Must-See Monday: Johannesburg, South Africa

South African native and Tripper, Justin Lee, has graced us with his unbelievable visuals of his hometown. After seeing his shots, it will be no shock why we deemed Johannesburg a “must-see.”


Colourful Macaws as seen at the Bird Gardens at Monte Casino, one of Jo'burg's biggeset casino and entertainment complexes. Often international acts such as The Lord of the Dance and The Lion King are staged here.


A view of the original Jo'burg CBD as seen from one of the older neighbourhoods (Troyeville). The new business hub is located a bit further north in a city named Sandton. Huge private investment projects are taking place to revive the inner city and attract people and visitors back in.

Neighbourhood kids checking out their photo that a girl had taken on a recent photowalk. Many locals are underprivileged and aren't privy to such luxuries as cellphones or cameras even though many of us see them as standard accessories.

A skyline shot of Johannesburg also known as Egoli, meaning the City of Gold. This is where many came to find their fortunes in the past when gold was first discovered. as can be seen in the photo, as Jo'burgers we are fortunate to experience some of the most beautiful sunsets!

Night Time rush - A long exposure shot overlooking the Sandton CBD. This is where all the big business deals take place; Where the rich and famous love to hangout and is seen by many as the place where you've finally made it.

Sunrise over Marivale - A bit further out from Johannesburg is the Marievale bird sanctuary. As you can see it is in stark contrast to the built up areas of the CBD, as a wetland area should be, but is also indicative of many areas which still lie undeveloped save for the presence of powerlines or telephone poles.

Newtown. Johannesburg's Art and Culture district. Here we can see some guys having a casual game of cricket on a nice Sunday evening in Mary Fitzgerald Square. In the background are the old corporate buildings flanked by the Museum Africa building on the left.

Nelson Mandela Square. Located in the Sandton CBD, Nelson Mandela Square contains a huge statue of Nelson Mandela which many tourists come and stand in front of to take photos. The square has quite a few restaurants to suit everyone's tastes and there's tons of retail outlets for those who want to do a spot of shopping. This photo shows the square busy on a Friday night.

Stay tuned for more incredible images from Justin’s travels. Connect with Justin in our Travel Photographers Network!

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3 Responses to Must-See Monday: Johannesburg, South Africa

  1. Gorgeous photos! I have always wanted to see South Africa, it seems like such an incredible place. I imagine it has a lot to offer for sights and interesting cultural experiences. I especially wanted to go during the world cup! Thanks for the photos, I really enjoyed them.

    • Justin Lee says:

      Hi Rease!

      Thanks for the lovely comment! South Africa is such a beautiful place with tons to offer across the board.

      Keep an eye out for some stuff from Cape Town…

      Send me a message if you ever come to visit!

  2. Very nice shots, nice work!

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