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3 days JNB, where to stay....and what to do/see?

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3 days JNB, where to stay....and what to do/see?

hi, have 3 days at end of CPT conference in July (winter I guess? brr) and want to get a flavor of JNB. From what I can see, nice B&Bs in Livonia, Rosebank, Sandton...want to be quite close to public transport as don't want to hassle with renting a car, but also would be great to have e.g. restaurants & lively neighborhood within walking distance. Ideas please? Looks like a lot of B&Bs are in the $100-120 US range, which is fine.

....oh....and must sees/dos? As mentioned, this is a little fun "off" time at the end of a work trip, so it's not that we have chosen the destination based on what we like to do, it's that the destination is there and now we want to find out what it has to offer!

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1. Re: 3 days JNB, where to stay....and what to do/see?

Great load of casinos in and around if that's your thing.

Soweto tour if that floats your boat.

Sandton Square is an attractive central area.

Would stay in Sandton or rivonia but forget about walking too much. It's South Africa's LA in terms of difficulty getting around.

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2. Re: 3 days JNB, where to stay....and what to do/see?

thanks....no casinos...roger on the walking bit, but what about public transport (or taxis)?

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3. Re: 3 days JNB, where to stay....and what to do/see?

Of the three, Rosebank is your best bet in terms of lively neighbourhood. Or Melville. Public transport isn't great other than www.gautrain.co.za which is limited in range and doesn't operate after 8:30pm. Should be something on here somewhere about taxis.

To do: http://todoinjoburg.co.za/ or www.joburg.org.za

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4. Re: 3 days JNB, where to stay....and what to do/see?

Where to stay is a difficult one. A lot depends on your preferences, and, more importantly, your budget.

There are several world class hotels, numerous "average" hotels.

Many Bed & Breakfast establishments, in many of Johannesburg's suburbs, ranging from Five star, all the way down to Basic, budget, and then there are the Backpackers lodges as well.

Try Googling.

There is not a well developed public transport system in South Africa.

If you do not hire, then your best bet is to use metered taxis, because the public transport there is, is limited in scope, and there are not many areas you can get to, simply by walking, as Johannesburg is very "spread out".

As to what to see and do, here is a short list of some of the things you could see:

Apartheid museum

Soweto

Gold Reef City

Origins Centre

Museum Africa

World of Beer

Museum Africa and Newtown

Johannesburg Art Gallery

Arts on Main

Rosebank African Craft Market

Johannesburg Zoo

National Museum of Military History

A Little further afield:

Elephant Sanctuary

Monkey Sanctuary

Anne van Dyk Cheetah research centre

Cradle of Humankind

Lion Park

Rhino and Lion Park

Cullinan Diamond Mine.

Pretoria ( old houses,historic buildings, monuments, forts)

Air Force Museum

Largest Mosque in Southern Hemisphere.

Even a little further away, the largest Buddhist temple in Southern Hemisphere.

In addition, there are many sporting events, and theatres. One would have to consult the local press in this regard.

Hope this helps

regards, Gavin

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5. Re: 3 days JNB, where to stay....and what to do/see?

wow, Gavin, plenty there to fill up 3 days! (actualy, 2 1/2, arrive Friday night, leave Monday night)...it seems Rosebank might be the place for us, so looking for nice B&B say US $100-150. thanks!

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6. Re: 3 days JNB, where to stay....and what to do/see?

Hi,

If you would like to stay in the Rosebank area, then have a look here:

http://www.johannesburg-guesthouses.co.za/

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Gavin

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7. Re: 3 days JNB, where to stay....and what to do/see?

I would suggest staying in Sandton or Rosebank too. The gautrain can be caught from there too:). For things to see and do: You should try Soweto, apartheid museum, newtown (with museums and SAB world of beer if you like). Acrobranch is fun too. Rosebank has nice shops and restaurants. ..Nelson Mandela square in Sandton too. Go to Melrose arch for a fancy meal:)

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