Johannesburg Travel Guide

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Johannesburg Things to Do

  • Downtown

    One of the most exciting sculptures to be established in the Jo'burg CBD in the last couple of years is a replica of the gold rhino of Mapungubwe, which is located on Fox Street, just opposite the Hollard Street pedestrian mall. As it is mounted on a plinth at about head height, so it can be surprisingly easy to overlook. The Mapungubwe rhino is...

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  • Gold Reef City

    4 out of 5 stars

    When i think of this place i feel dizzy lol, If you are an adventurers person i will recommend you to visit Gold Reef City theme park. but Paul how do i get there? the easiest way is to buy a ticket for Bus tour on www.citysightseeing.co.za/joburg.php the ticket is for the whole day and you can Hop on and Hop Off all day. you ll be able to see...

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  • Lion Park

    4 out of 5 stars

    Close encounter with the lions, i would suggest you pay a visit to the Lion park..there is also giraffes,impalas and zebra at the park.there is also some lion cubs for which you're allowed to play with but you do pay for that but it's cheaper. you either use your car to enter the lion camps or a guided tour so it's up to you.the guys opting a...

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Johannesburg Hotels

Johannesburg Restaurants

  • Yummy salad and Sauvignon Blanc

    Sometimes you just don't want to leave the confines of your hotel to find a place to eat. Although Mandela Square was a short 5 min walk with plenty of places to eat, on two occassions I decided that I'd rather just stay in the hotel and order something from the bar menu. Central One is a really nice bar at the Radisson Blu with a nice drink menu...

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  • Inexpensive lunch

    The RBG Bar & Grill is located inside the Park Inn, Sandton with a nice size dining area. After a long flight from London I wanted to check in, freshen up and get something to eat, so this was an excellent choice. I was meeting members of another site for a tour of the Lion Park and grabbing a bite to eat here was quick and easy. The menu has a...

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  • Wonderful food and service

    Pappa's is located at Mandela Square where a host of other restaurants are found. The restaurant is located at the top of the stairs to the left of the statute with outdoor and indoor dining. It's a Greek/mediterranean restaurant with a really nice selection of dishes to choose from. I spent quite a bit of time in and around Mandela Square so when...

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Johannesburg Nightlife

  • A glass of Sauvignon and people watch

    At Mandela Square there are a host of restaurants and cafes where you can grab a meal, a snack or a drink and do some people watching. After a few hours of shopping I just wanted to sit, grab a drink, look over my pictures and decided where to have dinner. I settled on a cafe that had plenty of seating facing the square. I grabbed a seat and...

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  • Clubs in and around Jozi

    1- Truth2- Hi Flyerz3- Nicci Beach4- Taboo5- ESP (Sadly, not End Str vibe)Other than that, just events... H2O..Back in the day:1- Fly HouseEat, Sleep2- ESP; RepeatEat, Sleep3- Nexus; Repeat4- Eat, Sleep, Rave, Repeat!;-) WGAF

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  • Nightlife Experiences

    The nightlife in Johannesburg has actually become way better than in the past. More clubs are being opened and re-vamped to look better and bigger. I have probably been to 80% of the clubs/lounges in Johannesburg, so I know what I'm talking about. The best place to club around is Sandton, where you can go from club to club, such as Taboo, Cocoon...

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Johannesburg Transportation

  • Fast mode of Transport

    When you ARE at Johannesburg Intl (OR Tambo), there is a Modern rapid Rail Service called Gautrain which connects you to Major Cities like Johannesburg,Sandton and Pretoria. If you don't rent a car It's advisable to use Gautrain since it's quicker and comfortable and it will save you money. Meter taxi's are much expensive.All you need to do when...

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  • Rapid Transport System

    There is Rapid Bus Service in Johannesburg called (Reya vaya) meaning "We are on the move" and you make use of, It's convenient in my opinion. Just check out the website for more info...www.reavaya.org.zaIf you want to familiarise yourself with the City, I will recommend a Bus tour around the city which passes through other attractions in the City...

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  • Driving to Kruger

    Included in the price of my safari tour to Kruger was the transporation pick-up from any location in Johannesburg. I was the first pick-up (long, long day for me) at my hotel at about 8:00 am and then subsequently stops to pick up the other passengers. The drive to our hotel in Kruger was over a 5+ hour drive in an air-conditioned mini-van making a...

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Johannesburg Shopping

  • Good selection of African crafts

    By far the widest range of crafts in Johannesburg is to be found at the Rosebank Flea market, which is a Sunday institution for tourists and locals alike. However, if your visit doesn't coincide with a Sunday, then don't despair, as the adjacent African Craft Market is open seven days a week.The Craft Market offers a good range of crafts and curios...

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  • Looking for groceries from the Far East?

    In times gone by, Johannesburg's China Town was located on the western fringe of the CBD, close to the notorious John Vorster Square police headquarters.In recent years, the focus of the Chinese community has shifted (appropriately) eastwards to the former Jewish suburb of Cyrildene, close to the Eastgate shopping centre. These days, Derrick Avenue...

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  • Fancy half a hundredweight of howlite,...

    I'm a miserable failure as a Material Girl - keep me supplied with travel opportunities, books, good food and tea and beer on tap and I'll love you forever - so in a city where shopping is considered to be both a religion and a sport, I'm really out on a limb.However, if ever I were to revise my opinion and consider embracing retail therapy, I...

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Johannesburg Local Customs

  • Ethnic / Cultural Diversity

    The selection and performance of national anthems must be one of the most emotive of cultural issues. To my mind, national anthems are meant to be rousing and inspirational pieces of music that reflect a nation's sense of self image: however, it's all too easy for them to descend into the realms of worthy-but-dreary dirges burdened with...

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  • Food & Drink

    if your'e into wines , as so many are or you want to be seen or you want to meet the Cape's best winemakers. or you want to taste the top wines of the year or Platter's 5 * star wines or just have a cheap evening out WITH FRIENDS or oenophiles then every year last week of October at the Sandton Convention centre 5 -9pm daily the RMB Winex is...

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  • Tortured history of our confusing...

    The selection and performance of national anthems must be one of the most emotive of cultural issues. To my mind, national anthems are meant to be rousing and inspirational pieces of music that reflect a nation's sense of self image: however, it's all too easy for them to descend into the realms of worthy-but-dreary dirges burdened with politically...

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Johannesburg Warnings and Dangers

  • Malaria

    Most travelers who visit game reserves will most liking come into Johannesburg first. This tip mainly concerns visiting game reserves. Malaria is quite prevalent and you can take some easy steps for malaria prophylaxis. See the CDC's website on which medications are recommended for the area you are visiting. The Nedile Lodge located at the...

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  • Airport and your baggage

    Keep an eye on your luggage and make sure you place a lock on your checkin luggage. If you don't you will regret it! Also this airport is huge and confusing when looking for your gate. Be careful with the porters around the airport they will try to take you around and then ask for money. Go the security gate and ask if you are in the right area for...

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  • Some tips on parking your car safely

    As a general rule, it's pretty safe parking anywhere that there is an established parking area. If there is no pay parking, there are always self appointed parking attendants who will appear from nowhere and offer their services to look after your car - my advice is to accept the offer, but tell them that you'll only pay them on your return, and...

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Johannesburg Tourist Traps

  • 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

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  • 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...

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  • Its NOT her baby or He is not related to...

    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...

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Johannesburg What to Pack

  • Summer (November to March) is the rainy...

    A folding umbrella is useful for afternoon storms. Thin plastic bags to cover your backpack if you use one. Enterprising street vendors will sell you umbrellas for about R20-R30. I seriously recommend that you buy a folding one, though. I keep an umbrella in my car as well as in my flat and at my office. Generally the rain in Johannesburg tends...

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  • Joburg has the best climate in the world

    A backpack or even a belt bag will make life easier, however, it will make you look like a tourist. Sadly tourists are often seen as easy victims for criminals. Bear this in mind. In summer in Johannesburg sandals for women double up for every type of wear. A pair of heavier duty shoes for walking might be required and is a necessity for game...

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  • Johannesburg is icy in winter!

    1. If you're travelling between April and August, bring warm clothing. 2. Bring clothing that you can layer - morning and nights are very cold with temperatures anywhere between 0 degrees celsius to 8 degrees. SA has first rate private hospitals and pharmacies.But always bring your prescription if you are on chronic medication. The forex...

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Johannesburg Off The Beaten Path

  • Game Reserves

    Pilanesberg Park is only two hours from Johannesburg, and I had my guide drive me around the huge reserve for about fours hours (starting at noontime). But all I saw were deers, birds and a few wild pigs...I guess the big animals were still asleep... However, despite my experience, the Pilanesberg Game Reserve is considered one of the most...

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  • Randburg Waterfront

    One my my frustrations about the Johannesburg VT page is that the editing categories are confusingly inappropriate, and at least one of those categories (the 'Randburg Waterfront') doesn't exist anymore! The 'Randburg Waterfront' was redeveloped in the mid 'noughties' and rebranded as 'Brightwater Commons'. The complex consists of shops (including...

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  • Cemetaries and History go hand in Hand

    Cemetaries ~ Begraafplaas ~ Churchyards Braamfontein, Brixton, Langlaagte, Westpark.From a family viewpoint, overlapping with the spring equinox , is 清明 / cing1 ming4 when families visit, clean, and make offerings at ancestral gravesites, it's an outing and fall is 中秋節 / Mid-Autumn Festival, a time for mooncakes,...

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Johannesburg Sports & Outdoors

  • Bowl a maiden over at The Wanderers!

    For those who read the title and thought that this was going to help you pick up local lovelies, you're going to be sadly disappointed, as probably the only way that you're going to score with a maiden (or any other woman) at The Wanderers is with a cricket bat!The Wanderers is located in the leafy northern suburbs of Johannesburg, and is the...

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  • Rugby: A South African religion

    South Africans are fanatical about sport (in my experience, only Aussies come close in terms of their sports obsession), and among white South Africans, rugby is not a sport, but a religion! Until I moved to South Africa, I couldn't see the logic behind the sports boycott which was imposed on South Africa in the 1980s and 90s ... and once I was...

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  • Skateboarding at Brightwater Commons

    There are times when you're travelling that you need to provide your child (grownup or otherwise) with an opportunity to let off steam whilst you recharge your batteries for a couple of hours. If this sounds like you - or if you are a skateboarding enthusiast (for which I wouldn't begin to know the technical name) - then Boogaloo's skateboard park...

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Johannesburg Favorites

  • The best place to buy maps and travel...

    (work in progress)For those travelling into Southern Africa from overseas, Johannesburg is often their port of arrival because stiff competition on this route usually results in the keenest fares.If you're planning a trip to Africa - especially one that will take you off the well beaten tourist track - it can often be difficult to get your hands on...

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  • A few ideas for Johannesburg itineraries

    I always find that one of the hardest challenges in planning time in an unfamiliar place is working out what elements to combine together: especially true in a city as spread out as Johannesburg with relatively little public transport.So, for what it's worth, here are a few ideas for places/activities that you can group together to make the best...

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  • Traveling to Johannesburg alone.

    From a tourist's perspective I think I can only add a comment or two to Cathy's posts.Firstly, I have been through the Johannesburg airport eight or nine times and have never had anything stolen. Just know that it is big and it's a good idea to have some idea of the different parts of the airport so you know approximately in which direction to go....

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