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Skiworld

If you’re visiting from Cape Town and missing the ocean, SkiWorld will quench some of that thirst. Run by Don and Ursula, the friendliest couple with decades of experience, they will make your waterskiing experience one to remember. Do note, sets are expensive.

Gunsmoke Polo Ranch

This polo ranch is run by the coolest cowboy in town – Jim Uys is arguably the most stylish individual for miles. This unassuming polo club has no fancy clubhouse but has seen some of the best players on its fields. No membership is required, just saddle up.

Nirox Sculpture Park

Nirox is located 45 minutes drive out of Johannesburg in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site. It is a private foundation that hosts a number of residency programmes for local and international artists. Its sculpture park has a regular exhibition turnover and has a small sister gallery in the Maboneng precinct.

  • +27 82 854 6963
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  • 24 Kromdraai Road
    Krugersdorp
    Johannesburg
    1739

Cradle of Humankind

If you’ve ever wondered where civilisation began and what the earliest-found human skull looks like, the museum at Maropeng will take you on a journey through evolution. One of eight World Heritage Sites in Southern Africa, the museum is unfortunately a bit dated but the neighbouring Sterkfontein caves are a must-visit.

  • +27 14 577 9000
  • R563 Hekpoort Road, Sterkfontein
    Johannesburg
    1911

Satyagraha House

Gandhi’s home from 1908-1909, Satyagraha house shows how he developed his philosophy and also retraces his footsteps in South Africa. This well-preserved homestead doubles up as a guest house/bnb. Be sure to take the 20 minute guided tour.

Johannesburg Botanical Gardens

It’s an urban myth that this is the world’s largest man-made forest, though these gardens can be seen from any high point in the city. When the jacarandas are in full bloom, the streets are lined with beautiful carpets of purple flowers. The Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens is another alternative centred around the Witpoortjie Falls in 300 hectares of landscaped gardens and natural vegetation.

Museums & Galleries

MOAD (Museum of African Design)

Headed by the young and dynamic Aaron Kohn, this old factory turned museum has no permanent collection, and focuses on exhibiting design from all over the African continent. Open 6 days a week in the gentrified district of Maboneng, this museum is set to be completed next year and is en route to creating a highly informative education programme.

  • +27 84 951 2060
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  • 281 Commissioner Street
    Johannesburg
    2094

JAG (Johannesburg Art Gallery)

Although located in one of the city’s most run-down areas, the JAG used to be one of Joburg’s cultural bastions. After a recent bid to breath life back into this old building led by one of South Africa’s most celebrated artists, William Kentridge, this space is once again beautiful and worth a quick visit.

  • +27 11 725 3130
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  • Cnr Klein and King George Streets, Joubert Park
    Johannesburg
    2044

Apartheid Museum

Visitors are recommended to spend a good two hours walking around this comprehensive museum, although there is so much information that they could easily spend a whole day here. Come prepared – it is an emotionally moving experience.

  • +27 11 309 4700
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  • Northern Park Way and Gold Reef Road
    Johannesburg
    2001

David Krut Projects

A successful gallery with locations in New York, Joburg and Cape Town, David Krut Projects is dedicated to promoting the visual arts in South African culture. Housing a bookstore adjacent to the gallery in Johannesburg, there is another space housed in the trendy Arts on Main in the Maboneng precinct.

  • +27 11 880 4242
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  • 140 & 151 Jan Smuts Avenue
    Johannesburg
    2193

Wits Art Museum

Part of the Witwatersrand University of Joburg, the university has an impressive collection of African art, hosting a number of exhibitions yearly and has an exciting events program. If you’re in Braamfontein, it’s worth a visit and the café is great.

Goodman Gallery

The Goodman is just one of the many galleries located along this strip on Jan Smuts Avenue. Representing some of the best contemporary South African artists and with a regular exhibition turnover, entrance is free. Perfect for a quick visit.

  • +27 11 788 1113
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  • 163 Jan Smuts Avenue
    Johannesburg
    2193

Everard-Read Gallery

This cultural bastion and Africa’s first commercial art gallery has showcased and premiered some of the country’s most successful contemporary artists. With its two gallery spaces – one in Joburg and the other in Cape Town – this gallery continues to showcase the brightest up-and-coming artists. Having just celebrated its centenary in 2013, the Everard-Read continues to serve as one of the country’s most prestigious galleries.

Constitution Hill

Steeped in history, this precinct is dedicated to the history of the South African constitution. You can spend the day walking around visiting the numerous buildings from the law courts, to the Woman’s Gaol and the Old Fort.

Skiworld

Nirox Sculpture Park

Cradle of Humankind

Satyagraha House

Johannesburg Botanical Gardens

MOAD (Museum of African Design)

JAG (Johannesburg Art Gallery)

Apartheid Museum

David Krut Projects

Wits Art Museum

Goodman Gallery

Everard-Read Gallery

Constitutional Hill

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