Melville Manor Guest House

No. 80 Second Avenue, Melville, Johannesburg, 2092, South Africa
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where to stay

by ericn131

hi folks, im going to some matches at world cup in june 2010, my games are in soccer city ground. was looking to find best area to stay in Johannesburg, things to do, places to see.any help would be great. im in my 40s and will be with wife.

Re: where to stay

by jumpingnorman

I stayed at a reasonable suburban hotel near a mall and a generally safe area - Don Rosebank I hotel. The room was big and with kitchen and I had no problems while over there.

I made a tip on this hotel:

Hope this helps, Norman :)

Re: where to stay

by Gerald_D

There is a link a bit higher up on this page, in the middle just above your question: "Johannesburg Travel Guide"

Re: where to stay

by ericn131

thanks norman,thats sort of thing i need some1 whos stayed there ty

Re: where to stay

by JohanIsWeg

Mate, my advice would be to book WAY ahead of time. There's a lot of unhappy campers touring with the British Lions at the moment. Hotels in Durban were fully booked weeks ahead of the first test, with many spporters forced to reside two hours outside of the city.
One guesthouse reported being fully booked a year ahead of the tour!
Good luck, buddy.

Re: where to stay

by junecorlett

Yes - Norman is right- Rosebank is closer to Soccer city than Sandton or Bryanston. Choose Rosebank before Johannesburg City, the city is not very safe.

Re: where to stay

by ericn131

yes johan ive been trying to book, but most hotels only let u book 50 weeks ahead so a few more weeks to wait.some good advice comming on board now thanks to every1 any tip bits r most welcome.

Re: where to stay

by satpacker


I live in Joburg, so hopefully can help. Rosebank is a good area to stay - not too far from Soccer City, in an old, affluent part of time (lots of trees, safer) and with tourist attractions around. Rosebank Mall itself is probably the nicest Mall in Joburg - large variety of shops, restaurants and a permanent craft market (with a really big 'rooftop market' on Sundays.

However I believe all the large hotels around Rosebank / Joburg will have already sold all their rooms for the World Cup. Your best chance will be to find a smaller guesthouse in the suburbs in the area (search in areas such as Parktown, Parkhurst, Parkview, Melrose Estate, Illovo) . Several of my friends are setting these up now in advance of next year, so perhaps I can help.

In terms of attractions, there's probably too much to cover here. Really depends what you're interested in. I recommend The Apartheid Museum, De Widt Cheetah Reserve (just north of town), Maropeng / The Cradle of Humankind (where some of oldest human skeletons in world found). However during the World Cup these could be pretty booked up as well. On the other hand I'm sure they'll be a lot of other activities going on.

If you're into a nice, relaxed evening out with some interesting restaurants (and not in a mall, like most Joburg restaurants are) - try Parkhurst. Very close to Rosebank and a really nice atmosphere. Plus the Jolly Roger Pub is the best in SA!!!!

Happy to help more if you have further questions...

Re: where to stay

by Jennwtb

I agree with Norman.. Have fun Eric!

Re: where to stay

by ericn131

thanks rob some good starting points, many thanks for all the help folks

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by biffer

Get some tough bags, some of these baggage handlers can be rough! Even at the end of winter I found it warm, this would be shorts and tshirt weather in the UK! I'm told it hardly rains in the winter either. Wierd! The usual I used a digital camera, easy to hide away in public places. n/a Make sure you have the right plug adaptor. I've been to a few different places, but never have I seen a plug quite like the SA version. It's like a UK plug on steriods, a Rhino plug!


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Asian Eateries near Bruma Lake

by kenHuocj about essentially CHINESE

With suburbia changes their clothes,
on the east of Jo'burg en-route to the Airport is Eastgate Mall, to the north, is Burma Lake with it's Flea Market:
>>> a block west of Burma Lake and Queens street, is a small shopping centre
>>> this is Johannesburg's new Cyrildene Chinatown
the diverse range of Chinese eateries, owned by new migrants from China and Taiwan, the provision store and bottle store are there too
>>> so BYOW is possible
especailly for the smaller eateries Szechuan, Cantonese, Shanghai, Dum sums, Sushi
>>> It's all there
even wonton and Gaozhis


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