The city probably got its name from the two men who determined a suitable place to found a city in the 19th century. "Johannes" or "Johann" was a common Dutch name at the time. Thus Johannesburg is a quite young city, which could work itself up however within short time both to the financial and thus to the economic center of South Africa. This is hardly surprising when one takes a closer look, since it was founded on the basis of gold discoveries in the immediate vicinity. Johannesburg is located on the Highveld, the eastern part of the large South African central plateau. The city lies at an altitude of 1753 meters above sea level. It is one of the few major cities that is not located on the ocean or any other significant body of water. There are only a handful of these in the world; Tehran, Beijing and Mexico City are among them. The climate in Johannesburg is sunny and mostly dry, although there are frequent heavy rain showers and also thunderstorms, especially in the summer months - in South Africa the summer lasts from October to April. However, with an average of 600 mm, it doesn't rain very much and in addition mostly in the late afternoon.
Actually, Johannesburg is not one of the main tourist destinations in South Africa, but still has a number of interesting sights to offer. About 25 kilometers northwest is the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Cradle of Humankind", the "Cradle of Humankind". The oldest prehuman remains to date have been found in the caves there. These include a particularly rare find: a complete skeleton, the so-called "Child of Taung". Modern history, on the other hand, can be experienced in the Apartheid Museum. Afterwards you can have fun in the amusement and theme park Gold Reef City. Soweto is also part of Johannesburg. Nelson Mandela lived and worked in this district. Among other things, visitors can visit his former home.
The South African summer lasts from October to April. In Johannesburg, the summer is quite warm, with December and January being the warmest months, averaging 26 °C. In return, however, it also rains quite a lot. Winter - in South Africa between July and August - is very dry, but also quite cool with temperatures up to a maximum of 18 or 20 °C. The thermometer can even be frosty at times. The thermometer can even show frosty temperatures at times. In winter, however, the sun shines for at least nine hours a day. In summer, however, it shines for a maximum of eight hours a day because of the rainfall.