Johannesburg also called Jo'burg is the largest city in South Africa and the third largest city in Africa. It is also the most populous city in the world not situated on the shores of a major body of water. The city has an electric atmosphere and is home to numerous attractions and large green areas, and has excellent weather conditions. There is much to see and do in Johannesburg; therefore tourists are sure to never get bored. There have however been reports of Johannesburg having crime and safety problems and tourist must be aware of this. Muslims make up a small percentage of the city’s population; however Muslims tourists will be able to easily find quite a number of Halal restaurants and prayer areas in Johannesburg.
A great place to start sightseeing would be at Mary Fitzgerald Square, which was previously known as Newtown's Market Square. This square was renamed to honor South Africa’s first female trade unionist- Mary Fitzgerald; who is said to have greatly contributed to Johannesburg’s history. All year round numerous events are held here. There are several cafes here and it is a great place to people watch and relax.
Constitution Hill is another attraction that should be on every visitor’s itinerary. Tourists visiting the area will get a glimpse into South Africa’s turbulent past. It is the site of the notorious Old Fort prison complex and has witnessed numerous significant events in South Africa’s history. This National Heritage Site is a definite must-visit when in the area.
There are also several museums that tourists must visit to learn more about the history of the city. Apartheid Museum is a must-visit when in Johannesburg. Other museums worthy of a visit include the Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum and the Nelson Mandela National Museum.
The Johannesburg Zoo is a great place for the entire family. With over 54 hectares to explore and more than 3000 native animals to meet, the zoo is said to be one of the largest in South Africa. The zoo is home to elephants, monkeys, rare white lions and many other rare and unique animals. It is located in a beautiful setting and is a great place to take kids.
Those looking for unique items to take back home must pay a visit to one of the many flea markets in Johannesburg. Visitors will be able to find a variety of craft items, food products, traditional herbs and more. Some of the markets worth visiting include; Mai Mai, Bruma Flea Market, Bryanston Organic & Natural Market and Market Theatre Flea Market.
The closest airport to Johannesburg is O.R. Tambo International Airport, located about 26 kilometres from the center of the city. This airport offers domestic and international flights and is said to be Africa's busiest airport. The airport is easily accessible by car, bus and rail.
Muslim visitors will be spoilt for choice when it comes to finding Halal food in Johannesburg. They will be able to find a wide array of cuisines ranging from Mexican and Italian to Indian and Middle Eastern. Chicken Licken, Adega, Hendrix Pizza & Coffee Café, Steers, Jimmy's Killer Prawns and Mochachos are just a few of the numerous Halal restaurants in Johannesburg. Many of these restaurants are Halal certified or Muslim owned; however it is best for Muslims to inquire about the Halal status of the food before dining.
There are plenty of mosques in Johannesburg, and therefore Muslim visitors will be able to easy locate a prayer facility when in the city. Mayfair, Crosby and Brixton are areas where quite a number of Muslims live. The Jumu'ah Masjid on Kerk Street, the Nugget Street Masjid, the Braamfontein Musallah, Masjidun Nur and Masjid Ziaul Badr are just a few of the several mosques and Islamic centers located in Johannesburg.