Outside of Fox Street in Maboneng, and the Northern Suburbs of Melville (my favourite), Sandton and Rosebank, there are not many area in Joburg where you can feel safe just wondering around. But there is enough for keeping yourself entertained while recovering after your arrival or waiting for the flight to leave the country. It's surely not the easiest city, ma it's the biggest in South Africa and a mandatory stop to feel this country.
over night stay saw very little but its big very big and sprawling in all directions .. good luck to all that follow and venture further
Johannesburg doesn't have a ton to see, but it is a great jumping off point. Lion Park (where you can pet baby lions and cheetahs) and you can also see Nelson Mandela's last house in Johannesburg.
Sprawling Johannesburg feels a bit like Los Angeles with barbed wire and armed guards to replace the aspiring actors. The racial segregation and crime problems in this city are palpable and uncomfortable but this city has important lessons to teach regarding racism, gun control, and urbanization. The Apartheid Museum and Braamfontein were highlights -- we loved the Saturday Neighborgoods market. There are also some very luxurious spaces on the other side of the high walls and razor wire. Unfortunately, there were riots in Soweto during our visit so we weren't able to see it. Security is a major concern here and a guide is highly recommended, especially if you plan to visit the city center. We were told that we would be immediately targeted if we walked in downtown Johannesburg. However, we visited many of the neighborhoods with high crime rates without incident in a car using a local guide. This city has incredible potential and the areas that have successfully integrated are vibrant and interesting. Unfortunately, the risk / reward of a visit keeps it off of my recommended list though non-whites can probably travel more freely.