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MarthaR Aug 19th, 2007 08:58 PM

One day in Johannesburg-what should we see?
My husband and I will be in Johannesburg for just one day next month before catching a flight to Richard's Bay and on to the reserve. We know nothing really about Johannesburg except for what we've seen on websites. We would be grateful for some suggestions on what to see and where to have dinner while we are there.

Bwino Aug 19th, 2007 11:30 PM

Hello, I would recommend doing a Soweto tour and be sure to see the Hector Petersen Musuem, it is very moving and interesting. Any hotel would be able to organise this for - you can do both as a half day tour. It is also interesting to see the business district of Pretoria.

bombasticlife Aug 20th, 2007 12:42 AM

I agree with Bwino - Soweto is a must see! I would also do a drive through downtown and try to imagine what it used to be like.

deeboy Aug 20th, 2007 05:17 AM

When I spent a day there a while back, I spent half the day on a guided tour of Soweto - which I can highly recommend and which you will find both eye-opening and uplifting. The other half I spent amid the social life and the shopping malls of Sandton. This way, I got to see the two extremes of Jo'burg and two sides of South Africa - I'd recommend it.

betsyatl Aug 20th, 2007 06:21 AM

I agree with all of the above. Any hotel can arrange a day or 1/2 day tour. If there are 2 of you, then a private tour will not be much more than a scheduled tour. (There were 3 of us, and our private tour was the same cost as taking a scheduled tour). Most will take you thru downtown J'burg and give you a brief history. Soweto and the Hector Peterson Museum are a must do, very enlightening. If you are staying North, then Sandton Mall is fun for a quick look and many places to eat a good dinner. There are cab's there that can take you back to your hotel afterwards.

ShayTay Aug 20th, 2007 08:19 AM

If your day happens to be Sunday, there is a good crafts market on the roof of the parking garage of the Rosebank Mall, next door to the Grace Hotel. In addition to Soweto, there is also the DeWildt Cheetah Center out of town and the Lesedi Cultural Village. Your tour operator or perhaps your hotel could book any of these.

MarthaR Aug 20th, 2007 09:23 AM

Thanks All for the suggestions. I'd already been thinking about a tour of Soweto. Glad to see it is a good choice. We will be in town on a Monday so I guess the Rosebank Market is out. Are there any other good markets on Mondays? Do the malls have locally made goods?

Celia Aug 20th, 2007 09:36 AM

Actually, it's the Rosebank flea market that is open only on Sundays; the crafts market is open every day. You'll be able to buy locally made goods there, in that market adjoining the Rosebank mall. There are also some locally made goods in shops in Sandton, but it's more fun to talk to the actual artisans in the Rosebank market.

The mall at Sandton is full of good places for dinner. And I like several restaurants in Rosebank for lunch -- a good fish place is the one whose name I can't remember, but the logo is a blue oval. I also like Mimmo's, for paninis and pizza and that sort of thing.

ShayTay Aug 20th, 2007 01:09 PM

That's right, Celia. I visited the craft shops there and enjoyed them, but always mention the Sunday market, which expands your shopping options. There are some interesting, but higher-end, shops in the Mall, as well.

eezam Aug 21st, 2007 06:24 AM

We will be at the Balalaika Sandton at the end of October. Can someone recommend a restaurant near the hotel?

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