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Published on October 22 2015
Written by: Alyssa | Adjust Your Focus
In September 2013, I went on an organized three week-long tour to South Africa that exposed me to not only my most in-depth international experience, but also to other cultures through fellow travelers in our group. I was introduced to new ways of life that seemed refreshing. The trip changed me in ways I never expected, but am thankful for. The Gauteng Province was the first area of this diverse country I experienced, and it really is worth visiting firsthand.
Gauteng is a tiny province, essentially one big city, slightly smaller than New Jersey. While small, it contributes a large amount (more than 33%) to the national economy. Although it was built on the wealth of gold, the economy has diversified from just gold mining and has expanded into finance and manufacturing.
One thing I noticed was how many languages you hear walking along the street, from English, German and French to Mandarin, Swahili and more. There really is a blending of cultures. It is also home to the Cradle of Humankind, one of South Africa’s eight Unesco World Heritage sites, and one of the world’s richest concentrations of hominid fossils.
Johannesburg, also known as Joburg, is the biggest city in South Africa, and is often compared to Los Angeles, CA in terms of size and sprawl. For any trip I do, I always say "Explore. Immerse yourself in the culture. Talk to locals. Dive into the history and traditions'. And, I did just that on my trip to Joburg.
From galleries, museums and the First National Bank (FNB) Stadium, to nearby wildlife safaris and sightseeing tours, there really is something for everyone. If you’re interested in Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid icon and father of modern South Africa, be sure to visit the many places of unique historical significance.
Although it is outside Joburg, Soweto (a cluster of townships) is a melting pot of South African urban culture and definitely worth a visit.
South Africa really is a beautiful, diverse country and I highly recommend visiting, starting with Johannesburg. Happy travels!
Has been on: 3 safaris
photographer, designer, blogger, traveler | animal + nature lover Happiest when outdoors. Love picnics, hiking, horseback riding and anything by/in water. Always with a camera, always taking pictures. Big supporter of Adopt, Dont Shop! I rescued both my horse, Bailey and dog, Sammy. The more I see, explore and take in while traveling, the more I am realizing there is nothing else that allows me to experience life as intensely and openly.
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Said on 18 November 2015 16:28
Thank you Linda! Glad you enjoyed the article and for following along.
Said on 25 October 2015 08:31
Wonderful and informative! Planning a trip and looking forward to new experiences. Thanks for sharing take always from your travels.
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