Travelers often find it helpful to read up about an area before traveling there.  Travelers interested in reading more about Johannesburg may consider picking up the following books:

  • “A Concise History of South Africa” by Robert Ross is a beginner’s guide to the detailed history of the area. .
  • “Day Walks In and Around Johannesburg and Pretoria” by Brendan Ryan offers helpful information for travelers who want to explore the area on foot. .
  • “Johannesburg (Imagined South Africa)” by Keith Beavon is an academic style text which offers basic information about the area. .
  • “Johannesburg: The Elusive Metropolis” by Sarah Nuttall is an anthology which gives a multi-person perspective to the history and modern culture of the area. .
  • “Lonely Planet South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland” by Becca Blond, Gemma Pitcher, Mary Fitzpatrick, Simon Richmond, and Matt Warren is a travel guide providing detail tourist information about the area. .
  • “South Africa (Eyewitness Travel Guides)” by Kate Poole is a comprehensive travel guide covering information about Johannesburg and the surrounding area. .
  • “Uniting a Divided City: Governance and Social Exclusion in Johannesburg” by Jo Beall, Owen Crankshaw, and Susan Parnell offers travelers insight in to the socio-political culture of the area. .

Travel Pictorial - Country or Natural Wonder

Always browse any or all Travel Pictorial books about a country, region or a natural wonder of the world . You will find excellent photography to view at leisure. Check out any bookstore or library ( lending or reference ).

Travel Guide(s) - Country, Region or City

Always glance through any Travel Guide for the region you are planning to visit. You will always find some nuggat of useful information. The layout and content will always vary with the publisher. Every traveller should make it a priority to browse one or all of the guides listed below. It will be a great education to browse the layout and view the excellent photography. You decide which of the travel guide(s)  you like the best.

  • DK Eyewitness Travel Guide(s)
  • Insight / Discovery Channel Travel Guide(s)
  • Lonely Planet Guide(s)
  • AA Explorer, AA Key or AA Spiral Guide(s)
  • Note: You will find about thirteen ( 13+ ) other publishing companies  travel guides in bookstores.  

Travel Books - Children or Junior

Browse the children's or junior section of your local library for travel and geography guides. You will find a variety of guides to countries, regions or natural wonders of the world. The majority of these guides will be less than fifty pages in length. They will contain an excellent overview of a country etc. They are an excellent introduction to travel for a novice traveller.

Travel DVD or Video Viewing

  • These are a few ideas for finding Travel DVD's in your local area.
  • Local Video Rental Store
  • Local Library - Travel Video or DVD
  • Any large music store will have a range of travel DVD's or  Video's on sale.
  • Travel Video Store has an excellent internet site.
  • BBC Video series website section
  • Pilot Travel Guide series 
  • National  Geographic Travel DVD or Video Series
  • Escorted Tour Companies  DVD or Video's  e.g. Rick Steves' 
  • National Tourist Bureaus MAY have a introduction Video or DVD on offer  or Photo Gallery on their Internet site