25 Dec 3 of Johannesburg’s best kept secrets
As one of the largest and most diverse cities in the world Johannesburg has a lot to offer to tourists and residents alike. Whether you’re interested in art, fashion, culture, sport or nature, Johannesburg is sure to have the perfect attractions and events to entertain you. We have compiled a list of five of Johannesburg’s most interesting but less popular attractions to help you make the most of your time in this beautiful city.
African Flea Market
Johannesburg is home to many of the world’s largest flea markets. The African Flea Market is open from 9am until 6pm every single day, giving you little excuse not to have a trip to it. The Flea Market offers an opportunity for tourists and residents alike to marvel at, and purchase, beautiful craftwork and handmade artwork from all over Africa. Whether you’re interested in the crafts and cultures of Zimbabwe, Namibia or the Congo it can all be found in the heart of Johannesburg.
If you’re interested more specifically in Johannesburg’s daily culture and history take a trip to the Alexandra Township. Situated to the east of Sandton, one of the wealthier areas of Johannesburg, Alex offers a taste of Johannesburg life from the inside. Established in 1912, and originally designed to house 70,000 people, it has been estimated to be home to anywhere between 180,000 and 750,000 people since then.
Although it is not the touristiest area of Johannesburg it is one of the most interesting to visit in terms of culture, diversity and as a way to appreciate the South African people. In addition to simply wandering Alex’s streets guided tours are also available to allow you to truly appreciate the culture of the area.
Aloe Ridge Nature Game Reserve
If you’re more interested in animals and nature than shopping and history, take a trip to the Aloe Ridge Nature Game Reserve. Situated just 40 kilometres from the heart of Johannesburg Aloe Ridge offers a taste of safari without having to travel far. Located amongst beautiful scenery, at an altitude 1,500 feet below Johannesburg, the climate offered by Aloe Ridge is almost subtropical.
Enjoy Aloe Ridge’s luxurious hotel and restaurant facilities after a long day of giraffe, zebra and tropical bird spotting. Although it doesn’t provide the same scale or nature range as South Africa’s bigger game reserves and national parks it does offer a glimpse of a safari experience.