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T R A V E L Urban - Johannesburg

Johannesburg Expect the unexpected in Johannesburg - Joburg or Jozi as many locals call this surprisingly vibrant and beautiful city is making a comeback in a big way. Did you know that Joburg has over six million trees within its city limits? Barclay’s Bank, BMW, General Electric and Cisco Systems are some of the major international brands investing in South Africa’s future. The suburb of Sandton has become the financial capital for southern Africa as well as the shopping and entertainment hub. With over 70 coffee houses ranging from rustic cafés to trendy espresso bars, the coffee culture is huge in Jozi. You can easily spend the better part of a day strolling along the main street of Parkhurst’s upscale private label boutiques. Where to Stay Morrells Boutique Estate is the perfect place to begin a holiday in Joburg. Guests can unwind and shake off the jetlag with a therapeutic massage at the spa or relax by the pool while getting acclimated to the time change. Dine en plein air in an atmosphere reminiscent of the French countryside or indoors by the roaring fire surrounded by antiques and animal skins in winter. Charm oozes out of every nook and cranny in the former 1800’s dairy farmhouse accommodations and a gentle spirit is present in the stately Manor House’s seven suites across the street. Four Seasons Johannesburg http://www.fourseasons.com/johannesburg/ has invested its first footprint in southern Africa with its location in the ultra chic Westcliff area. During the last two days of a three-week journey, we were pampered at the Westcliff Spa with a relaxing lymph draining tri-touch massage, worked out in the fitness center to stretch our backs and prepare for the long flights ahead, and dined outdoors on the multi level terrace with gorgeous views of the Johannesburg Zoo. We dined at Flame (famous for its brick oven pizzas and grilled meats) and at the View (contemporary cuisine). Both restaurants served great South African wines and killer cocktails thanks to award winning barmen Warren and Takunda who have each created their own signature concoctions that taste as great as they look. Sipping a colorful Esther’s Touch or Summer Splash by the pool as the bright red African sun sets over the Westcliff hills is the perfect way to toast the end of an amazing expedition to Africa. What to Do Explore Johannesburg’s heritage. Soweto, the birthplace of the Apartheid Movement, has become a major tourist attraction with the addition of the emotionally moving Nelson Mandela Museum. Pop up markets and festive restaurants with live music have been growing to meet the demand of tourism. Learn the journey to democracy at Lilliesleaf, an award-winning heritage site. Located in the suburb of Rivonia, this 50 Upscale Living Magazine |

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living museum is dedicated to preserving and maintaining conversations about a free and equal South Africa. 44 Stanley Sandton - a collection of food, fashion, furniture, health, beauty showrooms, specialty shops, coffee houses and restaurants. http://44Stanley. co.za Amatuli - source, collect, and trade furniture, rare artifacts, interior objects http://www.amatuli.co.za Parkhurst - top shopping and dining destination on 4th avenue with European sidewalk cafes. http://www.southafrica.net/za/en/articles/entry/ article-southafrica.net-parkhurst-johannesburg Rosebank Mall – large variety of stylish stores, restaurants, coffee bars, a cinema and craft markets. http://www.rosebankmall.co.za/about-rosebank-

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