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1. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 8y

I am planning to visit Johannesburg (and some other areas of South Africa) later in the year. I have had a bit of a look on google but can't seem to find the information I am trying to find (which I would have thought would be pretty easy to find). Not even in the latest huge Lonely Planet Africa guide does it make a mention.

I will be arriving at 3.30pm in late November. Can someone tell me what sort of time it starts getting dark in Johannesburg at that time of year?

Also if I am able to get on a tour I would like to, it will mean I am limited to just those few hours that afternoon in Johannesburg as the tour would leave first thing in the morning. In such a short amount of time and being late in the afternoon, what would one suggest to try and see?

About how far in kilometres and minutes drive would it be from the international airport to Soweto?

Would this be the best place to get a little taste of some of Johannesburg in such a short time frame?

How much approximately would it cost in a taxi to get from Johanneburg international airport to Soweto to see around a little bit and then head back to the area near the airport which is where the place I am staying is located?

Thanks in advance for any help at all you can offer.

2. Posted by Strider (Budding Member 34 posts) 8y

Hi there,

Glad to help out here, being a Jozi resident and all...

Firstly, it should only get dark round 18:30 - 19:00 in November maybe even later depending on the weather (its our rainy season, so on rainy days it might get dark round 18:00).

From the Airport to Soweto should be around an hour or so, but if you are unlucky it can take you up to 2 hours, the airport is about 100km for Soweto.

Soweto will give you an extremely interesting African cultural experience, and definitly worth your while, as there aren't many things that are similar in South Africa. Problem is that most tours go out in the morning, and last an entire day. Some operators offer night Tours but these focus on the night life, so you will go to Shebeens etc and not to the historical sites, as most will be closed. These usually depart around 15:00 everyday. I mention Operators as not many Taxi's will offer this kind of service, and technically they may not guide you around, only drive you, as you the have to be a registered Tour guide to offer this kind of service.

I suggest you try and find a Local Private Guide (I sent you a PM when it comes to this), who will be willing to drive you around for the evening. It should cost you around R750 - R850 (ZAR) ($250 AUD) for the guide and the vehicle. I know this is a bit steep but it is after hours and really the only option I can think of... Unless, you can organise a flight which lands earlier...

I hope you enjoy your tour and South Africa

Kind Regards

Ian Pollard

Strider Expeditions
Don't see Africa... Live Africa!

3. Posted by like2trvl (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

Used to live in south africa, Joburg...
be careful in that city... dont take any chances it is one of the highest crime cities in the world.
amazing place though.
have fun :)

4. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 8y

Hi Allen!

We'll actually be leaving Johannesburg on November 24th--maybe we'll see you in the airport!

We've booked a few pre-tour days in pretoria, which I believe is about an hour or so away. Supposed to be lovely and safer than Johannesburg. What tour have you booked? Where you headed?

5. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 8y

Quoting tway

What tour have you booked? Where you headed?

The tour I plan on going on visits "God's Window, Bourke's Luck Potholes and Blyde River Canyon" on day 1. On day 2-3 it takes in Kruger National Park, day 4 the tour continues on to Pietersburg, day 5 it continues on to Botswana (Makgadikgadi Pans. After that the tour continues to Victoria Falls/Zimbabwe for Day 6 and Day 7 where I will fly out of.

[ Edit: Edited on May 2, 2008, at 3:02 AM by aharrold45 ]

6. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 8y

Wow, it seems that a TP meet up in South Africa can be arranged, although I still don't know exactly when I will be there. Probably flying to Johannesburg at the end of October and out of Cape Town beginning of December.

7. Posted by soupatrvlr (Respected Member 385 posts) 8y

i'll just miss you guys! i'm heading over mid-december!

8. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 8y

By the way, does anybody know if it is wise to prebook accommodation in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park? It seems that those camps are pretty popular and are filling up quickly? I am going there in November, is that high season?
Are there any other places to stay just outside the park maybe? I don't like to prebook everything.
Cheers!

9. Posted by gashead17 (Budding Member 6 posts) 8y

HEYA LIVING THERE FOR 7 YEARS AND VISTING MOST THE TIME I THOUGHT I CAN BE SOME HELP...OONCE AND FOR ALL WHOO :d

not goin to say much for all you headding in to j'burg it has got a high crime rate BUT WHAT A PLACE "

head to sandton city and nelson mandela square that nice and safe !! :D
and posh

but DO NOT ENTER "HILLBROW" FELLOW AFRICANS WILL KNOW THIS ! ... it is a bad place to be......sunshine or nightime :D

10. Posted by soupatrvlr (Respected Member 385 posts) 8y

Quoting utrecht

By the way, does anybody know if it is wise to prebook accommodation in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park? It seems that those camps are pretty popular and are filling up quickly? I am going there in November, is that high season?
Are there any other places to stay just outside the park maybe?

it's usually a good idea to book accommodation in advance inside any of the parks. you can check out availability and make bookings at: www.sanparks.org. some parks only accept reservations three months in advance, others a year in advance. the good news is that school holidays don't start until december, so getting a booking at the kgalagadi shouldn't be too tough. i recommend staying inside the park as there aren't many options outside of it. the main things to consider are do you have your own car/4x4? are you camping or self-catering units? how long will you be visting? if you'll be staying for more than a night or two, you could stay in a couple different locations getting a much greater sense of the park. if you are driving a 4x4, you will have more options on where you can go inside the park. enjoy, its a great experience! you're going to love it!