Rather frightening, absolutely filty in city and surrounds.Would not visit city but move outside area.
I was visiting from London during November, to attend a event. Had a great time hanging out mainly in the Sandton, Melrose Arch, Rosebank and Morningside areas which are all good for general shopping, dining and a bit of people watching.
I also recommend heading out to Midrand and Petoria on the world class Gauteng train service. As I only had a couple of days to spend in Johannesburg before heading down to Cape Town, I was not able to take in more culture and visit Soweto etc
Some parts of the city may not be safe, but for other parts, they should be O.K. in general as long as you pay reasonable attention to your surroundings, etc.
Johannesburg is a great city with a lot of history and culture. It is a great eyeopener to anyone who is interested in finding out more about the economic, political and social development of South Africa post-apartheid.
The people are also some of the most friendly and helpful people I've ever met. However, crime is still a lingering problem in Johannesburg and travellers need to be careful of their belongings.
You do not need a lot of time here. JHB is a business city, not much of a holiday spot. Saying that they have great restaurants and night life.
If you do venture out to the game farms all you need are a night or 2 in the city.
We stayed in Sandton only for our first visit to the city, and as we travelled during the holiday season, traffic was very good and it was no problem in finding the hotel.
Places of interest - Mandela Square. Try the safari - Krugers Park or Pilansburg. If Krugers Park, better stay overnight as the distance is quite far.
Dont miss Apartheid Museum.
awesome place ,city of wonder and contradiction, The history is rich and can be found all over the city.
I felt pretty safe during the day but you must use common sense where to go and not go still. Didnt venture out much at night. Recomend tour of Constitution hill, The Constitutional court of Sth Africa situated up on the hill,The old Fort and Prison up there as well. The prison ties in with Nelson Mandela's incarceration at the prison before Robbin island and also housed the school children that were imprisoned there following the Hector Peterson shooting and riots.
The city is an armed camp. Retail and housing properties are enclosed in barbed wire and electric wire.
You'd be insane to walk the streets. Stay away.
There is not that much to do in Johannesburg but it is a good starting point to visit the rest of the country.
Definitely a business city, I would not choose it for a vacation. When walking on the streets you are aware of safety.
Driving is not great, roads are pot-holed and drivers are crazy. Fast and push in.
A place to be, different habitants and cultures, good food and wine. Taxis always rushing and big roads.
Johannesburg seems like friendly place but a little difficult to get around without a car. Hiring a car with a driver is a little expensive for more than a day or two.
The city is very spread out but an entrusting experience.
It's a busy city and high level of roads interconnections, in not sure we were you going get a cab.cars are moving fast, decisions are fast taken on the road.
I love Johannesburg! I'm a Durban girl and that will never change but I love being in Jo'burg. Always have tons of fun when I'm there.
The shopping is always great and the sightseeing never ceases to amaze me.
Everywhere in SA is crime ridden,either you are a victim or are heavily shored up and warned against it.
Anyone recommended SA as a holiday destination has blood on their hands
In many places dangerous and filthy. One can feel who runs this city. Low standards in many aereas except areas like Sandton, Melrose Arch, Rosebank and few others.
Johannesburg is a big city that has a lot of attraction the people are very friendly lots of intertainment
Joburg isn't very rich in sight-seeing options but has a buzz from a vast range of entertainment options city-wide.
Gorgeous countryside minibreaks are easily accessible within 20 minutes drive from the city.
facilitiesThe city is vibrant and has excellent business possibilities and hotels and dining are excellent.
However, due to the security situation, the city 'dies' as the sun sets ! Streets and shoping centres are almost deserted.
Been going yo Jo'berg for many years. Much to do there, shopping, night life, restaurants, casino. Worth a visit.
Very exciting, bustling international city. Must visit Sandton City, Gold Reef City and Montecasino if you love shopping and entertainment.
Johannesburg is not all that unsafe as long as precautions are taken, such as not walking about alone at night, and avoid venturing near groups of men loitering around.
Other than this, the city is huge, many shops available, and a visit to places like the Apartheid Museum or Soweto is recommended.
Take a trip to Soweto, preferably with a guide. People in Soweto are friendly and you can see the living condition of the richest and poorest in the country.
Johannesburg is a mining town turned financial hub trying to morph into a tourist destination. It is very spread out.
There is no central, easily accessible transportation. There is no downtown/historic area. I hired a private driver who took me through the downtown area, discussed the effects mining had on the city, observed the improvements the city was implementing in the fringe areas. I was taken to Soweto where I toured Mandela's home and had lunch at small restaurant where locals eat and visited the museum dedicated to the first youth killed in the Soweto uprising. Sorry but the name escapes me. I am 70 years old, forgive me. History buffs might enjoy the trip. Otherwise it might be a big yawn.
I cannot say much about leisure time because I have only been to Johannesburg city centre for business and only 2 days and never got a chance to explore
It is better you go with group tour, or some one is there to take care of you. Never wondering around at night on street.
Melville is where you want to stay and hang out at night in Johannesburg. There are loads of tours in Jozi and although it will only take you a day or two to see everything.
.. it is a good place to visit.
Johannesburg bietet viel und wurde nach der Fussball WM 2010 viel sicherer. Johannesburg ist für mich der ideale Ausgangspunkt für eine Reise durch das wunderschöne Südafrika.