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14 July 2017 , 8:42 am

Bleisure Travel – Explore Johannesburg with these insider tips

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Are your clients jetting off to Johannesburg?

The South African City of Gold is an amazing and vibrant city with a multi-cultural cosmopolitan vibe, so make sure you suggest some bleisure add-ons to brighten up their trip.

You’ll find high-end restaurants, relaxed sidewalk cafes, happy shebeens, glitzy casinos and shopping malls featuring the latest fasion trends.

Although most business moved from the city centre to Sandton over the years, the Johannesburg’s Central Business District has undergone a fabulous urban renewal and cultural regeneration programme breathing new life into the city. The Maboneng precinct, a Sotho word meaning ‘place’ of light’, is the place to be for travellers wanting to venture into the cultural heart of the city.

For first-time travellers, a visit to the Apartheid Museum and Constitution Hills is also an absolute must. Learn about South Africa’s tumultuous past before the country embraced democracy. They can also take a leisurely bike ride through the township of Soweto, and stop at Nelson Mandela’s former residence on Vilakazi Street. There is plenty to do and see here, like exploring the street market or stopping for a quick beer at a local brewery.

We’ve asked travel agents in Johannesburg for their insider tips on what your clients should absolutely not miss when in Jozi:

Monica Horn – Harvey World Travel

Which restaurant is your absolute favourite in Johannesburg? 

A meal at Wombles Steakhouse Restaurant & Bar Lounge will take you back to a by-gone era where you are welcomed into an African colonial home with carved, tall backed arm chairs, comfy sofas and tables distinctively dressed with white napery.

Which pub/bar/establishment would you recommend for after-work drinks in Jo’burg? 

Baron on Main is an airy grill-restaurant with leather booths and bare brickwork and offers a stylish, upbeat ambiance.

What would you recommend as a day trip in/from Johannesburg for corporates looking to have a bleisure day? 

World of Beer (http://www.worldofbeer.co.za/) in Newtown is a fun outing for corporates.

Do you have any tips or advice for corporates venturing to Jo’burg?

Be aware at all times, watch for possible cars following you, keep windows up.

Chantal Kliche – Thompsons Travel

Which restaurant is your absolute favourite in Johannesburg?

My absolute favourite is Mon Petit Throbb in Fourways. For a fine dining experience the Marble Restaurant in Rosebank, as well as the popular “Level Four” located in 54 on Bath Hotel.

Which pub/bar/establishment would you recommend for after-work drinks in Jo’burg? 

7th Avenue in Parkhurst has some lovely spots for everyone!

What would you recommend as a day trip in/from Johannesburg for corporates looking to have a bleisure day?

For a day trip, I would suggest a Soweto Tour on the Red Bus with a visit to the Apartheid Museum as well as either the Pilanesberg or Lion Park if clients would like to have a bush experience. The Maboneng Precinct is also a must for the  more hip & happening!

Do you have any tips for corporates venturing to Jo’burg? 

Use the Gautrain. It takes you to the central points of Jozi, saving you time and convenience as well as offering a safe way of transport. For the top three places to stay,  I would recommend The Saxon Hotel  in the Sandhurst area; The Michelangelo Hotel & Da Vinci Hotel & Suites on Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton and finally The Palazzo Montecasino  in Fourways.

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