South Africa's largest city has hundreds of diverse areas, so knowing where to explore or to stay requires thought and planning. To help, Lonely Planet Local Heather Mason reveals Johannesburg's best neighbourhoods to venture into.
Perhaps the finest thing about South Africa is its diversity. There are 11 official languages and many more cultural groups, each with their own stories, dances, customs and traditional dishes. There are snow-capped mountains, tropical beaches, stark semi deserts, ocean-weathered cliffs and vast savannah lands home to birds and beetles and all of the Big Five. This patchwork of landscapes makes for some exceptional road tripping territory, wherever you choose to begin your South African journey. Here are three you can’t miss.
It’s one of the most popular parts of South Africa for visitors both local and international. Stretching some 200km, the Garden Route takes in national parks, dense forests, placid lakes and some outrageously beautiful beaches. Known as much for its outdoor activities as its natural beauty, along the way you can learn to surf, leap into water-filled canyons, dive to shipwrecks or simply sit on board a yacht admiring the view with a glass of local bubbly in hand.