Its hard to believe that Eland and lion roamed in grassland just over 120 years ago in central Johannesburg . By 1910 it was the youngest and most fashionable city in the whole of the British Empire! Interestingly, also the oldest, with human origins going back to 3.5 million years ago.
Gerald walked us through the rise and fall of Johannesburg, we explored grand old buildings like the Rand Club, RandLords, the hottest retail space in Africa, the legal offices of Mandela and Oliver Tambo. We walked, and we caught the Rea Vaya bus (so easy and efficient to get from one end of the city to the other for less than R5) a first for me! And it wont be the last!
Some fascinating tidbits….
– that Rudyard Kipling heard Percy Fitzpatrick telling his children a story of a dog called Jock, and encouraged him to write perhaps the most loved dog story in Africa, “Jock of the Bushveld.”
– Johannesburg claims two of the biggest liberation heroes in the world as its sons…. Ghandi and Nelson Mandela.
And we experienced the excitement of a city now re-inventing itself.
Try The Orbit, a brand new jazz club – it attracts musicians from all over the world – open 7 days a week.
The Neighbourgoods Market in Braamfontein on a Saturday morning – for a variety of delicious foods that will satisfy any taste buds
Cramers for the best cuppa coffee and tons of fun shops..
For more info on the tours that Gerald does for groups, or will tailor make go to:
Its fun, its fascinating and its absolutely safe! One of the best things to do while in Johannesburg! I loved it!