Johannesburg : An Impressive City in South Africa that Has Wonderful Destinations

Johannesburg is the largest city in South Africa and one of the 50 largest urban areas in the world. It is also the largest city in Gauteng County, the richest province in South Africa. While it is not one of the three capitals of South Africa, It has a cultural diversity and wonderful tourist attractions, as well as a variety of recreational venues. The city is considered a tourist destination because of its amazing atmosphere and wonderful attractions.

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1. Johannesburg Zoo

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The Johannesburg Zoo is located on 140 acres of land and is home to about 2,000 animals from 320 different species. Although it has been owned by the Johannesburg City Council since 1904, it has recently become a registered non-profit organization. The zoo is usually overlooked by tourists, it has evolved greatly over the last few years and is certainly worth a visit, to enjoy the opportunities of seeing hippos, reptiles, monkeys, gorillas, chimpanzees, zebras, rhinos, antelopes, tigers and others animals. The zoo is considered one of Johannesburg's tourist attractions.

2. The South African Museum of Military History

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The South African Museum of Military History traces the story of all military conflicts in the country, with a display of World War II fighter aircraft and grenade launchers, as well as exhibits of tanks, ammunition, weapons and medals. It is particularly interesting to see how the Zulu was used for traditional healing during the war, as well as modern treatments used in the battlefield, along with another exhibition revealing life in the trenches during the First World War.

3. The Apartheid Museum

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The Apartheid Museum is very popular among visitors to Johannesburg who are eager to know the history of the city in particular and the history of South Africa in general. The non-profit museum was opened in 2001 and is based on donations and contributions for development and business continuity. The Apartheid Museum is the first of its kind in the country, aiming to document the apartheid system through film clips and photographs, with a variety of artefacts that testify to the events and stories of humanity that were part of apartheid.

4. Nelson Mandela Square

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Nelson Mandela Square is one of the tourist attractions in the city of Johannesburg. The square was formerly known as Sandton Square but was renamed in 2004 in honour of the former South African president and anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela. The stunning Nelson Mandela statue was built in the square, which often attracts many visitors to capture the most beautiful pictures next to the famous president. The fountain has a wonderful fountain that provides a wonderful entertainment for children.

5. Gold Reef City

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Gold Reef City is a gold mine park that was closed in 1971, where you can enjoy horseback riding opportunities and learn about the history of mining disasters in the area. For an additional fee, you can participate in an underground tour of an abandoned gold mine surrounding the area. The Gold Reef City is considered one of the most wonderful tourist attractions that attract many visitors annually. The city includes many buildings such as the Royal Theatre, a hotel, a Chinese laundry, a tailor's workshop, a chemist's shop, a newspaper office, houses, shops, and Johannesburg's first stock exchange.

6. Johannesburg Art Gallery

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Johannesburg Art Gallery is one of the tourist destinations in the city of Johannesburg that attracts many visitors each year, located in the center of Joubert Park in downtown Johannesburg. The Art Gallery in Johannesburg is considered one of the biggest collections of arts in Africa including more than 9,000 works. The construction of the gallery dates back to 1915, designed by Edward Lutyens, the British architect. The gallery hosts many famous works such as 17th-century Dutch paintings, 18th and 19th-century European artworks and South African art.

7. Market Theatre

The Market Theatre in Johannesburg is one of the famous markets in South Africa that hosts many visitors from around the world. The Market Theatre is an important place in Johannesburg's cultural life. The place includes many restaurants, a bookshop, and an art photographic gallery.

8. Wits Art Museum

Wits Art Museum is an impressive museum in the city of Johannesburg and one of its wonderful tourist attractions. The museum hosts many African artworks, including South Africa as well as West and Central Africa. The Wits Art Museum is part of the Wits University Cultural Precinct. Becuase of its wonderful atmosphere, the museum is one of Johannesburg's tourist attractions that hosts many visitors who come to see the African arts.

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Along with its wonderful nature and impressive atmosphere, Johannesburg is one of the most visited cities around the world. The city includes many tourist attractions that attract the eyes of their visitors from the first sight. If you make up your mind to visit Johannesburg, do not miss to visit its famous museums like the Apartheid Museum, the Wits Art Museum, and the Art Gallery, its wonderful parks like the Leon Park and Johannesburg Zoo, and its famous square like Nelson Mandela Square.

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