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From the arts to safaris: an itinerary with the best of Johannesburg

Adriana Setti

Fernanda Frazão; publicity

National parks, surf and a lively cultural scene make up the largest city in South Africa. LATAM is the first Latin American airline to connect the two continents

Entertainment and art

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Graffiti-covered walls, charming cafés, modern galleries and an extremely active cultural scene: this is the recipe of Maboneng, the arts district in Jozi (one of Johannesburg’s affectionate nicknames). One of the highlights in the neighborhood is the complex Arts on Main, which gets crowded on Sundays due to the Market on Main. The Living Room, an urban garden located atop a building, which hosts parties, yoga classes and shows, among other activities, is also a can’t-miss.

 

Marks of the past

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The key to understanding the history of South Africa lies in the Apartheid Museum, the most important museum in the country, which dissects, in an interactive and didactic manner, the racial segregation policy that was enforced between 1948 and 1994 – a policy against which Nelson Mandela – a national hero and former president – fought his whole life.

 

Surf meccas

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A 100-minute flight takes you to the city of Port Elizabeth, located in the Eastern Cape Province. After a 50-mile [80 km] drive, you arrive at Jeffreys Bay, which hosts a stage of the World Surf League Championship and is famous for having the longest right-hand break in the world. From there, you can take the Garden Route, which crosses such celebrated beaches as Plettenberg Bay and Knysna.

 

Nature #nofilter

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South Africa has 19 national parks, in addition to countless private reserves where it’s possible to easily spot the Big Five (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhinoceros). One of the most accessible and democratic places (in terms of budget) in the savannah to take a safari is Kruger National Park. With an area of 2 million hectares, it’s a 45-minute flight from Johannesburg.