The vibrant, bustling metropolis, Johannesburg was born after being rebuilt four times within one century. Home to one of Africa’s tallest skyscrapers – the Carlton Centre building, and myriad attractions, Johannesburg gives every travel buff a reason to explore its grandeur. Wildlife lovers must visit the Johannesburg Zoo (once home to African polar bears), which takes care of as many as 2070 animals of 365 distinct species. You are sure to be fascinated watching the white lions, bat-eared foxes, elephants, Siberian Tigers, etc. in their natural habitat. From world-class museums, green parks to wonderful shopping sites, the city’s attractions never fail to mesmerize its tourists.
Useful Tips for Tourists Flying to Johannesburg
Shopping in Johannesburg
Once you have explored the main attractions of Johannesburg, gear up for some fun-filled shopping experience. Eastgate shopping center is one vast shopping destination with cinemas and restaurants, and a plethora of boutiques, specialty shops, and department stores. Shop for high-quality products at Hyde Park Corner, clothing, jewelry, figurines, etc. at Montecasino, and cheap products at The Oriental Plaza. Find ceramics, clothing, baskets, toys, African masks, etc. at flea markets like Bruma Lake Flea Market, East Rand Flea Market, and Crafters Market.
What to eat
Food is an integral part of our lives wherever we go and discovering new cuisines is one of the best things about traveling. Johannesburg’s popular hangouts and restaurants offer a wide variety of foods for you to try. Have the delicious tuna platter at Yamato, fresh homemade delicacies at Coobs, and Salvationcafe’s breakfast burrito or halloumi (cheese) French toast. You can head to Moyo and try crocodile-tail pie or head to El Jalapeño for Mexican specialties like Arepitas (cornmeal balls stuffed with beef). Visit Smokin’ Joe’s Rib Shack to enjoy smoked brisket and ribs (pork or beef).
A few words in Afrikaans
Though English, Zulu, Afrikaans, Setswana, and SeSotho are the common languages of Johannesburg, Afrikaans is the most used. So, learn some of these useful phrases in Afrikaans before flying to Johannesburg.
• Thank You:
• Can I use your phone?
Mag ek u telefoon gebruik?
• How much is this?
Hoeveel kos dit?
Do’s and Don’ts
• Beware of pickpockets and taxi fare scams.
• Avoid driving at night and keep the windows closed for safety.
• Get yellow fever vaccination before flying to Johannesburg.
Emergency contact numbers
• Emergency Response / Police: 10111
• Ambulance / Fire: 011 375 5911
Which airlines offer cheap air tickets to Johannesburg?
The airlines offering cheap air tickets to Johannesburg are Cathay Pacific, Qatar Airways
, Ethiopian Airlines
, and Air China.
• What is the time zone used in South Africa?
The time zone of South Africa is GMT+2.
• What are the most popular airlines flying from Bangkok to Johannesburg?
From Beijing to Johannesburg, the most popular airlines
are Air China
, Cathay Pacific, and Dragonair.
• What is the shortest time for a Beijing to Johannesburg flight?
The shortest time for a direct Beijing to Johannesburg flight is 14 hours and 20 minutes.
• What are the top tourist destinations of Johannesburg?
Some of the must-visit tourist destinations in Johannesburg are Johannesburg Zoo, Apartheid Museum, SAB World of Beer, and Johannesburg Planetarium.
• What is the currency of South Africa?
The currency used in South Africa is South African Rand (ZAR).
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