Johannesburg unlike most other major cities, was not founded near water. Inland, and perched on the 80km long rocky outcrop of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg's existence and growth came from the financial waters left behind - gold.
The discovery of this enchanting mineral hidden below the plains of the highveld sparked off one of the fastest urban developments of the modern era.
In just over a century, the ramshackle congregation of prospectors' tents and crude digging devices near the farm of Langlaagte has spread for more than 30 kilometres in each direction into a metropolis of skyscrapers.
The Johannesburg of today is a modern version of its inauspicious but frantic beginnings. It is the technological and financial forerunner of Africa, South Africa's pemier business destination and home, including Soweto, to more than five million people.
Built on and maintained by the ancient ground it covers, Johannesburg is the prince of the subcontinent.
Where to Stay
Accommodation in Johannesburg Metropole are found in areas such as Sandton, Johannesburg City, Randburg, Roodepoort, Benoni and Kempton Park near OR Tambo Int Airport.
Things to Do
Johannesburg offers a host of attractions and activities, and offers the visitor many things to do.
Day Tours in Johannesburg
There is no easier way to explore Johannesburg city, Soweto, the Cradle of Humankind and various other attractions, than joining a scheduled half-day or day tour.
There are 17 nature reserves in Johannesburg with 12 river systems that run throughout the city. Gardens and parks nurture about 6 million trees and an amazing 40 percent of the entire world's human ancestor fossils have been found in areas adjoining the city - the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site.
Culture & History
With more than 20 theatres and about 30 art galleries, Johannesburg is an excellent place for local and international artists to get exposure. Johannesburg also has about150 heritage sites, half of which are national monuments.
The population of Johannesburg is about 3.5 million and Black Africans account for 73 percent of the population, followed by Whites at 16 percent, Coloureds at 6 percent and Asians at 4 percent.
The Wits University Donald Gordon Medical Centre (WDGMC) is the first private academic hospital in South Africa
Netcare Mulbarton Hospital is conveniently situated in True North Road, Mulbarton, to the south of Johannesburg, and offers easy access to all major highways.
Brenthurst Clinic subscribe to the core values of the Life Healthcare group, while individually striving to continually improve facilities, standards and technology.
Netcare Milpark Hospital nestles close to trendy Melville is easily accessible to most of Johannesburg's suburbs.
Garden City are committed to quality patient care. The hospital offers all disciplines with a special focus on Paediatrics and Maternity.
All Life Bedford Gardens Hospital staff appreciate the importance of quality in delivery of service and to embrace caring principles of empathy, ethics, excellence, energy and empowerment.
Netcare Linkwood Hospital strive to make your stay an unforgettable experience together with providing family centred maternity care.
Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital is an accredited central hospital with 1088 beds serving patients from across the Gauteng province and neighbouring provinces.
Netcare Linksfield Hospital has 263 beds and has established itself as one of South Africa’s leading Medical Oncology Centres
The 116 bed Netcare Rosebank Hospital is a smaller, specialised hospital that offers a variety of disciplines
Coca-Cola Park (Ellis Park Stadium) with a seating capacity of 62,567 is located in Doornfontein, and home ground of the Lions rugby union.
Bidvest Wanderers Stadium is the home ground of the Highveld Lions cricket team and has a capacity of around 34 000 seats.
FNB Stadium (also Soccer City) with a capacity of 94,700 is located in Johannesburg and South Africa's largest stadium. Mainly used for soccer.
Johannesburg Stadium in Doornfontein can accommodate 37,500 people. It was originally built as an athletics stadium, but also hosted football and rugby matches.
Constitution Hill offers a variety of indoor and outdoor venues available for conferences, live performances, banquets, product launches, cocktail evenings, private functions and corporate events.
Delta Environmental Centre seats 186 delegates and has been used as an exhibition hall, for cocktail parties, product launches, breakfasts, dinners, seminars, workshops, training sessions and plays
Johannesburg Zoo is a day/evening venue with various facilities such as the Anglo Gold Ashanti Conference Centre, the Elephant House and others.
INTEC College offers the widest range of distance learning courses covering many disciplines from business to creative studies.
University Of The Witwatersrand (Wits)) has a reputation built on research and academic excellence and is one of only two universities in Africa ranked as a leading institution in the world
The University of Johannesburg (UJ), one of the largest, multi-campus, residential universities in South Africa
CTU Training Solutions was established in 1987 and has been specialising in skills training across various fields in the IT industry
Boston City Campus & Business College offer over 100 Dynamic Career Qualifications with campuses throughout South Africa
Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) is part of the University of Pretoria and situated in Johannesburg and established in 2002
Henley in South Africa organises programmes, including the Henley MBA, to cater for the Southern African region and the rest of Africa
Milpark Business School is situated in Johannesburg and established in 1997. Also campuses in Cape Town and Durban.
Regenesys Business School situated in Sandton, Johannesburg and established in 1999