The Temple in Johannesburg has great significance being the first built on the continent of Africa. Of course, this would also make it the first Temple built in South Africa. The 36th operating Temple is truly evidence of the gospel spreading to all corners of the earth. Temples now exist on every continent except for Antarctica. The Church had a bit of a slow start in Africa with government regulations and language barriers, even with it's first presence in 1853. With the announcement of the Priesthood being extended to all worthy males in 1978, this helped open doors and opportunities for more converts in Africa. There are now more than 61,000 members in South Africa. The Temple is a similar design to the Chicago Illinois Temple with six white-tipped spires. The Angel Moroni statue is atop the tallest spire at 112 feet.
With over 4 million in population, and a long, difficult history, there's several museums that offer the chance to explore and discover South Africa's past. The Apartheid Museum is a glance in to the long-standing race separation that ended in 1994. Visit the Origins Centre to learn about the origin of man. There's also an opportunity to see some military artifacts and animals at the Johannesburg Zoo & Military Museum. If you want to expand your animal adventures, you can take part in a guided tour at Croc City Crocodile & Reptile Park or walk with lions and play with cubs at the Lion Park.
South Africa is a melting pot for all types of cuisine. If you're hoping to experience a bit of culture while dining on some local South African dishes, Moyo does both. With live music and local food, you'll feel culturally-inspired in no time. If Italian and pizza is more your style, Franco's Pizzeria and Trattoria is about as close to Italy as you can get in Africa. Fishmonger offers all types of fish and seafood for those who love eating from the sea. Wombles Steakhouse is just as the name states - juicy steaks and a classy atmosphere. If you're searching for breakfast, lunch and healthy entree choices, try Tasha's (Rosebank).
Yes, there are still tensions and reasons to be careful and use common sense, but this isn't a reason to miss out on a culturally vibrant city where you can expand your mind and chance to mingle with tigers, lions and crocs.