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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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10 Reasons Downtown Johannesburg’s Maboneng Precinct is the Place to Live, Eat and Visit
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10 Reasons Downtown Johannesburg’s Maboneng Precinct is the Place to Live, Eat and Visit

Downtown Johannesburg is a dangerous place. In May 1999, not five years after the first democratic government was elected in South Africa, the Guardian published an article entitled: Johannesburg, the most dangerous city on earth? The chilling article gives personal accounts of death by car-jacking, muggings and rapes, and cites frightening statistics about the country's daily murder and rape rates. It presents Johannesburg as nothing short of a 'rough, provisional kind of place' that has 'never quite shaken off its arbitrary, squatter-camp beginnings'. (ouch!) It is not a pretty picture. ...
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4 day trips that will have you packing a bag for the Magaliesberg
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4 day trips that will have you packing a bag for the Magaliesberg

The Magaliesberg is on the back stoeps of both Pretoria Accommodation and Johannesburg.  The mountain range, once known as the Kashan Mountains, is said to be 100 times older even than Everest. It extends from Rustenburg in the west, to the Bronkhorstspruit Dam just east of Pretoria - a montage of deep gullies, impressive kloofs, clear mountain streams, pools and waterfalls, well wooded slopes, rocky outcrops and a series of sheer quartzite cliffs. A weekend's break in the Magaliesberg takes little more than a phone call and a bag on the back seat. But we've made it easier for you by design...
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20 Things Jo’burgers LOVE
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20 Things Jo’burgers LOVE

Johannesburg - dynamic, edgy; as electric as the storms that brew on hot summer's evenings. It sprawls as wide as the eye can see; it demands that you live life to the full. Here are 20 things Jo'burgers love about their city ... The city's abbreviations Jozi, Jo'burg, Egoli, Joni, Joziburg, Joeys or even just plain JHB – that we love South Africa's largest city is more than apparent in the number of nicknames we give it. Or perhaps it is merely symbolic of the many cultures, colours and creeds that call one of the 50 largest urban agglomerations in the world, home. No sea, river or la...
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Where to drink in Jozi – top 15 bars, pubs, clubs and restaurants
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Where to drink in Jozi – top 15 bars, pubs, clubs and restaurants

Jozi's bustling nightlife has so much by way of eclectic and vibey restaurants, pubs, and clubs that making a choice is difficult. We make it easy for you - Here is our guide on Where to drink in Jozi – top 15 bars, pubs, clubs and restaurants ... BEER Chalkboard Collaboration Café This spot in the Maboneng Precinct is all about chalk – the walls are painted with chalkboard paint, as are the tabletops, and you can do as you please whilst on the premises, as long as it's with chalk. They have a good selection of craft beers that include Robsons, Darling, Nottingham Road and others. Th...
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20 things you have to explain to out-of-towners about Johannesburg
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20 things you have to explain to out-of-towners about Johannesburg

There is a whole sector of society that is of the opinion that a visit to Johannesburg is tantamount to suicide. Most people fly through Jo'burg on their way elsewhere. For reasons that on the face of it appear completely sensible. But for the most part are not true. Johannesburg has an edge. It is tough, vigorous and beautiful and most people who live there love their city and will defend its skyline, its insistent energy and its people. But perhaps a brief introduction about Johannesburg will help those visiting for the first time ... 1. Few people who live in Johannesburg actually c...
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10 Best Public Art Pieces in Johannesburg
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10 Best Public Art Pieces in Johannesburg

Visual art in public spaces can be big or small. It can loom overhead, forcing you to squint into the sun to see it, or it can scream for attention from beneath your feet on the pavement. There are no rules about how it must look, what medium it should use, or what shape it should take. What it must do is play with expectation, heighten awareness, spark debate, shift the way you think, celebrate imagination, and make art accessible to everyone. In Johannesburg much of the city's public art is concentrated in the Newtown Cultural Precinct. But Newtown's visual and public art scene is not ...
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A guide to help you find hotels in Pretoria, depending on why you’re visiting
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A guide to help you find hotels in Pretoria, depending on why you’re visiting

Pretoria: more demure and Afrikaans than Jo'burg, but with a buzz of its own thanks to the energy of thousands of university students that give the city a certain charm, and the jacaranda trees (over 60 000 of them) that bloom during October and November turning the city into a mauve carpet (and gum your windscreen wipers for the season). Pretoria is just up the road from Johannesburg (give it a few more years and the two will merge into something of a metropolis) and steeped in history. The site of Nelson Mandela's presidential inauguration, the City of Pretoria functions as the country's ...
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