Sandton Things to Do
African music and dance never fail to induce a trance-like state in my psyche. It chills my spine deliciously and haunts me with its wild abandon and perfect rhythm.
I suspect the ancient witch doctors must have used it to induce a hypnotic effect on the patient. Who can forget the jubilant chants of Disney's Lion King?
Being in a long-distance relationship with someone who lives over 1000 km away can be quite...more
Located conveniently and safely in Sandton, this is an excellent (and expensive) hotel. Service is...more
We stayed here during our honeymoon last January, it was a comfortable 5 nights stay. The hotel is...more
Su.da.da Dine bar: Upmarket fine dining with entertainment
To see the ambience click the link to their site. It's clean and new using modern techniques with pebbles, stone, wood, steel and lighting to create a very satisfying open plan eating experience.
The food is well presented and tasty.
The service is (or tries to be) impeccable while also being relaxed ( i.e.you won't have snotty waiters hovering around your table, but they'll be be both attentive and out of your way when needed). If you are dissatisified, feel free to complain to management while still maintaining a friendly atmosphere, as opposed to other Sandton venues where a simple complaint can lead to an unhappy evening.
This is a great place for a dinner on your own as a businesman, a romantic couple, a lone traveller looking for friendly people, or just a whole group looking for a night of fun and perhaps to discover where to go next if you're into clubbing. The ambience of the place makes you all fit in quite nicely together. Also it's not a crash commercial restaurant teeming with tourists. Here you'll tap into the local crowd without feeling out of place. You'll keep your table for the whole night without having to be pressured by table turning waiters.
Check their website to see what events are happening during your visit. I went to a Cuban Salsa experience last week and the Musicians and dancers from Cuba were top notch.
I think what I mean is - It's jet set, but doesn't particularly care if you aren't, it can be a great place to have dinner and then go back to the hotel, or to have dinner and find out where the party is.
The managers name is Rui, ask for him if you need advice on anything. Tell him you found him here, I think he'd be suprised.
Favorite Dish: Carpaccio (if you're fussy ask them to bring the lemon olive oil and balsamic vinegar on the side)
Warm salad (ask if you can substitute this with the salad you get with main, it's delish)
Salmon - always cooked just so, pink and tender inside
Hamburger - a nice upmarket take on a classic and always good.Related to:
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Manhattan Club: Sandton Hot Spots
Thursay night is student night the line to get in can be very long so i suggest you get there early. Doors open at 8. R40 entrence before ten without a student card otherwise R10 before ten. Buy one get one free drinks specials before ten.
Friday nights no under 23 for guys and 21 for girls. Half price cocktails the whole night in the pink ladies bar. Entrence is R40 before ten. As fridays attract an older crowd it is not necessary to arrive early teh club picks up at around 11pm.
Very stylish venue that place good music, lots of bars so you never have to wait long and there is lots of space to sit back and relax or dance on the huge dance floor.
Dress Code: No sneakers and collard shirts for guys. jeans and a collard shirt for guys and a dress or jeans and high heals for girls.Related to:
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The best way to travel in world class comfort and security from the airport to major centres like Sandton, Rosebank, and the CBD, is to take the Gautrain. A quick transfer from the airport for just over R120 delivers you to central Sandton near several international hotels and local star properties. Hotel shuttles for several properties deliver you...more
Johannesburg can be a scary place for first timers, sure if you're staying in a five star hotel you can probably arrange a hotel transfer from the airport, and you can probably rely on some 'same old' package deal trips in and around Joburg, but if you want to save cash and make friends at the same time speak to Jay or Oupa. Over the years they've...more
If not for the fact that the airport transfer is provided for when I booked the hotel via Internet, I would have to fork out US$30 for a 1 way trip for the airport bus. Mind you the trip is just about 30 minutes and a taxi would have cost much more.Even in Japan and London you don't see such prices. Please make sure the airport transfer is included...more
Sandton Square: Everything (Sandton)
This is larny town, or posh town to the rest of the world. As in London slightly more expensive than other regions, but this is a fantastic shopping mall, in the centre you will find Mandela Square where you can eat and drink till your stomach is content. It is a place for socialising for the wealthy locals and a place of safety for the tourist. Within the mall you will find some of SA most luxurious hotels such as the Micheal Angelo, one of the leading hotels of the world.
Sandton Warnings and Dangers
The safari was meant to be the highlight of the tour. In fact we had paid a premium for this extra benefit.
In the end we felt like we had visit the zoo with just 5 types of animals. Only difference being we are inside the cage along with them this time.
We had to wake up at an unearthly hour of 5 am to get ready. Despite the gloves and scarves' the wind in our face during the drive chilled us to the bone. Still, if you like being close to the lions and the rhinoceroes, go ahead. But it's unlikely you'd get close enough to take a good picture.
Sandton Tourist Traps
Nelson Mandela Square
This hideous 6 metre statue of Nelson Mandela was unveiled at the renamed Nelson Mandela Square on 31 March 2004.
It's positively repugnant in that it makes Nelson Mandela(tm) look like Goofy(tm)
This is a prime example of commercial, crass, tourist capitalism and I suggest you merely take pix of it to laugh at back home, rather than frame yourself into the shot and see your friends laugh at you.
For interests sake, the statue was designed by a white guy using a black helper, it was funded by donors who have refused to disclose themselves (read - white businessmen who supported apartheid to the full until it ended and then ten years later thought "Okay let's do something to pull in the tourists, how about using Madiba?".
Nelson Mandela did not attend the unveiling of the statue.
Mandela is a global hero, this statue cheapens his namesake for the interests of commercialism. If he wasn't just a man I'd say it verges on blasphemy - in a cute mickey mouse(tm) kind of way.Related to:
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Sandton Off The Beaten Path
Table Mountain has long been recognized as one of the most beautful scenery in the world. Words could hardly do justice to the feeling one gets when standing at the peak watching the waves from both the Atlantic and Pacific ocean meet. If you are lucky you could even witness the whales exhale. Truly majestic.more
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