69 Fun Things To Do in Johannesburg | Updated Activities For 2017
69 Fun Things To Do in Johannesburg | Updated Activities For 2017
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69 Fun Things To Do in Johannesburg | Updated Activities For 2017
Fun things to do, places to visit and must-see attractions in Joburg. Everything from shopping, outdoors and culture to nightlife.
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69 Fun Things To Do in Johannesburg | Updated Activities For 2017

Fun things to do, places to visit and must-see attractions in Joburg. Everything from shopping, outdoors and culture to nightlife.
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69 Fun Things To Do in Johannesburg | Updated Activities For 2017
Fun things to do, places to visit and must-see attractions in Joburg. Everything from shopping, outdoors and culture to nightlife.

Johannesburg is the economic heart of our country, but more than that, it is a rapidly changing city with a vibrant and eclectic urban culture — a truly cosmopolitan experience.

If you find yourself at a loss for what to do in Johannesburg (known locally as Jozi, Jo’burg or even Egoli — the City of Gold), then look no further. Our comprehensive guide for the urban prospector will show you exactly where the gold mines are.

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Quick Jump
Activities and Adventures
Places to Visit & Tourist Attractions
Museums & Art Galleries
Theatre & Live Shows
Movies & Cinema
Nature & Game Reserves
Food & Craft Markets
Things to Do with Kids
Restaurants & Coffee
Shopping Malls
Relax & Unwind
Things to Do at Night
Gauteng Getaways
Transport & Weather

Activities and Adventures

While Johannesburg is more of a concrete jungle than a green one, there are still many activities and adventures to enjoy.

Interesting flora fact: With over 6 million trees, Johannesburg is often referred to as the world’s largest man-made forest.

Orlando Towers - Bungee Jumping

The colourful murals of the Orlando Towers in Soweto form the backdrop for this 100m bungee jump.

One giant leap for mankind
@mike_olson_smells

A suspension bridge linking the two towers is where the jump happens, giving you incredible views of Johannesburg and the surrounding suburbs.

  • Entrance Fee:
    • R550 per person
  • Operating Hours:
    • Thurs-Sun, 10am–6pm
  • Contact Number: 071 674 4343
  • Address: Chris Hani Rd, Johannesburg
  • More Info: Website

City Sightseeing Joburg Bus

City Sightseeing offers city tours in a hop-on, hop-off format. This gives you the freedom to decide where you go and how long you stay for.

Hop on and off the Big red bus
@citysightseeingsa_

On the bus, the informative audio guide keeps you entertained, teaching you a thing or two you may not have known about the city.

The red city tour takes you through the city centre with stops at the following places and more:

  • The Apartheid museum (next to Gold Reef City)
  • Carlton Centre
  • SAB World of Beer
  • Constitution Hill (link to the green tour)
  • James Hall Museum of Transport

You can ditch the tour bus for a minibus and take an extension tour of Soweto. This tour includes visits to the FNB Stadium, the Hector Pieterson Museum and the colourful Orlando Towers.

The green tour stops at:

  • Constitution Hill (linked to the red tour)
  • The National Museum of Military History
  • Johannesburg zoo
  • Zoo Lake

The company offers three tours in Johannesburg. They run throughout the day according to this timetable.

Tip: City Sightseeing also offers free city walking tours in Johannesburg!

The Sci-Bono Discovery Centre

The Sci-Bono Discovery Centre is a world-class science centre. They offer dynamic learning experiences with 400 permanent exhibits as well as temporary and travelling exhibits (such as Body Worlds and The Cycle of Life).

Cross Section of human anatomy
@cornelvheerden

The exhibits are interactive and visitors are encouraged to touch, feel, press and play to their heart’s content.

  • Entrance Fee:
    • Adults - R45
  • Operating Hours:
    • Mon-Sun, 9am - 5pm
  • Contact Number: 011 639 8400
  • Address: Helen Joseph Street, Johannesburg
  • More Info: Website

SAB World of Beer

The SAB World of Beer has twice been named the number one tourist attraction in South Africa. You can take a tour that explores the rich history of beer and the role it has played (culturally, socially and economically) in South Africa.

Tall beer for a sunny day
@kyle.ohagan

Alternatively, opt for a tour of the largest brewery in South Africa, the Alrode Brewery, do a beer tasting, or even a beer pairing. If you love beer, then this is the place for you!

  • If you're planning a visit, have a look at their website

First Thursdays

On the First Thursday of every month, something special happens in Rosebank, Braamfontein and Maboneng.

Wine, Design, Art and more at First Thursdays
@isabel.lle

Johannesburg’s city art galleries, cultural attractions and restaurants stay open late allowing residents to explore the city and experience art and culture on foot. First Thursdays is an opportunity to experience local culture for free while enjoying an evening with friends.

  • You can plan your own route by visiting the First Thursdays' website.

Picnic At The Vaal Dam

Although not technically in the city, a mere 1 hour’s drive south of Johannesburg will bring you to the Vaal Meander. This spot brings some refreshing tranquillity back into the hustle and bustle of city life.

Sunset resting on the vaal dam
@jay.goose

The surrounding area is well known for its craft factories, outdoor adventure centres, entertainment, animal attractions, sporting facilities, boating and world class conference venues. The banks of the dam are often frequented by picnic goers, as it is the perfect picnic spot in JHB.

Plenty of delightful bed & breakfasts, self-catering establishments and romantic wedding venues are available on the banks of the Vaal River, making it the perfect place to stay a while.

Hiking Trails in Johannesburg

Whether you're an avid hiker or more of casual walker, Joburg has some spectacular in nature walks.

Hennop Hiking Trail

A popular trail in the Gauteng area is the Hennop Hiking Trail, It is a two day hiking trail that can be started from either the Zebra Trail or the Krokodliberg Trail.

The trail itself passes the Hartbeespoort Dam, a busy watering hole for the indigenous wildlife, then meanders through the mountain.

  • Starting Point: Hartenbees Dam, Krokodilberg Trail

Sugarbush Hiking Trail

If two days spent in the mountain is not your cup of tea there are day hike alternatives not too far from JHB city centre. The Sugarbush Trail is one of those. It is a 9km relatively easy walk that runs along the escarpment of the West Rand.

The land itself is protected by the Cradle Of Human Kind World Heritage and runs through both reserve and private land. The summit will find you at the top of the Magaliesburg mountains.

  • Starting point: Robert Broom Drive
Tips: The trail isn’t very shaded so be sure to have protection from the sun. A great family hike but keep a watchful eye on your children as the land was previously used for mining.

Places to Visit & Tourist Attractions

Joburg has many great places to visit and tourist attractions so get ready to make a sightseeing checklist!

Casually chilling in the park
@jozi_momtog

We've made it a little easier for you to start checking things off by putting together a comprehensive guide of places to visit and things to see in Joburg. Some of these include:

  • Johannesburg Botanical Gardens
  • The Financial District (JSE)
  • Maropeng: Cradle of Humankind

For the full list of memorable places and things to do in Joburg, click on the link below:

Museums & Art Galleries

Johannesburg is home to several fascinating museums that focus on its social, political and cultural history. It is also has an impressive selection of art galleries featuring the work of both local and international artists.

Art display at the apartheid museum
@svenluckermans

Our guide to the best galleries and most prestigious art galleries in Joburg will ensure you know exactly where to go. Some of these include:

  • The Apartheid Museum
  • The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
  • Gallery Momo
  • Goodman Gallery
  • Johannesburg Art Gallery

For the full list of informative museums and captivating art galleries in Joburg, click on the link below:

Theatre & Live Shows

Joburg has a rich cultural scene that is filled with talent and history. Whether you enjoy a live music performance or watching a play, there's something for everyone.

Women posing at the market theatre
@mariaallingham

Joburg's theatre and live show scene is so brimming with history and talent that it has its own guide. In it you'll find some of the best and most prestigious performing stages in Joburg, including:

  • The Lyric Theatre
  • Joburg Theatre
  • Market Theatre
  • Rumours Rock City

For the full guide, click on the link below:

Movies & Cinema

Find the latest movies and showtimes in Joburg. See Trailers, Reviews, Ratings. Release Dates & More - (2D, 3D, IMAX & IMAX 3D, Scene XTREME & VIP, PRESTIGE, IL GRANDE)

Nature & Game Reserves

If you're wanting to organise a weekend away or if you're in the mood to immerse yourself in the bush, Joburg has a host of experiences to accommodate your needs.

lions spotted on safari
@alejandro_paniagua_m

We've complied a list of terrific nature reserves, game reserves and game lodges in Joburg. These include:

  • Mabula Game Lodge
  • Pilanesburg National Park & Game Reserve
  • Groenkloof Nature Reserve
  • Wonderboom Nature Reserve
  • Monateng Safari Lodge

For the comprehensive list of the best game reserves and lodges in Joburg, click on the link below:

Food & Craft Markets

The saying “shop till you drop” really does apply here, as Johannesburg is home to a plethora of markets and malls. Whether you prefer malls or love a good market, you can get your fix of retail therapy in Jo’burg.

modern watering hole at 1 fox precinct
@1foxprecinct

Much like Cape Town, Johannesburg has a thriving market culture with something for everyone. That’s why it makes our guide of things to do in Johannesburg. Our guide includes:

  • Neighbourgoods Market
  • Market on Main
  • Blubird Wholefood Market
  • Bamboo Farmers Market
  • The LoCrate Market

For a comprehensive break down of food and craft markets in Joburg, click on the link below:

Things to Do with Kids

Joburg is filled with an impressive amount of activities and things to do with kids that will appeal to the whole family.

monkey business at Joburg zoo
@smallthingsphotography

From paintball wars and waterparks to the Johannesburg Zoo, Joburg knows how to keep you an the little ones entertained. We've put together its own guide which includes:

  • Yeesh! Fun for Kids
  • Johannesburg Planetarium
  • Honeydew Mazes
  • Hashtag Escape
  • Jozi X

For the entire guide, click on the link below:

Restaurants & Coffee

While Cape Town is considered the coffee capital of South Africa, Johannesburg is a close second. Try out some of these hip coffee spots in Johannesburg.

Cube Tasting Kitchen

This modern restaurant has two different venues: one in the hip Maboneng and the other in Parktown North.

Club tasting kitchen, where food is art
@jamjam_li

Boasting a 10-course tasting menu, Cube Tasting Kitchen is a unique and modern dining experience. The restaurants feature open kitchens and emphasize fresh produce.

  • Operating Hours:
    • Tue-Sat, 6am - 10:30pm
  • Contact Number: 082 422 8158
  • Address: 24 Albrecht St, Johannesburg
  • More Info: Website

Atholplace Restaurant in Sandton

Atholplace is a five star, boutique hotel in the heart of Athol — a stone’s throw from the hustle and bustle of Sandton.

Relax and unwind at atholplace hotel and villa
@atholplace_hotel_and_villa

It’s a little oasis that boasts manicured gardens, exquisite décor, gorgeous art, incredible food and serves as the perfect spot for a meal even if you're not a hotel guest.

  • Operating Hours:
    • Mon-Sun, 7:30am - 9:30pm
  • Contact Number: 011 783 3410
  • Address: 90 Pretoria Ave, Athol
  • More Info: Website

Moyo - Melrose Arch

Moyo is a multi-level restaurant, with an African feel, that features live bands to indulge you while dining. Just like Africa, this venue is colourful and friendly with smiles all around.

Modern touches are noticed throughout yet they stick to their African roots and culture. They are famous for their warm welcoming staff and a sense of excitement fills the air.

  • Operating Hours:
    • Daily from 11:30am-11pm
  • Contact Number: (011) 684 1477
  • Address: Melrose Arch, Shop 5, The High Street, Melrose Arch, Johannesburg
  • More Info: Website

Bean There Coffee

Bean There Coffee Company sells fair-trade coffee at their branches in Braamfontein and Milpark.

Get your daily dose of caffeinated magic
@just_nadz

They strive to make a sustainable difference in the lives of African coffee producers while providing employment in South Africa. Coffee with a conscience.

  • Contact Number: 087 310 3100
  • Address: 44 Stanley Ave, Milpark
  • More Info: Website

Father Coffee

Father Coffee in Braamfontein and Rosebank is another innercity hotspot that offers great coffee (they say the best) as well as pastries and snacks.

  • Contact Number: 082 513 4258
  • Address: 177 Oxford street, Rosebank
  • More Info: Website

Origin Coffee

Origin Coffee Roasting in Maboneng offers the full coffee experience. You can taste, buy, participate in courses and even get something to eat.

  • Contact Number: 011 334 1000
  • Address: 40 Berea Rd, Johannesburg
  • More Info: Website

Shopping Malls

Joburg has a variety of shopping experiences to offer. Browse international brands and explore unique shops. When you've had enough of shopping, have a bite at their great restaurants.

Mall of Africa

Imagine this: Hundreds of stores, beautiful architecture, stores like Woolworths, Checkers, Topshop and H&M.

Meanwhile inside the mall of africa
Moneyweb

All these are included in the Johannesburg shopping scene, the Mall of Africa.

  • Operating Hours:
    • Mon-Sun, 9am–8pm
  • Contact number: 010 596 1470
  • Address: Magwa Crescent, Midrand
  • More info: Website

Sandton City Mall

For a refined shopping experience, look no further than Sandton City, in the prestigious suburb of Sandton in Johannesburg. This mall is a unique shopping destination that infuses international shopping and brands with a South African flair.

Sandton City Mall Illuminated
Joburg Shopping Festival

There are over 300 leading local and international retailers such as Hugo Boss, Louis Vuitton, Carrol Boyes and Apple.

After your spree, take a well-earned break at one of the world class cafés and patisseries where you can sip on the world's finest coffees, enjoy a French croissant, or a slice of local milk tart.

Sandton City is conveniently located within walking distance of the Sandton Gautrain station and within easy access from highways and main roads within Sandton CBD.

  • Operating Hours:
    • Mon-Sun, 9am - 8pm
  • Contact Number: 011 217 6000
  • Address: 163 5th St, Sandton, 2031
  • More Info: Website

44 Stanley

A collection of specialty health, food, fashion, and furniture showrooms are at 44 Stanley, in restored 1930s industrial buildings in Milpark. The old spark of the place combined with the modern showrooms and fashion stores create a vibrant atmosphere.

Joburgs hub of quirk and creativity
@garethpon

You could grab some coffee from Bean There Coffee, shop for textiles at Mungo, have lunch at Vovo Telo, and browse the antiques at Antiques and Heritage of Europe.

  • Operating Hours:
    • Mon-Sun, 7:30am - 4pm
  • Contact Number: 011 482 4444
  • Address: 44 Stanley, Milpark
  • More Info: Website

Other Shopping Malls in Johannesburg

Discover some smaller, unique malls with stores catering to your more niche shopping needs.

The Peoples mall, situated close to OR Tambo
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Eastgate mall is the people’s mall. It houses over 270 stores and is conveniently located close to OR Tambo International Airport.

  • Operating Hours:
    • Mon-Sun, 9am - 6pm
  • Contact Number: 011 479 6000
  • Address: 43 Bradford Road, Bedfordview
  • More Info: Website

If you are looking for small odds and ends you would find at your local R5-store, try the China Mall Johannesburg. The only difference is that instead of one store, there are over 500 for you to peruse!

  • Operating Hours:
    • Mon-Sun, 8:30am - 5pm
  • Contact Number: 011 479 6000
  • Address: Cnr Main Reef Road, Johannesburg
  • More Info: Website

For an eastern bazaar experience (without paying for the plane ticket), pay a visit to the Oriental Plaza. This mall resembles an Indian market with over 250 individual stores, independently owned and run, selling everything from curries and spices to fabrics and homeware.

  • Operating Hours:
    • Mon - Sat, 9am - 5pm
  • Contact number: 011 836 6752
  • Address: 38-60, Lilian Ngoyi Street, fordsburg
  • More info: Website

Relax & Unwind

After all the active fun you’ve had browsing all the shops, markets and adventure parks, it’s time to unwind with some more relaxing things to do in Johannesburg.

Spas in Johannesburg

After a day filled with exploring Joburg, you might be in need of some TLC. Why not pay a visit to one of Joburg's superb spas.

relax after a long day

Melville Wellness Centre Day Spa

Melville Wellness Centre is a sanctuary for relaxation and unwinding. Neighbouring the Melville Koppies Nature Reserve, feel at one with the earth at this day spa. The Spa offers couples treatments and visitors can enjoy a relaxing soak in the jacuzzis.

  • Operating Hours:
    • Tue-Fri, 7am-6pm
    • Sat and Mon, 8am-4pm
  • Contact Details: (011) 477 5866
  • Address: 37 Arundel Road, Johannesburg
  • More Info: Website

Life Day Spa Rosebank

Life Day Spa in Rosebank is one of the newer editions to Life Day Spa range.

choose from a host of massages
@ life_day_spa_rosebank

They provide the same level of professionalism and class their other branches display. Some of the facilities they have available are:

  • Heated Indoor Pool
  • Flotation Pool
  • Sauna
  • Steam Room

With the excellent reputation behind them Life Day Spa has all your rejuvenation needs covered.

  • Operating Hours:
    • Mon-Thu, 8am-7pm
    • Fri and Sat, 8am-5pm
    • Sun, 9am-5pm
  • Contact Details: (011) 447 2255
  • Address: 26 Bolton Road, Johannesburg
  • More Info: Website

Four Seasons Spa

The Four Seasons Spa aims to bring the beauty of nature indoors with a modern sophisticated feel. The main attraction is their infinity pool that is easily viewed from the couples treatment rooms.

bring the beauty of nature indoors
@nafisa

The spa tempts you to return with their amazing treatments and packages. The staff are helpful and well-trained and there is never a towel left out of place. Special attention to detail gives this spa a five star rating.

  • Operating Hours:
    • Daily from 6:30am-9pm
  • Contact Details: (011) 481 6450
  • Address: 67 Jan Smuts Avenue, Johannesburg
  • More Info: Website

Golf in Johannesburg

If you enjoy hitting the green, have a look at our list of the best places to play golf in Joburg.

Dainfern Golf Estate

The Dainfern golf course in Midrand was designed by the renowned Gary Player and Phil Jacobs. The course is challenging and beautiful with stunning views, a tranquil setting and six river crossings.

Hole in one at Dainfern golf course
@moraleecameron

The course also has a golf shop, restaurant and driving range (250m). Rates vary, depending on the number of holes you want to play, so visit the Dainfern website to find out before you go.

  • Operating Hours:
    • Mon-Sat, 7am-11pm
    • Sun, 7am-10pm
  • Contact Number: (011) 875 0400
  • Address: 633 Gateside Avenue, Dainfern, Midrand
  • More Info: Website

Serengeti Golf and Wildlife Estate

The Serengeti Golf and Wildlife Estate, only 15km from OR Tambo International Airport, offers you an African golfing experience. The estate boasts not one, but two courses, both designed by Jack Niklaus. The estate also has a golf shop, golf academy and a restaurant.

Tip: You may qualify for a discount if you’re accompanied by a member, are a member of another club or a member of a sister club.
  • Operating Hours:
    • Daily from 6am-Late
  • Contact Number: (011) 552 7207
  • Address: R21, Johannesburg
  • More Info: Website

Huddle Park

Huddle Park is a free, public golf park and so much more. It is a place for golf, running, CrossFit, walking and has a restaurant to satisfy your ravenous appetite after sports.

So, whether you fancy practising your swing or just enjoying a walk on the green, give it a try.

  • Operating Hours:
    • Tue-Sat, 7am-6pm
    • Sun, 7:30am-6pm
    • Mon, 12pm-6pm
  • Contact Number: (011) 640 6693
  • Address: Club Street, Linksfield
  • More Info: Website

Things to Do at Night

Johannesburg is an energetic city that is young at heart and the nightlife doesn’t disappoint. Get ready for information on the best pubs, clubs, dance and party spots in Johannesburg.

Pick from Ace+Pearl's exquisite menu options
@charmainewakefield

There is such an impressive selection of things to do at night in Joburg that we made it into 2 separate guides! These include:

  • The VIP Room
  • Copper Bar
  • Social on Main
  • The Orbit - Jazz Bar
  • Great Dane
  • Randlords

For the comprehensive guides, click on the links below:

Gauteng Getaways

When you need a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, escape for a weekend getaway. Our guide includes ideas for family getaways, romantic escapes and solo retreats.

Our comprehensive guide offers ideas for great weekend getaways in Gauteng. Some of these include:

  • Magaliesburg
  • Pilanesberg National Park
  • Muldersdrift
  • Dullstroom

For the full guide to awesome weekend getaways, click on the link below:

Transport & Weather

Summers run from October through April and visitors can expect hot sunny days with frequent afternoon thundershowers and cool evenings.

In winter, which runs from May to September, sunny days are dry and the nights are cold. Jozi is also notorious for its hailstorms. Golf ball-sized chunks have been known to fall on the city, resulting in a fair amount of damage.

Temperatures are at around 25°C in summer and 16°C in winter, with occasional highs of 40°C and lows well below freezing.

  • For an up-to-date weather forecast, visit AccuWeather's website.

Transport in Johannesburg

Johannesburg, also affectionally called Jozi or Egoli by locals, is a major urban metropolis which makes getting around more challenging than travelling in a compact space like Cape Town.

Most tourists book their flights to Johannesburg as its the business hub of Southern Africa and then make their way to the many tourist spots around the country.

Here are several options to make it easier:

Gautrain

A new and exciting service, the Gautrain is a direct line between the major hubs of Johannesburg.

fastest land travel in south africa
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Built to alleviate major traffic problems, it connects the OR Tambo International Airport to Sandton and Rosebank as well as to Hatfield, Pretoria, Midrand and Centurion.

A map of the Gautrain routes is available online, as is the schedule and other information. Gautrain fares vary so check their website out for more detailed information.

  • Opening hours: Daily, 4:45am - 9:30pm
  • Contact number: 0800 428 87246
  • More info: Website

Minibus Taxis

Used by thousands of locals, minibus taxis are South Africa’s answer to a cheap trip from A to B. They typically operate along main roads and by flagging down a taxi going in the right direction using this infographic on Joburg taxi hand signals, you can get to within walking distance of your destination for a few bucks.

Be warned though, this is South African style transport which means there is always room for one more passenger, no matter how full the taxi is!

Rent a Car

For longer journeys, large groups, or if you prefer to make your own way around Jozi, car hire is probably your best bet.

In conclusion, Johannesburg is a vibrant cosmopolitan community where you get to indulge in the best of all worlds. There is something to do for almost everyone when visiting the city of Jo’burg.

Whether you want to shop for global brands, expand your mind by soaking up the history of mining and South Africa in general, are looking to taste the best cuisine on the continent or simply want to relax with friends, this dynamic city has it all.

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