Things to do in Jozi with the family this New Year’s Eve

Want to celebrate with the family over New Year and don’t know what to do?  There are a couple of different options:

Jozi Carnival   The 2011 theme of the annual Joburg Carnival is Jozi my Jozi 125 celebrating the anniversary of the city’s existence.  It will take place on 31 December from 12pm and leaves from Kotze Street, moving across Nelson Mandela Bridge to Newtown.  

Laser show at Carnival City   On 31st go along to Carnival City at 7 pm where their annual fireworks display will be replaced by a more animal-friendly but equally spectacular laser light show.  The show is free. Carnival City is situated on the intersection of the N17 toll road Snake Road (Heidelberg Road or R23) and Elsburg Road (R554) Johannesburg, South Africa

Nutcracker on Ice at Monte Casino   There are still tickets for Pieter Toerien’s  presentation of the  Imperial Ice stars in The Nutcracker on Ice at Monte Casino at 7.30 pm.

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Some more things to do in the Joburg Parks region: Visit the Brenthurst Gardens

In the new year I am going to ensure that I make a visit to the Brenthurst Gardens.  Guests staying here at Liz at Lancaster joined a tour and were completely enthralled.  Brenthurst, built in 1906 and the home of the Oppenheimer family since 1922,  is the only one the Randlords mansions on the Parktown Ridge that has survived with its setting intact. Set behind just below the M1 Highway, the property (accessed through Federation Rd off Oxford Rd) stretches for 45 acres from Federation Rd to the south-west border of Killarney. Tended by 45 gardeners, the gardens includes a rose garden, indigenous planting and a Japanese garden designed by a Japanese team who come out from Japan at least twice a year.  Several amazing scultpures are set in this extraordinary oasis literally metres away from the frenetic M1 Highway.   There are tours everyday starting at 10 am by appointment only.  All proceeds go to charity. Phone 011 646 4122

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A new guide book on Gauteng

Sean Fraser who has written several travel and guide books, has just published one which covers Johannesburg, Soweto, Pretoria and surrounds. I have not seen it yet so am looking forward to browsing through it.  I still think that Nechama Brodie’s book on Johannesburg : The Joburg Book published in 2008, is excellent. For more on Fraser’s  Gauteng A-Z ,  see :

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