Johannesburg, South Africa had to grow on me. The first thing I did notice and fall in love with were the Jacaranda trees. I’m so glad my visit was in October while they were in bloom. Joburg is the New York of South Africa it’s very busy and very spread out, however it does not have a good mass transit network.
I love seeing new cities from a birds eye view so my first sightseeing stop was the Carlton Centre where the Top of Africa observation deck is located. The Hop on Hop Off bus tour has a stop there so from there I bought my day pass and rode the two bus lines around the rest of the city. The HOHO had stops at all the major sites Constitution Hill, Apartheid Museum, Braamfontein, Rosebank, Gold Reef City Casino Hotel and a few other places.
Soweto was the highlight of my Johannesburg stay, I liked the vibe so much I went twice. Vilakazi street is where both the homes of Nelson Mandela (now a museum) and Desmond Tutu are located. The vibe was so cool on Sunday afternoon. There was beautiful weather, beautiful people and the restaurants had music going. I also visited the Hector Peterson Museum.
I moved to a hotel in Sandton a few days so I could explore that area and check out Mandela square. The Gautrain metro was close to my hotel so I able to get to Pretoria too. I had an awesome last night in Johannesburg at The Orbit Live Music & Bistro. Mpho Sebina (vocals), Favi Motsemme (piano & keys), Thabo Letsale (drums) and Andrew Chinganga (saxophone) performed and they were awesome!