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will be in jo'burg for a couple days alone, what to do?

Cleveland, Ohio
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will be in jo'burg for a couple days alone, what to do?

I am a 24 y/o male who will be in jo'burg for a couple days alone while a couple of friends of mine are on a hunting trip. i dont know much about the city, but im hoping someone can give me a few things to do while im there. I am open to touristy types of things to do, but i would rather stay off the beaten path. and im hoping to enjoy some local night life if there is any on wensdays or thursday nights. i prefer to stay in a 4 or 5 star hotel close to where everything is going on. if anyone can help me out, it would be greatly appreciated.

johannesburg
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1. Re: will be in jo'burg for a couple days alone, what to do?

Your best bet is to look for a hotel (and there are many) in the Sandton area, very upmarket. This is close to Sandton City a huge shopping mall, Nelson Mandela square with loads of good restuarants. Is safe, about 30 - 40 minutes drive from the aiport. Most hotels offer daily excursions, a good one is a tour to Soweto, Cradle of Mankind and the Sterkfontein caves, Gold Reef City an old gold mine theme park and the Apartheid Museum. There are also clubs etc in the area within a short taxi ride so no shortage of entertainment.

West Hollywood...
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2. Re: will be in jo'burg for a couple days alone, what to do?

I'm also going to be in Johannesburg for a couple of nights by myself. I found what looks like a terrific hotel called the Peech Boutique Hotel in Melrose. Check it out. It's not in Sandton but close by. Melville, where there seems to be a lot of restaurants and clubs is also fairly close by.

West Hollywood...
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3. Re: will be in jo'burg for a couple days alone, what to do?

Almost forgot... I also scheduled an all day tour of Jo-burg and Soweto through a company called KDR Sports and Adventure Travel. I read some favorable reviews of them on this forum and the reservation process was quick and efficient at their website. They confirmed my reservation within 24 hours and put me together with another small group.

Los Angeles
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4. Re: will be in jo'burg for a couple days alone, what to do?

I am going in April with my boyfriend and we are staying at the 7th Street Guest House in Melville. There are lots of bars and restaurants in Melville on 7th street and you can walk around to all of the them. By boyfriend and I are into art and culture, so we are going to take a day trip to the Cradle of Humankind. Check it out! I think it is also recommended to take a tour of Soweto, so I am looking into that as well.

If anyone out there has a recommendation for a local tour operator that does these tours, please chime in!

England
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5. Re: will be in jo'burg for a couple days alone, what to do?

You must do a tour of Soweto but be warned you'll need a hanky! Have a great time.

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