Yes it’s great to fly in to the Kruger, and convenient, but what about a self-drive too?
On arrival at O.R Tambo International Airport in Gauteng, better known overseas as Johannesburg, or even upon departure from your safari en route home, there is an incredible amount of things to experience in the area. We can also arrange transfers for you should you wish to sit back and enjoy the amazing South African views.
Johannesburg is packed with a myriad of things to do and see from great shopping to fine restaurants and historical sightseeing opportunities too such as –
A tour of Mandela’s old home at 8115 Vilakazi Street in Soweto. The street is also famous for being the only one in the world to house two Nobel Peace Prize laureates – Madiba and Desmond Tutu. You can also do bike tours in the area and dine at some great places serving traditional cuisine.
Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton City is a hive of activity with great restaurants and incredible shopping too! There is an abundance of markets in the city offering arts, crafts, clothing and fresh produce. The Neighbourgoods Market in Braamfontein is very popular due to its rooftop views of the city.
Melville is considered the bohemian area and popular for its bars and restaurants and even art. If you are looking for super trendy cocktail bars then head over to Melrose Arch.
Theatre life is very popular in Johannesburg with many local and international productions staged on a regular basis. Visit the Soweto Theatre, Market Theatre of Teatro at MonteCasino Hotel.
If you’re looking for something totally unique and extreme, why not bungee off the Orlando Cooling Towers?
Something you will not find anywhere else in the world, is the Cradle of Humankind, an easy drive out of the city to Sterkfontein. Here you will find a collection of incredible fossil sites, the birthplace of humankind! You cannot fail to be amazed as they take you on an authentic history tour from the beginning of time.
So once you’ve hit the road from Joburg, or returning to the city, here are some of our suggestions, should you have time.
The town of Barberton was established in 1884 when gold was discovered and people flocked from far and wide. Enjoy gold panning tours, Mining Tours into Bray’s Golden Quarry where Edwin Bray struck gold, guided heritage walks to learn more about the phenomenal history of this town and don’t forget the unique flora and geology unique to this area.
No trip would be complete without a visit to Millys Country Stall in Machadodorp. Here you will find trout products, freshly baked bread and rusks from their bakery and a wide selection of curios and gifts.
The Family Market at Halls Gateway to the Lowveld, on the N4 is another local must do. It is home to a number of stalls and shops and a perfect spot for picnics. The Family Market is perfect for organic goods as well as art and craft projects from the community. Perfect to pick up a gift to take home.
The Lowveld National Botanical Garden cannot be missed. The garden is shaped due to the Crocodile and Nels Rivers crossing the land. But before they do, they form spectacular waterfalls which can be seen from the Cascades and the Nels viewpoints. The Garden’s history dates back to prehistoric times, even though it was established in the 20th century. Hominids once roamed the area and carved stone tools have been found in the Garden. Rock paintings can also be found in the area proving that game was plentiful. The best time to visit is in spring and early summer.
Driving from Johannesburg directly takes around 5 hours to the Malelane Gate of the Kruger National Park and a further 45 minutes to Jock Safari Lodge itself. Remember to check on the official website of Kruger National Park for park opening and closing times and proof of identification must be shown upon entry.