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A Day in Johannesburg

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Constitution Hill

This area of Johannesburg is filled with mixed themes and is rife with history. A symbol of South Africa's journey to freedom, the Constitutional Court sits where the Old Fort Prison Complex used to house both political and common criminals. Figures such as Robert Sobukwe, Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela were once imprisoned in these walls until its closure in 1983. This site has been transformed into a monument of perseverance and justice. Guided and interactive tours are scheduled regularly.

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Carlton Centre

A 228 metros, o Carlton Centre é o mais alto edifício da África, sendo um dos principais patrimônios de Joanesburgo. Construído em 1970, o centro tem sido uma parte iconíca do horizonte da cidade, com a adição do quinquagésimo andar, do Top of Africa, do observatório, oferecendo vistas panorâmicas da cidade, como também um shopping subterrâneo que conecta o centro ao Carlton Hotel (fechado no momento). Localizado no coração do Distrito Central e Financeiro de Joanesburgo, este patrimônio deve fazer parte de qualquer itinerário quando estiver na cidade.

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Arts On Main

Art On Main is an art gallery that displays a number of very interesting art pieces. The creative space does more than display artwork. Artists congregate to discuss and share ideas, opinions, and thoughts, while an outdoor cinema screens film and a rooftop bar let artists, as well as customers, relax over a drink. They also have a reading room, art supplies, and bookstore and even host music concerts. Do call ahead for more details about the artists and more.

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Johannesburg Zoo

Featuring park-like surrounds, the Johannesburg Zoo offers a glimpse at over 3,000 animal species. Night-time tours are also offered, giving a fascinating show of the nocturnal behavior of many residents. ‘Behind-the-scenes' tours offer a chance to witness first-hand, the goings-on in a typical zoo such as the feeding and cleaning routines the public seldom see. Children's' birthday parties are hosted (book in advance) and a restaurant/tea garden is open during all normal visiting hours. An approximate time of four hours is required in order to view all the exhibits.

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Zoo Lake

Probably the most frequented open-space area in the suburbs of Johannesburg, Zoo Lake has a restaurant, paddle-boat facilities as well as waterfowl in abundance. The restaurant is housed within buildings at the heart of the property and a bowling club lies to the right. Concerts are often hosted here and an annual, ‘Jazz at the Park' concert is becoming a recognized event. ‘Artists under the Sun' is a regular affair providing artists an opportunity to showcase their works by the lakeside. Weekends are always hectic and everyone and their dog seems to find some amusement there. No entrance fee. Dogs on leashes only. Plenty of parking.

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Market Theatre

As its name suggests, the Market Theatre, also known as the John Kani Theatre was once a fresh fruit and vegetable market. Dating back to the early 1900s, most of the original architecture still exists as well as a lot of the original signs. Within the huge complex, other than the Market Theatre stages, there are several galleries and restaurants. The three theaters at the Market are Main, Laager and Barney Simon. The venue stages all forms of production from drama, comedy, musical, community, South African to experimental theater. International actor John Kani is the managing trustee at the complex. There are various dining and drinking options within the Market Theatre complex.

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Gold Reef City

Built around the No. 14 shaft of Crown Mines, this city is an authentic reproduction of Johannesburg at the beginning of the 1900s. There are fully furnished miner's houses with original furniture and fittings, including pressed ceilings. The museum exhibits include antique clothing and children's toys, which take the visitor back 100 years to the city that was. A train encircles the park and many shops offer interesting curios. You can also visit the original gold mine in a lift that goes down to 220 meters below the surface. An on site casino is open 24 hours daily.

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Museu Apartheid

O Museu Apartheid reflete a história sórdida dos dias de apartheid na África do Sul. Sob a orientação sensata de Nelson Mandela, o país enfrentou bravamente os maus tempos de discriminação racial, e este museu é uma lembrança destas terríveis histórias e experiências. Fotografias, filmes e artefatos são exibidos nas 22 salas, o levando a uma viagem épica através das lutas da nação pela saúde da humanidade. Se estiver em Joanesburgo, não deixe passar esta oportunidade de visitar este museu contando uma parte importante da história do país.

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Acrobranch

Experience the forest from a whole new angle with Acrobranch, one of a number of outdoor adventure parks, which offers a number of exciting activities like canopy walks, bungee jumping and zip lines. Located in the James and Ethel Gray Park, this particular facility has one of Africa's longest zip lines which makes its way through the forested canopy of the park. Zip down the rope from tree to tree across their various zip lines or show off your climbing skills on their various obstacle courses which include everything from monkey bars to Tarzan swings. Separate obstacle courses are also available for kids and teenagers.

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Nelson Mandela Square

Antigamente conhecido como Sandton Square, esta parte do centro vivo da cidade recebeu o nome de Nelson Mandela Square em 2004 para comemorar o décimo aniversário do nascimento da democracia sul-africana. Aqui também está a estátua de Nelson Mandela, que foi revelada no dia em que o local foi renomeado. O square serve não só como um tributo aos esforços históricos do presidente de trazer a paz à nação , mas também como um ponto onde os visitantes e locais possam contemplar o passado turbulento do país. Uma praça do tipo italiano, repleta de lojas, restaurantes e galerias, localizada perto de excelentes hotéis e do centro financeiro da cidade, esta é uma parada obrigatória para qualquer visitante de Joanesburgo.

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Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve

The Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve is the largest official nature reserve in Johannesburg, and it's well worth the short drive from the center of the city. The area contains diverse wildlife, including zebra and black wildebeest. There are also six hiking trails that range in difficulty.

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Nelson Mandela National Museum

Commonly referred to as Mandela House, Nelson Mandela National Museum is an important national monument nestled in Johannesburg. This museum is housed at the prior residence of the legendary Nelson Mandela himself and takes one through the history of Africa. Operating since 1997, this museum showcases several artifacts of the former President. The museum chronicles the life story of Nelson Mandela and his family and his struggle for the betterment of Africa. The museum was renovated for the convenience of tourists in 2009 and has been listed as one of the most popular tourist destinations in South Africa.

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