A local’s guide to Johannesburg, South Africa

I’ve been asked by http://www.worldreviewer.com/ to do a Q&A on JHB, so here goes!

Where’s your home town, and what’s the main reason people visit?
I was born in Port Elizabeth, but I now live in Johannesburg (JHB). Most people visit JHB for business. The majority of international flights depart from the airport in JHB, so people also spend a few days here before or after their holiday elsewhere in South Africa.

What’s the main reason you think people SHOULD be visiting?
Contrary to popular belief, JHB is not just a concrete jungle. We have beautiful surrounding areas like Magaliesberg and Hartbeespoort dam, both only a 45 min drive away from the city. In these areas one can hike, go to animal sanctuarys, do adventure sports like quad biking, or just relax.
In JHB, we have some of the best restaurants in the country. We also have lots of quaint artistic areas where you can browse boutique shops.

If you had to recommend to the friend of a friend one unmissable thing to do in your home town what would it be?
Go visit Soweto and take a tour that passes through Nelson Mandela’s home. This will show you what South Africa is REALLY like.

If they had a whole day in town what would you recommend they do?
Take a drive out to Hartbeespoort dam. Go to Ukutula Lion Park and walk with lions as well as play with cubs. Go to the monkey sanctuary, where you can interact with monkeys in a “no cage” environment. Take a boat cruise on the dam.

What if they had three days?
Take a drive to Pilanesburg (2 hours away) and go on a few game drives, where you will be able to see the big 5.

What will you never catch a local doing?
Driving with their window down talking on their cell phone (it will most likely get stolen)

What WILL you catch a local doing?
Watching soccer or rugby while having a braai (barbeque)

And what local delicacies would visitors be fools not to try while they’re there?
Home grown South African beef!

In 140 characters, how would you sum up your home town as a great destination?
In JHB, you have the best of both worlds. A city that never sleeps and is always buzzing, and stunning nature that is easily accessible!