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I don’t get to Johannesburg often and I really want to see more of it because it’s a city with a great history and a lot to offer.
Local flights aren’t always affordable, but it the fastest and safest way to get to a place. So I’m really excited that Travelstart has some amazing deals that makes it easier for us Capetonians to go to Johannesburg. Find cheap flights to Johannesburg and get your holiday plans started.
I am hoping to get away for a couple of days in October. Once I’ve booked my ticket on Travelstart, I can start being excited about planning a proper holiday in the City of Gold.
With the help of my amazing Joburg friends, I’ve compiled a list of things I want do when I get there. This Capetonian needs a little bit of Jozi flavour in her life. After all, local is lekker.
My bucket list
I’ve said before that one of the best ways to get to know is city is hopping on board the “red bus”. City Sightseeing Tours has a Johannesburg City Tour and Soweto Combo that sounds perfect. Stops include FNB Stadium, Orlando Towers, Vilakazi Street (which everyone tells me has become a tourist trap – but hey we are there to tour, aren’t we?), Kliptown Open Air Museum, and more.
Yes, it’s a shameful part of our history. But I’m glad this museum exists. If only as a reminder of where we as a country must never go again. And while we know a lot about our history there is always room to learn more.
A picnic at Zoo Lake sounds like the perfect way to spend a few hours of a Sunday afternoon.
What’s a getaway without a bit of shopping and where better than Oriental Plaza? I’ve heard people talk of getting good deals on clothes, fabrics, crockery – all the things I love to buy.
This gem of a place, situated in Melville, is a retail gallery built from shipping containers. How amazing is that? Their website says that everything at 27 Boxes “is done to enhance the lives of our community and to support our entrepreneurs”. I’m all for entrepreneurship and I love supporting small business (especially because I have a little business of my own) so this is definitely a must-visit for me.
I love food and I love adventure. I’m also not that afraid of heights so ascending 60 meters above ground to a “restaurant” in the “sky” will be a trip for sure. It comes highly recommended by my friend who was there recently. There’s an option of breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Don’t worry though. You’re strapped into a secure seat so there’s no chance of falling. What a magical way to dine and view part of the city.
High tea at the Saxon Hotel
I’ve told you before of my love for afternoon/high tea and when I heard that there’s a beautiful high tea to be had at the Saxon Hotel, I just had to add it to my list of must-dos.
Food, food, food
Many of my friends in Joburg have recommended some delicious-sounding places that I want to try. I found this post about the best halal restaurants in Joburg by In Africa and Beyond really handy.
Considering there’s a halal Roco Mamas over there, it’s also on my list. Perhaps I need a more than a weekend up in Joburg, especially when it comes to trying out all the restaurants that have been recommended.
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(Where’s the best gym to go after all the eating, guys?)
So tell me, what is your favourite thing to do in Jozi? What else should I be adding to my list?
Zayaan Schroeder says
Hard pass on that sky dining hey. Nope!
Hahaha but it looks so fun!
Melissa Javan says
Great list! Glad that Oriental Plaza is on there too 🙂 Enjoy the trip
I’ve never liked Jozi but this makes me want to go.