Eltomzo
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10 Hour Layover At JNB

Tue Jun 21, 2011 9:34 pm

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!!
 
signol
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RE: 10 Hour Layover At JNB

Wed Jun 22, 2011 8:59 am

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!

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RE: 10 Hour Layover At JNB

Wed Jun 22, 2011 9:59 am

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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RE: 10 Hour Layover At JNB

Wed Jun 22, 2011 12:09 pm

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.

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andz
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RE: 10 Hour Layover At JNB

Wed Jun 22, 2011 6:11 pm

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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Eltomzo
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RE: 10 Hour Layover At JNB

Thu Jun 23, 2011 11:48 am

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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RE: 10 Hour Layover At JNB

Thu Jun 23, 2011 6:13 pm

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.
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RE: 10 Hour Layover At JNB

Fri Jun 24, 2011 6:46 am

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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RE: 10 Hour Layover At JNB

Fri Jun 24, 2011 3:10 pm

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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