The Melbourne Rebels visit Madikwe Game Reserve

In every major country there is at least one place with the reputation of a having a celebrity hot-spot. In South Africa’s North West Province, bordering Botswana, Madikwe Game Reserve has established this title. This little bit of heaven in a very special land has welcomed guests such as Michelle Obama, Beyoncé and Jay-Z.

It is no surprise that many A-listers love visiting Africa… If you ever need to rejuvenate mind, body and soul, there is no better place to find restorative qualities than Africa’s great outdoors.

Iconic Africa was thrilled to have welcomed the Melbourne Rebels rugby team on safari this past week. They spent three magical days and much deserved down-time at Madikwe Game Reserve. The team had the exclusive use of Madikwe Safari Lodge and spent some time at Jaci’s Camp as well where they received some of the best hospitality in the industry.

Madikwe Safari Lodge offers three charming camps with 20 sumptuous suites in total. Perfect for large groups, this malaria-free camp offers specialised rangers, privacy and indulgent luxury. Higher up in the mountain, you will find awe-inspiring panoramas at Dithaba camp. Be prepared to see all the wonders of Africa at this reserve with family, partners and friends.

Here are some amazing photographs from the Melbourne Rebel’s time in the bush that will show you just how much fun they had.

 

Introducing King Lewanika – Zambia

King Lewanika Camp is situated in the Liuwa Plain area, one of the earliest protected expanses in Africa. Liuwa Plain was first preserved in 1880 by the head of the Lozi people, King Lewanika. His efforts kept the plains unspoilt and exclusive with rare game and a rich natural heritage. Here, on these rolling grasslands, the annual floodwaters promise a congregation of wild beauty whose rhythm imitates that of the royal drums.

The legend of the Liuwa Plain region

Liuwa Plain holds a collection of wonderful stories – our favourite being the legend of Mambeti – in loving memory of the famed lioness, Lady Liuwa. Mambeti was of the Lozi people who lived, died and was buried near to King Lewanika camp. The legend suggests that she was reincarnated into Lady Liuwa, the matriarch of Liuwa’s lion pride. The local people believe that this is why the lioness was so friendly to people and spent so much time in the same woodlands once frequented by the elderly Mambeti.

The King Lewanika Villas

If you’re looking for a safari destination that will keep your mobile off and eyes glued to the grassland out ahead – King Lewanika is the perfect place! This is the ultimate luxury safari with 5 villas and 1 family suite with two bedrooms and bathrooms. King Lewanika is the only luxury camp in the entire National Park, ensuring guests have the exclusive use of it. With only 14 guests at any given time, you will feel as if you have Africa all to yourself.

King Lewanika boasts a modern, luxurious design while maintaining its safari authenticity with natural materials, canvas walls, outdoor showers, and elevated decks overlooking the plains. The interior décor offers a sensual appeal with leather finishes, touches of cotton, canvas and natural textiles to complete the design. The villas create an uninterrupted, effortless flow into the vast landscape ahead, allowing guests to experience nature’s beauty in a meaningful way – a constant and natural extension of the villas. The design and décor carries the golden hue of the plains, contrasting against the masculine vintage leather accents and polished metal. Guests can spend afternoons taking in panoramic views or lounge on their private veranda watching birds splash in the lagoon. And as you fall asleep at night, listen for the calls of whooping hyenas in the distance. *All minors accompanying guests must be older than age 5.

Unrivalled wildlife sightings

Often described as the photographers dream, the region offers spectacular photographic opportunities. Along with award-winning guides and intimate safari excursions, King Lewanika and the Liuwa Plain offers unrivalled access to incredible wildlife, bird-sightings and wildflower blooms that you will see on any day and night game drives, walking safaris, or bird watching. However, the real magic of Liuwa Plain is the 30 000 – 40 000 wildebeest seen in the area from June when they start their migration from the area around camp to the north of the National Park.  Liuwa Plain is home to Africa’s second biggest wildebeest migration, a growing cheetah population, zebra, lechwe and the famed Lady Liuwa lion pride. And for the avid birders, there are often congregations of up to 330 species of rare birds, or for a more serendipitous memory, look out for clans of up to 50 hyenas interacting at their den.

Experience the true essence of African adventure

The unrivalled combination of land and water not only makes for exceptional game viewing and photography, but allows for perhaps the most exciting aspect of safari – the sheer variety of activities on offer. Zambia offers a variety of land and river-based experiences that few other destinations can offer. This wistful region is famous for its seasonal canoeing safaris, boating trips and catch-and-release fishing. Or for those seeking to stay on land, try a scenic helicopter flight, gourmet picnic, or book a high tea.

Day & Night Drives

There’s nothing to compare an encounter with African wildlife during both day and night drives to. King Lewanika’s excellent guides provide a plenty of knowledge to enrich the experience and the abundance of rare wildlife ensures incomparable sightings.

Fishing

King Lewanika is strictly catch-and-release to preserve all breeds of fish. All equipment is provided, and fishing is suitable for beginners and serious fisherman. Fishing is good year-round, but peaks in October and November during the breeding season.

Boating

A river safari offers a fresh perspective on the breath-taking scenery and wildlife, from predators along the river bank to the diverse birdlife.

Walking Safaris

Become part of the landscape rather than a mere spectator and explore the untamed beauty of the region with our experienced guides at your side.

Canoeing Safaris

Book a canoeing safari to witness the wildlife congregate along the river – a peaceful yet exhilarating experience. Enjoy the abundant wilderness and game viewing while quietly passing through the reeds. Float metres away from big and small game on the river’s edge – a memory you won’t ever to forget!

Sleep-out

If you’re visiting in July or October, you must experience a sleep-out under the stars with only the night-sky and roaming wildlife for company. Experience the thrill of early explorers while camping out.

Getting there:

King Lewanika is a short 15 minute helicopter transfer from Kalabo Airport in the Western Province of Zambia.

Why King Lewanika?

Liuwa Plain is one of the earliest game reserves in Africa.

King Lewanika is Zambia’s most exclusive camp

It is the only permanent camp in the national park

Guests will find incredible opportunities for wildlife and landscape photography

When To Go?

King Lewanika is operational from 20 October to 14 July.

Meet the Team – Julia Fryer

At Iconic Africa, we live our passions every day… not only by making sure that clients get the best possible luxury African safari experience but by exploring the continent continuously for ourselves. Aspiring to be masters of our trade, our travel consultants share a love for travel, Africa and safari! We then use this love and knowledge to create unforgettable journeys for you.

Whether you’re looking to diversify business travel, plan a romantic honeymoon or experience a once-in-a-lifetime family getaway to a fairy-tale land, our wonderful team will work together to plan and execute to meet your exact needs.

Meet our wonderful director and sales consultant, Julia Fryer. Julia’s family has lived in Africa since 1840 and is deeply passionate about the bush, the outdoors and wildlife. She currently lives in Nairobi, Kenya amongst the warthogs and giraffes. Julia is thrilled to be bringing the world to Africa and for travellers to experience our unparalleled wildlife, landscapes, stunning beaches and most importantly African smiles and hospitality.

Julia Fryer Team Image Iconic Africa

Julia’s favourite safari destination – the Phinda Reserve is of sentimental significance… as her family once lived there and thus it holds a special place in her heart.  Having been a horse-safari-guide living in the Mara for extended periods, this comes a close second as she believes that one will battle to ever experience the genuine, wild bush experiences like you do in East Africa.

Julia’s Favourite Tour: Julia’s Magical East African Adventure

Julia’s Favourite Camps

Angama Mara

Andbeyond Mnemba Island Lodge

Singita Faru Faru

Pictures from Julia’s recent travels:

World’s Best Custom Luxury Safari Operator 2019 – LUXlife Travel & Tourism Awards

Iconic Africa is thrilled to have been awarded the Best Custom Luxury Safari Operator by LUXlife Magazine – one of AI Global Media’s most popular standalone publications.

We are humbled and excited by this recognition, especially in an industry buzzing with remarkable safari tour operators. We’d like to extend a big thank you to the LUXlife team for all the hard work that goes into these prestigious awards.

The LUXlife Magazine Travel & Tourism Awards’ objective is to reveal the business and enterprises responsible for making travellers’ dream holidays and vacations come to life. They hail the key players, contributing to one of the fastest growing sectors, by revealing their dedication and hard work.

We are proud of our team’s consistent commitment and of how much we’ve grown and achieved in the last 4 years. Travel trends are ever-changing, but a classic safari never goes out of style. And when it comes to planning a luxury trip of a lifetime, we cater for all of your safari needs.

Full Press Release below:

LUXlife Magazine Announces The Winners of the 2019 LUX Travel & Tourism Awards

United Kingdom, 2019- LUXlife magazine announces the winners of the 2019 LUX Travel & Tourism Awards.

Like the yearly contributions the travel & tourism industry has on global economy and employment, LUXlife Magazine returns once again to reveal the business and enterprises responsible for making our dream holidays and vacations come to life, in the 2019 LUX Travel & Tourism Awards.

Steve Simpson, Awards Coordinator, comments: “These awards cover all markets from travel agencies to food and beverages services; those manage accommodations, provide transportation, entertainment and tours (and everything in between) to hail the key players, contributing to one of the fastest growing sectors, by revealing their dedication and hard work. I am proud to congratulate my winners and offer them my best wishes for the future.”

To find out more about these prestigious awards, and the dedicated establishments that have been selected for them, please visit http://www.lux-review.com/where you can view our winners supplement and full winners list.

About LUXlife

Published quarterly, LUXlife informs readers on all aspects of high-end lifestyle, including the finest, food and drink, hotels and resorts, health and beauty, automotive, jewellery, art and technology from around the world.

 

Meet the Team – John Holley

Iconic Africa has teams based in South Africa, Kenya and in the USA! We are African-born travel experts and are always thrilled to prepare and guide our clients before and during their dream luxury African escape. We have a profound love for Africa, its wildlife and its people and our goal is to share this love with you!

Our wonderfully diverse team is committed to providing you with a full service and exceptional travel experiences to groups, couples and families. Whether you’re ticking off your bucket-list, planning a romantic getaway or gathering with old friends, our dedicated team will the perfect partner for all your travel needs.

But before we can do that, here’s just a little introduction to our dream team. Meet our director,  John Holley.

John Holley grew up in Africa. His fervour for conservation and travel was ignited by a childhood spent travelling to the continent’s wilderness hotspots. As a student John spent every minute he could in the wild. Most of his youth was spent travelling and working as a horse safari guide in Kenya. He began his professional career by completing his chartered accountancy for global financial services firm KPMG. Eventually, however, John’s passion for travel and the call of the African wilderness lead him to Londolozi where he worked as a game ranger for two years. It was on one epic Londolozi safari that John drove Terri and her family and, through their mutual love and knowledge of Africa, they conceptualised Iconic Africa.

John’s Favourite Tour:

Singita Safari Splendour

John’s Favourite Camps:

Londolozi

Singita Castleton

AndBeyond Mnemba Island Lodge

Here are a few of John’s awesome pictures from his most recent trips to the bush.

Meet the Team – Terri Abadi

Iconic Africa is lovingly built, run and maintained by a passionate team of safari and travel experts whose goal is to make luxury travel more human, more extraordinary and more tailor-made, just for you! With decades of combined experience, the team will make sure you have an unforgettable time in Africa.

We would like to introduce you to Terri Abadi, Director at Iconic Africa.

Terri is based in Atlanta, Georgia and founded Iconic Africa in 2013. The company is a labour of love designed to entice global travellers to African destinations that have inspired her over a lifetime of travel to this great continent. Terri’s uncontainable enthusiasm for Africa – her wildlife, her people and her wild spaces – borders on obsessive and this passion runs in the veins of the Iconic Africa team. Terri’s favourite way to spend the summer months is on safari with her husband and four children and she has been going to Londolozi for more than 20 years, she even got engaged there! She has personally visited every destination that Iconic Africa recommends and used this extensive luxury travel experience to mould Iconic Africa into one of the leading bespoke travel agencies for exclusive, luxury and adventurous African safaris and expeditions.

Terri’s Favourite Tour: Africa’s Luxury Safari Classic

Terri’s Favourite Camps: Pioneer Camp, Angama Maraand Singita Castleton

Terri is also a talented photographer. Here are a few pics from her most recent trips to the bush.

 

 

Our 2019 Africa Reading List

Of course the possibility of spending your 15+ hour journey to one of Africa’s most attractive destinations catching up on missed television shows and blockbuster movies seems intriguing – but you also suddenly have the time to read one of those books that’s been on your reading list for months.

And if you haven’t even had the time to start a reading list, we’ll help you find your next great read. Whether you get it off Amazon, buy it on the airport or download it to your kindle, you’ll be prepared for when that screen decides not to work!

Perhaps Mary JO Manzanares’ recent Travel Reading List can inspire the same love and curiosity for the world that she found through books. Here are our favourite reading prompts from her list that can be interpreted in any way you wish. Let it open your mind and enlighten your next journey or perhaps get you in the safari mind-set.

A book published in 2019

A best seller from 2018

A book with a destination in the title

A book set in a destination you want to visit

A book that inspires you to travel

A book on the New York Times Best Seller List

A book with a one-word title

A book that won a literary award

A book set on the continent of Africa

We have chosen our top five classic titles that have come out of Africa. Enhance your next safari with a novel set in your destination – whether it’s a fiction or a true story, set in the past or present. We hope this will encourage you to explore new authors, voices and genres as you travel through unchartered territories, try new cuisines and experience different cultures.

Love, Life, and Elephants 

By Dame Daphne Sheldrick

Dame Daphne Sheldrick’s memoir explores her efforts and dedication to preserving Kenya’s wildlife. The late Dame was known as the “first person to successfully raise new-born elephants”.

I Married Adventure 

By Osa Johnson

In this classic, American couple Osa and Martin Johnson are adventurous filmmakers who recount their journey through Africa in the early 1900’s.

Dark Star safaris

By Paul Theroux

Paul Theroux’s inspiring novel takes us on his overland journey from Cairo to Cape Town only using public transport such as trains, buses, mokoro’s as well as planes, cars and armed convoy. Get to know Africa as well as Paul Theroux through his eyes and discover how the continent had changed.

The Number 1 Ladies detective agency

By Alexander McCall Smith

Precious Ramotswe is Botswana’s first female detective. This enjoyable read novel is the first of seven in The No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series and will surely put a smile on your face.

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I Dreamed of Africa

By Kuki Gallmann

This powerful story introduces the reader to the Italian writer, Kuki Gallmann who had a life-long love and fascination with Africa – starting in her childhood. Visit Kuki in Kenya where at the age of 25, she and her future husband established an expansive farmstead. Let her describe Africa’s beauty to you and journey with her as she navigates 90,000 acres of land, pregnant and alone after the tragic loss of her husband.

Happy reading and blissful travels. Let us know which of these was your favourite read!

Africa’s Greatest Water Attractions

Africa, sometimes referred to as the mother continent, has an abundance of beautiful water bodies. Whether you’re interested in canoeing, swimming, fishing, cruising on a boat or simply capturing extraordinary photographs – there’s a river, lake or ocean waiting for you! Our water attractions are home to over 500 fish species; contributes to fertile land that sustains croplands; and witnesses wildlife spectacles such as the Great Migration and survival of the fittest. Here are our top 9 African water attractions, from freshwater and man-made lakes to African Great Lakes to majestic cascades:

The Mara River, found in the Mara Region in Kenya and Tanzania, cuts across the migration path of big game in the Masai Mara/Serengeti Game Reserve. The river sees the cycle of life and death and has become one of Africa’s most perilous sites during the Great Migration. One of Earth’s most spectacular wildlife events culminates at this very river.

Victoria Falls is a cascade of water in Southern Africa. This world-renowned waterfall lies on the Zambezi River at the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. First known as Mosi-oa-Tunya which means “The Smoke that Thunders”, the falls is 1 708 meters wide, and is the largest in the world.

Lake Kariba is the world’s largest fresh water, man-made lake and reservoir. It lies 1,300 kilometres upstream from the Indian Ocean, along the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. Lake Kariba spread over the Zambezi River valley and is a special place of incredible beauty for all nature and photography lovers.

The Okavango Delta is an expansive inland river delta in northern Botswana. One of Africa’s last remaining great wildlife habitats that provide refuge to huge concentrations of game, this water body is a maze of sparkling lagoons and meandering channels. Explore the Okavango Deltaby mokoro, on foot or on game drive; or navigate past hippos, elephants and crocodiles in a dugout canoe.

The Zambezi is the fourth-longest river and the longest east-flowing river in Africa and the largest flowing into the Indian Ocean from Africa. Known as Southern Africa’s “River of Life”, it drains seven countries and supports millions of people who make use of its fisheries, forests, water, and rich floodplain soils.

Lake Victoria is one of the African Great Lakes, named after Queen Victoria. It’s so large it extends significantly into Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya. Among the freshwater lakes of the world, it is only exceeded by Lake Superior in North America.

Lake Turkana is situated in the Kenyan Rift Valley, in northern Kenya. It is the world’s largest permanent desert and alkaline lake.

The Olifants Riveris one of Southern Africa’s most important catchments – its water irrigates farming in western Mpumalanga and is a source of electrical power.

The Sabie River in South Africa forms part of the Komati River System and is one of the most biologically diverse rivers in South Africa.

 

Magical Mana Pools

Here are a few of our favourite videos from our team’s recent visit to the wonder that is Mana Pools.

Mana Pools National Park is in the far north of Zimbabwe. It includes the south bank and islands of the Zambezi River, which forms the border with Zambia. The park is known for it’s incredible wildlife… and the exquisite river and vast flood plains. It is on every safari-lovers bucket-list as it is remote, it’s teeming with animals, the scenery is exquisite, sunsets breath-taking… need we say more – it really is Africa at it’s best. Have a look at some of the videos below and let us know what you think?

Cheers to the end of another week… Until tomorrow’s sunset

Reaching for a mid afternoon snack

Another tough day in Africa…

Check out these mischievous eles

What a place for an afternoon nap

Munch munch munch… grabbing a bite for lunch!

SAVE 40% on our Black Friday Family Safari Special

BREAKING NEWS: More prices slashed!

SAVE 40% with our Black Friday Family Safari Special and experience an once-in-a-lifetime luxury Africa family vacation with this unforgettable 9 day tour including Cape Town and Madikwe Game Reserve.

For FULL ITINERARY and PRICE click HERE.

Valid for booking only from 08h00 on Friday 23 November through to 23h00 on Monday 26 November.

ENQUIRE NOW or call us: United States +1 888 345 3443 or South Africa: +27 82 411 5776

Availability is limited so contact us as soon as possible so we can make your African safari dream come true.

Black Friday Family Safari Special

4 Nights – More Quarters Hotel, Cape Town

Spend your first 4 nights at thenestled in the shadows of spectacular Lion’s Head mountain. This beautiful home-away-from-home is ideal for families and couples seeking privacy and the romance of the Cape.

4 Nights – Madikwe Safari Lodge, Madikwe Game Reserve

You’ll then be chartered and transferred to Madikwe Game Reserve for 4 nights. This extravagant lodge is spread between two picturesque and boulder strewn hills.

Includes:

Meet and greet at Cape Town Airport and transfer to More Quarters Hotel.

4 night’s accommodation at More Quarters Hotel in a 2 Bedroom Apartment on a bed and breakfast basis.

Road transfer from More Quarters Hotel to Cape Town Airport.

Scheduled flight from Cape Town Airport to O.R. Tambo Airport.

Scheduled flight from O.R. Tambo Airport to Madikwe Game Reserve.

Return 4×4 game drive vehicle transfers between Madikwe Airstrip and Madikwe Safari Lodge.

4 night’s accommodation at Madikwe Safari Lodge in a Family Suite on a fully inclusive basis.

Scheduled flight from Madikwe Game Reserve to O.R. Tambo Airport, Johannesburg.

Excludes:

International flights (into Cape Town and out of Johannesburg).

Travel insurance.

Items of a personal nature.

Gratuities.

Terms & Conditions

Valid for bookings made from 08h00 – 23 November through to23h00 – 26 November SA time.

After hours contacts from 17h00 until 23h00 on Friday and Monday.

Valid for travel between 04 January and 30 April 2019. Further discounts apply for travel between 01 and 31 May 2019.

This deal is subject to currency fluctuations and seat and accommodation availability at time of booking. Tour length can be reduced if required, subject to T&C’s.  For other Black Friday tours, look here.

Hurry and book now!

 

 

8 Best Travel Apps

Good bye to handwritten planning and paper maps! With the latest technology and apps, you can research, plan and save all your travel ideas, to-do lists, bookings and directions all in one place – on your mobile phone! And while we encourage travellers embarking on an African safari to have a technology-free vacation… planning and travelling has never been this hassle-free. Travellers can now explore the world virtually at the press of a button to look for flights, accommodation and now even to identify spoor, animals and flora.


We have compiled a list of our favourite apps for iOS and Android that help you find all your travel-related solutions such as what to pack and compiling a travel schedule. Scroll down and say goodbye to all the stress and challenges this African safari:

1. Pack Point
Tell the app where and when you are travelling and it will help you to pack! Pack Point will compile a list of things you will most likely need. You will never forget something behind again.

BARAZA Zanzibar Beach Safari
2. Duolingo
Duolingo is a language app that’s available for free. This app will help you to learn language basics or polish your grammar and vocabulary in a fun way. Available for both Android and iOS.


3. TripIt
This free travel itinerary app helps you see your entire trip in one place. Simply forward all your booking confirmation emails to the app which then collects all the details. The information about your trip will be available offline. Say goodbye to paper itineraries and lost bookings.

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4. Africa: Live
Africa: Live is the winner of the best travel app in Africa competition. Share your real-time wildlife sightings on live maps and find animals, as you can see what wildlife sightings have been recorded in the past 24 hours by other safari goers and professional wildlife guides. Available for both Android and iOS.


5. ParkSpotter Africa
If you’re planning on visiting the Kruger National Park, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Addo National Park, Table Mountain National Park in South Africa and Etosha National Park in Namibia, ParkSpotter Africa is a useful app guide. It has all the park contact details, gate opening times, accommodation options, lists of waterholes and points of interest and hiking routes. There’s also detailed information and an identifying tool on all the flora and fauna you can find in the parks. track your trip, save it and share your wildlife sightings on social media. Available for iOS.


6. iTrack Southern Africa
This brand-new app has track information for 50 southern African mammals so you can work out who made those pawprints. Available for iOS.


7. Sasol eBirds of Southern Africa
This app helps you identify tweets, birds and where they can be found. With images, descriptions and recorded bird calls of nearly a thousand birds and maps of where they’re found in Southern Africa, this bird guide will help even the beginner bird watcher. Available for Android and iOS.


8. Star Walk
Have you ever looked, amazed at the scattered diamonds across the black velvet sky but not know what you’re actually looking at? All you need to do is point your phone up at the sky and the app will map out constellations and point out stars, planets and satellites. Available for Android and iOS.
These simple-to-download and easy-to-use apps have become extremely valuable. Technology has changed the way we travel, making these apps a great addition to your safari experience.

If there’s anything at all we can do to help you with planning and prepping for your African adventure please do let us know. 

Perfecting your Johannesburg Layover

There’s nothing worse than getting off a 15 hour flight and having to spend another 12 hours at Africa’s busiest airport. Because O.R Tambo International Airport is not as close to the city centre as we would like it to be – and with peak time traffic setting people back by a couple of hours, staying at the airport can sometimes be your best bet. But even with the many duty-free shops, restaurants and lounges, it can be cumbersome when you need to occupy yourself for half a day. But long layovers make managing your time easier and allow you to explore a city you wouldn’t have otherwise.

Walking Safaris Iconic Africa Zebras

Make sure you consider the time it will take to get through passport control, collect your luggage and check in again; and set aside at least an hour travel time from and to the airport. Before planning your layover itinerary, look at what time you land. Consider the time and distance as certain activities will be closed and tours will not operate after dark. Whether you’re in the City of Gold for the day or staying over at one of the airport hotels, here are our top suggestions to do on a layover in Johannesburg:

The airport is situated approximately 25 kilometres from the city centre. Don’t get too excited… Johannesburg is known for its congested traffic and these 25 kilometers can sometimes take up to 2 hours by car. The quickest way to get to the CBD is with the Gautrain – getting you to Sandton within 20 minutes. The travel card is available for purchase and can be topped up at the airport and stations.

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Emperor’s Palace

A stone’s throw away from the airport is Emperor’s Palace Casino and Entertainment Resort – home to the “Codesa Walk”.  Whether you’re travelling solo and need some pampering or with small children, Emperor’s Palace has something for everyone. Relax and have a sit-down meal, play some Russian roulette or try not to have more fun than the kids in the entertainment area. This wonderland has some retail therapy options for the ladies, a live theatre and a cinema.

Sandton

Take the Gautrain to Sandton – one of the most upmarket areas in Johannesburg with some of the most exquisite hotels. Enjoy a meal at Mandela Square and stroll around the Sandton City Mall.

The Carlton Centre
Gather panoramic views of Johannesburg from the fiftieth floor in Africa’s tallest building – The Carlton Centre at an astounding 202 meters high. The Centre also has a hotel, cinemas and Johannesburg’s biggest shopping centre.

Soweto Tour

If you have the day at leisure, book a tour through Soweto, the South Arica’s most popular township. Soweto is home to more than one million people, which once included Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. You will get to see the Hector Pietersen Memorial and the Kliptown Open Air Museum.

Lion Park

There’s no better time than layover time to get up close and personal with some big cats. Visit the Lion Park about 45 minutes away by car. You can pet the cubs also see ostriches, zebras and giraffes.

Constitution Hill

Catch the Gautrain to Park Station in Braamfontein from where you can walk to Constitution Hill. Here rests the South African Constitutional Court, an old military fort Women’s Jail and the prison where Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela and many others were held.

Gold Reef City

Depending on the time of day, you can take a 40 minute drive east and visit Gold Reef City. This is the ultimate fun town suitable for both adults and children. Right next door is the Apartheid Museum which is also worth a visit!

Regardless of all O.R Tambo has to offer, why hang around an airport when you can see the beauty of Johannesburg!