The answer will partly depend on time of day. Be aware that at certain times of day the traffic on the motorways will be extremely busy. Also don't underestimate the time it will take to go through passport control. Had access to one of the lounges so thought I'd get to airport in very good time to make the most of it. Spent most of the time in a very long queue.
The realistic answer as to whether to go to the Apartheid Museum is No, its not possible in your time frame, as there is still absolute chaos on the Roads from the Airport and all around Johannesburg as many roads are still being upgraded etc. And it seems to be chaotic at all hours now, but especially between 7 and 9.30 am and 4 to 6.30 p.m.
Rather than sit at the Airport, you could always take the 5 minute Shuttle to Emperors casino complex and arrange a Spa session or have a gourmet meal or go shopping at the huge East Rand mall complex, 10 minutes down the road.
You may be able to get to the Apartheid Museum in your time frame - assuming the traffic is not that bad - but to do it justice, you would need probably 5 hours in the museum itself, so would agree that it's not do-able. As the other post said, Emperor's Palace - although not everyone's cup of tea - is a stone's throw away; it has restaurants, gamblling machines, small shops and it will get you out of the soul-less ness of the airport. It may even have cinemas, but not sure about that.
You can make it Apartheid Museum. Take the Gautrain and arrive in Sandton in 15 mins. Walk few mins to either Michelangelo or Radisson Hotel's concierge desk and ask for a taxi. Negotiate with the taxi driver for prize to wait for you or return 2 hours later to take you back to Gautrain for your return train ride to airport. You can get train times on www.gautrain.co.za
I disagree with the above post. Personally I wouldn't take the chance of going that far (i.e. the Museum). If you feel like stretching your legs go to the Casino, as gazzcat said. The Mall is a good idea, probably the option I would opt for. I'm not sure if the 6 hours includes the 2-hour check-in before your flight, in which case leaving the airport is a BAD idea. Just keep in mind that most "nearby" places take about an hour to get to, and another hour to get back. Traffic on the roads can be hectic, roadworks are not completed yet and getting stuck could mean a 2hour delay and possibly missing your flight.
Using the Gautrain from the airport into Sandton could be a good option, Sandton City is a huge mall and the train ride is about 15min in each direction. The train connects from the airport at the Sandton station, and its just a 5min walk into the Mall.
I just returned from the South Africa. the Apartied Museum is 20-40min away from the airport. It takes a good 2hour to see everything. I went right before my flight. I was at the museum at 12:00, left at 1:40, was at the airport at 2:15. I had a driver waiting for me at the airport. I actually still have his card. His name was Kajuna, +27 76 512 7583. My boyfriend had a business meeting and we were meeting at the airport, so I was picked up on JoBerg at the Hotel, taken to the museum and then to the airport. It was expensive, the whole excusion cost about 1800rand. He waited for me while I was in the museum.
Does the same hold true regarding the roadworks etc? We would like to visit the Museum too. This is our timeframe, is it possible....
Will be staying the night before in Benoni, so should be up and about by 8am.
We have to drop the hire car back to the Airport at 3pm.
Would we be being ambitious trying to get to the Museum, have a look around and get back to the airport by 3pm? Would it be daft to try and do it in the morning rush hour? What time does that end?
If all you'd like to do is the Apartheid Museum, you'll have enough time. You'll be leaving Benoni not at the busiest time (most people start work and schools open around 8am). Should not take you more than 90 mins (and that's assuming the worst traffic) to get there. You can manage the museum in 2 hours.
You'll be driving yourself, so your timeframe is fine.
I agree with SepSep - you'll have enough time. I also think her travelling time - 90 minutes max - is a bit more realistic than the 40 minutes you were given on your other thread. And then to be on the safe side, Give yourself at least 90 mins to get from the Apartheid Museum to the airport.
And btw, you can use much the same route to the airport as I suggested for getting to the museum: M1, M2, come off at Mooi Street, turn right, carry on to the N17, then take the N17 to Boksburg (one exit before you came on from Benoni - but it is signposeted OR Tambo). Then go through Boksburg (straight road; few turns) following the signs to OR Tambo throughout.Edited: 20 May 2011, 17:01
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