im gonna be in johannesburg for 5 days during may/june during a stopover from australia.
could anyone give me some tips of how to fill in these 5 days in order to see all the main sightseeing places there are, and maybe some "less" known beauties.
ok ive been doing some reading on the net and averywhere is written that this is a dangerous city with a high crime rate. ill be travelling with my sister and i want to know how safe it is for 2 females to travel around johannesburg and if u have any tips on a good way to get around and enjoy the city for these 5 days and still being safe?
Johannesburg central is not a nice place to be - like the heartland of any big city. SO dont set yourself up - be sensible - like in any city.
If you are flying in get a recognised Hostel or pickup arranged.
MOST of the hostels in Johannesburg or Pretoria (both of which are equidistant for the airport) can arrange a pick up and drop off at the airport for you.
ALL hostels can arrange or advise you on the local attractions and tours available etc.
Now I know quite a few hostels in JHB & Pretoria, so best that I refer you to Backpacker Tourism SA members, the sites not pretty but fast, go to www.btsa.co.za , the gauteng page, and choose one of the recognised hotels and email them - or you could book direct with them or go via www.hostelworld.com and book a room etc to guarentee a place.
PLS DO NOT SUPPORT TOUTS - ex AFRICA CENTRE or BROWN SUGAR - they Prey of fools.
PS the regional people in JHB & Pretoria FOR BTSA are as follows:
Alison Wilson firstname.lastname@example.org Rockies JOHANNESBURG
DOM email@example.com - Sleek Backpackers PRETORIA
Francois firstname.lastname@example.org Pretoria Backpackers PRETORIA
They and the other BTSA members are trying hard to ensure backpackers to the HUB of SA are safe, have a good time and ENJOY the experience.
Contact the above 3 if in any doubts and they WILL ASSIST U - tell them Mike ex Cape Town refered you as I too am a PROUD BTSA member, and SOUTH AFRICAN
i actually had brown sugar as one of my options, so im glad i now know not to go there!
so thanx again!
Please be careful in Jo'burg. I wouldn't recommend the mini bus taxi's at all (cheapest public transport) - they are a law unto themselves. If possible, hire a car or find someone to "chauffeur" you around.
Hope this helps.
go to a 4 or 5 star hotel and have the desk staff fix you up..try the michelanelo, they are great, also try to get to bushman kloof, its several hours drive but worth it. if this is your only chance to be in SA...fly down to Victoria falls,,its about $120 or so stay out of down town, especially at night..the buses have wire screens on the windows for a reason??
If I were you, I would take a quick transfer in Johannesburg and fly down to Cape Town. Cape Town is great for a quick few days....1 day to a few wineries, 1 day to Cape Point, 1 day up the mountain, and one day to see the sight/history of Cape Town itself. Lovely place...probably the most beautiful city in the work.
South Africa has become very dangerous over the last 10 years .. Since the change of goverment, crime increased tenfold and many people will tell you its a lawless country. Still, many other places are dangerous -- yet us traveler conquor the world and we know how rewarding it is!!
Go for Cape Town, but if you can't, then get off in Jo'burg and fly up (or take couch) from airport to Sun City and spend a few days there. First check prices for Sun City because it can be very expensive. In Jo'burg, do Gold Reef City, which is a gold mine theme park. I don't know what else is good in or around Jo'burg...nothing really. There is a lion park somewhere north I think. South Africa is fantastic, but you have to get out of the big cities. NO big city in SA is worth strolling around -- just tooooo dangerous! You need to drive up along the coast, the mountains, small villages, just wonderful and cheap!