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10 Hour Layover At JNB  
User currently offlineEltomzo From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2009, 67 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 4433 times:

Hey,

I have 10 hours to kill at JNB, during daylight hours mainly...is there anything I can do to pass the time? I hear the city can be a dangerous place but there must be some nice areas? After 7 hours I can get into a lounge, but still - 7 hours is still too long to do nothing!!


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User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3005 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (3 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 4400 times:

If you rent a car for the day there's plenty to see and do- from £22 for the day. Soccer City stadium, Gold Reef City theme park, Apartheid Museum. Visit to Pretoria for Union Buildings, zoo, Voortrekker Monument. If you prefer the train, the current line goes only to Sandton, where there are shops, Nelson Mandela Square. From July the 2nd Gautrain line opens connecting Johannesburg central, Sandton to Pretoria.

Hope this helps!

signol



Flights booked: none :(
User currently onlinetravelavnut From Netherlands, joined May 2010, 1612 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (3 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 4392 times:

Quoting Eltomzo (Thread starter):
I hear the city can be a dangerous place

It's not as bad as some people say, just avoid the city centre (Hillbrow). Although I wouldn't venture to far from the airport, driving there for the first time can get a bit confusing and it's a BIG city.



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User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3005 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (3 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 4380 times:

Quoting signol (Reply 1):
From July the 2nd Gautrain line opens connecting Johannesburg central, Sandton to Pretoria.

I meant, the 2nd line opens in July.
www.gautrain.co.za

There are plenty of nice areas, especially in the northern suburbs, but are difficult to get to/around without a car. Whilst the Gautrain is fine, using the Metrorail trains is best avoided.

signol



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User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8453 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (3 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 4359 times:
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Quoting signol (Reply 1):
If you rent a car for the day

Not a good idea. We drive on the same side of the road as the UK but's that where the similarity ends.

Quoting signol (Reply 1):
Soccer City stadium, Gold Reef City theme park, Apartheid Museum. Visit to Pretoria for Union Buildings, zoo, Voortrekker Monument.

LOL he only has 10 hours!

Quoting travelavnut (Reply 2):
just avoid the city centre (Hillbrow).

Hillbrow is not the city centre.

Typically, I have no idea of short time things to do in my own city but I am sure that you can get some ideas here:

http://www.sa-venues.com/travel/gauteng/daytrips.php



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User currently offlineEltomzo From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2009, 67 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 years 2 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 4325 times:

Thanks for the advice...it seems this is a complex place to spend a short amount of time. My layover has been trimmed to 7 hours now so I guess I'll just stay in the airport, go to the lounge and watch TV or something.
Cheers



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User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8453 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (3 years 2 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 4309 times:
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Quoting Eltomzo (Reply 5):

You will get tired of that fast. Take the Gautrain to Sandton, it is a 15 minute train ride, there is a huge mall there, Nelson Mandela Square has nice restaurants, all very safe and a short ride from the airport.



After Monday and Tuesday even the calendar says WTF...
User currently offlineAirstud From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2667 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (3 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 4280 times:

I have heard that the Voortrekker Monument has come down with a case of serious disrepairicus.

Not too much of a stretch to suppose the ANC government does not have preservation of Afrikaner heritage as one of its priorities...   



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User currently offlinewarren747sp From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 1163 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (3 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 4261 times:

There is a very good transit hotel in the airport without the need to go thru immigration. I would take a rest there then move on!


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