Johannesburg Journals

Johannesburg -- City of Gold

A travel journal to Johannesburg by bokcrazy

Quote: People think of Africa as jungle. Johannesburg is constructed of glass, steel, and stone. You'll be pleasantly surprised by the five-star hotels and restaurants, plus the exchange rate means you can pamper yourself without breaking your wallet. The downside is crime. Your watchword is "be alert!"

Johannesburg -- City of Gold

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Overview

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There are some great spots to hit around Johannesburg, including Sandton City, the many top-notch shops, movie theaters, and top-class restaurants. The suburb of Melville, an artsy area, is a great spot for the 20s and 30s crowd, very hip and quaint. From a Jamaican restaurant to an all-night restaurant to pool halls, coffee shops, and cigar rooms, it has something for everyone. Johannesburg also has several casinos, including Caesars, near the airport, and one in Fourways Gardens, which looks like an old Italian village down to the cobblestone. North of town is the Lipizzaner Centre; many people have heard of the world-famous Spanish Riding School in Vienna, and have delig...Read More

Butcher Shop & Grill

Restaurant | "The Butcher Shop & Grill"

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The Butcher Shop is not family-friendly, in fact, there is a notice requesting no children under 14 years of age. The great thing is that adults can truly enjoy the ambience and great South African food. This steakhouse is truly not somewhere you go for a salad or seafood, although you can get calamari, giant prawns, and normally there is a fish of the day. What people do go for are the steaks. The average price of steak is about R65 depending on the cut and size (the exchange rate is about US$6.50). A first-class meal at bargain basement prices. Please note the Butcher Shop only serves burgers at lunch time. They also have an extensive alcohol list, and do...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 30, 2003

Butcher Shop & Grill
Shop 30, Sandton Square
Johannesburg, South Africa 2146
+27 11 784 8676

Rodizio

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Restaurant

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A Brazilian restaurant, Rodizio is probably one of the best examples of Johannesburg’s diversity. Attracting a wide and colorful range of patrons, this establishment has something to offer everyone. If you’re looking for live entertainment, Rodizio has it. If you’re looking for a dancing venue, Rodizio has it; satellite sports, Rodizio has it! Rodizio offers a diverse mixture of music from the DJ and live Latin cabaret shows all of which are guaranteed to get you on your feet. The decor puts you in the mood for an evening of fun and laughter. With bright, vibrant colors and artfully painted walls of colorful characters and Brazilian streets, you will soon see why! The menu is...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 27, 2003

Rodizio
Shop 28, The Terrace
Johannesburg, South Africa 2195
+27 11 616 8229

Saigon

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Restaurant

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This Vietnamese restaurant is tucked away on the upper lever of this small strip mall. At the entrance is a rickshaw and two leonine sentinels. Saigon’s red and earthy colors are eye-catching. Flags, banners and lanterns, a calm central basin, walls adorned with bamboo lattices, hanging ferns, and stone deities and a show-kitchen at one end, all beneath a stark, hangar-like roof. Rattan-weave chairs and oil lamps impart a cozy informality. We started with crystal (rice-paper) vegetable spring rolls filled with bean sprouts, shredded vegetables, and herbs and served with tangy black bean sauce. My grilled prawn mousse, a typical specialty, was actually more mince than mousse, bound by ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 26, 2003

Saigon
Upper Level, Rivonia Junction
Johannesburg, South Africa 2128
+27 11 807 5272

San Pablo Spur

Restaurant

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There appears to be a Spur just about around every corner in South Africa. This being the one closest to my old job, it was the one I most frequently went to. Out of the many times I ate there, only a couple of times was the food not particularly good. I was particularly fond of the steaks, which will run you about R40 to R50. They come with chips and used to also come with onion rings. Most people go for the burgers. The original 140-gram burger will run you about R22 (about US$3), while the mushroom burger will run about R27 and the double burger R32 (about US$3.50). There is, of course, a kids'' menu. Children will definitely like Spur and there is almost invariably the s...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 31, 2003

San Pablo Spur
17 Autumn Rd.
Johannesburg, South Africa
011 803-8962

Montecasino Village

Attraction | "Monte Casino"

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Designed to replicate an ancient Tuscan hilltop village, something is always on the go at the Montecasino Village. Entry to the actual casino area is via three bridges which span the stream dividing the casino from the variety of family entertainments and the village in the rest of the complex. Each bridge has security controls--ensuring that no one under 18 years old has access to the adult casino playground. There is an online events calendar (http://196.15.128.216/frameset_find.html). You can always leave the kids in the Bambini Creche while you experience what Montecasino has on offer, or if they're old enough, they'll find plenty to ke...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 1, 2003

Montecasino Village
cnr William Nicol Drive & Montecasino Blvd
Johannesburg, South Africa

Lion Park

Attraction | "Johannesburg Lion Park"

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North of Johannesburg is one of the more unusual game parks in the region. The 200-hectare lion reserve features more than 60 lions, and the population is growing. Visitors drive along a (one-way) winding road through the game area, where they may see black wildebeest, gemsbok, impala, blesbok, zebra, and ostrich. Thereafter, they travel through the lion area. The lion park is open daily between 8am and 4:30pm.

To reach the park from Johannesburg, drive to Fourways, north of Bryanston, and then follow the signs towards the Pretoria/Krugersdorp road and turn left.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 1, 2003

Lion Park
Muldersdrift Road
Johannesburg, South Africa 2194
+27 (11) 460 1814

Gold Reef City

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Attraction

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While America may have the Disney, Universal and Six Flag theme parks, Johanessburg's Gold Reef City has a magic all of its own. Aside from the rides there are also robotic shows, clowns, bands, tribal dancing displays, magicians, can-can girls, strolling minstrels, gumboot dancers and even a mini farm. Gold and the history of Johannesburg are intertwined. The discovery of gold in the late 1890's led to a gold rush by prospectors from all over the world to the area now known as Johannesburg in the province of Gauteng. Gold Reef City reflects the history of the discovery of Gold and style of life to those who worked on the mines. The center of the City is Shaft Number 14 whic...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 1, 2003

Gold Reef City
Shaft 14, Northern Parkway
Johannesburg, South Africa 2159
+27 11 248 6800