What to do with only 24 hours in Johannesburg


There are so many things to do in Johannesburg that 24 hours could do it no justice. I crave adventure and what many people don't know is that Johannesburg has many gems to get your adrenaline running.

Since I live in Sandton, I fuel up for my adventure-filled day at Seattle Coffee at The Marc. Their coffee is strong, just how I like it and their always consistent with quality coffee!

With an Americano in hand, I head south to Orlando Towers in Soweto. These towers are a prominent landmark in Johannesburg. This decommissioned coal-fired power station is now the perfect place for bungee jumping.

Fun fact: both of the towers are painted -- one of them is used as an advertising billboard and the other contains the largest mural painting in all of South Africa! It's definitely a must-see if you only have 24-hours in Jozi.

All of that adventure has worked up an appetite so I then head to Vuyo's on Vilikazi Street in Soweto. I love this restaurant because it mixes traditional South African dishes with a modern flair. My favourite dish to order is the Kasinyama -- you could never go wrong with a braai t-bone steak! If I'm in the mood to treat myself, I'll have their malva pudding for dessert.

I'm all fueled up and my next adventure awaits. Next, I head to Melville Koppies for hiking. Melville Koppies Nature Reserve is one of Johannesburg's many hidden gems and it's located in the middle of the city! Fun fact: the geology at this nature reserve dates back to 3 billion years! I hiked here and spent the evening watching an epic sunset. During my hike, I saw indigenous vegetation and was sure to capture it all through photos!

For dinner, I head to Mootee Bar in Melville. This is one of my favourite spots in Melville because of the decor, amazing cocktails and overall vibe. Experience a taste of Durban in Joburg and order the Bunny Chow at Mootee Bar -- it's sure to satisfy!

After a fun-filled day in Jozi, I'm ready to hit the sack. Tomorrow is a new day for exploration and adventure!

Lebo Lukewarm
International Photographer

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