Johannesburg Journals

South Africa Part 3 of 7

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An October 2003 trip to Johannesburg by KenDurham

Feeding a 7 week old lion cub Photo, Johannesburg, South Africa More Photos
Quote: This trip is for seven weeks as a Global Guide Exchange participant with RCI. This is part three of seven.

South Africa Part 3 of 7

Overview

Braai at Lynn's Home Photo, Johannesburg, South Africa
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My third week is over, and my impressions of South Africa are as follows: 1. South Africans are passionate about two things right now – rugby and having a braai. 2. Pretoria, the seat of government, is beautiful and full of history. 3. Baby lions are cute, cuddly, and soft. 4. Grown lions are not cute, not cuddly, and I did not get close to find out if they are soft. 5. It still is HOT here, and the electrical storms are fantastic.Quick Tips: Bring a hat, sunscreen, and light clothing. If traveling in the bush, DO NOT get out of your vehicle and DO follow the ranger's suggestions. Best Way To Get Around: Car is the only option. There are no buses, trains, or taxi ...Read More

Meat Company

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Restaurant | "The Meat Company"

Meat Company Photo, Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reservations are a must!! Their phone number is 011/511-0235. It is the talk of the town! You have not experienced the best until you’ve had their steak. They use a unique aging process that ensures the meat is the most tender available, equaled by the best seafood, starters, and amazing desserts. They have one of the best wine selections around. Try walking up (or down) their spiral staircase and count the bottles. It is a challenge before your first drink and after it. The atmosphere is perfect either for a family outing or that romantic dinner for two. We had a fire juggler and an accordion player wander by our table. The outside seating is actually inside the huge building compl...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 21, 2003

Meat Company
Monecasino
Johannesburg, South Africa
27-011-511-0235

Montecasino Village

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Attraction | "Montecasino"

Montecasino Village Photo, Johannesburg, South Africa
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In the heart of Johannesburg there is an oasis to get away from the hustle and bustle of city Life. It is a small piece of Tuscany, Italy. There are 17 restaurants, eight fast food establishments, 22 specialty shops, five entertainment sites, 12 fashion stores, a crèche (baby sitting service), a five-star hotel, a bird garden, and in the center of the complex is a large casino. Parking is entirely underground, so weather is never a problem. The entire complex has great security. Every person entering is swept and packages are searched. So there are no concerns. The Montecasino is located at the Fourways junction on William Nicol Drive and Witkoppen Road. It is also accessible form t...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 21, 2003

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

Fort KlapperKop Military Museum

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Attraction | "Fort Klapperkop"

Fort KlapperKop Military Museum Photo, Johannesburg, South Africa
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This fort, as well as three others in the Pretoria area (Schanskop, Wonderboompoort and Daspoortrand), plus the Johannesburg fort, were built by order of the Z.A.R. government. Their purpose was to prevent a possible repetition of the riots of 1895/96 in Johannesburg and the Jameson Raid. The plans for Fort Klapperkop were drawn by L. Grunberg. There is an existing copy of the original plan in the munitions room at the fort. The construction started in December 1896, and the bomb-proof casements and ammunitions store were constructed as well as the ramparts. The casements and ammunitions storage room were constructed of concrete, and Italians were used for the masonry and stonework. Also, Germ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 21, 2003

Fort KlapperKop Military Museum
Pretoria
Johannesburg, South Africa

Pretoria

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Story/Tip

The City from the Fort Photo, Johannesburg, South Africa
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When Saturday October 11th rolled around our guide, Sarel arrived precisely at 9am (even though he admitted to getting lost on the way). By the way Sarel is my supervisor while in South Africa, so he was taking one of his days off to show us Pretoria. After 40 minutes we arrived in Centurion for coffee, then we were off to see the sites. The city of Pretoria is called ‘The Jacaranda City" for its unique tree with purple flowers. The city was named after Andries Peroris, the leader of the Boer forces at the battle of Blood River. The Afrikaans call it "tshwane", which means "we are one because we live together." We saw the University of South Africa, which is the largest correspondenc...Read More
RCI- South Africa Office Photo, Johannesburg, South Africa
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Again Monday through Friday are work days here in Johannesburg. A typical day starts around 5:30am with getting up and getting ready for the drive to work. Although we are less than 20km (12.5 miles) from the office, the drive has taken anywhere from 35 minutes to one hour to cover, thus the early hour of rising to get ready. However so far I have not needed an alarm clock. There is a bird here called the Hadeda--its call is loud enough to wake me up, and it starts as soon as it is light. Wednesday night was a night to eat out, and a fantastic treat was in store for me. I was taken to the Meat Company at Monte Casino in the Fourways section of town (see the dining entry section). I had the ‘Fam...Read More

Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve

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Feeding a 7 week old lion cub Photo, Johannesburg, South Africa
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CAUTION: Remember at all times that all the animals are WILD. I visited here on Sunday October 12, 2003. There is a cost of R50 (US$7) to get into the reserve and it is well worth it. The Rhino and Lion Nature reserve is a privately owned game reserve covering some 1,400 hectares (3,459 acres) which was opened to the public in 1990. The reserve started out with two white rhinos and a few assorted small buck. Now visitors can see up to 600 head of game on the reserve. There is a wide variety of game including some very rare and endangered species. The reserve falls within the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site (See part one for more on this site). At the...Read More