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Coolest thing in Johanesburg?
« on: February 25, 2011, 04:59:52 am »

I like to see cool things. 

Not necessarily pretty buildings, or museums. 

But more into things one can experience.  Be it an interesting neighborhood, a cool restaurant, or a mine tour or something like that. 

Thinking along these lines, what do you think are the fun and cool things to do in Joburg? 

I need suggestions!!!

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Re: Coolest thing in Johanesburg?
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2011, 07:25:26 am »
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Re: Coolest thing in Johanesburg?
« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2011, 07:36:36 am »
Sorry to burst your bubble, but Joburg, even though it is the main hub of commerce, the most populated place, and biggest city in SA, it is unfortunatly, a shit-hole.

I live here, but only because of work, I would love to live anywhere else in our stunning country. The only thing nice about Joburg/Pretoria is the awesome weather.

In a city like Cape Town, or even Durban there are so much more to do and see out of a tourist, and even a local's point of veiw. We have nothing here, not even a mountain, and the two "dams", the Vaal Dam and Hartebeespoort Dam, are a bit dodgy  :biggrin:

Do in Joburg what you need to do, and head out to the smaller country towns towards KZN / Mpumalanga, or some of the towns and cities at the coast, much more to do and see there.

Hope you have a good stay here  :thumleft: :thumleft:





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Re: Coolest thing in Johanesburg?
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2011, 07:40:01 am »
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We have nothing here, not even a mountain

You should get out more...

For a tourist new to JHB try:

One of the many cultural tours around JHB,
Go to the Bassline for some real music.
Go to Goldreef city and go down a mine
Go to one of the game reserves close to JHB (there are big 5 reserves 40mins from Joburg)
Maropeng (cradle of humankind)
Caving
Beer tours at SAB
Go to Loftus for a rugby match
Go to FNB for a soccer match
etc etc etc
etc etc ect
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Re: Coolest thing in Johanesburg?
« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2011, 07:43:40 am »
Cradle of Mankind
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Gold mine tours
Jo'burg Zoo (do they do concerts there?)
Riding the mine dumps
Soweto tour
Risking your life through Mellville / Brixton / Hillbrow ;)


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Re: Coolest thing in Johanesburg?
« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2011, 07:44:19 am »
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We have nothing here, not even a mountain

You should get out more...

Hahahaha,

I don't mean Breedtsnek  :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin:

Ja, the Magaliesberge is a bit of a mountain, but I mean big-ass proper mountains, like the Waterberg, Drakensberg, Malutis, or all the mountain ranges in the Cape.

One thing that maybe worth your while to go and see is the Cradle of Humankind west of Joburg, the caves and the Moropeng Centre is pretty cool.  :thumleft:




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Re: Coolest thing in Johanesburg?
« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2011, 08:05:23 am »
Many cool things to see/experience in Joburg :thumleft:

+ 1 what DB9 and Lonerider said.

Also, if you dare enter the Joburg CBD :) , go local and have a bunny chow at Ghandi Square, get into the Carlton centre and take the lift up to the 50th floor for the tourist view experience.

Go have a couple of beers at the Jolly Roger in Parkhurst and mingle.

After visiting the Joburg zoo, hop over the street and have a great meal at Moyo restaurant @ Zoo Lake.

And and and...

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Re: Coolest thing in Johanesburg?
« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2011, 08:15:15 am »
bungy jump of the soweto powerstation cooling towers.
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Re: Coolest thing in Johanesburg?
« Reply #8 on: February 25, 2011, 08:16:13 am »
go through the wilds in houghton and see an actual robery in progress,  maybe even get robbed yourself!
 

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Re: Coolest thing in Johanesburg?
« Reply #9 on: February 25, 2011, 08:16:59 am »
buy cocaine in hillbrow from a nigerian,  hoot at the hookers.
 

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Re: Coolest thing in Johanesburg?
« Reply #10 on: February 25, 2011, 08:22:06 am »
Gilroys Brewery & Pub in Muldersdrift.
Carnivore restaurant, also in Muldersdrift.
Arts on Main in the CBD.
SAB World of Beer in Newtown - & whilst there enjoy the rest of Newtown around the square, including a die yuppie scum infested News Cafe.
Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens - if you get the right day they'll be having a classical music concert on the lawns.

Many of the other (serious) suggestions are also goodies! :)
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Re: Coolest thing in Johanesburg?
« Reply #11 on: February 25, 2011, 07:18:54 pm »
go through the wilds in houghton and see an actual robery in progress,  maybe even get robbed yourself!

Yeah, I reckon it would make for a great reality Show: Survivor Johannesburg: Places like doorfontein, brixton, hillbrow, Yeoville to name a few...Just imagine, toss in a couple of americans with camera and nice watches on blinged BMW battleships.

Would make for awesome watching...

And the winners get to go home alive!
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Re: Coolest thing in Johanesburg?
« Reply #12 on: February 25, 2011, 07:21:44 pm »
Well, I am coming from Washington, DC, one of the more ghetto cities in the US.

... but I think Joburg might be a little worse from the sound of it.  hehe

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Re: Coolest thing in Johanesburg?
« Reply #13 on: February 25, 2011, 07:22:27 pm »

Also, if you guys know of any _good_ tour companies that try to do something unique and interesting, please post.

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Re: Coolest thing in Johanesburg?
« Reply #14 on: February 26, 2011, 01:32:33 am »
i have lived in America, Europe and Asia....i was born in joburg...no one loves joburg like someone who has had a choice...and still chose joburg....

1.Northcliff hill....a path was built on the mountain...walk it at sundown...it is safe and guarded...take a picnic...
2.The westcliff...a hotel on a mountain serving the best High tea in joburg next to the Saxon...in Parkmore.... overlooking the joburg Zoo....(also worth seeing, much better than the zoos in Europe including the famous Berlin Zoo)...i also houses the war museum....a peacefull walk thru the history of war....
3.Go down a goldmine ...2km down a mineshaft...see what made joburg great....
4. row around germiston lake...swans..and chinaman....eat Portuguese food in the area, better than the food in Portugal
5. Hot air balloon in the cradle of humanity....Bill Harpo balloons safari.....and see the wilddogs ride their dirt tracts on the ancient Magalies mountains from your own balloon....
6. Eat real dutch cheese and drink German beer at Van Gaalens cheese factory at Hartebeespoortdam...in the same area...
7. visit the sterkfontein dam...ans see the oldest remains of ancient man ...and the wondercaves....
8. fly fish in the area in the ice cold streams of the sterkfontein fountains....
9 . dive the wondercaves...
10. rhino and lion park in the same area...Kromdraai....
11. visit sun city and the surrounding game reserves....
12. visit Cullinan...and ride the steam trains from this city of diamonds....
13. visit the natural science museum in pretoria  30km from JHB ..amazing , one of the best in the world...Ive been to most....
14. visit the Voortrekker monument...a beacon of the tenacity of the afrikaander....of which i am one....friezes carved by my aunt....
15. visit the Pretoria zoo...one of the best....
15. take the train to magaliesburg...always a winner....
16. we have art museums, craft shops, we have theatere, ballet, opera...
18. we have culture , history and happiness...we are also the largest man made forest in the world...that is my town...
Johannesburg..... i am here because i choose it....

i could go on...joburg and Pretoria has so much to offer....and because we do not have a sea, or large mountains...the friendliness of the people will make you feel warm and welcome....we love visitors in Joburg....and will take you in like long lost family....
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Re: Coolest thing in Johanesburg?
« Reply #15 on: February 26, 2011, 01:41:06 am »

Also, if you guys know of any _good_ tour companies that try to do something unique and interesting, please post.
soweto tours....phone me when you are here....i will show you the places and the people... :thumleft:

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« Reply #16 on: February 26, 2011, 02:26:20 am »

Also, if you guys know of any _good_ tour companies that try to do something unique and interesting, please post.
soweto tours....phone me when you are here....i will show you the places and the people... :thumleft:
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Re: Coolest thing in Johanesburg?
« Reply #17 on: February 26, 2011, 07:50:36 am »
The best thing in Joburg is the departures gate at the airport :pot:
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« Reply #18 on: February 26, 2011, 07:52:09 am »
The best thing in Joburg is the departures gate at the airport :pot:

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« Reply #19 on: February 26, 2011, 08:00:13 am »
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