{Travel} Journey to Johannesburg 

Johannesburg, what can I say!!! It was a last-minute decision to spend my 2 week vacation time there. I had originally planned to go to Zambia first then if finances permitted check out Johannesburg. But the finances did no agree so I had to make a choice and Johannesburg was it. Lucky for me, I have family who live there and were eager for me to visit.

When people think about traveling to South Africa, majority plan for the safari and granted it’s amazing. I didn’t go for the safari or tourism to be honest. I had made a decision a few days before departure to ensure I spend that time I am there with my young cousins, my uncle and auntie.

But my auntie wouldn’t have it that way and we ended up going places. I am grateful to her for taking me to all these places and doing so much for me. My stay in Johannesburg was nothing but the best and I can’t wait to revisit.

Here is a list of places I managed to visit whilst I was in South Africa.

Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton City

Though I can not exactly tell you how we got to Sandton city other than we drove, I do know it’s a lovely town. We did quite a fair bit of shopping there, it’s like being in England just with more sunny days.

Mandela House in Soweto

This is one I was waiting for without evening knowing I was waiting to go. This was the house Mandela and his family lived before he was imprisoned and Winnie put on house arrest. We paid R40 to get into the compound, we had a tour guide who explained the entire history. I was amazed by her knowledge, how much of the house was still with original features, even petrol bomb marks. It’s hard to imagine what life must have been life for Mandela and his family, how they managed to survive.

 

Union Building in Pretoria 

When we drove to the Union Building in Pretoria there was actually a protest against unfair pay to social healthcare workers. My auntie quickly ushered me and her friend back in the car and we went round to the main building where the huge statue of Mandela is located. It is definitely a tourist destination but seemed more popular with Asians than any other race. We did have a wander around the grounds before taking professional pictures that align you nicely with the statue.

 

Pretoria Zoo

Days after my initial visit to Union Building, my auntie brought me back to Pretoria but this time to visit the zoo. I can only say it was an experience to remember. The zoo is large and has so many animals so we decided to take a cab car across to watch the animals from above. Big mistake as the three of us are all scared of heights, it was a two-minute ride but felt like forever. We got off at the very back of the zoo and had to walk back, it was far but nice. I was able to see so many animals; Kodiak bear, Gorillas, giraffes, hippos, lions, cheetahs and many more. I highly recommend visiting this zoo if you’re ever in Johannesburg or Pretoria.

Monticasino Fourways Johannesburg

Now this casino was nothing like I was imagining to be honest, it exceeded my thinking. Though I have not been to a casino before I did not expect it to be what it was. One lovely evening after my uncle finished work, we headed for Monticasino. Again I can’t tell you how to get there but just know it’s a must see place. Entering the casino was like walking into another city and it had the best restaurants ever. There was so much to see, so much to do but we decided to find somewhere to eat. After our meal, we walked around some more before we went home. I was too mesmerised to take any pictures.

When people hear, ‘I want to South Africa’ immediately they asked how the safari was!?! Sorry to disappoint there is more to Africa than just Safaris like Monticasino which is just an amazing place to visit. #johannesburg #southafrica #travel #travelling #traveling #traveller #travelgram #travels #instatravel #traveldiaries #travelblogger #travelblog #traveladdict #igtravel #neverstopexploring #wanderlust #liveauthentic #lifeofadventure #natgeotravel #welltravelled #iamtb #searchfinddiscover #inspiringtravelpics # #travel #travelling #traveling #traveller #travelgram #travels #instatravel #traveldiaries #travelblogger #travelblog #traveladdict #igtravel #neverstopexploring #wanderlust #liveauthentic #lifeofadventure #natgeotravel #welltravelled #iamtb #searchfinddiscover

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I had such a lovely time in South Africa and I can not wait to go back and visit. Have you ever been to South Africa? If so, where and what was your favourite part?

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  1. Karlaroundtheworld | Karla
    November 9, 2016 / 6:44 pm

    I’m quite happy to see yet another angle for Africa. Johannesburg really looks and feels like the culmination of every good, natural thing from most western places. That place above really looks like England with more sun, which is something I like.

  2. Lisa Lambert
    October 30, 2016 / 7:58 am

    Sounds and looks amazing my cousins husband has family who live there she said it’s fabulous and loved every minute

  3. October 29, 2016 / 12:59 pm

    I did definitely, thanks

  4. October 29, 2016 / 12:57 pm

    There is so much more

  5. Adrienne
    October 29, 2016 / 2:33 am

    What a great experience! Mandela was such an inspiration. I would love to visit some of these places.

    • October 29, 2016 / 12:58 pm

      It was an amazing experience for sure

  6. OhNikka
    October 29, 2016 / 1:44 am

    What a fabulous trip you had. Your pics that you took are amazing!!!

    • October 29, 2016 / 12:57 pm

      Thanks so much

  7. Kara
    October 28, 2016 / 4:52 pm

    South Africa was top of my wishlist for our honeymoon but sadly finances didn’t allow…..maybe one day for us. Looks like you had a fascinating trip

    • October 29, 2016 / 12:57 pm

      I had an interesting trip thanks and hope you manage to go to south africa soon

  8. Evelina
    October 28, 2016 / 3:12 pm

    Looks great! South Africa is definitely on my list.

    • October 29, 2016 / 12:56 pm

      It was amazing hope you get a chance to visit

  9. October 28, 2016 / 12:27 pm

    Wohooo Girll You not only rocked Jo’burg, your picassas rock too! I truly am so happy for you and what an amazing Aunt! You made the right decision Anosa 🙂 Long may your legacy live Nelson Madikizela Mandela! What a legend.

    I am sure many are like I wanna go to SA right now. We just opened a Regional Office over there and It was Like Waaaa! So thanks for taking us on the journey with you!

    Julie Syl

    • October 29, 2016 / 12:54 pm

      Thanks Julie, I appreciate it so much it was an amazing travel.

  10. Melanie Edjourian
    October 27, 2016 / 8:23 pm

    It looks like a lovely place with quite a bit to visit, I haven’t been yet!

    • October 28, 2016 / 11:07 am

      It sure is an amazing place

  11. Valerie CottageMakingMommy
    October 27, 2016 / 7:17 pm

    You get to go to the most beautiful places. What a trip. I want to see more.

    • October 28, 2016 / 11:07 am

      Awww thanks, I sure do.

  12. chubskulit
    October 27, 2016 / 6:58 pm

    Such a beautiful place to visit. Will be putting this on my bucketlist!

    • October 28, 2016 / 11:07 am

      Glad to hear it

  13. Tanya Brannan
    October 27, 2016 / 4:44 pm

    What a fabulous adventure you had! I love the photo illusions with Nelson Mandela. I have South Africa on my bucket list for when I can travel more (when children move out lol)

    • October 28, 2016 / 11:11 am

      Thanks Tanya and yes I can captivated by these illusions and wanted to take some too

  14. Chrishelle Ebner
    October 27, 2016 / 12:44 pm

    I never knew Johannesburg was such a vibrant metropolis. Like you said I always think of Safari when someone says they will be visiting South Africa.

    • October 28, 2016 / 11:09 am

      It sure is, I think most of the ads or testimonies about South Africa have been about the Safaris and nothing more

  15. Amanda Love
    October 27, 2016 / 11:15 am

    It’s amazing that you got to tour this place while you’re in Johannesburg. Nelson Mandela is one of the people that I admire and to be able to go here would be great.

    • October 28, 2016 / 11:09 am

      I feel the same about Mandela

  16. Hannah Heartss ❄️⛄️
    October 27, 2016 / 9:47 am

    I’ve never thought about visiting here before, looks like you had a great time!

    • October 28, 2016 / 11:08 am

      I did indeed and thanks

  17. October 27, 2016 / 8:54 am

    Wow how lucky to have family in such amazing places and how nice of them to take you to see the sights.

    • October 28, 2016 / 11:08 am

      So true, I am blessed

  18. October 27, 2016 / 8:34 am

    I’ve always wanted to visit here, sounds like you had a fabulous time!

    • October 28, 2016 / 11:08 am

      I did and much more than I anticipated

  19. rika agustini
    October 27, 2016 / 5:30 am

    I have always been wanted to visit South Africa! Looks like you had such an amazing time!

    • October 28, 2016 / 11:08 am

      I did thank you, it was great

  20. October 27, 2016 / 5:00 am

    Aww bless I am sure you will

  21. ryan escat
    October 27, 2016 / 3:38 am

    Looks like you had an amazing trip. Glad you share this

    • October 27, 2016 / 5:06 am

      I did indeed and thanks

  22. Lauren Marie Happel
    October 26, 2016 / 11:31 pm

    That looks like a great place to visit and one that is fun an educational!

    • October 27, 2016 / 5:06 am

      Yes it’s very educational whilst being fun too

  23. October 26, 2016 / 8:54 pm

    i would love to visit johannesburg. it’s full of history and so much to do

    • October 27, 2016 / 5:05 am

      It sure is

  24. October 26, 2016 / 8:45 pm

    What an amazing way to spend two weeks. I’m going to South Africa in February and cannot wait. It looks really beautiful. It sounds like it’s more than worth it. x

    • October 27, 2016 / 5:05 am

      Oooh I am jealous already as you will have so much fun and so much to see

  25. Dee
    October 26, 2016 / 8:29 pm

    This would be a trip of a life time for me! I would love to get a chance to go to South Africa and visit Johannesburg. Looks like you had a really great time.

    • October 27, 2016 / 5:04 am

      It was a trip of a life fine and yes if was awesome

  26. Kathy
    October 26, 2016 / 8:03 pm

    That looks like a lot of fun! I have never been there before and would love too! Such great photos you have too!

    • October 27, 2016 / 5:04 am

      Thanks Kathy it’s a great place to visit

  27. October 26, 2016 / 7:56 pm

    I’ve never been to South Africa, but would love to go one day. It looks like you had an amazing trip, thanks to your aunt showing you around.

    • October 27, 2016 / 5:04 am

      Thank God for my auntie, she is God sent

  28. Anamika Ojha
    October 26, 2016 / 7:55 pm

    Looks like you had so much fun in Johannesburg! My hubby visited Johannesburg last year for work and he also went to Mandela House in Soweto and got his touristy pictures clicked! I also wish to go there someday in my life!

    • October 27, 2016 / 5:03 am

      Awww it’s always nice to do the tourist pictures to support the local economy I did it too

  29. Francesca Nelson
    October 26, 2016 / 7:54 pm

    wow that incredible statue of nelson mandela is great!! look how big it is!!!

    • October 27, 2016 / 5:03 am

      I was impressed by it too and it’s larger in person

  30. October 26, 2016 / 7:44 pm

    This looks like it was quite a journey.
    I really like your pictures.

    • October 27, 2016 / 5:02 am

      Thanks Stacey it was

  31. Fi Ni Neachtain
    October 26, 2016 / 7:40 pm

    I’m so in awe of you and all the traveling you get to do, you’re so blessed. South Africa seems like a great place to visit 🙂

    • October 27, 2016 / 5:02 am

      Awww thanks so much Fiona I loved it

  32. Jessica Dearnley
    October 26, 2016 / 6:48 pm

    Johannesburg looks amazing, it’s definitely somewhere id like to go in the future.

    • October 27, 2016 / 5:01 am

      It sure is and hope you get the chance to go

  33. Laura
    October 26, 2016 / 6:42 pm

    Oh wow, Johannesburg looks fabulous! Id love to visit mandela house xxx

    • October 27, 2016 / 5:01 am

      I enjoyed visiting Mandela house

  34. Kelly Reci
    October 26, 2016 / 5:22 pm

    Oh, Johannesburg sounds like a wonderful place to visit. I will put this on my bucket list.

    • October 27, 2016 / 5:01 am

      It truly is amazing

  35. Nicole Etolen
    October 26, 2016 / 5:22 pm

    Wow, what an amazing trip. I would like to go there too and explore!

    • October 27, 2016 / 5:00 am

      It sure was

  36. October 26, 2016 / 1:06 pm

    My mummy’s friend raves about Jo-burg all the time! It looks like a fascinating place x

    • October 27, 2016 / 5:00 am

      Aww how nice and yes it’s fascinating

  37. October 26, 2016 / 12:16 pm

    Johannesburg looks like such an amazing place, it’s definitely on my bucket list! Glad you had such a good time! x

    • October 27, 2016 / 5:00 am

      Thanks and hope it’s an item you get to tick off on your list

  38. Mistee Dawn
    October 26, 2016 / 12:00 pm

    Oh wow! What a great trip! So much history there! You made a great choice! Glad you had a good time.

    • October 27, 2016 / 4:59 am

      Thanks it was an amazing trip

  39. Yvonne
    October 26, 2016 / 11:55 am

    Looks like an incredible trip. I would love to go to Mandela House as well. Makes me want to book a holiday now x

    • October 27, 2016 / 4:59 am

      Hahaha and I hope you book soon and go see it for yourself

  40. Taty Pradilla
    October 26, 2016 / 11:51 am

    What a fantastic trip! It sure is in my bucket list. Glad you also got time with family

    • October 27, 2016 / 4:59 am

      It was an amazing trip

  41. October 26, 2016 / 11:15 am

    Seems like a wonderful place – makes me want to have a visit there myself. You guys obviously enjoyed it so why not. 🙂

    • October 27, 2016 / 4:58 am

      I sure did and hope you manage to visit one day

  42. Hungry_Healthy_Happy
    October 26, 2016 / 9:47 am

    This is somewhere that I really want to go. I saw a food program about it the other day and the food sounds amazing

    • October 27, 2016 / 4:58 am

      The foods are absolutely divine

  43. October 26, 2016 / 9:38 am

    Looks like such an interesting place. I really want to do a tour which includes Johannesburg x

    • October 27, 2016 / 4:57 am

      It is such a lovely city and I am sure there are many tours to cater for your needs

    • October 26, 2016 / 9:27 am

      I did thanks

  44. Rebecca Swenor
    October 26, 2016 / 8:36 am

    It sounds like you had an awesome visit with your family and outings also. The house that Mandela and his family stayed in while he was imprisioned would be interesting too see. Thanks for sharing your awesome journey to Johannesburg.

    • October 26, 2016 / 9:28 am

      Thanks Rebecca, it was fascinating and interesting visit

  45. October 26, 2016 / 6:21 am

    I am flying into Johannesburg next friday 🙂 we are planning to go to Soweto but now we have so many other activities to see!

    • October 26, 2016 / 6:35 am

      Oh I am so jealous even though I just got back lol. I am sure you and Jess will have so much fun and can’t wait to read about it

  46. October 26, 2016 / 5:43 am

    And hope you manage to visit one day

  47. Adriana
    October 26, 2016 / 3:12 am

    Oh gosh I am so jealous! Johannesburg is HUGE on my bucket list – I need to get there! It’s so gorgeous; I have a friend whose there now and she went bungee jumping off of the largest bungee spot in the world and I am SO jealous haha!

    • October 26, 2016 / 5:44 am

      Oh wow that is so cool, me obviously wont be jumping off anything with my fear of heights lol

  48. Nicole Osburn
    October 26, 2016 / 2:13 am

    Looks like you had so fun fun on your trip! The Mandela house looks like a wonderful historical educational experience. Plus those pictures you took were really fun with the Mandela statue.

    • October 26, 2016 / 5:43 am

      It was definitely a wonderful experience and yes we had fun with the Mandela statue

  49. October 26, 2016 / 12:45 am

    Oh what a cool trip! I know so little about Johannesburg and South Africa! It’s really nice to know they’ve been able to preserve a lot about the Mandela house. The casino sounded super impressive too.

    • October 26, 2016 / 5:42 am

      It was my first time going too but I was so impressed, definitely exceeded any expectations I had

  50. October 26, 2016 / 12:09 am

    That looks like such a great time! I would love to vist there sometime!

    • October 26, 2016 / 5:42 am

      I had an amazing time thanks

  51. Jodie Whitham
    October 25, 2016 / 11:45 pm

    Sounds like an amazing holiday with lots of memories! I’d love to see nelson mandella house 🙂

    • October 26, 2016 / 12:30 am

      Yes so many

  52. HollyAllie Noah
    October 25, 2016 / 11:10 pm

    How inspiring this post is! It looks like you walked away with a ton of good memories.

    • October 26, 2016 / 12:30 am

      I sure did

  53. Janine Good
    October 25, 2016 / 10:55 pm

    How inspiring! I would love to check out all the tributes to Nelson Mandella. I would go for the safari though…such a dream of mine.

    • October 26, 2016 / 12:29 am

      Mine too but wanted this first

  54. October 25, 2016 / 10:50 pm

    I would like to go to the Mandela house, he was such a figure of inspiration and remained triumphant even when at times he was defeated.

    • October 26, 2016 / 12:29 am

      He sure is/was an inspiration to all

  55. Lyndsey O'Halloran
    October 25, 2016 / 10:28 pm

    Looks like a really good trip. I’d never have thought of going here,

    • October 26, 2016 / 12:29 am

      It was indeed

  56. GlamourGlitterGloss
    October 25, 2016 / 9:05 pm

    Looks like you had a great time. Great to see some different day trip options from the standard safaris as you said. Great pictures, I’d love to go to the Mandela House

    • October 26, 2016 / 12:28 am

      Thanks and I wanted to show that to people it’s not just safari

  57. Newcastle Family Life
    October 25, 2016 / 8:52 pm

    It sounds like you had a lovely trip. How nice that your aunt took you to all these amazing places, I bet that it was lovely spending quality time with her. xx

    • October 26, 2016 / 12:28 am

      It was lovely of her and I am so grateful

  58. October 25, 2016 / 8:44 pm

    That looks like such an amazing trip! I’ve always wanted to go to South Africa, but the penny pinching husband isn’t quite on the same page. 🙁

    • October 26, 2016 / 12:27 am

      Hahaha penny pinching lol
      Just wait one day it will happen

  59. Kathryn
    October 25, 2016 / 8:38 pm

    I’ve never been to South Africa but it looks like you had an amazing time xx

    • October 26, 2016 / 12:27 am

      It sure is

  60. Beth Sachs
    October 25, 2016 / 8:30 pm

    I’d love to go to South Africa. Jo’burg looks absolutely amazing.

    • October 26, 2016 / 12:27 am

      Hope you get to one day

  61. Teresa Bowen
    October 25, 2016 / 7:41 pm

    So interesting to hear of other places in South Africa to visit apart from going on safari

    • October 26, 2016 / 12:27 am

      I wanted to show this part too

  62. Jayne
    October 25, 2016 / 7:10 pm

    I have never been there before, but it looks amazing!
    And what an awesome Auntie you have 🙂

    • October 26, 2016 / 12:26 am

      I have such an amazing auntie thank God

  63. Pam W
    October 25, 2016 / 6:57 pm

    Sounds like an awesome trip. You got to see so much history, it must have been amazing to see such important sites.

    • October 26, 2016 / 12:26 am

      It was amazing so much history

  64. October 25, 2016 / 6:55 pm

    Exactly that’s what I love about having fun and friends. They take you to the best hunts

  65. Beautyqueenuk
    October 25, 2016 / 5:44 pm

    Friends of mine have bought a place in Jo’burg because they visit so often and love the place x

    • October 25, 2016 / 6:41 pm

      That’s a good investment on their part for sure

  66. Oyinkan Ogunleye
    October 25, 2016 / 4:59 pm

    Mandela is such an inspiration! Glad your’e enjoying yourself.

    • October 25, 2016 / 6:41 pm

      He sure is and was.

  67. Jeanetet
    October 25, 2016 / 4:46 pm

    I have been to Johannesburg once and I will have to agree with you there’s so much there and it is such a beautiful place. I cannot wait to go back and visit again.

    • October 25, 2016 / 6:41 pm

      I can’t wait to go back either

  68. October 25, 2016 / 3:15 pm

    I love all the pictures of you posing with statues, it reminds me of my last vacation. Looks like you got a really great tour, I would especially love the zoo!

    • October 25, 2016 / 6:42 pm

      I had an amazing tour around all thanks to my auntie

  69. October 25, 2016 / 1:43 pm

    Wow what an amazing place to go and visit -I bet all the Mandela bit were amazing and emotional to visit.

    • October 25, 2016 / 6:42 pm

      Very emotional I must admit

  70. Sarah | Susty Meals
    October 25, 2016 / 1:43 pm

    I haven’t been to South Africa, but would definitely love to! I did lots of projects in school Geography about South Africa so it would be lovely to see it in reality rather than theory.

    • October 25, 2016 / 6:49 pm

      I know what you mean it would be lovely

  71. Blair Villanueva
    October 25, 2016 / 1:36 pm

    Me too, haven’t been to South Africa, but reading your posts makes me curious about its beauty 😀

    • October 25, 2016 / 6:53 pm

      You should definitely it’s amazing

  72. October 25, 2016 / 1:01 pm

    What a fantastic opportunity, I have never visited South Africa but there seems so much to do. Thank you for sharing your visit x

    • October 25, 2016 / 6:54 pm

      There is so much and more to do out there

    • October 25, 2016 / 6:54 pm

      I hope she has fun but I know she will

  73. LaaLaa
    October 25, 2016 / 12:41 pm

    Beautiful rundown of Johannesburg. I’d love to visit South Africa or anywhere in Africa, some real beautiful places to visit.

    • October 25, 2016 / 12:44 pm

      Thanks and yes mother Africa has a lot to offer

  74. October 25, 2016 / 12:26 pm

    I have never been to South Africa but your pictures look amazing! Glad to hear you enjoyed your trip!:)

    • October 25, 2016 / 12:43 pm

      Thanks, I had so much fun

  75. Little Steps
    October 25, 2016 / 11:55 am

    Looks amazing. I really did enjoy your photos 🙂 Would love to visit too someday. x

    • October 25, 2016 / 12:43 pm

      Thanks so much hope you get a chance to visit

  76. Clairejustineo
    October 25, 2016 / 11:49 am

    Oh wow, looks like you had a great time. Love pictures 🙂 I’ve not travelled for 12 years. Can not wait to get our passports renewed next year…

    • October 25, 2016 / 12:43 pm

      12 years oh wow that’s a long time I am sure once passports are renewed you will be unstoppable

  77. October 25, 2016 / 9:31 am

    I haven’t been to South Africa at all yet – Jo’burg looks fascinating, especially the Nelson Mandela stuff

    • October 25, 2016 / 12:42 pm

      Johannesburg is really an amazing place to visit

  78. October 25, 2016 / 3:35 am

    This would be an amazing place to visit. I’d really enjoy checking everything out. Nelson Mandela was a wonderful man.

    • October 25, 2016 / 5:29 am

      It sure was and it’s such an incredible country too

  79. Tara
    October 25, 2016 / 2:25 am

    Looks like you guys had an awesome time.

    • October 25, 2016 / 5:29 am

      Definitely

  80. Lydia@Lifeuntraveled.com
    October 25, 2016 / 1:43 am

    Sadly I haven’t been to South Africa yet. I would love to though – it’s definitely at the top of my travel list. Thanks for sharing some info on JoBurg!

    • October 25, 2016 / 5:28 am

      Thanks luv, hope you are able to go visit one day

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