Saturday, March 13th, 2010
Next Stop Johannesburg!
Regardless of what you call it today: Jozzie, Jo’berg, JNB or eGoli, starting today it becomes one of our destinations.
Why are we so excited to welcome Johannesburg to the club? This vibrant, fast-paced city, often called the NYC of South Africa, is a melting pot of culture and experiences, where modernity meets tradition. Expect a sensory treat with 11 official languages, various cultures, a vast choice of food and something for everyone really.
Here are a few of our picks, but don’t just take our word for it– build your own South African adventure.
Luxury: Melrose Arch Hotel located in the trendy, up & coming Melrose Arch neighbourhood. This is the perfect resting place for those looking to take in Johannesburg’s modern, smart & stylish side. With so much at your doorstep, do not expect to stop for long.
Boutique: Ten Bompas Hotel this relaxing retreat offers only 10 rooms, each of which have been styled by local designers. This property’s attention to detail will allow you to forget about everything, other than enjoying your holiday of course.
Big Game: Askari Game Lodge an easy hour outside of Johannesburg, this lodge offers guests a Big 5 wildlife (Lion, Leopard, African Rhino, Cape Buffalo & Elephant) experience on the Plumari Africa Game Reserve and, likely, offers more comforts than home.
Be seen: fashiontv is a fashionista’s paradise and the perfect place to enjoy a bubbly beverage and settle in for some people watching.
Chill: Cool Runnings, a laid-back, hangout, is ideal for lounging with friends over beverages and munchies– island style.
Dance: The Crazy 88 is known for their DJs and hosting fabulous parties. Ready to party like a rock star? This is the place for you.
Game: Carnivore– vegetarians beware: this is not the place for you, but if meat is your favourite aspect of any meal, then you are welcome, because this is exactly the place for you.
African: Moya this pan-African hot-spot serves up a variety of dishes with a side of live entertainment.
Seafood: Vilamoura is a foodie favourite, showcasing the best the culinary scene has to offer. If you fancy fine dining, be sure to get a table before you depart JNB.
SAB World of Beer: it doesn’t get better than this for beer lovers, not only offering a behind the scenes look into brewing, but also serving guests two frosties at the end.
Tswaing Meteorite Crater: one of the best preserved meteorite craters in the world, invites visitors to experience this natural wonder with a hike, picnic and unlimited photo-ops.
Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve: situated in the World Heritage Site “Cradle of Humankind” and providing visitors with up close & personal experiences with the wildlife including the opportunity to pet & photograph big cat cubs.
Kruger National Park: this national park boast nearly 2 million hectares of archaeological sights and an over the top wildlife experience (336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals respective species to be a bit more exact). Just do not forget your camera.
Pecanwood Golf Course: famous and fabulous, this course was the first in the country to be designed and completed by the legendary Jack Nicklaus.
The Apartheid Museum: a powerful experience exploring South Africa’s history through works curated by artists, filmmakers, historians & designers.
Tour Soweto: No trip to Johannesburg is complete without a tour of this township.
44 Stanley Avenue: hosts 25 relaxed, specialty boutiques. It’s a one stop shop for furnishing both your home and your closet.
Sandton City: one of the largest shopping centers in the hemisphere. Need we say more? We didn’t think so.
Rosebank Rooftop Market: often referred to as the city’s best flea market, this is the place to stock up on all the items that you can’t get anywhere else.
Now that the planning has been taken care of– are you ready to go? We are!
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So now that you have seen a few of our favourite places, we’d love to hear from you. Leave your must see & do in Johannesburg lists in the comments. You never know, they may end up in a future post (with credit of course).