10. Boiling an egg takes one-minute longer – Your cobb salad might take a little bit longer than usual. Johannesburg is 2000m above sea level so the air is not as dense..