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I Love Melville Because …
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I Love Melville Because …

Hi, I’m Andrew Cleland from Melville in Johannesburg. Melville IS BEST KNOWN FOR its vibrant night life, trendy coffee shops and variety of eating joints. GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT 4th Ave, between 7th & 8th Street, because there is a great view of the Joburg skyline in the background. THE BEST daytime PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN AT anyone of the following spots - the  Johannesburg Botanical Gardens, the Johannesburg Zoo, Melville Koppies, or stop at The Westcliff for High Tea. OTHER HAPPY SNAPS AT The Hillside House, in our lovely indigenous garden. WHEN THE WEATHER'S GOOD, I...
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I Love Benoni Because …
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I Love Benoni Because …

Hi, I’m Michelle Smith from Avoca Lodge in Benoni on Gauteng's East Rand. BENONI IS BEST KNOWN FOR being the City of Lakes. GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT Ebotse Golf and Country Estate, which is a picturesque golf estate around the Rynfield Lake. The estate makes the most of its natural environment and includes boating, fishing, cycling, jogging and walking trails. THE BEST nature PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN in the fields at Bullfrog Pan when the cosmos flowers are in full bloom. The pan is a wonderful spot to escape city life and it boasts over 150 species of bird including the African pur...
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Top things to do in Joburg – residents give insider tips
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Top things to do in Joburg – residents give insider tips

Whether you call it Jozie, Jo'burg, or just plain Johannesburg, if you live here you love it, whilst the rest of the country talks about it in hushed tones as a place riddled with crime and best avoided, especially at peak hour, which is most of the day. A visit to Jo'burg is a crash course in staying aware, all the time. But if you want to experience a real metropolitan buzz then you can't beat it. Time speeds up. So does the traffic, the number of advertising billboards, the speed at which traffic does (and sometimes doesn't) get around. Top things to do in Joburg... There is so mu...
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The cutest little Indie Coffee Shop in Africa – Wolves
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The cutest little Indie Coffee Shop in Africa – Wolves

Wolves Café in Illovo, Johannesburg, is the brainchild of three friends and creatives, and is undoubtedly one of the hippest hangouts in the city. One of the talented owners, Angie Batis, is not only the stellar creative force behind a popular blog as well as the Creative Head of a well-known ad agency; she also bakes the coolest cupcakes and delectables for Wolves. Co-owner and husband, Shane Durrant, is the lead singer of popular local band, ‘Desmond and the Tutus,’ and together with a friend, they create the magic that Wolves is known for. Furnished eclectically with mismatching v...
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Moyo at Zoo Lake
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Moyo at Zoo Lake

As mentioned in an earlier blog post, I flew up to Johannesburg last Friday for my brothers birthday weekend and my Dad joined us, flying up from the new King Shaka International Airport in Ballito.  On Saturday morning I headed the quest for getting out of the house and doing something ‘cultural’ and touristy and Zoo Lake was where we ended up.  Now, I am not scared of a mid morning snack and nor is my Dad - safety in numbers I always say - so we put that option to the rest of the party and after a unanimous vote decided that tea and cake it would be! On arrival at Zoo Lake we were...
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Doing the touristy thing at Zoo Lake in Johannesburg
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Doing the touristy thing at Zoo Lake in Johannesburg

I found myself at Cape Town International Airport on Friday afternoon boarding the 16h00 Kulula flight to Lanseria International Airport - a weekend up to Egoli for my brother’s birthday.  My brother has lived in Johannesburg on and off for a number of years and I’ve visited a few times but have never really done the touristy thing.  So, this time I wanted to at least see something that the city is known for. I'd decided that the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens would be our nominated tourist visit but we couldn’t find our way there and en route drove past a sign for Zoo Lake so we opted for...
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Visit the Irene Dairy Farm for a farm style breakfast or five litre bucket of milk!
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Visit the Irene Dairy Farm for a farm style breakfast or five litre bucket of milk!

I have visited Irene in Northern Gauteng a handful of times and one of my most favourite spots is the century old Irene Dairy Farm.  The farm started operating in 1889 and now, five generations down the line it’s still the van der Byl family at the helm. The farm was originally purchased by an Alois Nellmapius and after naming the village for his daughter (Irene means peace) he set about creating Irene Estate.  Farmlands were expanded but only five years later the land was sold to Albertus van der Byl and its still belongs to that family.  Albertus built up the dairy herd, planted hundreds ...
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Mountain Sanctuary Park – effortless time-out
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Mountain Sanctuary Park – effortless time-out

The Magaliesberg makes one want to write a poem that starts: 'I saw the Magaliesberg'. There is nothing quite like it. Stressed out Gautengers use this part of the world, but an hour and a half's drive from Johannesburg, as a retreat; the hills, kloofs, mountains and springs a way to re-connect with themselves, and nature. It's not surprising to find that connection almost immediately when out in the open-skied, mountainous surrounds. This mountain range is one of the oldest in the world – roughly 100 times older even than Everest. They're at least 2 400 million years old, to be more pre...
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Afternoon Tea at Rosemary Hill Farm
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Afternoon Tea at Rosemary Hill Farm

I'll admit it, I’m a complete tea snob.  I don’t mean that I have to drink a fine Ceylon or anything like that but I do love my tea.  I have a cup in the morning and a cup as soon as I get home in the evening and it must always, always be made in a pot.  I’ve been told I make the best tea. My very dear friend, and fellow tea lover, Vanessa will vouch for this - on any visit from Cape Town to her home in Ballito she will announce ‘Helen will make the tea because Helen makes the best tea’ and she’s absolutely correct.  I make the best tea ... I also have a sweet tooth and naturally, te...
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Soccer City – 23 days to kick-off (photographs)
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Soccer City – 23 days to kick-off (photographs)

23 days to kick-off - The 2010 FIFA World Cup starts in exactly 23 days today with the opening match between South Africa and Mexico at Soccer City in Johannesburg. One of the most artistic and awe-inspiring football venues on the African continent, the newly-reconstructed Soccer City Stadium will host the first and final matches of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ in South Africa ... The ground's design is inspired by the iconic African pot known as the calabash, and its aesthetic appeal is heightened when the stadium is lit at night. Soccer City is located in Johannesburg's southwest and is only ...
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Goblins Cove in Magaliesberg – an escape from the humdrum
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Goblins Cove in Magaliesberg – an escape from the humdrum

If a faerie wonderland, home to goblins and the little folk, a garden over run with trees - every drooping branch of which hints at the gossamer caress of a wing against your cheek and the innuendo of a pointed calf skin, shoe-clad toe of a pixie – grabs you, then Goblin's Cove in the low lying hills of the Magaliesberg is bound to delight you. It's far enough outside of Johannesburg to serve as an escape, yet close enough to mean that venturing out there simply for a cup of tea in amongst the olde world magic of the restaurant and tea garden is not too much of a trek. Goblin's Cove is a cl...
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Africa Umoja, the Spirit of Togetherness – a South African song and dance sensation
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Africa Umoja, the Spirit of Togetherness – a South African song and dance sensation

Be a part of the reopening of one of Johannesburg’s oldest theatres - The Victory Theatre in Houghton Estates as it has become the permanent home to Africa Umoja. This is a proudly South African production that has wowed audiences around the world. London’s Daily Telegraph described it as having "enough energy to light up London. I defy anyone to leave this hit dance musical feeling anything less than elated." This is a production worth making time for so if you are in Johannesburg make sure you watch this masterpiece. The Victory Theatre has been revamped as it was initially built a...
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Dinner at Chez Girard – An interlude in Jozi
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Dinner at Chez Girard – An interlude in Jozi

My home for last week was Johannesburg and being a born and bred Capetonian this was a bit of a shock to the system. My beautiful mountain and quite streets of the southern suburbs were traded in for a cacophony of sounds and big roads and plenty of road works. While I enjoy Johannesburg, I feel that it is only a place I can visit as I long for the beauty of the mountain which juts out from almost every window you glance out of and the quiet peacefulness that Cape Town exudes. Yes we are known as a “laid back” city, but I think there is something to be proud of and hold in high honour. Oh b...
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2010 Host City, Pretoria
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2010 Host City, Pretoria

Known as the Jacaranda City for all the purple blossom-bedecked trees, which line its thoroughfares, 2010 Host City Pretoria is a lovely, quiet city. It has a long, involved and fascinating history. Here you will find significant old buildings and fascinating museums. The Transvaal Museum has natural history displays and is the home of Mrs Ples, the australopithecine fossil found at Sterkfontein in the Cradle of Humankind. Also worth visiting are the Cultural History Museum and Smuts Museum in Irene, outside Pretoria. Sedate, leafy Pretoria tends to endure a Cinderella complex when compared...
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