Last month I went to Johannesburg, South Africa to celebrate my cousin’s 30th birthday.
We went to Pilanesberg National Park and we paid $170. The van picked us up at 5:30am or 6:30 am to drive about three hours to Pilanesberg National Park. We toured the safari for three hours then eat lunch which is part of your tour package and then toured the safari for another three or so hours. After lunch we saw the animals up close, elephants giraffes, zebras and other wildlife walked right in front of our jeep. We booked via Viator and the tour company was MoAfrika Tours.
We took a private tour that was set-up through our hotel. We went to the apartheid museum, the Orlando Towers where we bungee jumped then hit up Vilakazi Street in Soweto. There are a lot of street vendors, restaurants as well as Mandela’s House on Vilakazi Street. We went Carlton Centre aka top of Africa which I believe is the tallest building in Africa, the view from the top is amazing. The tour guide took us to area that was really poor, not as bad as you see in the late night tv commercials but it was really sad to see people living in that consideration. Johannesburg is much like the United States to me, one neighborhood a gated community the next are shacks. We also went to the Maboneng percent area, Fox Street to be exact. There are shops, street vendors, restaurants and cool street art. It’s very hip and weekends are pack with people.
This was an amazing trip and I would definitely recommend visiting, and there was much culture there. I checked my DNA results but I don’t have any South African roots but I did meet my cousin’s first cousin who is South African so that was pretty cool.
Check out that little video I made from my trip.