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The Rainbow Nation is a country with a big diversity of people, climates and environments. With 11 official languages, 9 of which are African (the other 2 are English and Afrikaans), this country also has a large Indian community.
This diversity of people is one aspect that I really appreciated in South Africa when I lived there for 8 years. I was staying in Johannesburg, not the nicest and safest place in the country, but I enjoyed it. This is where most of the business is concentrated and it has the greatest climate.
I had opportunities to go a few times to both Soweto and right next to it, Lenasia, a large Indian city, to visit some friend's relatives. It was like going to 2 different continents.
Another area with incredible contrast is to the North of Johannesburg, where you have these 2 neighbor suburbs of Sandton and Alexandra: such opulence with extreme poverty right at its door!
There isn't that much to see in Johannesburg.
But worth mentioning are:
- the lion and rhino park
- the lion park
- Bruma Lake flea market
- Rosebank flea market
- Sandton Square
- Montecasino and the Bird Gardens
- Hartbeesport dam close to Pretoria
- Houses of Parliament in Pretoria
- the craddle of humankind (if you are into evolution fairy tales)
- The view from the "Top of Africa" or Carlton Center tower in the Joburg city center (not too exciting, and in an unsafe area...)
- Carnivore Restaurant in Muldersdrift where you can eat so many different types of meat including all sorts of game (crocodile, zebra, giraffe, impala, ostrich...). Admire the animals during the day, eat them in the evening... ;-)
and further up North (2.5 hours drive) Sun City and the Pilanesberg Game Reserve.