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Joburg & Cape town in march

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Joburg & Cape town in march

Hi, so my fiancé and i will be honemoneying in joburg & CT in march . I have heard the weather is fine n apt. A lot of posts recommend Sandton & Rosebanks. Can somebody suggest a good hotel- 3/4 star in those areas.

Also, what is the ideal number of days to spend in either city? I fly out from cape town n fly in to Joburg

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1. Re: Joburg & Cape town in march

Are you not going to a game reserve? It is an ideal honeymoon destination.

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Why not spend 4 or 5 days in Cape Town, 2 or 3 days in Johannesburg, and 3 or 5 days in the Kruger National Park?

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Any that you can suggest? Ct or joburg?

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@Iamlee, any that you can suggest- near CT or Joburg?

@Gavin can you suggest some places to see in Joburg if i choose to give 2 or 3 nights there.

Also, is the night life safe? Any clubs that you can advise

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@Gavin can you suggest some places to see in Joburg if i choose to give 2 or 3 nights there.

Also, is the night life safe? Any clubs that you can advise.

I am not interested in the "club scene". but yes, there are many clubs.

Others may help with ideas.

Thousands of Johannesburg residents go out at night, to restaurants, clubs, movies, plays and concerts.

Look at this small list of places/things to see things to do:

Johannesburg has over 100 “Blue Plaques”.. sites of historical or cultural importance.

Viewsites

“The Top of Africa”

The 52nd floor of the Carlton Centre, in down town, which is the tallest building in Africa.

A “Birds EYE” view over the whole of Johannesburg, giving a good idea of the extent of the down town area, and beyond.

Munro Drive

Stunning views over the northern suburbs, the largest urban forest in the world.

Breathtaking in October / November when the Jacarandas are in bloom.

Kallenbach Drive

Superb views from the top of Linksfield ridge, all the way to the Magaliesberg 60Km away, the oldest mountains in Africa (2600 million years old)

Sport

Several excellent golf courses

Soccer, rugby, cricket, athletics, at one of our superb stadiums

Cycling

Bungee jumping at the Soweto Towers

Cycle tour of Soweto

Culture

Soweto tour

While in Soweto, see the following:

See where the Freedom Charter was signed in 1955

See Arch. Desmond Tutu’s house, visit Nelson Mandela’s house

Both in Vilakazi street, the only street in the world where two Nobel Peace Laureates lived

Visit the Hector Pieterson museum..

Hector became the symbol for all the youth who fought the Apartheid system, shot and killed by police on June 16 1976

Regina Mundi Church, where the meetings were held when public gatherings were banned by the Apartheid Govt.

City Tour Ho Ho Bus available a good way to get a “feel” for Johannesburg.

 You can do the Red Tour with Soweto Option.

Lesedi Cultural Village, where one can see, compare and contrast the customs and culture of 5 of our indigenous tribal peoples. Lunch and tribal dancing as well.

Performing arts

Ballet, plays, at one of our superb theatres, either

in down town, or in Soweto, or in some of the “entertainment complexes”, like Monte Casino, etc

Fine art

Outdoor sculptures

Von Brandis Statue, Miners Monument, George Harrison Statue, Scottish soldier, Oppenheimer Fountain, Brenda Fassie, Kippie Moeketsi, The Firewalker etc.

Galleries

Johannesburg Art Gallery, SADLY CLOSED, due to current administration’s lack of funding/interest in repairing the roof, from which vandals have stolen the copper sheeting (for sale to scrap metal merchants, no doubt)

Larger than the National gallery in Cape Town.

Contains works by Dutch masters, Henry Moore, Auguste Rodin, Picasso, and many local artists

Sadly the area around the gallery is a little “seedy”, now

Wits (University) Art Gallery

a treasure trove of African art displayed in a bright, airy, climate controlled environment.

The Origins Centre ( Rock Art)

Constitutional Court and its Art Collection

Numerous Private galleries,

For example:

Goodman Gallery and Everard Read Gallery and Gallery MoMo

Artists under the sunhttp://www.artistsunderthesun.co.za/

First weekend of every month

Various pieces of art around the city, and in Soweto.

Music

Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra (usually perform at Linder Auditorium)

Standard Bank International Jazz Festival August

Jazz on the Lake, free, at zoo lake in September

The Bassline Jazz club, in Newtown

The Coca Cola Dome

Other outdoor concerts at various venues, like the Zoo, or Botanical Gardens

Shopping:

27 Boxes, in Melville made entirely from shipping containers, first of its kind in South Africa

World class malls:

Sandton Rosebank, Eastgate, Northgate, Southgate, Westgate, Cresta, Maponya in Soweto, Mall of Africa (Largest Mall in Africa).

African Craft Market Rosebank 7 days

Market on Main, Sundays in Maboneng precinct

Neighbourgoods market Braamfontein, Saturdays

The Sheds @ 1 FOX

Rooftop Market, Norwood, Sundays

Bryanston Organic Market

Cambanos for African Curios, tanzanite, diamonds ( in Midrand)

Irene Market, in the grounds of Jan Smuts House, second and last Saturday every month

Collector's Treasury

Largest second hand book store in the southern Hemisphere:

Nature

Small but excellent , award winning Johannesburg Zoo

Melville Koppies (when open)

Emmarentia (Johannesburg) Botanical Gardens and dam

National Botanical Gardens, Roodepoort, AND Pretoria

Crocodile farm

Museums.

AECI Dynamite Factory Museum.

Museum Africa, ( SADLY in a terrible state, with bad lighting, missing exhibits, etc ; currently a waste of time) which incorporates:

Bensusan Museum of photography, and the Africana Museum.

World of Beer Brewing Museum

Sci Bono Discovery Centre (Science Museum) Probably of interest to kids of all ages

Workers museum

Apartheid Museum a "must see" (even if you see nothing else while in Johannesburg)

Lilliesleaf farm , in Rivonia, where the arrests of Umkhonto we Sizwe leaders took place: a world class interactive museum

Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum Soweto

Gold Reef City Gold Mining Museum (and theme park)

 A great place to spend time with kids.

Go down a real gold mine (not for little kids). Watch a bar of gold being poured, etc

Constitutional Court precinct, incorporating the old fort prison museum, where both Mandela and Gandhi were imprisoned ( at different times), as well as the infamous Women’s prison

Satyagraha House, where MK Ghandi lived, and formulated his philosophy of non violent protest.

James Hall museum of Transport Interesting for kids of all ages

It is largest transport museum in Africa

National Museum of Military history Interesting for kids of all ages

Amongst others, contains aircraft found nowhere else in the world

Origins Centre, covering Human evolution and bushman art: a world class interactive museum

Adler Museum of Medicine. At Wits University, only by appointment

History of the health sciences in Southern Africa, with special reference to Gauteng.

Lindfield Victorian House Museum in Auckland Park (Private need to book ahead of time)

Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre. ( Opening March/April 2017)

Horses:

Lipizzaner shows at Kyalami on Sundays…The only other school of these superb performing Lipizzaner stallions in the world , outside of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna.

Spectacular to see these amazing horses great for all ages

Gambling and shows

Monte Casino and theatre

Gold Reef City Casino and theatre

Emperor's Palace Casino and theatre

Emperor's Palace used to be the "World Trade Centre," Where CODESA took place... Congress for a Democratic south Africa… the negotiations that lked to our new constitution.

One can see the CODESA walk, in the conference centre., which has many photos from that time.

FURTHER AFIELD

Cradle of Humankind (Sterkfontein & Maropeng: world class museums)

Maropeng especially, is great for teaching youngsters of all ages about our world.

Has yielded more hominid fossils than anywhere else on earth

And still yielding very exciting finds, more than 3 million years old.

The first evidence of the use of fire found near here, 1 million years ago

South African Airways Museum Germiston

Mountain Cableway, Hartbeespoort

Ann van Dyk Cheetah research centre Hartbeespoort

First place, world wide here cheetah were successfully bred for re introduction to the wild. Also African Wild dog.

Petra Diamond Mine

The only place in the world where you can tour a working/producing diamond mine

You can do an underground, (no kids underground) or surface tour

Only place worldwide where you can buy a diamond at the actual mine

Only place you can buy a “Cullinan Star Cut” diamond,

World wide patent held by the mine, for this new “cut”

Pretoria

South African Air Force Museum

Jan Smuts House He was prime minister twice, led S.A. during 2 world wars,

He wrote the preamble of the United Nations declaration of human rights

Only person to sign treaties concluding both WW I and WW II

Lawyer, soldier, politician, philosopher, botanist

Melrose House

beautifully restored Victorian mansion

Used as Headquarters of British army during Anglo Boer War 1899-1902.

Peace treaty was signed here 31 May 1902

Paul Kruger House

Home of President Paul Kruger, who led the Transvaal Republic prior to and during the Anglo Boer War

Sammy Marks House.. built on land purchased from my great grandfather.

40+ roomed mansion of South Africa’s first entrepreneur, who had interest in:

Gold, diamonds, coal, steel, farming, distilling, glass making, etc etc,

Transvaal Museum of Natural History

National Cultural Museum

Union Buildings and gardens

 South African Mint, Midrand

Police Museum

Voortrekker ( Pioneer) Monument The story of the Great Trek.

Has the world’s longest pur e white Carrara Marble frieze, 92 metres long.

Boer War forts, Schanskop and Klapperkop ( restored, Boer war museums)

Tswaaing Meteorite Crater

Youngest Meteorite crater on earth, only about 220000 years old

Vredefort Dome

World’s oldest and largest meteorite crater, 300 Km across About 2000 million years old, SADLY, the ZAR15 million interpretation centre/museum has never been opened, and is derelict, I believe

Pilanesberg ……

Malaria Free, big 5 Game reserve, in an extinct volcano, only 2 hours by road from Johannesburg

Largest Buddhist temple in Africa, Bronkhorstspruit

Largest Mosque in Southern Hemisphere Midrand

Etc etc etc……….

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Many Thanks :) this should help

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