Useful snippets from our guests for fellow travellers

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Jozi, the city we love to hate has woken up and embraced spring and the warmer weather with a frenetic splurge of events: art exhibitions and studio open days; film festivals; screenings of Met operas, international exhibitions and National [British] Theatre plays; heritage walks; sketching workshops; stunning ballets performed by the Joburg ballet company and […]

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Tripadvisor: Problems with their faulty “false positives” filter as well as their “best value” search button

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Genuine positive reviews are blocked by TripAdvisor Guests who stayed in July (our wonderful locum Nicole was standing in for me while I was away), sent this email about their stay.   The review mentioned above was never published by Tripadvisor.  This is another example of where genuine positive reviews are withheld by TripAdvisor with no […]

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Jewel City, Maboneng

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Diamonds and Dust: Johannesburg Heritage Tour     At last … breaking free from 2 years of on-line tours of Jozi’s heritage. In early February I joined a live walking tour of Jewel City and Maboneng with Dave Gurney and Alkis Doukakis of the Johannesburg Heritage Foundation.  We met at the Hallmark Hotel with its impressive […]

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Being a tourist in my own city: Part III

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While Parts I and II of Being a Tourist in my Own City spoke about the tours that are on regular offer, the tours here either only happen annually or are once offs.  Hopefully the weekend of #JoziWalks will happen again this winter.  #JoziWalks sponsored by the the JDA (the Johannesburg Development Agency)   This is […]

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Underground tunnels in Central Jozi

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Jeppe Street Post Office 1935 While writing my last post on Art Deco in Johannebsurg, I came across photos in my archive of the Jeppe Street Post Office. Three years ago Laurice Taitz of Johannebsurg In Your Pocket together with JDA and Africa Housing Company [AFCHO] arranged a tour of this 1935 Public Works building.   […]

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Birding at Zaagkuilsdrift and KgomoKgomo: an easy 2 hour drive from Joburg

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Liz at Lancaster is a bird friendly establishment  Liz at Lancaster is recognized by BirdLife South Africa as a birding friendly establishment and we have hosted several members of Birdlife SA and arranged tours for international birders.  I’m a very amateurish birder, tending to glaze over when it comes to warblers, pippits, larks and cisticolas ((but […]

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