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Everything You Need to Know to See the Cradle of Humankind Properly
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Everything You Need to Know to See the Cradle of Humankind Properly

The Cradle of Humankind South Africa gives a first-hand account of mankind’s roots. Your ancestry starts right here. You’re home. Watch this ... Well over 2 million years ago when the rocky outcrops and highveld grasslands just outside Johannesburg were ranged by huge animals, a young child was snatched up by an eagle and fell into a series of limestone caves. Years later, in 1924, Raymond Dart was to discover the skull in the Taung quarry, which became known as the Taung Child (you can see it today on the Taung Heritage Route in the North West province). The child’s skull i...
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The Most Romantic Places to Stay in Johannesburg
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The Most Romantic Places to Stay in Johannesburg

Romance doesn’t always mean Victorian-style furniture and canopied beds (although some of these romantic places to stay in Johannesburg do just that!), romance also comes as refined, understated elegance. And so we’ve handpicked a mix of romantic places to stay in Johannesburg that ooze romantic idyll, nostalgia and charm for those of you for whom an escape cannot be less than a liaison; an affair of the heart. The most romantic places to stay in Johannesburg... House Higgo, Northcliff There is a sophistication about House Higgo’s décor that more than delivers on the romance front,...
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Fun Things to do in Maboneng, Hangout of Creatives
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Fun Things to do in Maboneng, Hangout of Creatives

Maboneng is Johannesburg’s trendy precinct to the east of the city. Its Sotho name, when translated, means ‘place of light’ - an apt description for what was once a sorely neglected part of Jeppestown. When it comes to fun things to do in Maboneng - which describes itself as a ‘collaborative hub of culture, business and lifestyle’ - there is always something new going down (their latest venture is an up-cycled container development by New York architects LOT-EK). Maboneng is a blend of residential, office and industrial space mixed with retail stores, entertainment venues and restaurants...
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Things to Do in Johannesburg for Free
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Things to Do in Johannesburg for Free

Egoli might be one of South Africa’s more expensive cities, but if you know where to look there are a list of things to do in Johannesburg for free. There are food markets (Bamboo Market, Bryanston Organic, Fourways Farmers’, Market on Main), craft markets (Rosebank Rooftop), and interesting high streets (4th Avenue, Parkhurst, Melville, Greenside) that are all free - but they come with an invisible price tag as, for each, the temptation to stop and have, at least, a cup of coffee and a bagel is almost obligatory. After splurging on a fancy Johannesburg Hotel, the following, however, are...
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6 Best Small Towns in Gauteng
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6 Best Small Towns in Gauteng

The best small towns in Gauteng are but a handful. The place of gold (Gauteng translated from the Sotho) is a small province and as such is completely overshadowed by its vibrant centre – Johannesburg – the country's major metropolis that sprawls over thousands of square kilometres, taking its 13.2 million residents hours to commute from one side of it to the other. The dynamic city, once considered a place to avoid, has undergone an inspiring cultural rebirth and an inner-city transformation with places like Maboneng, Fordsburg, Newtown and Braamfontein claiming back their space on the ...
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Gauteng Tented Camps Perfect for a Glamping Weekend
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Gauteng Tented Camps Perfect for a Glamping Weekend

Gauteng tented camps are an unusual find. These safari-style tented accommodation options clearly challenge the assumption that one needs to leave the city to experience the bush. Gauteng is the smallest province in South Africa. It surrounds the country's business capital, Johannesburg, and the capital city, Pretoria. On the perimeters of both cities are areas that appear to merge seamlessly with open grasslands, rolling hills and granite rocks that rest on soils more clay than sand, acacia thorn trees the only shade. Dinokeng, Cullinan, Muldersdrift, Lanseria, the Magaliesberg – all ar...
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13 Reasons to Visit Johannesburg at LEAST Once in Your Life
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13 Reasons to Visit Johannesburg at LEAST Once in Your Life

Ranked the world's top city by Rough Guides in 2015, Johannesburg is going places. It's breaking free of its reputation problem, and emerging as a seriously good alternative to Cape Town with galleries, shops, museums and markets to rival any in the world. Now it's a hipster hangout, the 'cool capital of the southern hemisphere' (GQ magazine), transforming itself 'from a no-go to gotta-go' (BBC). Here are 13 reasons to Visit Johannesburg at least once in your life... The quirky neighbourhoods The arty Maboneng quarter with its warehouse lifestyle playground, subversive an...
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Johannesburg – Eat, Do, Sleep in South Africa’s Most Vibrant City
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Johannesburg – Eat, Do, Sleep in South Africa’s Most Vibrant City

More commonly known as Jo'burg, or Jozi, Johannesburg is a rapidly changing city considered the pulse of South Africa. The hipster city, sited by Rough Guides as the number one city  to visit in 2015,  is sprawling, wired, culturally and historically rich, and the commercial heart of the country. Where before its centre was somewhere you gave a wide berth, today down town is smartening up, with a number of urban-renewal projects that have put the inner city back on the map for tourists. Johannesburg sprawls. It's bigger than greater London in terms of area, and can feel hugely intimidati...
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48 Hours In Johannesburg, The Low-Down On The City’s Highlights
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48 Hours In Johannesburg, The Low-Down On The City’s Highlights

Johannesburg's vibrant, distinctive culture, and rapid inner-city renewal, has fast dispelled the myth that only its airport is worthy of a visit, en route to the Mother City where it's all happening. Johannesburg has undergone a rebirth in the last five years and its city, despite the wealth divide and the obvious poverty and crime, is one with stories to tell if you're able to listen. With only 48 hours in Johannesburg we divulge the low-down on the city's highlights, while avoiding the tourist traps and the malls ... SATURDAY: THE NITTY GRITTY OF JO'BURG The Hop-on-Hop-Off Bus T...
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The 10 Best Food and Drink hoods In Johannesburg
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The 10 Best Food and Drink hoods In Johannesburg

Food is about people coming together to have a good time, and Johannesburg's eclectic eating scene satisfies just about all palettes with a range of foods and dining experiences across its myriad districts and suburbs that would keep the average foodie in foodie heaven for months, if not years. On our list of 10 best neighbourhoods in Johannesburg there is everything from great locals, through Indian cuisine, to fine dining... The 10 best food and drink hoods in Johannesburg 1. MELVILLE Melville needs little introduction as a foodie hangout – 7th Street has been a celebrated nightspo...
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Johannesburg’s top 5 hipster suburbs
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Johannesburg’s top 5 hipster suburbs

When CNN starts to refer to Johannesburg as a ‘hipster hangout’, GQ magazine calls it the ‘cool capital of the southern hemisphere’, and the BBC describes how Johannesburg has changed ‘from no-go to gotta-go’, then you know things are changing. The perception of Jo’burg as a crime-ridden and turbulent city best avoided has done an about-face. Only ten years ago the average travel blog suggested, none too subtly, that you use the city of gold merely as a launching pad to head either into the bush, or to the very tip of the country where, it was hoped, the beaches would detract from Johann...
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Escape The City: 8 Of Johannesburgs Green Spaces And Parks
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Escape The City: 8 Of Johannesburgs Green Spaces And Parks

Over 50% of the world's population lives in urban areas – the world's fastest growing land cover type. In Europe, North America, South America, Asia and Africa green spaces are on the decline. In Africa this decline is critical – with green spaces occupying less than 10% of land area in South Africa, Nigeria, Egypt, Ghana, Rwanda, Somalia etc. Despite these statistics, the city of Johannesburg boasts 24% of public green space in the form of parks and gardens. Compared with cities like Berlin (14.4%), Brussels (18.8%), Dubai (2%), London (33%) and Paris (9.5%), the city is positively gree...
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Top 10 Christmas Markets in Johannesburg 2015
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Top 10 Christmas Markets in Johannesburg 2015

Johannesburg can be a nightmare during the Christmas rush. Which is why we are such fans of the Christmas market scene that makes shopping for gifts such a gentle experience. November and December are jam-packed with markets flaunting their wares, so take advantage and stock up early. There is a market for almost every week of the lead-up to the 25 December, but don't leave it 'til the last minute. Here are the top 10 Christmas markets in Johannesburg you cannot afford to miss... THE POP-UP MARKET CHRISTMAS MARKET Trendy market on the move; instead of going to the Pop-Up Market, it ...
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Top Ten Natural Attractions in Gauteng
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Top Ten Natural Attractions in Gauteng

Completely landlocked Gauteng may be the smallest of all the provinces, but it delivers a hefty punch of vibrant city life in the form of its dominant city, Johannesburg - the country's economic powerhouse - and its quieter country cousin, the jacaranda-lined streets of the administrative capital of South Africa, Pretoria Accommodation. The 'place of gold' in the north-east of the country may not have any sea or major river about which to boast, but it is uniquely placed for easy weekend escapes into North West, Limpopo and the Free State provinces. And although small, it has at its heart e...
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15 top Johannesburg Instagrammers to follow
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15 top Johannesburg Instagrammers to follow

Ansel Adams, the photographer and environmentalist whose black-and-white landscape photographs of the American West are highly regarded, once said, 'A true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words.' Even more beautiful are the words of Yann Arthus-Bertrand who said, 'The earth is art, the photographer is only a witness.' Whilst Cape Town's instagrammers capture the beauty of the landscape – mountains, seas, skies; Johannesburg Instagrammers are having a love affair with the inner city; the grunge of Jozi's Maboneng, Braamfontein, and Berea. Their pictures, like thei...
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