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Johannesburg


Johannesburg is the largest city in South Africa, and capital of the province of Gauteng. As of 2001, the city had a population of 3,225,812.

South Africans have a wide variety of affectionate nicknames for Johannesburg, including "iGoli", "JHB", "Jo'burg", "Joeys", "Joni" and "Jozi".

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Johannesburg in 3 Days: The Definitive Tourist Guide Book That Helps You Travel Smart and Save Time

By Finest City Guides

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Paperback (60 pages)

Johannesburg in 3 Days: The Definitive Tourist Guide Book That Helps You Travel Smart and Save Time
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Johannesburg is not a prime travel destination, but it is drawing more visitors, thanks to its thought-provoking museums and attractions and a regeneration program in the city. We’ll show you the highlights of this unique city, and the top places to see and experience. Included: • How to get to Johannesburg • How to get around easily once you arrive • Where to find a luxury, midrange or cheap hotel • Where to eat, for all kinds of tastes • The highlights you won’t want to miss • Festivals and special events that may be taking place while you’re there Packed with information and advice, this concise guide will assist you in getting the most from a three-day trip to Johannesburg. Here is a quick preview of what you will learn in this tourist guide: • Helpful information about Johannesburg • Flying into the city • Transportation tips in town • Why Johannesburg is such a vibrant tourist spot and what you will find most remarkable about it • Information on luxury and budget accommodations and what you’ll get for your money • The currency used in Johannesburg • Tourist attractions you should make time to see • Other attractions for entertainment and culture • Events that may be running during your stay • Tips on the best places to eat & drink for all price points, whether you want simple fare, worldwide dishes or African flavor

Johannesburg 2011 Pocket Map 1:15,500 MapStudio

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New edition convenient pocket size map with the latest updated information. The detailed maps cover Johannesburg, Rivonia, Sandton and Rosebank areas. Maps include index to street names, route numbers, places of interest, museums, art galleries, shopping malls, schools, hospitals and clinics, nature reserves, parks and soccer stadium sites.

Fodor's South Africa: with the Best Safari Destinations (Travel Guide)

By Fodor's Travel Guides

Inc Staff Fodor s Travel Publications
Released: 2015-05-12
Paperback (592 pages)

Fodor s South Africa: with the Best Safari Destinations (Travel Guide)
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  • Fodor s South Africa with the Best Safari Destinations Travel Guide
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Written by locals, Fodor's travel guides have been offering expert advice for all tastes and budgets for 80 years.

From urban and lively Cape Town and Johannesburg to the dramatic scenery and wildlife of Kruger National Park, South Africa offers an amazingly wide range of experiences. Fodor's South Africa helps travelers sort through their many choices and select the best adventure based on their own interests, whether that involves wildlife viewing, wine tasting, resort stays, or exploring South Africa's rich cultural legacy.

This travel guide includes:
· Dozens of maps
· An 8-page color insert with a brief introduction and spectacular photos that capture the top experiences and attractions throughout South Africa
· Hundreds of hotel and restaurant recommendations, with Fodor's Choice designating our top picks
· Multiple itineraries to explore the top attractions and what’s off the beaten path
· Coverage of Cape Town and Peninsula, The Western Cape, The Northern Cape, The Garden Route and the Little Karoo, The Eastern Cape, Durban and Kwazulu-Natal, Johannesburg, Mpumalanga & Kruger National Park, and Victoria Falls

Planning to focus on a safari? Check out Fodor's Complete Guide to African Safaris.

South Africa: Hiking Trails in and Around Pretoria and Johannesburg: Day Walks and Wildlife Hikes

By Dr. Gregory F. Maassen

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Paperback (334 pages)

South Africa: Hiking Trails in and Around Pretoria and Johannesburg: Day Walks and Wildlife Hikes
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Plan your next holiday with South Africa: Hiking Trails in and Around Pretoria and Johannesburg

With this detailed guide, you can save valuable time when planning your hiking adventure in South Africa. For three years, the authors explored and recorded 837 kilometers (523 miles) of astonishing hiking trails and walks in amazing landscapes, encountering giraffes, zebras, and rhinos, magnificent valleys, and unique people and culture.

Most trails can be completed in 4-6 hours as day trips from Pretoria and Johannesburg. The more than 120 trails in this guidebook have been grouped into the following geographic areas:

• Pretoria and surroundings;

• The Magaliesberg Mountain Range (northern and southern slopes); and

• Johannesburg and surroundings.

The book provides easy to understand custom-made hiking maps and trail descriptions. Users of the book also have access to a unique collection of GPS E-trails.

Trails in the guidebook are classified either as a wildlife or nature hike/walk. A trail can be easy, moderately difficult or best suited for advanced hikers.

Although most trails can be completed without a GPS device, owners of the book can download carefully recorded E-trails (1,134 waypoints) to maximize their time on the trail, and accessing the hiking grounds using GPS devices and GPS enabled smartphones and tablets.

Users of the book also have access to the Wildlife Finder and the Day Trip Planner. These interactive planning tools provide hikers easy access to trail descriptions based on many search criteria including waterfalls, historic sites, wildlife (zebras, giraffes, wildebeests, rhinos, etc.) and other interesting artifacts on the trail.

The guidebook has been written with the independent traveler in mind but is also a valuable source of hiking ideas if you plan to organize your holiday with a travel company.

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With the Cape Peninsula, Garden Route, Kruger Park and the Drakensberg Mountain Range, South Africa is a major tourist destination. Millions of tourists explore these magnificent places annually, bringing home memories of a beautiful and diverse country.

Less known are the incredible national and municipal parks, numerous private nature reserves and the many little towns in the northern part of South Africa in and around Pretoria and Johannesburg that offer equally interesting experiences.

If you visit South Africa beyond the major tourist centers or if you live in the major metropolitan areas, you will be amazed what the country presents in terms of its people, culture, nature, wildlife sightings, hiking, walking, food, wine, local craft beers, and entertainment.

Unknown to many, the nature reserves and wildlife parks in and around Pretoria and Johannesburg have outstanding hiking opportunities that can easily compete with other destinations in South Africa.

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Travelers will find South Africa: Hiking Trails in and Around Pretoria and Johannesburg and its multimedia resources an invaluable "next generation" resource guide to explore the region from a truly unique perspective.

Johannesburg Travel Guide: Sightseeing, Hotel, Restaurant & Shopping Highlights

By Rebecca Kaye

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Johannesburg Travel Guide: Sightseeing, Hotel, Restaurant & Shopping Highlights
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  • Johannesburg Travel Guide Sightseeing Hotel Restaurant Shopping Highlights
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Johannesburg offers visitors the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of history-makers like Nelson Mandela, Gandhi and Archbishop Desmond Tutu and to visit landmarks important in South Africa's road to social reform. The South African people refer to Johannesburg as Egoli, the City of Gold, given the gold mines that lie beneath the city and the Gold Rush that led to the city’s founding in the late 1800s.

Hidden Johannesburg

By Paul Duncan

Penguin Random House South Africa
Released: 2016-12-30
Hardcover (240 pages)

Hidden Johannesburg
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In Hidden Johannesburg, Paul Duncan provides a snapshot of 28 of the city’s architecturally and culturally significant buildings, alongside superb photography from Alain Proust. Some date from the early 20th century, when Johannesburg was transforming itself from mining camp to modern metropolis. Others speak to the influences that shaped the city: cultural, ethnic, historical, religious and commercial. There are churches and cathedrals, synagogues and mosques, as well as schools, homes, places of business and even a prison.

Sir Herbert Baker and his partners had a hand in many notable buildings that predate WWI: the cloistered quads and crypt of St John’s College Houghton; Glenshiel in Westcliff, now the headquarters of the Order of St. John; legendary Northwards in Parktown, once owned by randlord John Dale Lace and his socialite wife Josie; Bedford Court, home of mining magnate Sir George Farrar and now part of St Andrew’s School for Girls; and Villa Arcadia, a Parktown mansion built to the exacting standards of Florence Phillips; St. George’s Parish Church in Parktown, and St. Michael and All Angels in Boksburg.

Places that speak of another life and time, or capture the spirit of occupants long gone include Nelson Mandela House in Vilakazi Street, Orlando West, where he lived from 1946 until his arrest in 1962, now a museum that attracts visitors from all over the world. Satyagraha House, in Orchards, was home to Mahatma Ghandi. In nearby Kew was the home and studio of sculptor Edoardo Villa and many of his works are still in situ.

Anstey’s was once a glamorous department store. Completed in 1936 in the Art Deco style and, for a time, the tallest building in Johannesburg, it survives as an apartment block. Gleneagles, in Killarney, of similar style and vintage, has become another sought-after residence.

There are also newer buildings whose architects have sought to integrate form and function. The Nizamiye Masjid in Midrand stands out, and not just because of its tall minarets; St Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Victory Park.

Given Johannesburg’s reputation for tearing down anything ‘old’, it is remarkable how much of the city’s heritage remains; yet there is always the threat of demolition. Hidden Johannesburg shines a spotlight on places not accessible to the ‘ordinary’ person and invites us to consider the impact of the built heritage in shaping our cities. By affording us a glimpse of our past, perhaps it will help to shed light on our future.

City Maps Johannesburg South Africa

By James McFee

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City Maps Johannesburg South Africa
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City Maps Johannesburg South Africa is an easy to use small pocket book filled with all you need for your stay in the big city. Attractions, pubs, bars, restaurants, museums, convenience stores, clothing stores, shopping centers, marketplaces, police, emergency facilities and the list goes on and on. This collection of maps is up to date with the latest developments of the city. This city map is a must if you wish to enjoy the city without internet connection.

National Geographic Traveler: South Africa, 3rd Edition

By Richard Whitaker

Whitaker Richard
Released: 2017-03-07
Paperback (320 pages)

National Geographic Traveler: South Africa, 3rd Edition
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  • National Geographic Traveler South Africa 3rd Edition
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This guide covers all the main towns, cities, and parks of one of the most beautiful countries on Earth. Travel information and tips for the hot spots of Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Johannesburg, and Durban are all extensively updated for this latest edition. The book also includes spotlights on food and drink, shipwrecks, surfing, diving, and wild animals to help travelers get the most out of their time in this multifaceted destination. Kruger National Park, the Kalahari, and the Western Cape wine lands are featured, and readers can also enjoy a Footsteps to Freedom walk, a Maloti Mountains drive, and luxury train trips through the Transvaal.

The National Geographic Traveler guidebooks are in tune with the ever growing trend toward experiential travel, providing inspiring photography, insider tips, and expert advice for a more authentic, enriching experience of the destination. The guides provide information, historical context, and cultural interpretation not available online.


 
 
 

 
 
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