Johannesburg, South Africa travel tips

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A trip to The Apartheid Museum takes you on a journey through the apartheid age and may even jerk some tears.

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Top of Africa is the tallest building in Africa and offers you a great view of the city.

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The city does not have great signage so be sure to get a map if you decide to rent a car.

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The ATMS do not charge a fee for withdrawals so it's best to use them instead of the banks or currency exchange facilities.

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Metrorail is the easiest and cheapest mode of transportation.

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If you're from America, you need to check if your phone is a GSM phone; if it isn't it won't work here at all. (AT&T and T-Mobile are GSM; Sprint and Verizon are not.)

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It will be cold in the evenings and nights, once the sun goes down, so pack accordingly

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If any health complication arises, go to a private hospital rather than a public as the service is way better.

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If you have to go out at night, do not walk. Call a legitimate taxi company.

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Leave your valuables at the hotel especially if you'll be walking the streets of the city.

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While the crime rate there is high, actual crimes against tourists are very low. Still take the usual precautions however, especially when venturing into unknown territory.

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There a several mid range hotels to choose from that offer a comfortable stay and clean environs.

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If you prefer an upscale hotel stay, your best choice is Radisson Blu Sandton Hotel, Johannesburg.

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One of the few places that offer a nightlife is Fordburg with many Indian restaurants to choose from as well.

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The very popular The Schwarma Co, offers you Mediterranean style cuisine that's really good.

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Get your weekend pumping with great music and food at Gleneagles Road, Greenside.

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Step up your dining experience a notch by visiting 4th Avenue, Parkhurst.

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If you are hunting for a bargain, head to Oriental Plaza where you are allowed to bargain with shop operators.

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If you are interested in African herbs and remedies, Mai Mai is the place to visit.

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Remember to support the local street vendors who sell beautiful hand crafts.

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