There is so much on the go this weekend in the city of Jozi, and…
If you’re anything like me, you limit yourself to a few favourite spots (hello, Neighbourgoods Market!) in Joburg throughout the year. But here’s the thing: there are so many things to do and see in the City of Gold other than ‘the usuals’ and December is the perfect time to explore!
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Go on a hot air balloon safari
If you’re going to go on a hot air balloon safari, do it in style at sunrise when the silence of flight is punctuated only by the fain call of a bird beneath you or the occasional blast of the powerful burners – what a thrill! Taking a hot air balloon ride with Bill Harrop’s Original Balloon Safaris over the Magaliesburg is one of the coolest tourism experiences in this area and is well worth the price of R2000 to R2500 per person.
011 705 3201
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Visit Little Addis to shop, eat and drink
Little Addis, also known as Little Ethiopia, is Joburg’s Ethiopian district. Situated in a frenetic and fascinating neighbourhood, the buildings house all things Ethiopian – clothing and souvenir shops, coffee houses, restaurants, music kiosks, barbers and much more. For lunch, make a beeline for Netsi’s on the top floor of the Haile Selassie building and pile your plate high with injera – a moreish sourdough-risen flatbread – and other authentic foods. Another tantalising option is Bersufakad Restaurant, where a platter for two only costs R55.
Rahima Moosa Street (previously Jeppe Street), between Troye and Delvers Streets, Johannesburg City Centre
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Do yoga in the botanical gardens
If you’re planning on chilling out this December, this one’s for you. Yoga in the Park runs on Sunday mornings at 9h00 above the fragrant and ever so beautiful rose garden close to the white monument in the Emmarentia Botanical Gardens. Expect 90 minutes of slow and delicious Vinyasa Flow that’s suitable for all levels (beginner yogis included). Plus, at only R80 per person, this is a yoga class that won’t burn a hole in your pocket.
Olifants Rd, Emmarentia
072 835 2525
Spend some time in nature
The landscapes of Hennopps Hiking Trail are enough to get your soul-stirring – think easy-going grassland strolls and lush riverside gorges, to rocky plateaus and giant aloes the size of small trees. A short 45-minute drive from Sandton, there are two main hiking trails as well as a shorter one that’s suitable for kids with plenty of
scenery to take in plus a swimming pool to splash in post-hike. The cost is R60 per person.
082 825 9205
Candice, the Editor of Hello Joburg Magazine, is a coffee-drinking, fashion-obsessed lover of anything and everything lifestyle related. She’s also a self-confessed foodie, champagne enthusiast and devoted bargain hunter.