Category: Johannesburg

Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa - a chic Joburg hideaway

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, a well-deserved accolade indeed. Previously a […]

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A visit to Maropeng and the Cradle of Humankind

On 9 May 2017, there was a major announcement at Maropeng. The scientists who were behind the ground-breaking discovery of the new hominid species, Homo Naledi , in 2015, announced new discoveries from the Rising Star Cave site in the Cradle of Humankind – one of the richest fossil sites in Africa.  These included the discovery of a […]

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Idwala Boutique Hotel – an idyllic experience in the city

Jo’burg never ceases to amaze me. Just when you start feeling claustrophobic from the buildings, the traffic and the crowds, you discover that there are places in the city that will make you feel like you are in the bushveld, far away. Places like Idwala Boutique Hotel … The 5-star rated Idwala Boutique Hotel is […]

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Things to do in Johannesburg - Lindfield House

I first heard about Lindfield House, when in a temporary bout of boredom, I went onto the Tripadvisor app and searched for “Things to Do Near Me”. I was surprised to find a Victorian house listed as one of the top attractions in Johannesburg, within 10 km from my house. I mentally filed it in […]

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Jasmine Restaurant - A Taste of Syria in Benoni

Update:December 2018 - This restaurant is now closed. I'm always looking for new restaurants to experience and the more unique the cuisine, the more appealing it is to me. I had heard about Jasmine Restaurant soon after it opened early last year, but somehow never made it there before. The restaurant is tucked away in […]

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Review: Cilantros - Tapas, Seafood, Grill , Sandton

Tapas are not something I do often - mainly because the restaurants I tend to frequent don't offer them. So when Zomato gave me a Cilantros voucher for being on their Blogger Leaderboard, I looked at the menu and decided that I definitely wanted to try the tapas out. The tantalising descriptions certainly helped with […]

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Sandton Sun - A great combination of retail therapy and five-star luxury

Retail therapy and five-star luxury – what more could a girl ask for? I was recently invited to spend a night at Sandton Sun with my husband. I had been to the hotel before and always enjoyed my stay there but it had been a few years since my last visit, so of course I […]

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Re-visiting the Johannesburg Zoo

I much prefer animals to be in their natural habitats than in enclosures. The joy of seeing animals roaming freely on safari far exceeds that of seeing them in captivity and of course the animals are usually much happier. However not everyone can go on safari as it can be quite expensive and far to […]

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Taxi to Soweto

I’ve been playing tourist in my city. I explored Joburg from the top of the City Sightseeing Bus. Then I took their taxi to Soweto extension to visit South Africa’s largest, and most vibrant township. It is where some of South Africa’s most historic events took place and home to more than 1.2-million South Africans. […]

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The City Sightseeing Johannesburg Bus –See Joburg with fresh eyes

Whenever I travel to a foreign country, something I always enjoy doing is taking a hop-on hop-off bus. I’ve taken the bus in New York, Singapore, Dubai, and Hong Kong amongst others. It’s a convenient way to see the city's main attractions at your own pace while listening to the insightful commentary on your surroundings. […]

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A visit to Constitution Hill

“They told you that your life was over beyond this gate.” Nolundi Ntamo. Pass offender. (1980) I’m embarrassed to admit this but even though it’s just a 10 minute drive away from my house, I visited Constitution Hill for the first time this month. That too, my visit was triggered by a Groupon deal which […]

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27 Boxes, A shopping centre built out of shipping containers

27 Boxes is a shopping centre in the trendy suburb of Melville, Johannesburg. What makes it unique is that it is made entirely of shipping containers - a first in South Africa. It was inspired by the Boxpark in London and the George Pompidou Centre in Paris . For those of you wondering where the name came from […]

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