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Suggestions for solo female traveler

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Suggestions for solo female traveler

I plan to fly into Jburg on my own from Australia and spend a few nights to recover from any jet lag before meeting friends for a safari. Does anyone have any recommendations on a safe place that will also have things to do? It is my first time there and prefer medium to more upscale accommodation. Many thanks!

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1. Re: Suggestions for solo female traveler

Well the Montecasino in Fourways area and close to the airport Emperors Palace have a lot to do there are cinemas,entertainment restaurants and some shops there .Those areas are more upscale then the rest of Johannesburg .What sort of things are you looking to do ?perhaps I can give you more specific information

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Thank you Flitz8 for your suggestion. Its great that it is somewhat close to the airport as I would be flying out after 2 days anyway. In a perfect world I would be able to do some outdoor/indoor activities and get a real feel for the reason I am coming to Africa... but given I will most likely have a bit of jetlag and I am alone, it is more of a priority for me to get rested before our safari. I will want to go for a run and/or get some fresh air and would be interested in anything cultural. While shopping is not a priority and I am certainly not in gambling it sounds like there are a lot of options in this area. If I were to do one or two "must sees" in that two days what would you suggest for a first time visitor travelling solo?

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I would go to the Apartheid Museum and on a tour of Soweto. You can combine both of these in a day tour.

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I'd suggest staying in a suburb called Melville. There is a great strip of cafes and bars for you to enjoy at night or day relatively safely. You are also close to the Melville Koppies where you will be able to go for a run. The vibe is very local and relaxed... Byron Bay when the tourists aren't around, i.e. Brunswick Heads all year round :-)

From Melville you are also close to the CBD and could easily use the Hop On Hop Off sight seeing bus. This would be a day of sight seeing and allow you to do as much or as little as you want.

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The areas close to Dellta Parka and Emmarentia Dam such as Saxonwold,Westlcliff have lovely spots to go for run and are lovely green spots,they are also close to CBD too in case you want to do the hop on hop off tour.

In terms of cultural activities the Apartheid Museum and Constitution Hill are a necessary thing to see if you would like to learn more of history of South Africa.If you are in too archaeological things then the origin center is must . A trip to Soweto is another really cultural thing to do if you get time

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Andrew... thanks so much for your reply and your reference to my area! Much appreciated. I was also particularly concerned about running alone and you have also covered that! Do you also know much about Cape Town? I plan to head up there for about 5 days with two girlfriends but would be running alone in the mornings and wasn't sure if it would be a wise choice. Any suggestions there would be very helpful. We plan to do Tabletop mountain and that is as far as we have gotten. :)

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we just got back from South Africa. We had to spend the night at Joburg in order to catch a connecting flight the next day. We stayed at the Metcourt Suites. It was right at the airport and quite nice.

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Thank you. I was wondering where to stay for that one night and wanted to be able to walk from the airport. I was thinking about the Intercontinental but it is very expensive I will check this one out.

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As you'll have a few nights before your safari, I wouldn't stay by the airport. Personally I'd be bored, as there isn't much to do there besides a small casino complex with a few restaurants and a cinema attached.

You'd have better options staying in Sandton and taking the Gautrain to the airport, which takes 15 mins. In Sandton you'll have many more options for restaurants and shopping and just people watching. And many of the Sandton hotels have shuttles (while others are connected to the Sandton City) that will take you back safely to the hotel at any time.

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10. Re: Suggestions for solo female traveler

In Sandtown the Micheangelo hotel is super posh and not as expensive as you would think for the quality. I agree with those who said to go to the apartheid museum and SOWETO.

As for running, Cape Town should be fine I saw many people exercising so long as you stay in the city proper- Long street etc.