Classic Experiences to Have in Johannesburg

Victoria Falls – a day trip from Johannesburg, in Zambia – is the world's largest waterfall
Victoria Falls – a day trip from Johannesburg, in Zambia – is the world's largest waterfall | © Peter Unger / Getty Images

Johannesburg is full of history and surrounded by incredible natural beauty. Soweto township is the former home of Nelson Mandela, while Kruger National Park is one of Africa’s largest game reserves. Culture Trip curates six ways to tick off these classic experiences.

Roughly 90 minutes from the city, the Unesco-listed Cradle of Humankind – the world’s richest hominin site – is a must-visit if you’re interested in anthropology, while no trip to Johannesburg would be complete without a visit to a game reserve. You can get up close and personal with the Big Five – the lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and Cape buffalo – on a two-day tour from Johannesburg which includes two game drives and overnight accommodation.

And if you feel like venturing further and cross the border into Zambia, Victoria Falls is well worth the excursion. At 1,700m (5,577ft) wide, it is the world’s largest waterfall in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, a Unesco World Heritage Site. You can take a three-day tour from Johannesburg, which includes a Zambezi river cruise and accommodation.

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