Me: I can’t wait to go on vacation
Them: Oh nice, any travel plans? Where are you going?
Me: South Africa
Them: WHY?!? (with a funny face) or don’t get there, it’s too dangerous !
To make this short, I heard all kind of reasons of why I should not go to South Africa, especially Johannesburg. The recent line of events from the anti-foreigner violence earlier this year to the student’s protests last month “Fees must fall” did not help at all.
I was, however, determined or should I say We were determined to go on this must needed getaway from Abidjan. Besides South Africa has been on my Travel Bucket List for a while and I owe it to myself to celebrate a milestone birthday in an amazing country.
Although I am not a travel blogger but just a travel lover, I thought this top 5 Awesome Things To Do In Jozi might be helpful as I am myself did a lot of research before taking off.
Johannesburg aka Jo’burg or Jozi is a fast-paced city. There are zillions of things to do and explore while there.
One of the reasons why I wanted to visit South Africa was for its rich history linked to the Apartheid and Nelson Mandela’s story. Historical sites such as the Apartheid Museum and Constitution Hill are must visit sites among so many others. One way good to visit a good number of them and to learn along the way is by hoping on the City Sightseeing Bus. You will pass by places such as the Gandhi Square and get a panoramic city view if you hop off at the Carlton Centre and take the elevator to the Top of Africa.
2. Arts & Street Art
3. Food Markets etc…
Food, music & shopping! What more could we want? You should have seen us at the Neighbourgoods Market in Braamfontein (held every Saturday), we looked like children at disneyworld !
Another market open on Saturday is the Jozi Real Food Market.
On Sundays, you may want to head to the Market on main in Maboneng for a fun foodie experience.
4. Cocktails & Co!
I won’t be able to tell you where we had the best cocktails just because they were honestly ALL on point!
From the cocktail tasting at Beer Co in Germiston, AND the cocktails at the Hard Rock Café in Sandton & at Bannister in Braamfontein, AND the “Six in the City” at Six Cocktail Bar in Melville, to the Green Melon & Spicy Mojitos at the Neighbourgoods Market !
5. Restaurants & Co!
There is an incredibly rich culinary heritage in South Africa. We had so much to eat & taste in so little time. I was however told not to leave the country without eating some Pap (usually a side dish which refers to a kind of maize porridge) and experience a shisa nyama (a popular phrase to describe an informal barbecue).
Where to find it? You may want to try Chaf Pozi in Soweto and Shisa Nyama in Midrand (40 minutes away from Jozi)
On another note, if you are a fan of jazz & live music, we do recommend the Orbit in Braamfontein. We unfortunately found out that some restaurants close early in Jozi, one of our alternative for late dinners was Mimmos; an Italian restaurant that serves a delicious sweet & salty salad.
You may also want to try Moyo, which is an institution in South Africa with its face-painting upon arrival.
That’s it for my little guide of Awesome things to do in Jozi and believe me this blog post does not even cover a quarter of all that the city has to offer 🙂
Veni . Vidi . Amavi. – I came. I saw. I loved.