South Africa:

a tour of Johannesburg and a visit to Kruger National Park

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Johannesburg

To eat and drink

The Local Grill

One of the most respected steakhouses in Jo’Burg.

40 7th Av

Flames

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

To stay

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

To stay

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

Royal Malewane

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.