A very brief trip to Johannesburg

We visited South Africa in August 2019 when Pip was 6. The original plan was to just visit Mauritius but we got talking to someone who suggested that we did a multi centre holiday and also visit South Africa for a safari. We had one night in Johannesburg on either side of our safari.

Getting around

We flew in to Johannesburg and rented a car at the airport. As there were 9 of us we ended up with a mini bus. Johannesburg was reasonably easy to get around with a sat nav. The drive out to Medikwe was very easy and the roads were quiet and easy to navigate. We chose to get a taxi when we went out to explore to avoid having to find parking.

What we got up to

We took a City Sightseeing bus tour which allowed us to see as much as possible in the short time that we had. It was really interesting to see the contract between the very affluent areas and the real life side of Johannesburg. There are parts of Johannesburg that I would definitely like to go back to visit properly especially the Apartheid Museum. The weather was gloriously sunny and we sat on the top deck in the sunshine.

Where we stayed

We stayed at a guesthouse called The Haven in Sandton. This is a family run guesthouse who could accommodate our group of 9. It was perfectly located and the couple who ran it looked after us perfectly. We stayed there for a night either side of our safari and they kindly allowed us to leave some of our luggage there. We booked through Airbnb although it doesn’t seem to be listed on there anymore.


We ate at Turn n Tender both nights that we were there, it was a short drive from The Haven and the food was amazing. We had several dietary requirements in our group and they were about to cater for them all. The staff were so friendly and amazingly remembered our drinks order the second time we visited, their steaks are amazing.

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