Johannesburg (also called the City of Gold or iGoli) is a city with about six million inhabitants, situated in the province of Gauteng. The city has a western appearance with modern skyscrapers and big shopping centres. Johannesburg has a very pleasant climate; the summers are hot with most of the rainfall occurring in the summer months between October and April. Winter days are mild and dry, becoming cold (± 5˚c) in the evenings.
A guided tour through Soweto should not be missed. The township is found to the southwest of the city. If you would like to visit a museum, you can get a free “Museum Map, Gauteng” which gives an overview of the 40 museums from one of the tourist offices. The most popular museums are: The Apartheid Museum (an absolute must see!), Museum Africa (evolution of Johannesburg), the SA Breweries Museum (African beer brewing), the SA Museum of Military History and many more. There are a number of great shopping centres located to the north-west of the city such as Sandton and Fourways Mall for those wanting to buy South African merchandise. Gold Reef City lies to the south of the city and absolutely deserves a visit. It
tells the story of the gold pioneers, their settlement and the gold mines which made the pioneers all their money. Johannesburg has a high crime rate and is still a city where you need to exercise caution. It is advisable not to go out or walk around in the city centre and Hillbrow after dark. Tourist information centres are located at the airport and in central Johannesburg.