Johannesburg, a bustling African metropolis

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This huge city counts among the world's metropolis, hosting some 3.5 million inhabitants. Johannesburg combines bustling economic activity with unique opportunities to enjoy an authentic African experience.

A glorious mining history has given Johannesburg a privileged place on the map. Formerly known as the "city of gold" following discovery of the precious metal on the Witwatersrand in 1886, the city is still very close to this activity that caused the inevitable gold rush before attracting diamond, iron, tin and copper tycoons. Today, Johannesburg is still the largest trading centre for gold and diamond on the African continent.

Historical landmarks are impressive in this city extending over 2,300 square kilometers. The Sterkfontein Caves, located 40 kilometres outside the city centre, host fossils of human ancestors dating back many thousand of years. This place is considered as the “Cradle of Humankind” and was declared a World Heritage Site.

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The main attractions offered by what the inhabitants call “Joburg” or more intimately "Jozi", emerge from its bustling activity and typical beat of a modern African city. O.R. Tambo International Airport, the most modern on the continent, welcomes you in a lively atmosphere that impregnates the whole city and its young and hip population, expressing their moods and spirit in the numerous festivals and cultural events taking place throughout the year.

During your stay, go and visit Nelson Mandela Square and do not miss a guided tour of Soweto dominated by the colourful and artistically decorated Orlando Towers. The many attractions of Gold Reef City are also a must for any visitor.

Get some shopping done in the trendy malls of Sandton, Braamfontein, Randburg, Fourways and Rosebank. Just like the city crowd in the evening, enjoy the blends and flavours offered by the many restaurants before ending the night in one of the local jazz clubs.

Johannesburg has so much to offer.