Whitely Street, Melrose Arch Precinct, PO Box 740, Melrose Arch, Johannesburg, 2076, South Africa
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Great hotel, FABULOUS milkshakes
I've stayed here a few times, as it's a great place if you are traveling alone, as it's located in the cool Melrose Arch area which is a self contained small town with shops, bars and restaurants, and is really safe.
It's got a gym, outdoor pool, restaurant, whiskey bar (formerly a coffee bar) and cool decor (think large chandeliers and pictures of old movie stars)
Unique Quality: MILKSHAKES
I had a crunchie milkshake. There is also an awesome oreo one, mars bar......yum. I think, if you book the internet rate you get a free milkshake voucher.
Also good as this hotel has free internet, something not always available in SA, and every time I've used it it was good speed.
Good example of a well run South African chain.
Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
Related to: Women's Travel, Gay and Lesbian, Singles
Written September 28, 2012
Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Melrose Arch Photo: sorry for bad photo
issues at border control
Re: Jo Burg to Maputo
I havent done this for a while, but have used Intercape before. They have a service leaving Jo'burg at 8am which arrives in Maputo at 4.20pm. Or again at night leaving Jo'burg at 10pm which then arrives in Maputo at 8.30am. The price varies between 210 and 250 Rds one way depending on whether you need a flexible ticket or not. The coaches are Mainliner so have toilets on board, aircon etc.
Other bus companies include Greyhound, Panthera Azul and Translux.
I havent had any issues at the border. Normally get my visa in advance though. Although I guess it depends how long you are staying from and what passport you have.
Travel Tips for Johannesburg
Growing up in Johannesburg was lovely.
Though living in a single-parent home, we had all our needs taken care of, were (and still are) a very close family, and have a fabulous mother who brought us up.
We used to spend a lot of time at home, or at friends or other family homes. That's something I love about South Africa, the hospitality
Things are more family-focussed and -centred. Material possessions are not important, family is. (Of course, not all family's are like this, ours was/is though).
Afternoons were spent splashing in the swimming pool or playing rounders in the garden, making forts in the dining room under the dining room table, and 'camping' in the garden (never mind the parktown prawns!). Playing on the foofy slide on the lawn or trying to play cricket.
Wouldn't change it for anything :) Thanks ma x
Ellis Park Stadium
Ellis Park Staduim is well known for the Rugby World Final where South Africa beat the all Blacks.
This Staduim host both international and local Rugby and Soccer Matches. I have watched both Manchester United and Arsenals battle it out at this staduim.
Create your own best friend
by junecorlett about buddy bear
Buddy Bear is a toy shop which offers children and adults alike the opportunity to create their own very special bear from inside out. The traditional teddy bear is still loved and adored. They come with all sorts of accesories and in a variety of shapes and sizes (and animals)
Kiddie parties can also be booked. (Each child can create their own bear) Teddies, teddies clothing and accesories.
The fine art of 4 way stops
Many of the road intersections that you will encounter in South Africa are 4 way stops - this is a cheaper method of traffic control than traffic lights, and has the distinct advantage that they function regardless of whether it has been raining or not (see my travel tip on robots)! The etiquette at 4 way stops is quite simple: the first vehicle to reach the intersection is the first person to cross it. Stopping at 4 way stops (even if there are no other vehicles) is mandatory, and fining offenders is an easy source of municipal revenue for the traffic cops. If traffic lights (bizarrely referred to as 'robots') are not functioning (either as a result of power cuts, cable theft or rain) then the intersection should be treated as a 4 way stop.
Can't remember the name of it....
Can't remember the name of it. The people who took me there said it was the most expensive seafood restaurant in Pretoria. Which wasn't a big deal for us as the Rand was so weak at the time :) The best seafood I ever had, and the service was great too. Lobster