A free day in Johannesburg

Kevin Peacocke

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Feb 10, 2018
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Presuming you had a day free in Johannesburg and wanted to do something different and interesting, here is an itinerary that may suit: we are talking a whole day and an evening.

After checking into a hotel near the airport and depositing your guns, take an uber to the first stop being Melville and Moon in Kramerville, a 20 minute ride from ORT. This is where @rookhawk 's campaign furniture came from and Patricia will make you an excellent coffee whilst you admire all the old sepia photographs of the bye-gone era that their range is modelled upon. A great place to pick up some top quality canvas and leather bags, cartridge cases, and of course a pith helmet!

Pop right next door to Amatuli, an emporium of African art and sculptures, rugs, and curios from all over the continent. It is all housed in an old tin-roofed factory from the time that Kramerville was an industrial site a hundred years ago. Around the back is an antique collection, like a mini museum cum bar from the old Palace Theatre.

Out front and adjoining Amatuli is Razor Charlie's pub restaurant, a sort of Cuban-Mexican infusion, and our stop for lunch. They do great tacos and a very good margatita, and always some Latino music in the background. In winter they have a fire burning and that hearth-side table is worth waiting for.

Next up is another 20 minute uber ride to Safari and Outdoor, Johannesburg's largest gun store. What is special here is the ambiance of the place, lots of good animal mounts to set the tone. You will find all sorts here, the imported stuff is obviously common to everywhere and probably a lesser selection than back home, but you will also find South African products like hats and clothing. They also carry a fair selection of Courteney boots. The tent display has since disappeared, but it was iconic and may well come back.

En route to dinner, and probably 15 minutes by uber is a treat for the lady accompanying you, Ardmore in Hyde Park. Ardmore do quirky African fabrics and ceramics, each piece hand made and signed, and therefore pricey. You can get little things too like place mats, cushion covers, etc.

Finally we head into the heart of the city to the old historic Rand Club from Johannesburg's grand age of the turn of the last century. Beautiful paintings and decor set the mood for cocktails followed by a fine dinner. You will need to be smartly attired, jacket and tie stuff. Since the club also offers good accommodation you may choose to spend the night rather than navigate all the way back to the airport hotel.

I hope you enjoyed the tour, better than sitting in a hotel fighting jet lag!
Sounds like a great day trip!
I'm considering adding a day to my trip in July and this may well be how I spend it.
This is great! I always leave feeling like I haven't seen enough. This will be my guide next time through. My wife would love the Cheetah teapot!

Sorry, the last picture should have been this one.
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I love this photo. I look at these a lot. Such a great memory.
Thanks so much @Kevin Peacocke this sounds wonderful. I will keep it in mind if I get stuck there.
40 minutes from Joburg and we could have a braai at my home, just saying if you get hungry for meat on open fire.

Kevin, great initnerary and sightseeing.
My wife saw the thread, Kevin, I think this post has cost me some money.

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