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“Township which hasnt been modernised like tourist spots like Soweto”
Review of Alexandra

Alexandra
Ranked #147 of 187 things to do in Johannesburg
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Owner description: This bustling community is well-known for being the first place where Nelson Mandela owned a home.
Reviewed 26 April 2014

Its hard to put a overall rating for this township, on onehand its so poor that they have the Alexandra cultural area (mandela house and a huge empty building) not shown with no signage what so ever. Yet on the overhand you get to see how people lived 25 years ago before Apartheid ended.

Area is easy to get too, its a 11rand trip from MTN Taxirank in hillbrow. The taxi ends at the "steps" which is the Alexandra mall. Inside you have a supermarket, fashion, mc donalds and kfc. Its safe with a dozen off guards patrolling.

From there you can explore the township, its about a 15min walk to the local soccer stadium, from there you can explore. Once your off the main road you will see the shacks and homemade brick houses.
Area has a insane amount of backyard bars, literally one every 5mins of walking. You will see children playing with home made toys made of wire and bits of bob, and kicking really old soccer balls.
Children would greet me with "hello white guy", its pretty obvious that many tourists do not walk in this area.

Mandela house/room is just a small bricked wall, people are currently living in it, so you cannot see inside which is a pity.

I would recommend visiting for a few hours, but just be really steetsmart. But your money in your moneybelt/sock, I wouldnt be taking a 1000USD camera around your neck.

3  Thank nephilimx
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Reviewed 7 March 2014

I do not even know why this would show on trip advisor. Do not go there this is one of the worst part of towns, and there is nothing to see

5  Thank Zaq R
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Reviewed 19 May 2013

Booming, bustling, some interesting places to eat...... visited the hostel for women which was absolutely fascinating and went to have my fortune told me also went to the Alexandra old age home which is a mother Theresa type miracle place - loved it all - 15km from where I have lived for the last 20 years without knowing anything about it...

1  Thank riverrat205
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Reviewed 14 May 2013

The main shopping areas in Alex has been upgraded fairly recently.. such as around Pan Africa Mall, near the taxi rank. But the traffic congestion in this area, is a free for all, no one obeys traffic lights, & pedestrians just cross the road, not even looking at on coming traffic...scary, especially on Friday evenings...from 3-8pm....!! Roads agency needs to re-think this area, for easy flow of traffic near the garage/taxi rank. This is getting as bad as some other large African cities...with spaza & informal traders, over crowding along the pavements. Never SAW a litter containers or refuse bin...where do people throw their litter...??? but onto the street.
London Road side - terrible potholes on road continuously, gets badly repaired & holes appear with a week, cause of water & heavy traffic usage. Lots of litter, waste water, goats, chickens & rats & shanty houses encroach onto street, along a through way road from N1 highway to Sandton. Creating a sad visual first time impression of Alex for tourists that pass that way from the airport. This section of road really needs to look "wow"...Centre island (that needs to be regularly maintained by Jhb City Council parks dept) with rocks designs & cacti would add to the African ambiance. Louis Botha road side, is NOT much better....untidy & waste litter all along verges. The central road island fencing, looks really exciting.How the Jhb metropolitan area allows this on a main communal thoroughfare...we all wonder? ?Under the bridge on Louis Both Ave, by the bus stop, loads of litter, embankment of bridge, area not maintained or cleaned...a rocky area that could actually look quite nice. This is all within 5 kms or less of Sandton City...have we lost our pride in Jhb...just cause it is Alexandra? Is Jhb city monies always spent elsewhere. I am embarraseed to bring new visitors to South Africa along these roads & areas...maybe safety is also an issue.

1  Thank Jacqui C
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Reviewed 9 April 2013

the place is good for Tours,lot's of Shisanyama's pub's friendly people,if you realy need to feel a Lokshin life i would highly recomend it to every one.

Thank Gladstone H
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