a tour of Johannesburg and a visit to Kruger National Park
In addition to having the most accessible places in the African savannah for safaris, South Africa also offers a unique combination of attractions. Where else would it be possible to explore cities full of art and history and circulate among lions?
48 PERFECT HOURS IN JOHANNESBURG With over 7 million inhabitants in its metropolitan area, South Africa’s largest city was founded and grew around the mining industry. In recent years, Jozi (or Jo’Burg) has been developing charming neighborhoods, first-class cuisine, and one of Africa’s most interesting cultural scenes. Moving around the city has become easier and safer due to the urban train Gautrain, a heritage of the 2010 World Cup, to brand-new bus lanes Rea Vaya, and to the app Uber.
AFRICAN ART A visit to the galleries and the walls covered in graffiti art in Maboneng (don’t miss the Arts on Main complex), or the Wits Art Museum, which opened in 2012 with a collection of African art, is enough to realize that LATAM’s new destination deserves more than a stopover. Slow down and surrender to hedonism in the bars in Melville, or to glamour in the Westcliff-Parktown axis.
APARTHEID MUSEUM Take a full day to learn about South African history. Start with the Apartheid Museum, which dissects the regime that ruled the country between 1948 and 1994. A visit to Soweto will make more sense with this background. The neighborhood has become an icon of the struggle against discrimination. The house where Nelson Mandela lived when he was arrested in 1962 was transformed into the Mandela House Museum. Another landmark in the neighborhood is the Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum (8287 Khumalo Street), which was built in the same place where the boy for whom the museum is named was murdered during a demonstration in 1976.
SAFARI WITHOUT COMPLICATION Visiting Kruger National Park can be a simple and cheap activity, just like a visit to the zoo. In economy mode, you drive your own vehicle into the park (any basic car model will do the job) and look for the animals. Of course, without a guide, the task of finding the creatures is not that easy. However, after a few hours of “self-driving,” we spotted elephants, hippos, giraffes and buffalos.
To eat and drink
The Local Grill
One of the most respected steakhouses in Jo’Burg.
40 7th Av
Their specialty is matching beers with meat cuts.
67 Jan Smuts Av
The Living Room
This bar in Maboneng has walls covered in vertical gardens, hammocks, and couches.
20 Kruger St
Four Seasons The Westcliff
It has an unbeatable spa, swimming pools, and excellent restaurants.
67 Jan Smuts Avenue
Melville Manor Guesthouse
Only seven rooms around a pool in Melville.
80 2nd Avenue, Melville, Gauteng
Kruger National Park
Bush Baby Glen
Good, beautiful, and cheap – with a pool.
R536 Sabie Rd, Hazyview
Ngala Safari Lodge
A lodge in a private reserve.
R536 Sabie Rd, Hazyview
Rooms come with a butler and a private pool.
Special thanks to: Royal Malewane, a property of The Royal Portfolio, Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff, Johannesburg, Apartheid Museum, The Local Grill and South African Tourism.