How to Explore Yourself and the Beauty of JoBurg in Three Days

How to Explore Yourself and the Beauty of JoBurg in Three Days

#Johannesburg also known locally as Joburg, is a young city of diverse #culture, with varied options for #adrenaline seekers or if your simply looking for a #relaxing spa break. I only had a few days to explore this developing “City of Gold” and staying in the center at the #Radisson Blu, was the ideal location to visit all the sites.


I embarked on my first adventure to Johannesburg, South Africa. I wanted to take this trip before but was a bit apprehensive because of news reports related to crime. But like with anything, it'smuch better to speak to someone who either lives there or who has already visited beforehand. They'll be able to more accurately tell you how things are on the ground, specifically, as a foreign traveler. And that's why I'm here!

Amazing place
Amazing place

One of the best things about traveling to South Africa is that the USD can stretch quite a ways! While there, I stayed at the Radisson Blue Hotel in the Business District (Sandton). Although the Radisson may not sound like the most chic place to stay while abroad, the hotel is quite impressive and much more affordable than bigger name hotels like the Hilton which can run minimum $144 per night. 

One of the best things about traveling to South Africa is that the USD can stretch quite a ways!

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Radisson Blu Hotel Sandton, Johannesburg

 Corner Rivonia Road & Daisy Street, P.O. Box 653148, Johannesburg, South Africa
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I actually paid about $85 per night at the Radisson Blue while still being within walking distance of cool spots like Nelson Mandela Square, as well as walking distance from the major subway station. 

Citysightseeing
Citysightseeing

The first night I arrived at the Radisson, there was a lounge-like pool party with smooth Afro House Music and sushi. Breakfast included meals suitable for meat eaters and vegetarians alike with endless beverages, and my favorite –mimosas!

The first night I arrived at the Radisson, there was a lounge-like pool party with smooth Afro House Music and sushi

It’s ideal to think that simply being away on holiday will bring about a good time. But, that’s not necessarily the case. Traveling can be stressful so I recommend that globetrotters check out what I call “the healing therapy scene” and prioritize self-care. I had a choice between going to a botanical garden and getting a hot stone massage. 

While the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden would have been fantastic, I knew I needed a something a bit more direct to prepare me for the upcoming work week. A trip to the Puri Thai Spa in Parkhurst was an amazing gift where a 90 minute, full body, hot stone massage cost a mere $50. The staff and massage therapists were extremely professional. The spa was located about 15 minutes away from my hotel. 

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Hot Stone Massage

Culture
 Sandown, Sandton, Gauteng, South Africa
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Unfortunately, one of the most costly expenses in the city is the taxi. The cab ride cost $16.00, despite the distance being extremely short. I didn’t take the time to find out how to get there by the subway, which would have been a much cheaper option. (Do that!)

I only had three days to explore the city and with such a short schedule, I found the Red Bus Tour to be pretty good investment, where I saw nearly a dozen sites, for about $13 (the coolest thing is that I could pay using paypal after misplacing my debit card!). Some of the sites include the Apartheid Museum and JoBurg's Art and Cultural district. There’s also an extended tour that goes out to Soweto where tourists can visit the former homes of Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu. 

There’s also an extended tour that goes out to Soweto where tourists can visit the former homes of Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu

Likewise, there are open air markets, restaurants, and the Golden Reef City Theme Park and Casino! Needless to say, I loved Johannesburg! People often suggest Cape Town instead, which I’m sure would be a great place, as well. However, I’m definitely glad I didn’t let people fear-monger me out of meeting beautiful new people, experiencing what felt like the industrial flavor of Detroit mixed with the hustle and bustle of New York, and learning first-hand about one of the greatest global cities in Africa – JoBurg!

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