From action-packed excitement to top-class museums, Johannesburg has something for everyone. Enter this competition and you could win a trip for four to the City of Gold, valued at R38 044.
Where else in the world could you travel down into the depths of a gold mine, stand in the Constitutional Court, visit historical museums, contemporary art galleries, a botanical garden and see the Big 5 – all in one weekend? Unique experiences abound in South Africa’s largest city.
And then there’s the weather: Johannesburg enjoys bright, sunny days in early spring. It’s the perfect destination to get your vitamin-D boost.
Rich in history and culture
One of the world’s youngest major cities, Johannesburg also holds the distinction of being built on one of the richest gold-bearing reefs in the world. From its earliest days as a mining outpost, when it attracted a flood of migrants looking for work, the city has always been a melting pot of cultures. Its cultural diversity and rich history have been carefully preserved in museums but are also reflected in cool local hangouts such as Vilakazi Street in Soweto.
The best base for exploring this exciting city is Sun International’s ultra-trendy Maslow Hotel Sandton – a tranquil green oasis in the heart of South Africa’s richest square mile. Unlike most urban hotels, Maslow has lush gardens: the perfect place to make the most of the midday sun. Relax there, or in loungers at the pool deck.
Need some retail therapy? Malls filled with both local and international designer brands are conveniently close by. For a more artisanal shopping experience, explore Johannesburg’s trendy markets.
There’s also adventure aplenty for adrenaline junkies, including the world’s highest SCAD free-fall dive at the Orlando Towers in Soweto.
Start the day with a delicious breakfast buffet at the hotel, then board a double-decker, open-topped Red Bus for a leisurely hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour. With over 20 sites on its itinerary, and 16 stops where you can choose to hop off for a while before hopping on again, it’s the most convenient way to travel about and to make sure you don’t miss a thing.
Then head back to the hotel for a luxurious spa treatment before cosying up to your partner to watch the sun set on another glorious day in this fascinating city.
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One lucky reader can win a mid-week friendship experience for two couples valued at R38 044 in total. To win, simply answer the question below:
Even if you don’t win the competition, FAIRLADY readers can save up to 40% on a mid-week stay at The Maslow Sandton hotel if they book via https://www.suninternational.com/specials/media-24/.
- A two-night, mid-week stay for two couples staying in two suites with balconies at The Maslow Sandton hotel valued at R27 600.
- Afternoon tea for four valued at R1 580. High tea is a fine art at the Maslow where you can sample a scrumptious selection of sweet and savoury treats while relaxing in a peaceful green space under established trees, on a beautiful pool deck or on the Lacuna Bar deck.
- An Africology Spa hot stone treatment for four valued at R3 060. Stress is massaged away with products harnessing African plant extracts and essential oils, combining pampering with health-focused treatments.
- Entry into the indigenous Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden valued at R320. The impressive gardens are set in a secluded valley surrounded by a nature reserve complete with towering cliffs and a 70 m natural waterfall. The area teems with birdlife, including a pair of Verreaux’s Eagles. Explore the hiking trail, theme gardens, dam and bird-hide and unwind at the restaurant.
- Adventure seekers can experience the thrill of the world’s highest SCAD free fall at Soweto Towers – the cooling towers in Orlando, Soweto. It’s valued at R1 600. Take an unattached, controlled free fall from 50 m to land safely in a safety net suspended off the ground with air tubes and brake suspension.
- Head to the trees with the Acrobranch tree-top adventure valued between R760 and R1 320, depending on physical ability and the course selected. The experience involves negotiating challenging obstacles and moving from treetop to treetop by means of high ropes, ladders, tunnels, walkways, Tarzan swings and bridges, with spectacular zip lines to top it off. Trained instructors ensure safety throughout.
- Four hop-on, hop-off tickets for the Red Bus valued at R980. Winners will be able to use the bus to access five Johannesburg experiences.
All experiences listed below are for four people:
1. A guided tour of Constitution Hill valued at R400. Learn about South Africa’s transition to democracy by visiting the country’s first high-security prison, which once housed Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela, and stand in the Constitutional Court, the highest court in the land. Art lovers will marvel at the beautiful contemporary art exhibitions.
2. Entry to the Ditsong National Museum of Military History valued at R180. The museum preserves the history of all military conflict in which South Africans played a part. Exhibits include vehicles, aircraft, uniforms, weapons, military music, personal memorabilia such as rations, gifts and comforts, graves and memorials, communications, medicine, propaganda and flags. The library has a unique collection of over 70 000 books, journals and archival material.
3. A visit to the Origins Centre valued at R324. Journey from Africa’s human origins through the development of technology, art, culture and symbolism. Explore southern African rock art traditions, illustrated with contemporary art installations by well-known South African artists. Experience augmented reality through the free Origins Centre AR app, in which the animals depicted in the beautiful rock engravings curated in the museum come to life. The centre was recently revamped. Visit their website to find out more: www.wits.ac.za/origins.
4. Entry to southern Africa’s largest science centre, the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, valued at R240. It’s located in an old electric workshop in Newtown. The name Sci-Bono comes from an abbreviation of ‘science’ and ‘bono’, the TshiVenda word for ‘vision’.
5. Entry into the popular Johannesburg Zoo valued at R440. The zoo is not just a fun experience – it is an important centre for local and international environmental, educational and breeding programmes. The 55-hectare property houses 2 000 animals and 320 species, including Africa’s Big 5. Another highlight is a walkthrough aquarium tunnel. Visitors can relax at the two restaurants, picnic spots and curio shop.