Johannesburg!

  • allatonce

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    Apr 24, 2012 9:21 PM GMT
    Ok, so I'm doing some travelling in May to South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe. I am going to start and end in Johannesburg since flights are much cheaper for me that way.

    I don't know that much about the city, but heard it can be amazing (and dangerous). Can anyone make some recommendations on things to do if I have about two days there?

    Thanks!
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    Apr 24, 2012 9:43 PM GMT
    Like you said, it can be a very dangerous city to visit unfortunately. One of the safest areas to visit is Sandton but it's very commercial and doesn't give you a real taste of Jo'burg nor South Africa. Personally, I highly recommend the Apartheid Museum, Nelson Mandel National Museum, The Hector Pieterson Museum, Soweto, The Cradle of Mankind Museum, as well as Pretoria. This alone could cover many days but it's worth narrowing it down to just a few.

    Enjoy your trip.
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    Apr 24, 2012 11:06 PM GMT
    Skip Zimbabwe.

    It's awful.
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    Apr 24, 2012 11:07 PM GMT
    geographic_info_systems saidLike you said, it can be a very dangerous city to visit unfortunately. One of the safest areas to visit is Sandton but it's very commercial and doesn't give you a real taste of Jo'burg nor South Africa. Personally, I highly recommend the Apartheid Museum, Nelson Mandel National Museum, The Hector Pieterson Museum, Soweto, The Cradle of Mankind Museum, as well as Pretoria. This alone could cover many days but it's worth narrowing it down to just a few.

    Enjoy your trip.



    I would say that this is great advice.

    I do think you need to be exceptionally careful in many cities, such as Jo'Burg, but personally I do not find it as dangerous as its reputation. My brother lives there and has had very few problems.

    The Melrose Arch is a fun hotel and good value. The pool is great for taking lunch!
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    Apr 25, 2012 1:27 AM GMT
    Might I also suggest:
    -SAB World of Beer
    -Fordsburg (home to the South African Indian and Pakistani communities) and The Oriental Plaza

    I'd also suggest a visit to Cape Town if you have the time with sights such as Table Mountain, Bo-Kaap, District Six, The Waterfront, and the Cape Fur Seal colonies.
  • Suetonius

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    Apr 30, 2012 12:35 PM GMT
    geographic_info_systems said
    I'd also suggest a visit to Cape Town if you have the time

    Agreed. There is far more to see and do in Cape Town and environs than Johannesberg - and it's a lot safer place to visit.
  • trirl

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    Apr 30, 2012 12:43 PM GMT

    I did a bike tour with Soweto Backpackers and it was a really great way to see the township. Bring you places of the tourist trail and you see how people really live there. http://www.sowetobicycletours.com/

    I was based out of Jo'burg for my two week trip to South Africa, but not a lot to do there and parts of it is quite dangerous.

    Wish I had spent more time in Cape Town, beautiful city. Definitely go to Robben Island and hike up table mountain.

    I also went to Durban and did a 3 day safari in Madikwe which was the highlight.


  • Suetonius

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    May 01, 2012 1:30 AM GMT
    trirl saidWish I had spent more time in Cape Town, beautiful city. Definitely go to Robben Island and hike up table mountain.

    Table Mountain (in Cape Town) is wonderful. However, if you want to hike there, suggest you first fist the website of Mountain Club of South Africa - Cape Town Section http://mcsa.briefyourmarket.com/ One can subscribe to their emails. The site has safety tips and current updates (latest info on safe areas to hike, avoiding robbers, how to avoid getting trapped in dangerous fog, emergency phone numbers, etc.) The experience is great if you just avoid the few dangerous areas and get off the mountain before dark.