Johannesburg's Apartheid Museum, assembled by a multi-disciplinary team of architects, curators, film-makers, historians and designers, takes the visitor on a powerful emotional journey into South Africa's past, bringing to life the story of a state-sanctioned system based solely on racial discrimination.
Joburg is a big, sprawling city and you need wheels to get from one side to another. Luckily, there is plenty of public transport on offer, from the ubiquitous minibus taxis to the sleek Gautrain, from the bumpy tuk-tuks to the smooth Uber rides.
There's more than one way of getting to South Africa. If you're really adventurous, you could sail here or, if you have the time, travel over Africa overland. Flying, of course, is the most practical choice.
From early missionary hymns and jazz to kwela, kwaito, mbaqanga and bubblegum pop, South African musicians have always given international trends an unmistakable flavour of their own.
OR Tambo International Airport in Ekurhuleni, situated east of Joburg, is the busiest airport on the continent - and the air transport hub of southern Africa.
Information about public holidays, who and how much to tip, where you're allowed to smoke, the time zone that South Africa falls into and what to expect from the seasons.
Community tours will give you an authentic South African experience. Heritage sites such as the Apartheid Museum and Robben Island will give you a glimpse of the violence of South Africa's past - and the miracle of our reconciliation. And don't forget where it all began: the Cradle of Humankind.
If you're not used to driving long distances, buses and trains offer comfortable alternatives, allowing you to relax and enjoy the landscape. Both budget and luxury options are available.
Plan ahead so you don't have any unpleasant surprises. Bring walking shoes, sunglasses, medication and insect repellant. If you forget anything, don't panic - you can buy whatever you need here.