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question about Johannesburg

Hello! I am heading to Johannesburg in just over a week to visit my partner who is there on work. I have about 10ish days to spend. We want to spend most of our weekends doing fun stuff together and have decided to book tours to Pilanesberg national park, Cradle of Human Kind, and Soweto as well as see the Apartheid museum and some of the food markets.

I have about 5 days when he will be working and I am free to do stuff on my own. I'm thinking of going to Mandela House, Witts Art Museum, or perhaps book another tour for myself.

Does anyone have any suggestions or recommendations for Johannesburg, especially for what I could do on my own? Any tour companies/ guide companies to recommend? We haven't booked much yet!

Thank you!!

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From what I have read J’burg is one of the more dangerous cities for street crime. Twice I have passed through it and never did I stay. Did stay in Pretoria and the impression even there was one of paid security guards and patrols in neighborhoods and lots of walls and razor wire.
Still, that is a perspective of a tourist. Perhaps if one has local knowledge and lives there one may be more comfortable.

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Hmm, I am aware of the possible safety concerns, but I do think you've offered an unfair assumption of the city. Many tourists go to Johannesburg every year and the city has much to offer- hence why I posted because I simply can't decide!

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I was in Joburg last month but only for 2.5 days. Part of that time was just recovering from jetlag. Hence, I didn't do to much - took the hop on/hop off bus from Rosebank (~$16) and spent some time around Constitution hill and exploring that area. I think you already have a lot of stuff marked out. I'd go to your local library and get the latest S Africa Lonely Planet book - that will lists tour agencies, etc who are reliable. I also went to the outskirts to visit the Walter Sisulu Botanical gardens - nice outing and I got to do a fair bit of birdwatching - however, this is a $10-12 uber ride from the city.

I'm assuming you can do some of the stuff you have already listed on your own if so inclined. Uber is available in the city.