Johannesburg is a huge, beautiful, thriving metropolitan area in South Africa that embodies the very best that the nation has to offer. A far cry from the deserts and jungles that most tourists imagine when they mentally picture Africa, Johannesburg offers a modern break from your African safari vacation that includes world class cuisine and retail shopping opportunities. The culture in the city is unique, and draws travelers from across the world throughout the year. Located between the sea and unforgiving mountains that team with wildlife, South Africa’s largest city is the perfect place to stay if you are hoping to get a full experience of Africa. If you are planning a safari tour, this city is definitely worth considering putting on your list. Here are 10 interesting facts about Johannesburg.
- A Golden City
Johannesburg was founded during a major gold rush in South Africa over 120 years ago. This golden city has thrived since, and contains the wealthiest province in all of the country. Though Johannesburg was founded multiple generations ago, it is still considered a very new city by standards through the world.
- A Big City
Johannesburg is the second largest city in all of the country of Africa. It is second only to Cairo, Egypt. For the entire population, there is only one hospital that serves 3.5 million residents. Incredibly, this is the largest acute hospital in the world.
- A Green City
Johannesburg is a city that loves the environment and trees, having planted a magnificent, made made and urban forest that is the largest of its kind.
- A Dry-Port City
Johannesburg is known as the “dry-port” city because it is not built directly on a coastline. If is the largest city not to be built on any water.
- An Ancient City
Roughly 40% of the world’s ancient human fossils have been discovered just outside of the main city, on a major archeological site.
- A City with a Beautiful Skyline
The tallest structure in Johannesburg is the Hillbrow Tower, standing at 269 meters high. This tower stands out among the rest on the city’s stunning skyline.
- A City with a Zoo
Johannesburg is proud to have one of the very best zoos in Africa. The park is over 100 years old, and provides a home to many incredible creatures. This includes the only set of polar bears in all of Africa.
- A Great Police Force
As a large city, there is a good amount of crime and tourists are cautioned to stay on the safe side. That being said, Johannesburg is proud that the average response time for police is as little as 60 seconds.
- A City in the Clouds
Since Johannesburg is set 2000 meters above sea level and the air is not as dense as the neighboring cities, it takes longer to boil an egg.
- A City of Music
Johannesburg is home of a distinct African style that is known as Kwaito. This interesting genre is both fun and catchy.
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Jill Liphart for Roho Ya Chui, Travel Africa