Info about Johannesburg and Soweto
Johannesburg is the largest city in South Africa and is in the Top 50 urban areas in the world. Johannesburg is the Capital City of Gauteng, the wealthiest Province in South Africa. The City is located in the mineral rich Witwatersrand hills and is the center of the Gold and Diamond trade and was also a host city during the 2010 FIFA world cup. Though the city is so large, there isn’t very much in the terms of cultural significance as the city is more focused on commercialism and marketing. There are a few memorial sites and historically significant areas that are definitely worth visiting. Though Johannesburg is focused more on commercialism, Soweto is the culturally rich other half to the City.
Soweto used to be a separate city on the outskirts of Johannesburg that used to house native African American workers from the gold mine industry. Soweto eventually got incorporated into Johannesburg in 1994. Soweto today is very colourful and full of cultural influences that more than make up for the lack of colour and culture Johannesburg has. Kurt Safari Co. has wonderful tours that allow you to experience the cultural, commercial and historic wonders of Johannesburg as well as Soweto.