Nelson Mandela Square
8 Maude Street, Johannesburg, South Africa
011 217 6000
Nelson Mandela Square Johannesburg Reviews
Joburg experience May 09, 2011
After Capetown, we flew over to Joburg, rented a car and set off for our roadtrip! We stopped over at nelspruit for a few days. There're alot of waterfalls in the surrounding area, if you're into sightseeing. We spent a morning tubing. It's like water rafting, only each of us gets our own tube. It hurts alot more than water rafting though! There's a whole range of activities to do here, including horseback riding, cave exploration, for those with adventurous spirit it's a recommended place to be. Only the time we went was summer-ish, and the rain was almost mood-dampening. The rental car really came in handy for us.
Our main destination, Kruger park, welcomed us the next day. It is a more commercialized safari, and had all the amenities. The roads were well built, and no one was allowed to go past 40 - 50 km/hr or get out of your vehicle. The animals usually come out early in the mornings, or late in the evenings. (i guess these were their feeding times), So nothing exciting during the afternoon. I guess the real experience is taking the night walk. We didnt plan for that, and had to give it an unfortunate miss. But it was real cool to be able to drive up so close to the 'big 5' (except the cheetah).
Our final destination is Soweto (a developed 'slum'). Although it's considered a slum, you will be able to find all the different classes of people living here, albeit in separate zones. We took a bicycle tour of Soweto, and got to see the poorest living conditions to a decent one. What warmed my heart were the children playing by the roadside, who were so friendly and welcoming to the tourists.
I had a really great time in South Africa, it's a land of much beauty and kind, gentle people.
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Sep 10, 2007
1. visit the animal creche at the Rhino & Lion Park just outside Jozi for an unforgettable experience - a R10 fee let's you into the enclosure of your choice to pet the babies
2. make sure you do a township tour - use one of the many tour operators though - not recommended to go on your own and anyway, the tour operators will show you things you'll never see on your own.
3. the Apartheid museum is a must-see - remember your tissues though.
4. a shopping visit to the Oriental Plaza in Fordsburg is a great experience - eat some samosas at the World of Samoosas
5. take a stroll down 7th Street in Melville for a great vibe, restaurants and shops
6. visit an african restaurant called Moyo at Zoo Lake and get your face painted (great activities for kids too) - not cheap though
7. spend a day at Sandton City for shopping and eating (Nelson Mandela Square) - don't forget your wallet!
8. spend a sunny Sunday afternoon at the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens, walk to the waterfall and see if you can spot the resident black eagles. take a picnic and a blankie and make a day of it
9. pay a visit to the Cradle of Humankind - it is awe-inspiring and actually really fun and interactive
10. visit the sterkfontein caves and the wonder cave
11. hit the rides & action at Gold Reef City and pay a visit to the old mines
12. Joburg Zoo is not to be missed - give yourself a day for it as it is huge
13. take a drive out to Hartebeespoort dam, visit the African market for curios, have a Pancake at the Pancake Place and take a stroll through the Farmers Market, and maybe finish your day with a sunset boat ride on the dam
14. visit Montecasino - casino, theatres, shops, Bird Park - you have to see it to believe it
15. get your culture fix at the Joburg Art Gallery
16. Rosebank market is a must for all your curios and uniquely South African flavours
17. for excellent eating, head for Greenside's sidewalk atmosphere
18. for all the info you'll need on what's happening in Jozi, click on this link ... http://www.joburg.org.za/travel/index.stm
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