South Africa, Pretoria Guide (B): South Africa: Things to Do in Johannesburg and Pretoria

South Africa: Things to Do in Johannesburg and Pretoria
Johannesburg is the starting point for many travellers arriving in South Africa and I expect not many stay more than a few hours due to the city’s unsavoury reputation. But if you do happen to stay for a few days here are a few ideas for things to do in Johannesburg and Pretoria.

Just to explain, South Africa’s administrative capital Pretoria is around 50 kilometres north of Johannesburg but urban sprawl has led to them merging geographically. I’d always advice staying in Pretoria rather than Johannesburg – it’s pretty and feels a lot safer. The air here is dry, thin, cool. Johannesburg and Pretoria are on the Highveld, a plateau that rises 1,753 metres or 5,751 feet in the east of South Africa.

The Jacaranda City

The first thing to note is to visit in springtime (September/October in the southern hemisphere) to see the ‘Jacaranda City’ turn purple. There are thousands of these gorgeous trees planted in its streets, parks and gardens. The sight and the scent is heavenly. Feet crunch blossoms walking through the gracious streets of affluent suburbs, filling the air with a purple haze as the sun glints off green bullet-proof glass and razor wire. Up in the palatial area of Waterkloof you can see rare white Jacaranda trees on Herbert Baker Street.

The Apartheid Museum

The Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg sets out to illustrate the history of apartheid in South Africa. It was built and is owned by a wealthy Casino consortium, which sits uncomfortably ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: South Africa: Things to Do in Johannesburg and Pretoria
Guide Location: South Africa » Pretoria
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Jacaranda City   Klapperkop Fort   Voortrekker Monument   The Union Buildings   Church Square  
Author: Natasha Von Geldern
Read it on author's website: https://www.worldwanderingkiwi.com/2012/09/south-africa-things-to-do-in-johannesburg-and-pretoria/