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One day in Johannesburg

by cacosta

Hi again,
I will spend one day in Johannesburg before venturing off on a volunteer project in SA. Where is a nice place to stay that isn't expensive? Also,
what's the best way to spend my one day in Johannesburg?
As always...thanks for any advice.

Re: One day in Johannesburg

by anton64

Hi, what time are you arriving and what time departing? Is it one night or two nights you are in Jhb? Best bet is probably a guest house/B&B. Usually they will also arrange airport transfer for you and can arrange for your day outings. It depends what you want to see/do? Plenty of options including, shopping, Africa Museum, Appartheid Museum, art galeries etc etc. All depends on your interests. Give us some more info and we can guide you in the right direction. One nice place to stay is Aluvi House in Pretoria (ca 50 km from the airport) See their web site www.aluvi.co.za

Re: One day in Johannesburg

by cacosta

Thanks. I'll be there on a Saturday night and all day on Sunday in October.
I'd like to see as much as I can on foot. I'm not really 'in to' tour buses or organized tours. Museums are good but mostly I just want to walk around and experience Johannesburg.

Re: One day in Johannesburg

by Gerald_D

Wouldn't call Johannesburg a walkable city. For a start, it is about 20 miles by 20 miles in area with pockets of very diverse culture. If you want to experience the much publicised crime of Johannesburg, we could certainly "recommend" Hillbrow, Joubert Park, but then you would have to finish your walking before sunrise Sunday because then they sleep off their hangovers.

Rosebank has a good market on Sundays, if you are into that type of thing. For the rest, Johannesburg is decidely sleepy on Sunday mornings compared to other days of the week.

Re: One day in Johannesburg

by cacosta

The market sounds good. Maybe I'll spend the remainder of the day resting instead of walking. Would it be better to stay closer to or in Pretoria?

Re: One day in Johannesburg

by bongski

Usually by 2 pm most of the stores in the malls are closed already on sundays. Eastgate and East Rand malls have some stores which closes later than 2 pm though not later than 4pm. Most of the restaurants and fastfood joints though will still be open .

City, Town and Road lodge hotels have branches near the airport and thier rates are reasonable. check their page: http://www.citylodge.co.za/.


Re: One day in Johannesburg

by canuck68

Zoo Lake is an interesting place to take a walk and observe the very diverse cultures that exist in the city.

Travel Tips for Johannesburg

Rich Soweto

by cobrioc

The largest hospital in the southern hemisphere called Baragwanath Hospital
but despite this, almost 85% of the local
residents still consult traditional healers who concoct medicines in their age old tradition.

Pack your thermal underwear - it's freezing!

by CatherineReichardt

Weather update - this morning it is 1C in Johannesburg, and there is a thick, crunchy layer of frost underfoot. Better pack that thermal underwear in your case if you're coming to see the soccer - especially if you have tickets for a night game!
If you don't possess thermal underwear, or have already left, never fear. Woolworths (no relation to the US or Australian stores of the same name) stock excellent thermal vests and long johns at reasonable cost, and are represented in all towns throughout the country.
For what it's worth, I never travel without my thermals - one of the things I like most about being middle aged is that you no longer feel embarassment at making decisions based on comfort and practicality rather than style! Thermals are light, easy to pack and remarkably versatile, doubling as emergency pyjamas, T shirts and leggings when you're out of other alternatives. Also, they're an 'insurance policy' against situations where either your accommodation turns out to be unheated, or where your packing focused on the daytime maxima, and not the night time minima!
Let the games begin!

VAT refund

by Alpha_Ghana

Whatever you buy in South Africa, ask for a atx invoice.
The VAT is 14%
When you are at the airport, you show your invoices and they give you a cheque for a direct refund. So, you save 14% on all your purchases.
In Europe, they only refund invoices with amount greater than 100 Euro.
In South Africa, they refund everything. Just be in time at the airport, because there is a queue.

Metro Bus Services

by cokes

Well if you looking to take a bus to and around Johannesburg then I would recommend taking a metro bus. During peak hours there is many buses. Anytime between the peak hours the buses is quiet slow and I think they come around every hour.

Good services to use if you an expat living in JNB.

The best value grub in JHB?

by CatherineReichardt about Zoo Lake Bowling Club

One of the best value (but worst kept secrets) in Johannesburg is the Zoo Lake Bowling Club.
It is a tatty and rundown colonial structure that there has been no effort to upgrade - set in the swanky suburb of Saxonwold, it is a complete anachronism and a throwback to an earlier age.
However, it is perhaps the best value place to eat and drink in town - which is, perhaps, why it is infested with students and other impecunious types who know wonderful value when they see it! They rub shoulders with the old timers, who are generally elderly men, and a good time is had by all.
This is not a venue for the image conscious, or those whose idea of a tavern experience is a genteel gastro pub. It is a great place for people watching: however, be prepared for the fact that you'll have to come very early (preferably lunch time on a week day) if you want to stand a chance of getting a table.
The service is friendly, but pretty slack - however, that's not why you come here, and you'll be served eventually! Pub grub at its honest, unpretentious best (and for half nothing)! The liver, onions and mash is the ultimate comfort food, the prego roll (a steak roll with Portuguese-style piri piri sauce) is delicious, and I am assured that the burgers are also wonderful (although I confess that I have never managed to stray that far from my old faithful favourites). There is a set menu (almost exclusively tasty British nursery food-inspired old faithfuls) and also daily specials. Vegetarians who don't eat fish and people seeking healthy alternatives would probably have to go home hungry (or very drunk).
The beer is cheap and icy cold - what more could you want?


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