Home to the phenomenon of catchy Kwaito music, Johannesburg is affectionately referred to as "Joburg" or "Jozi" by the locals. You can actually see two polar bears here in the Johannesburg Zoo and it will take you a minute longer to boil an egg than if you were in Cape Town or Durban due to the air being less dense. If Johannesburg's reputation for being one of the most dangerous cities in the world doesn't faze you, then take a ride on the Shaft of Terror and get dropped 47 meters.
Johannesburg is the world's largest city not built on a coastline, hence its "dry port" tag. Once a gold town in the 19th Century, it is South Africa's largest city with over 4 million people jostling in its streets and second in size on Africa's continent. This is where you will find the Soweto Township that was once home to Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu, that is a vast rambling area of African workers' houses. There is a mammoth man-made forest, the Carlton Center, with over 10 million trees in the government's attempt to combat the greenhouse effect. More than 40% of all human ancestor fossils in the world have been discovered on the outskirts of the city, predominantly on the archaeological site called the "Cradle of Humankind".
If you don't have time to visit the Kruger Park, you can take a walk on the wild side at the Lion Park to gawk at some cheetah, wild dogs, hyena and of course lions with a few other species making an appearance. Soar with the eagles after hiking to the top of the waterfall at the Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden, or picnic at Emmarentia Dam. Take the time to visit Newtown and maybe see a show at the Market Theater. Go fossicking at the hip "Market on Main" open every Sunday morning, or go local food munching at the "Jozi Food Market" on Saturday mornings.
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