My girlfriend and I are due to fly into Jo'Burg on 14th Sep, arriving at 14:45. However we don't fly onto Cape Town until 9:45 the next morning. As we're quite wary about venturing out into Jo'Burg we were considering just staying in the airport for the whole time in between the flights. do you think this is a good idea, or is there a safer way to spend the 15 odd hours??
Any advice much appreciated!
It should be safe enough. I would check into an hotel or B&B for some dinner and a good sleep though. That is a long time to spend on a metal chair. Town Lodge is about 10/15 minutes away, should not be too expensive and they have a shuttle to & from the airport.
I wouldn't consider staying at the airport the whole night. It might be safe enough, with guards around, but very quiet. Little flights depart or arrive between midnight and 5.30, so there will probably be no other people in the terminals, and all shops and so close.
You could make a reservation with the Ritz Backpackers, they pick you up from the airport and drop you off the next morning, if you arrange that. And that gives you the opportunity to see a little of the city.
Dorm 85 rand p/p, double room 280.
for more info.
(btw, they charge a total of 110 rand per person for airport collection and drop off, but that's still cheaper than a taxi...)
Above mentioned Town Lodge is 542 rand per double room....and I don't see anything on their site about shuttle, or if they charge you for that...
[ Edit: Edited at Aug 29, 2006 2:53 AM by Demian ]
Thanks for the replies guys. Will definitely have a look into the Ritz and see if that's the best option.
There is a great Youth Hostel not far from the airport. Lots of people passing through stay there and they do airport pick ups. I will have a trawl through my travel journal tonight and see if I can find the name of it for you.
If you could that'd be great. Thanks very much!
It is Airport Backpackers Jo'berg. They are about 2kms from the airport.
Read some dodgy reviews though (http://www.hostelz.com/hostel/1673-Airport-Backpackers). Would you still recommend it??
If you were staying for a few days I wouldn't recommend it, but as you are in and out quickly, just looking for somewhere to sleep - which is what I did a couple of times - then it isn't a real issue.
I did have to ring twice to find out where the airport pickup was, but they were operating on good ole Africa time - no hurry (you will get used to that).
I've also stayed at Airport Backpackers twice (only for 1 night each time). For both stays I arrived quite late and was leaving early the next morning. There weren't many others staying on either of my visits so I got a twin room to myself once and a double room the other time. I didn't have any problems there except for, as above, I needed to call a couple of times about the airport pickup.