Take a SWISS flight to Johannesburg and visit the largest city in South Africa. Built in the 19th century as a gold mining town, Johannesburg has grown rapidly since its starting days. Visit the hometown of Nelson Mandela and experience South African culture firsthand.
Nelson Mandela came from Johannesburg's sprawling township of Soweto, and the best way to experience this vibrant community is on an organized tour – ideally visiting a Shabeen bar along the way. You’ll start to appreciate the spirit of Soweto when you see its vividly painted cooling towers for the first time. The area to the west of the city is one of the world’s most important regions for the study of early human ancestors. It is so important that it is listed for preservation by UNESCO. The Origins Center in Johannesburg explores the idea of Africa as our common home. You can even have a DNA test done.