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3 Hour Layover at OR Tambo: Time for Excursion?

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I can't believe I leave in a week for my first trip to South Africa! The Africa forum helped immeasurably in the planning stages, and I do plan to create a trip report upon my return.

My final day in South Africa is a Monday. I'll be flying from Hoedspruit to Johannesburg, landing at 2:55 PM. My international flight back to New York departs at 8:35 PM. If I include the standard two hours ahead for check-in and security, I will have about three hours to kill in the airport.

Would you recommend a brief excursion given the time I have, or to just stay in the airport? I'm perfectly fine to finish a book, wander, and write in my journal (or start drafting a trip report) in the airport. But I won't be spending any time in Johannesburg during my holiday, and if I could even get a brief glimpse of another aspect of this country before I go, I'd love to take advantage of it.

I was thinking about either taking the train to Sandton and walking round, or by contrast, visiting Alexandra township (the Mulaudzi bike tours seem to get good reviews).

Any thoughts?

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