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Joburg / Cape Town suggestions for October

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Joburg / Cape Town suggestions for October

Hi - I am a solo woman traveller in my 40s, traveling to Joburg on work in Oct. if I have just limited free time, what are the things to do or see there. Primarily in free evenings with may be a day extra to sightsee. I like arts, theatre, food, nature, shopping!

And how much time do I need if I decide to take a trip to Cape Town - considering I am anyway there, thinking of taking a couple of days off to see something around.


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1. Re: Joburg / Cape Town suggestions for October

You would need at least 3 to 4 days in Cape Town, in order to do the area justice, IMHO.

With regard to Johannesburg,

Here is my list.

Those who follow these postings will be familiar with it.

You can choose what interests you, and Google will give you more details.

What to do, in and near Johannesburg


Soccer, rugby, cricket, athletics, at one of our superb stadiums


Bungee jumping at the Soweto Towers


Soweto tour

City Tour Ho Ho Bus available

Lesedi Cultural Village

Performing arts

Ballet, plays, at one of our superb theatres,

in down town, or Soweto, or in some of the “entertainment complexes”, like Monte Casino, etc

Fine art

Outdoor sculptures

Von Brandis Statue, Miners Monument, George Harrison Statue, Scottish soldier, Oppenheimer fountain, Brenda Fassie, Kippie Moeketsi


Johannesburg Art Gallery, Larger than the National gallery in Cape Town. Contains works by Dutch masters, Henry Moore, Auguste Rodin, Picasso, and many local artists

Sadly the area around the gallery is a little “seedy”, now

Wits (University) Art Gallery

a treasure trove of African art displayed in a bright, airy, climate controlled environment.

The Origins Centre ( Rock Art)

Constitutional Court gallery

Numerous Private galleries

Artists under the sun


First weekend of every month


Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra (usually perform at Linder Auditorium)

Standard Bank International Jazz Festival August

Jazz on the Lake, free, at zoo lake in September

The Bassline Jazz club, in Newtown

The Coca Cola Dome

Other outdoor concerts at various venues, like the Zoo, or Botanical Gardens


World class malls:

Sandton Rosebank, East, North, South Westgate, Cresta, Maponya in Soweto,

African Craft Market Rosebank 7 days

Market on Main, Sundays

Neighbourgoods market Braamfontein, Saturdays

Rooftop Market, Rosebank Sundays

Bryanston Organic Market

Design Centre: Arts on Main

Cambanos for African Curios, tanzanite, diamonds ( in Midrand)


Small but excellent Johannesburg Zoo

Melville Koppies (when open)

National Botanical Gardens, Roodepoort, AND Pretoria

Lion Park

Rhino and Lion Park

Crocodile farm

Krugersdorp Game Reserve


AECI Dynamite Factory Museum.

Museum Africa, ( not great, but interesting) which incorporates:

Bensusan Museum of photography, and the Africana Museum.

World of Beer

Sci Bono Discovery Centre (Science Museum)

Workers museum

Apartheid Museum

Lilliesleaf farm , in Rivonia, where the arrests of Umkhonto we Sizwe leaders took place: a world class interactive museum

Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum

Gold Reef City Gold Mining Museum (and theme park)

Constitutional Court precinct, incorporating the old fort prison where Mandela and Gandhi were imprisoned, as well as the infamous Women’s prison

James Hall museum of Transport

It is largest transport museum in Africa

National Museum of Military history

Amongst others, contains aircraft found nowhere else in the world

Origins Centre, covering Human evolution and bushman art: a world class interactive museum

Adler Museum of Medicine. At Wits University, only by appointment

History of the health sciences in Southern Africa, with special reference to Gauteng.

Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Museum.( coming soon)

Gambling and shows

Monte Casino and theatre

Gold Reef City Casino and theatre

Emperor's Palace Casino and theatre


Cradle of Humankind (Sterkfontein & Maropeng: world class museums)

Has yielded more hominid fossils than anywhere else on earth

South African Airways Museum Germiston

Elephant sanctuary Hartbeespoort

Monkey Sanctuary Hartbeespoort

Mountain Cableway, Hartbeespoort

Ann van Dyk Cheetah research centre Hartbeespoort

First place, world wide here cheetah were successfully bred for re introduction to the wild.

Also African Wild dog

Petra Diamond Mine


South African Air Force Museum

Jan Smuts House

Melrose House

Paul Kruger House

Sammy Marks House

Church Square

Heroes Acre

For the Australians…….. Breaker Morant’s Grave

Transvaal Museum of Natural History

National Cultural Museum

Union Buildings and gardens

South African Mint Midrand

Police Museum

Voortrekker Monument

Boer War forts, Schanskop and Klapperkop ( restored, Boer war museums)

Tswaaing Meteorite Crater

Pilanesberg ……

Malaria Free, big 5 Game reserve only 2 hours by road from Johannesburg

Sun City, south Africa’s “mini Las Vegas”, out in the middle of “nowhere”.

Largest Buddhist temple in Southern Hemisphere Bronkhorstspruit

Largest Mosque in Southern Hemisphere Midrand

Enjoy your visist

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2. Re: Joburg / Cape Town suggestions for October

First off, I do hope you'll have a car: Joburg is a sprawling city and (apart from the overcrowded, often unroadworthy minibus taxis used perforce by people with no other options and given a wide berth by anyone able to afford their own wheels) public transport is close to non-existent.

Have a browse through the Jhb and other Gauteng forums where there are what-to-do posts that I seem to recall deal with the arts. I'd find them and post the links for you but I'm using a mobile device and have yet to get to grips with the copy-paste capability! There are a few websites you can keep tabs on, such as whatson.co.za (url from memory) which will provide a view of what is on in theatres in Gauteng.

A lot of our shopping is done in malls. Sandton City, Cresta, Eastgate and Clearwater are the big ones, IMO copies and pastes of one another although Sandton City and the adjoining Mandela Square have more "exclusive" (foreign, expensive) outlets, if that is what you will be looking for. I like Hyde Park in Sandton's Hyde Park suburb, and the Zone and the Firs in Rosebank. Neither is short of exclusive/imported/pricey stuff but the overall ambience is nicer and there are a few shops selling genuinely South African quality items. Irene Village and Woodlands malls in Pretoria are also very nice. The shops at Irene Village are by and large nothing special but it's all very outdoorsy and pleasant. Woodlands has (amid the usual chains) the same combination of imported and quality local that Rosebank has.

For a lovely experience, treat yourself to a couple of hours one Saturday (or even one Thursday if you can swing it) at the Bryanston Organic Market.

Outdoors: the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden is the most accessible but there are also areas like the Magaliesberg or the Suikerbosrand within fairly easy reach. Cape Town is very nice of course but there are other quite wonderful places to visit. As an Indian, if you have an interest in culture and history you may want to consider KwaZulu Natal where the forebears of the South African Indian community settled and made their substantial contribution to our nation. And as an outdoorsy person you really shouldn't go home without visiting the Drakensberg mountains! Again there are threads on the Jhb forum dealing with options for short getaways but you may have to go back a year or so to find them.

Enjoy your visit. October is one of our nicest months.

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3. Re: Joburg / Cape Town suggestions for October

Thank you for both very detailed replies. They give me a good start on where to start looking in Google! I will also check out for the jazz/ art other performances that may be on then.

About the shopping, I am primarily interested either in local crafts or even local brands for regular stuff like clothes rather than international brands that I can buy anywhere. The organic market sounds good!

And yes, perhaps a good idea would be to check other alternatives to Cape Town. Something good in mountains that I can go for walks/ unwind/ enjoy nature sounds good - suggestions welcome!


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4. Re: Joburg / Cape Town suggestions for October

Hi Missha,

I would recommend visiting Cape Town, if you have 4 to 5 days in hand..Cape Town is very diverse from Joburg, so it will give u very different experiences. If interested in wild life can make a trip to Kruger for 4 to 5 days from Joburg.

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