Romantic Things to Do in Johannesburg

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  • Questovia
    Wells, ME988 contributions
    There is so much information to absorb here and much of it very emotional, but an excellent stop and kind of a must do while in Johannesburg.
    Written 7 August 2022
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  • Brendawing
    Johannesburg, South Africa5 contributions
    I am almost always happy with my travels on the Gautrain. The train is always clean, the stations are immaculate, the staff helpful and professional. The train pretty much arrives on time and one can get to your destination on time without having to deal with traffic. The greatest pleasure is to be "whishing" by faster than the cars on the freeway.
    The challenge with the Gautrain is to know what kind of transport one can get at the station you arrive at. I have found that while the buses are good, well managed and have good drivers that to rely on the buses is potentially problematic (there are no buses on the weekends, there are road blocks and strikes..). I then tend to rely on Uber but at some stations the Uber drivers cannot park close to the station due to vandalism by the taxi drivers, Sandton and Hatfield are particularly bad in this regard. If you are "in the know" you can walk a few blocks from these stations and still get an Uber but this is not ideal for the uninitiated.
    I think that it would be great if the walkways from the stations were nicer - Sandton shopping center is close to the station but the five minute walk to the shops not wonderful. Rosebank is good in this respect and this was the reason I chose to go to Rosebank on this trip as I had my granddaughter with me. She and a friend and the friends mother. We went to Rosbank for coffee and cake. Kids had not been on the train before - so this was very exciting. Staff on the train were very kind to the kids.
    Written 24 July 2022
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  • Alyssa S
    1 contribution
    As a South African, I brought my partner from New Zealand to Soweto on his very first trip to South Africa this August. Outside of the Hector Pieterson Memorial we stumbled across a volunteer/guide by the name of Poloko. He explained in amazing detail the history of Soweto and the events of the 1976 shootings/protests. He was extremely friendly, kind, jovial and knowledgeable on not only the story of Hector Pieterson, but went above and beyond and took us on a personal walk around tour of the Vilikazi Precinct and surrounds. Poloko taught my partner some local Sowetan slang like "shap" and "yebo" to use to greet the locals back as we walked through the streets. In total, Poloko spent about 2.5 hours giving us his undivided attention and valuable firsthand knowledge on the history of Soweto. We journeyed from the Hector Pieterson Memorial, to the spot where he was shot, to Mandela House and finally ending at Archbishop Tutu's house. Poloko took great photos of us walking Vilakazi Street and taking in the vibe of Soweto. What an amazing, memorable and emotional experience that was only amplified by Poloko's superb hospitality.

    Soweto was amazing, and I would highly recommend contacting Poloko for the best possible experience. His details are +27 73 151 7270.
    Written 5 August 2022
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  • SweetAzNZ
    Darwin, Australia85 contributions
    Very good value for money at this family friendly theme park. No lines, well maintained, friendly staff. I thoroughly enjoyable experience. Will be back
    Written 8 May 2022
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  • Ev
    Johannesburg, South Africa1 contribution
    I visited The Playground on a beautiful sunny day, as you walk in you can feel the energy from inside the venue humming out. The playground truly is a feast for the eyes, mouth and soul with amazing murals, great food and a vibey bar area.
    Written 2 March 2022
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  • Myo M
    Coquitlam, Canada21 459 contributions
    A "fort-prison" complex as it once was (now consisting of "3 areas" to see namely No. 4/No. 5 Prisons, the Old Fort & the Women's Prison), the "best part" of my visit here was the walk above the ramparts of the Old Fort on pretty much all four sides of its square-shaped grounds (except on one side with an off-limit stretch of that rampart) with pretty nice views of the Fort right below & the surrounding parts of the city ("quite a bit to the distance" to see) and where are also two "historic cannons" (one of them actually just the way it has been or a similar one having been "on the same spot" since the days of the Boer War over a hundred years ago). In any case, spread out over this "sprawling site" (which covers the three areas & the in-between areas for just short walks from one area to another) are: a number of "museum-like rooms" most notably the room with displays of Gandhi during the time he lived in South Africa (at No. 4/No. 5) & the cell of Mandela during his short stay at this prison before being transferred to Cape Town (at the Old Fort where the cells were usually only for white males); some parts where a "feel of prison" can be felt such as the row of "isolation cells" (all the way at the back of No. 4/No. 5) & the row of "individual cells" for white male prisoners (at the Old Fort); and yes actually somewhat of a surprise I would say being the "lovely garden" (at the Women's Prison). And so, with plenty of items on display in all three areas (mostly "enlarged photos" with their corresponding info texts but also many miscellaneous including some of these interesting "blanket sculptures" seen in some rooms at No. 4/No. 5 likely replicas of those made by the inmates back then), I did actually learn at this site "quite a bit" not just about the life of prisoners here in its operating days but also about those periods of colonial followed by apartheid in the country's history and actually also somewhat of the Boer War (from the info plates above the ramparts of the Old Fort).

    At just a pretty short taxi ride from the Houghton area where I stayed, this site was followed by Mandela's house in Soweto (a compact-sized house museum for way less time needed than this big site although yes it was a long ride of 45 minutes or so getting there from this site at the city center).
    Written 17 July 2022
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  • PinkPanthea
    Johannesburg, South Africa222 contributions
    Walk from Tutu's house to Mandela's house and experience this historical street. There's a lot of poverty still in Soweto, and it's sad that for many, not much has changed since democracy has come :(
    Written 29 March 2021
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  • EvdWRotterdam
    Rotterdam233 contributions
    We explored the neighbourhood with a guided walking tour, and hugely enjoyed the many beautiful murals and street art in this colourful re-developed neighbourhood.
    Written 25 May 2022
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  • Heather S
    Nottingham, UK169 contributions
    We caught an Uber to the Military Museum next door, and after doing that, came to the zoo, to make a complete day out. Plenty to see, and the animals have nice big enclosures, and in a lot of cases moats/walls surrounding, so you're not looking through wire fences. Plenty of grassy space to sit / picnic too. At the end, we struggled to get an Uber back as they'd gone on strike, and the zoo was about to close, and we didn't know the phone numbers for any local taxi firms, but the staff at the golf buggy hire station were incredibly helpful, arranging a car for us, and making sure the driver knew where to take us and that we knew what the fare would be. They were so wonderful, at a time when we were starting to get a bit desperate, really appreciated them.
    Written 8 April 2022
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  • Robert O
    Rotterdam, The Netherlands3 219 contributions
    For a city park, this site is huge (circumference 5km if you include the sports facilities). Moreover, there is a lot of variety in scenery, though English landscape style is dominant. A stream is cutting right through the whole length of the park. Some sections almost resemble forest. Grassy areas provide a sense of openess. There is a rose garden and a lake near Emmarentia dam towards the northeast side suitable for watersports such as kayaking.

    The whole park area is fenced and there is security. The main entry point is near the dam (north side). There are smaller gates on the west and east side, but not towards the south (inconvenient for pedestrians like me coming from Melville). Near the gates are parking lots used by most visitors who arrive by car.

    The reason I got quite enthusiastic about this park is you can move around in a relatively safe environment. Rather essential after being mugged in Joburg cbd.
    Written 5 February 2022
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  • Szenta
    Valencia, Spain46 contributions
    By all means visit Soweto and challenge old stereotypes. Recommend the excellent Mandy Imbizo Tours, run by a local.
    Written 8 June 2022
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  • Charlene C
    8 contributions
    It was a nice place to visit, but you really had to look to find unique things or really good deals. Don't be afraid to barter!
    Written 14 March 2020
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  • African Samurai
    1 contribution
    Charming, cosmopolitan, down to earth and vibrant. A lot of people complain about homelessness and let's face it we live in South Africa is the most unequal society in the world, and Melville is no exception, what I am really proud of is how the Melville community is so inclusive people from different races, economic situations, sexualities all feel free to express themselves in this melting pot. The community also tries their best to support people who are homeless and that's one of the things that make Melville special.❤❤❤ The night life is definitely for people who are down to earth, looking for a relaxed atmosphere and looking for a goodnight out. The cafe's are also awesome. If shopping is your thing, don't forget to check out the charity shops. And remember to be vigilant no matter where you are in Johannesburg🤷🏾‍♂️.
    Written 9 June 2022
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  • Zee L
    10 contributions
    Visiting the Lady of her beautiful house was an absolutely amazing experience; the history; the cracks of the wooden floors; the authenticity, I am still overwhelmed!! I am sending all my friends and family to experience this beauty!!! My phone died half way.... and it was really hard not to touch anything 😀
    Written 11 June 2022
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  • Blue
    8 contributions
    For years, The Wilds has been mirred by its history after it fell foul of criminals. These days, any mention of going is immediately met with a "is it safe?"
    As a solo female, I went on a walk by myself and at no time was I concerned.

    Whether you want to chill around the giraffe lawns or follow the paths to explore, you're always reminded you're in Joburg with her iconic skyline. The beautiful colors surround you and the sounds of the birds playing mixed in with sound of nearby traffic - it's a perfect urban escape - somewhere to relax and catch your breath.

    Only downside is the limited parking. Overflow parking is available at the nearby St Johns school and there is a pedestrian bridge to walk across to the park.
    Written 31 July 2022
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