Tell Us Your Travel Tips in Johannesburg

The Johannesburg, South Africa wiki page says that by looking at Hillbrow and Brixton, the city’s two towers, you can figure out which part of the city you are in. Here on Hack Your City , that kind of navigation gimmick is not as crucial in Smartphone Times, but still helps the visitor to navigate – that’s our shit.

This week we’re going to Johannesburg, an economic hub of millions and the most popular travel destination in Africa, but for all its wealth and recent improvements, the city is still heavily influenced by its apartheid history. We want to know how to navigate Johannesburg, both physically and socially, while staying safe while remaining open to new experiences and cultural exchange.

We also ask all of our usual Hack Your City questions:

What is underestimated? Which places deserve a few more discerning visitors? And what tricks can turn a normal ride into a great one? What advice would you give to those who think they have seen “all” of Johannesburg? What do you like most about the city?

How should a visitor approach the city? What position should they take? What local traditions, behavior, and laws should they be aware of? What should they know about the city’s past and present? How friendly are the locals and how can visitors get along with them?

How does it feel in the long run? What do you love and hate about the city? What advice can you give to other residents? How do you drive to work, what is your daily lunch spot, or the best place to watch? What mistakes do new residents make – some Shibboleth street names or strange parking rules? Where do you go if you want to get out of town for a day or a week?

Finally, how has the atmosphere of the city changed over the past few years? What old travel tips are no longer valid here, and what new ones?

Leave your tips in the comments below and we’ll highlight the best ones. (Read some of the other comments first to make sure yours is unique.) Then come back Thursday for a new post with highlights.

Updated: sooner or later it had to happen. For the first time, Hack Your City didn’t get enough advice to post. But we’ve highlighted the best comments below, under the Staff tab. Check back next week as we head to the border town, the most famous mode of transport for which is the barrel.


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