Originally founded as a gold-mining town, Johannesburg is now the largest city in South Africa and an excellent destination to include on your next cruise. Boasting a friendly atmosphere, you will discover many exciting things to do and see. History buffs are certain to appreciate learning the turbulent history of this city’s past, while the culturally curious will love admiring its thought-provoking street art over some local cuisine and shopping. Among the many things to do and see in Johannesburg include museums, entertainment complexes, safari tours, gardens, markets, archaeological sites, iconic landmarks, and more!
A great time to visit Johannesburg is between either March and May or September and November, when you can expect the best weather and less crowds.
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Becoming more and more popular, a river cruise is an immerse and destination-focused vacation experience, on a small and luxurious vessel.
River cruises sail through the inland waterways of some of the world's most interesting vacation destinations (i.e. Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America), and provide their guests with a greater opportunity to spend time visiting more unique ports of call than a traditional cruise typically would.
Because the destination is the star of a river cruise, (typically guided) shore excursions are included at no additional charge by many River cruise lines. There are usually many interesting lectures given during the cruise, by experts on the history and culture of the region being visited.
Among the famous rivers that one may take a river cruise on are the Rhine, Mississippi, Seine, Danube, Mekong, Nile, Yangtze, Amazon and Douro.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Johannesburg, along with a brief description:
♦ Gold Reef City
Johannesburg was originally founded as a gold-mining settlement and there’s no better way to learn more about it (while having tons of fun) at Gold Reef City. This thrilling amusement park was built on a former mine site and will help you step back in time to the gold rush era. Enjoy many thrilling rides (including a few rollercoasters), a trampoline park, underground mine tours, and more! There are also dedicated “kiddie” rides for families with youngsters too small for the main ones. Plus, there are over 10 restaurants, multiple retail stores, and many more fun attractions to discover! As one of the city’s most highly-rated attractions, you can’t go wrong with a visit to this one!
♦ Mandela House
If you’re interested in history, then you simply must save some time to the Mandela House. As its name suggests, this building was where legendary activist Nelson Mandela once lived. Discover all you’ve ever wanted to know about Mandela and his influences in South Africa as you tour this house, certain to be a very emotional experience. Some of the things you can view inside of the house include items that once belonged to Mandela, as well as bullet holes shot into the windows. Plus, the house is located near many local restaurants, so you can easily grab a bite to eat before or after your visit.
♦ Cradle of Humankind
Natural history enthusiasts shouldn’t miss the chance to see the Cradle of Humankind! This fascinating archaeological site is a designated UNESCO World Heritage site and features many fossils, tools, limestone caves, and other relics from another time. If you’re looking for a break from traditional museums, then you certainly must check out this attraction. This is a great activity for families, as the tours are very informative and a great way to learn about the origins of humankind.
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