Lay of the Land
Central Business District: Johannesburg’s once decrepit, dangerous inner city has seen a resurgence in recent years. Of particular interest to visitors is the burgeoning Braamfontein neighborhood. Mostly populated by students, the nave is home to cultural sights like the Wits Art Museum and a number of independent art galleries. Neighboring Milpark and Maboneng are full of myriad cafés and shops.
Northern Suburbs: The tony northern suburbs are home to Johannesburg’s wealthiest contingent. The picturesque Hyde Park, Morningside and Sandton are dotted with leafy green sidewalks and sizable mansions. There are a number of boutiques and cafés for shopping.
Johannesburg South/Soweto: This is the least integrated, poorest area of Johannesburg. A trip to this part of the city is a sobering, but necessary experience, as there are a handful of historical sites here, including the former homes of Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu.
Need to Know: Entry Requirements
Entry requirements to South Africa have changed and now require birth certificates for all minors. They must be the originals and state the names of both parents.