Category: Johannesburg

11 places to visit with the City Sightseeing Johannesburg Bus

City Sightseeing Johannesburg Bus Review Did you know that Johannesburg was founded in 1886 when gold was discovered on the reef? It was only expected to be a temporary town. Or that it is one of the largest cities in the world not built near a sea or major river? Or that it is an incredibly […]

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11 Best Halaal Restaurants In Johannesburg

The Best Halaal Restaurants In Johannesburg I am often asked what the best halaal restaurants in Johannesburg are. As a South African food blogger and someone who eats out often, I have compiled the list below based on restaurants that I have personally experienced and enjoyed.  The list is updated often as I find new […]

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15 best hikes in Johannesburg (and Pretoria)

Where to go for the best hikes in Johannesburg and Pretoria Hike: a long walk especially for pleasure or exercise. (Merriam-Webster) I never really bothered much with hiking in Johannesburg until we were locked down in our own province. We started looking for parks and nature reserves in Johannesburg and were thrilled to discover that […]

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Hyatt House Johannesburg Sandton - A Comfortable Homestyle staycation

Hyatt House Johannesburg Sandton Review Life in Johannesburg can be so fast-paced and stressful that frequent vacations and staycations are mandatory. For our latest staycation we visited Hyatt House in Sandton which opened in November 2021.  Situated in a residential part of Sandton, it is close enough to the key business and shopping hubs in […]

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50+ best things to do in Johannesburg ...and around

Looking for things to do in Johannesburg ? Read on... Johannesburg – South Africa’s biggest city and commercial epicentre. Also known as Jozi, Joburg, or Egoli (City of Gold in Zulu), it began as a gold-mining settlement in the 19th century. There is more to this cosmopolitan city than shopping. If you are visiting Johannesburg, […]

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The Gautrain : Advantages and disadvantages

What you need to know about The Gautrain Firstly, I must apologise that this post is delayed – by over a decade. In my defence though, I didn’t have a blog then. I began writing around that time but it was for other websites. The Gautrain began operating in June 2010 just in time for […]

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Gratifying the senses at Seven Villa Hotel & Spa

Seven Villa Hotel & Spa Review “The foundation of human experience and sensory development is anchored in the -SEVEN senses.  Seven Villa Hotel & Spa Is a respite from the fast-paced life and allows guests to fully engage their sense of sight, smell, touch, hearing, taste, movement and balance.” Seven Villa Hotel & Spa An inner-city sanctuary in the heart of Sandton, […]

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Exploring Johannesburg attractions with Joburg Tourism

Exploring Johannesburg attractions with Joburg Tourism I was recently invited to explore some lesser-known things to do in Johannesburg with Joburg Tourism and a few other bloggers. It had been a while since I had last done a Joburg tour and I was even more eager to do it, because apart from the Walter Sisulu […]

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A tour of Alexandra Township - 7 interesting things to see there

A tour of Alexandra Township “Life in Alexandra was exhilarating and precarious. Its atmosphere was alive, its spirit adventurous, its people resourceful.” Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom A short drive away from Sandton - Africa’s richest square mile – but otherwise galaxies apart, lies Alexandra Township, otherwise known as Alex. Johannesburg’s oldest township, it […]

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Things to do in Johannesburg – The Collectors Treasury

A visit to The Collectors Treasury in Johannesburg If you’ve ever dreamt about getting lost among thousands of books, then The Collectors Treasury would be a likely setting. Situated in Johannesburg’s Commissioner Street, near the trendy Maboneng area, this is the largest used and rare bookshop in Africa, and possibly in the Southern Hemisphere. I […]

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Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden : Things to do in Johannesburg

Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden "A garden must combine the poetic and the mysterious with a feeling of serenity and joy.” Luis Barragan The Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden is not something one would expect to see in the greater Johannesburg area. Situated below the dramatic, 200-metre-high cliffs of the Roodekrans Ridge in the West Rand, the […]

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Black Brick – a vertical village in the heart of Sandton

Black Brick Sandton Review Corporate trimming and remote offices have led to many abandoned buildings and office blocks in cities around the world. Fortunately, there are innovative entrepreneurs out there who are repurposing these unused spaces into funky, functional ones. Once the headquarters of a global corporate, 25 Fredman Drive in Sandton found a new […]

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Melville Koppies Nature Reserve - A Johannesburg Gem

Melville Koppies Nature Reserve When the desire to escape the chaos of the city becomes too strong, but you don’t have time to go far, then head for one of the city’s many green lungs. One such sanctuary is Melville Koppies, a 160-hectare nature reserve and city heritage site, and a reminder of what Johannesburg […]

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Gold Reef City  - More than just a theme park

Gold Reef City Hotel Review There are theme parks all over the world although not many in South Africa. But how many theme parks can offer you a tour of one of the deepest underground mines in the world, a gold pouring demonstration, an opportunity to pan for gold and a visit to gold miners’ […]

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Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa - a luxurious hideaway

Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa Review A journey to forty-one different destinations. I thought that it was a rather apt way to describe the Fairlawns Boutique Hotel and Spa, with its forty-one exquisitely designed units. The five-star hotel was recently crowned the ‘Best Luxury Boutique Hotel’ in South Africa by the World Luxury Hotel Awards, […]

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