Johannesburg, the capital city of South Africa is one of the most happening and hip places in the country. It is also one of the biggest metropolia in the country having a population of around 21 million! The city also is known as the city of gold because it was established for the mining of gold, but it has evolved into a thriving city with people from different cultures and ethnicities living together. The city is also called jozi or Joburg by the local people but many tourists tend to skip touring the city, and just make a stop there before they take a flight to Durban, or to Cape Town. This is because the city has a high crime rate which makes tourists really wary of touring the city. The city sure has an alarming crime rate, but if you have your senses about you and have an experienced tour guide, you will not face any problem.
Since the city is the capital of the nation, it has two big airports which are bigger than the one at Cape Town or Durban, which is why most tourists land here first before they take a flight to Durban.
Durban is also an interesting place, which is slowly becoming the second most popular city to visit in South Africa. The city is only a few hundred kilometres away from Johannesburg and you can take a flight directly from Johannesburg to Durban or even travel by bus. Before we get into Durban, let’s find out some of the interesting places to visit in Johannesburg.
The Constitution Hill
This is a place that is to be visited by every history buff. The constitution hill operated as a jail and military fort during the apartheid. A visit to the place will help take a deeper look at the torture and brutality that the non-whites or the coloured inhabitants had to endure. The jail had some world-famous occupants like Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi.
The museum houses artefacts, documents, photographs and testaments of people who lived during the apartheid. Apartheid one of the darkest times in the history of the universe was a practice of segregation and discrimination based on skin colour and race.
Johannesburg will not take more than 2-3 days for you to explore, after which you should hop on a flight to Durban. There is no direct flight Durban, so you have to land at Johannesburg and book a flight from Johannesburg.
Durban: The City Where You Can Experience The Unique Afro-Indian Culture
This may come as a surprise to many, but Durban has the largest population of Indians living in the city than people from any other culture. Indian culture and cuisine are hugely popular there. If you want to experience tiny India fused with African culture without visiting India, then Durban should be on your bucket list.
Here’s What The City Has To Offer:
- Display your surfing abilities at the Gold Mile beach.
- Take a rickshaw ride and explore the Gold Mile beach which stretches to a whopping 3.7 miles!
- Try out delectable food at the food market!
- Explorer marine life or go snorkelling at the uShaka Marine World. If you have kids, they will love the interactive animal show, there.
- Hit the Florida Road if you want to enjoy the nightlife of Durban.
- If you want to shop for souvenirs or some ethnic African clothing to try on, be sure to visit the Village Walk.
- Take a walk through PheZhulu Safari Park and Shakaland to experience the Zulu culture. Attend the tribal dances and immerse yourself in the Zulu culture.
- Visit Mahatma Gandhi’s place that falls on the Inanda Heritage Route.
- Attend the biggest festival of Durban, the Essence Festival.