Below are the differences between Cape Town and Jozi :
- Instead of coming across trees as the only natural thing in Joburg, you have the sea and mountains in Cape Town. For one, Table Mountain, one of the 7Wonders of Nature is a spectacular sight.
- In Joburg all of the suburbs look more or less the same and you have to get around by the use of a GPS. In Cape Town, the geography from Hout Bay to Constantia is totally different – you can simply navigate by the position of Table Mountain!
- The parks in Joburg are an absolute no-go area. Many dubious characters hang out there so it is advised to only visit the parks in groups. The parks in Cape Town are well maintained, fenced off, locked for residents in the area and features clean facilities. There’s also always a lot of kids playing around and people walking their dogs.
- Joburgers usually hang around in their huge houses while Capetonians have smaller houses due to expensive property prices. That’s why they usually tend to meet in the outdoors or at the stunning selection of restaurants Cape Town has to offer.
A view of the city of Johannesburg at dusk from a balcony in Johannesburg, South Africa. Credit: Getty/2A Images
- The City of Gold is edgy, kind of scary and pretty dirty although there are lovely pockets of rejuvenation. Cape Town city center is clean and functional and features as the center of the city whereas Sandton is almost like the second city center of Joburg.
- The hipster quirkiness of many Cape Town areas and restaurants cannot rival the one hipster road, Parkhurst, in Joburg.
- The people in Joburg are usually South African, but when you go to Cape Town you have the opportunity to meet people from Norway, Germany, France or wherever.
- There is absolutely no parking available in Cape Town (you’ll notice when you receive a lot of parking fines), whereas in Joburg you complain if you have to park a few streets away from your favorite restaurant in Parkhurst. The roads are also flipping narrow. How do those enormous 4×4’s manage to get down those tiny roads?
- Jeeps in Cape Town are everywhere, especially old model Jeeps. It is seen as a true Capetonian hipster car! You won’t find that in Joburg, though.
- Young people in Joburg and Cape Town are very different. In Joburg you will come across “poppies” wearing high heels and a lot of makeup. The men, on the other hand, are all gym bunnies. In Cape Town, there’re the more natural ‘hipster’ looking girls and guys dressed in ultra-fashionable garb.
- You can see everything in clarity in Cape Town compared to the hazy edges everything has in smoggy Johannesburg.
Source: The South African