Do not walk in CBD alone in the night
This is an absolute no no. The cbd area is quite unsafe. Even during day time there were stories of people getting mugged. But it is safe if you are in a group and stick to the crowded streets and shopping areas
Sandton Square - much ado about nothing
Try as I might, I just can't see what's so special about Sandton Square. A collection of mismatched, nondescript architecture, a rather naff statue of Mandela dancing that doesn't look much like him and a host of overpriced restaurants packed with fellow tourists - really not worth the time and effort so far as I'm concerned. I suppose that it does have the virtue of being safe, but then so are so many other far more interesting entertainment venues - see my restaurant tips for some ideas.
By all means visit if you're staying in the Sandton area, or visiting the excellent, upmarket but surprisingly affordable Sandton shopping centre (which is next door to Sandton Square), but it's really not worth making a special trip for.
If you are going to eat here, I would suggest avoiding the overhyped and overpriced Butcher's Shop unless you're a carnivorous connaisseur - a much better option is the excellent Wang Thai.
Its NOT her baby or He is not related to the BLIND
Almost every street corner has a woman (generally Zimbabwean) begging with a child or children in tow. Do not give them money. These children are being hired by these women to add "sob" appeal to their begging strategy. Its actually a crime and fraud and often these children are hired out by their parents for about R 100 a day. carte Blanche, a news expose TV programme recently investigated this shocking practice. Don't support them - the kids are out in all types of weather, are dehydrated and are being used by these sinister "begging" gangs.
This applies to the brother or sister leading the blind person. Once again, gangs use and hire out blind people.
Unique Suggestions: Dont give them anything.
Sandton City & Nelson Mandela Square
If you hate mixing with locals and enjoy recognising the language or accent of your own country, there's no better place to go to than the Sandton shopping area. And if you're into overpriced curios and imported fancy brand clothing you'll really be at home. On the other hand, if you're looking for a little bit more of an authentic experience, avoid Sandton, you're not missing much.
Unique Suggestions: Make sure your credit card is loaded.
Fun Alternatives: Rosebank. It's the same league as Sandton, but it's much more authentic and has that superb local goodies market.
- Luxury Travel
Nelson Mandelas old house
We also stopped by Nelson Mandela’s first house in Orlando West in Soweto. The humble house was Mandela’s home from 1946 and it is a tiny place. I think that we had to pay 20 Rand per person to get in and we got a short 2 minute tour of the place. Yes, it is an intimate meeting with the home of a great leader but there is not much to see. And if you compare the entrance fee to other attractions that we went to I’m almost tempted to call it a overcharge. I would say that it is not worth a visit.
- Family Travel
I had a few friends over from Malaysia visiting JNB "All Ladies", we pull up to the Hotel and here comes this fancy BMW X5 who has been following me for a long time. 2 Guys in the BMW and they start calling the ladies to the car. Being the people they are with their heads screwed on properly on their shoulders they went inside the Hotel.
Unique Suggestions: Don`t go to any car when guys are calling , they are probably up to no good. This is for your safeties sake.
My personal experience in JNB is that the women here always run after guys with fancy cars and money. If they had to stop for a typical women in JNB , she would probably go to the car.
Well not all women here in JNB is like that because I would be probably be generalising but many of them is.
Fun Alternatives: Just keep on walking and make if you did`nt hear them. Just Ignor them , hopefully they will go away.
Nelson Mandela's House
When I was in South Africa it seemed that no matter where you went, you'd get people at practically every turn offering to show you where Nelson Mandela lived. Either Nelson Mandela lived in hundreds of different houses throughout the country (a remarkable feat for someone who spent decades in prison), or some of these people are putting tourists on.
Unique Suggestions: It's okay to let yourself get taken in by these folks. They're just trying to earn a buck and hey it's interesting to listen to even if it's not true. Just don't go home and write a book about Nelson Mandela's house because you probably don't have the straight goods.
Fun Alternatives: Just say "No, thanks".
Bruma Lake Flea Market
Opposite BRUMA Lake and Easgate Shopping Centre;
between Joburg Intl Airport and Jo'burg CBD;
lots of variety and CURIOS, notably those wooden Giraffes and Hippos or soapstone heads from Africa north of the limpopo, plus plus plus......
Unique Suggestions: if you're there on a weekend, it's wghere many pocals spend a few hours, snacks of many ethnic origins.....
Fun Alternatives: chat and meet the vendors, they all have their own tales of fun or misery
Location: Corner of Marcia Street and Ernest Oppenheimer Street, Bruma
Trading Date: Tuesdays to Sundays, public holidays
Trading Hours: 9h30 to 17h00
Entry charge: R2-00
Average Number of Traders: ± 600
of course at BRUMA Lake, there are many eateries and hotels
- Adventure Travel
Elephants´ Sanctuary. Don´t go!
Unless you´ve got child don´t go. The name sounds splendid... but once there you just will be able to see 5 young elephants in captivity.
Unique Suggestions: If you´ve got child you can spend half day there and have lunch. It´s possible to touch and feed the elephants.
Gaunteg. Around 60 minutes driving from the North of Jo´burg.
Gold Reef City Casino and...
Gold Reef City Casino and Theme Park:----- ;-(
But Gold Reef City is so close to Johannesburg City Centre, en-route from Sandtonand the Market to Soweto.
===Gold and the history of Johannesburg are intertwined. ===The discovery of gold in the late 1890s led to a gold rush by prospectors from all over the world to the area now known as Johannesburg.
===A mere 6km from Johannesburg's bustling city centre lies Gold Reef City Village, a unique reminder of that bygone era. Centred around shaft No. 14, which was started in 1887, Gold Reef City is an inimitable combination of a theme park, a living museum of Victorian architecture and lifestyle. === Protea Hotel Gold Reef City, offers the chance to escape the pressure of modern day living in a safe and secure environment of fun and Old World elegance.
Most tourists would want to...
Most tourists would want to buy 'ethnic stuff' - the Rosebank market is the best place for that (open weekends) but even better are the shops (there is a great one in the Zoo lake neighborhood of Parklake, next to the Spar Supermarket. Foreign traders go there first, and then sell the left overs at the market. Prices at the shop are good (better than in the street) and quality is superb (the real thang!)
Don't use taxis or buses...
Don't use taxis or buses unless they are well marked and appear official. Don't hitchike, especially at night and don't visit townships unless you are on an official tour. Keep to well lit areas at night. Drive on the left side of the road.
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