3 reasons to visit Johannesburg

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Johannesburg, Jo'burg or J'burg, whatever you choose to call it, this city of 4.4 million is an engaging South African destination, full of flair, flavour and fabulous attractions.

According to the city's official website, it is the most visited in the country, with almost as many visitors (4.3 million) expected in 2014 as they have denizens. With these three reasons to book a trip to this thriving metropolis, it's no wonder why.

The Satyagraha House

Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi is a powerful name, known around the world for his contribution to the history of South Africa and the world. He spearheaded the Indian nationalist movement using non-violent protest to capture the attention of the world and the political and social progress the country so desperately needed.

Take a step into the past and life of this legendary man at The Satyagraha House where he once lived from 1908 to 1909. Set amongst the residential area of Orchards, take a moment to relish in the historic importance of this property, which was built by Gandhi's friend, German architect Hermann Kallenbach, according to the attraction's official site. 

To follow more of Gandhi's legacy in the city, make your next stop Constitution Hill. Now the Constitutional Court of South Africa, this location was once a prison where Gandhi was incarcerated. 

Neighbourhood Goods Market

There's nothing quite so telling of a city or a culture as a local market, and that of Johannesburg is no exception. 

Located in the creative hub of Braamfontein and operating every Saturday from 9.00 am to 3.00 pm, this market has found a home in an old brick warehouse. One spectacular feature is the 15-storey wall mural by internationally renowned artist Eduardo Villa (whose favourite country was Australia!). 

With the clever slogan 'Lettuce, Turnip, the Beet', the Neighbourhood Goods Market is the place to go for fresh local foods and hand-crafted delicacies. Look out for featured stalls such as the Fine & Raw (which does fantastic chocolate), or The Apple Tree, which is run by Jacques Coetzee, a purveyor of parfaits, pates and pastries – all made from his grandmother's secret recipes. 

Johannesburg Zoo

When you think South Africa, one of the first things that Springboks to mind is the animals. 

Pay a visit to your favourite creatures in this world-class zoo, such as the western lowland gorillas, Sumatran orangutans, majestic antelopes, massive rhinos and surprisingly cute pygmy hippos. One of the zoo's most famous residents is BG, the world's first tweeting honey badger, a three-year old cheeky social media wizard.

With its vibrant culture and exciting attractions, Johannesburg is definitely one for the bucket list. 

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