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Six hour layover - what to do?

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Six hour layover - what to do?

Any suggestions on what to do or see during a six hour layover (1:25pm to 7:15pm) on Friday, May 26 at Johannesburg-Smuts airport? How far is the airport from anything of interest?

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1. Re: Six hour layover - what to do?

In less than an hour you can go to:

visit the New Town Cultural Precinct joburgtourism.com/pages/…

(I enjoy the inner city immensely. it is safe)

Just to top it off you can dine out at Moyo... http://www.moyo.co.za/aboutus.asp?pageID=37

or go to Sandton City with a taxi (will cost about R150 one way)

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Dear Michigan person, stay at the airport. Do not go to the inner city - IT IS NOT SAFE. If you decide to ignore my post and go, make sure that you blend in with the locals and do not take any jewelry or bags with you. The airport is quite far from anything, so you will instantly lose 2 hours just getting to and from the airport.

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3. Re: Six hour layover - what to do?

About the only close thing I can think of is Eastgate shopping mall. It is just a shopping mall, but it is better than an airport.

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Is Monte Casino close to the airport?

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Ignore Knersis, this person does not know the first thing about Joburg.

Eastgate is close, even Gold Reef City fun world + casino is less than an hours drive

I live close to Monte Casino, it takes about 45 mins to the airport.

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6. Re: Six hour layover - what to do?

whgiii

If your six hours excludes the two hours you need to check in again for your next flight, then you have ample time to do the following:

1. Visit Emperor's Palace Casino and Entertainment Resort which is a stone's throw from the airport, ie 5 minutes. There you can have lunch and either do a little gambling or just walk around. If you have children, there is an entertainment area with rides, machines etc.

2. As another post said, Eastgate Shopping Centre is an option - this is about a 15 minute drive from the airport going towards town.

3. The Apartheid Museum is next door to Gold Reef City and for adults at least, well worth a visit as opposed to Gold Reef City which would also suit children. Driving to this area which is in the south of the city from the airport, which is in the east, will take approximately 30 minutes or so depending on traffic. It's highway for most of the way.

Re Knersis report - this sounds slightly alarming and not completely justified. I agree that you shouldn't go into the 'inner city' but only because there is nothing to see there apart from the Newtown Cultural Precinct. If you are walking around our inner city, then obviously you wouldn't walk around with cameras around your neck and dripping with jewellery. There are security camera's everywhere, but it doesn't mean you should set yourself up.

And last, why hang around an airport when you can see the beauty of Johannesburg, even if it's only the skyline from the highway going west!

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Please ignore Knersis. We have recently returned from a wonderful 4 week family holiday in South Africa which included three seperate stays in J'Burg. We thought the City was great. Vibrant, thriving, very up-together, and above all, we felt safe - and that included visiting Soweto. At no time did I feel threatened, wary, or even uncomfortable.

The restaurants are great - we liked The Butchers Grill in Sandton City, the shopping Malls are fine - we spent an hour or two in a Mall in Rosebank, the Zoo is well worth half a day, even if you've been on Safafi. I would strongly recommend a tour of Soweto, which I personally found fascinating and emotional at the same time. For parts of the tour I was unaccompanied and on foot, free to wander around at the memorial and museum where the 1976 riots took place. A visit to Nelson Mandela's old house (now also a musuem) was also ery interesting.

We were driven around the City both in daylight and after dark, either in a car provided by the hotel, or by taxi. Again, no feelings of woe or impending doom.

I have no doubts that statistics will say J'burg has a crime problem, maybe even a big one, but hey, it's a VAST City. Soweto alone has something like 4 million inhabitants. Every City in the World has crime.

If you are sensible you will not have a problem. Take advice from your hotel concierge and you will have a wonderful time in J'Burg. Don't stay cooped up in your hotel room.

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8. Re: Six hour layover - what to do?

Lovely report back.

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9. Re: Six hour layover - what to do?

I would agree with Eastgate shopping centre, but East Rand Mall is closer. Just take the R21-south, when the highway ends, (10km from the airport) There is East Rand Mall.

Another item that springs to mind is the Bunny Park in Benoni.

There is a beautiful Buddhist temple in Bronkhorstspruit (1hr away) (R21 North, then take R25)

Goololies Farm (a large park) (excuse the spelling) is also worth a visit

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10. Re: Six hour layover - what to do?

Friday afternoon traffic is a nightmare, especially around airport. so leave plenty of time to travel. Would recommend Rosebank, should be about 45 mins without trafic each way. Can get some amazing crafts at the African Craft Market, have a leisurely coffee in the many restaurants, and just soak in the amazing buzz that is Joburg.