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Johannesburg is a big city, and to see the most in one day, either drive yourself or hire a driver. Considering that even Joburg residents get lost from time to time, the latter will calm your nerves and make for a less hectic day. Begin with a coffee and pastry from the local chain vita e caffè, located in many of the city’s suburbs. Drive over to the Lion Park, where you can view lions, hyenas, zebras and more. As a souvenir, don’t forget to take a photo with a cub or one of the cheetahs that call this place home.
Stop for lunch at Moyo at Melrose Arch — it’s a lively South African spot to dine on authentic food and enjoy the welcoming local hospitality. Try the ox tail and the samosas for something truly delicious. From there move on to the Apartheid Museum. Nothing is more heartbreakingly educational than learning about the historic rise and fall of the South African movement through the films and photographs contained in the museum.
Continue over to The Westcliff Hotel for an afternoon tea that includes sandwiches, scones and pastries, and also take in the view of this sprawling resort. If time allows, head to Constitution Hill to explore the old prison complex. Make a pit stop at your hotel to change your clothes and venture to one of the many restaurants that call Joburg home. Top off the night by dancing to the sound of jazz music.