A few months back myself and a group of influencers to visit Johannesburg, South Africa by KLM and South Africa Tourism Board.
We flew as guests of KLM from the UK via their hub at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, with an onward connection to Johannesburg. KLM return flights from London Heathrow start from just £420 per person, though with KLM you can fly from 17 airports across the UK to reach Amsterdam and their worldwide network.
I was a little skeptical as I had heard a few stories about how South Africa in the past but then I also heard great things about South Africa and I had to find out for myself.
I landed in Johannesburg after 10 hours of flying KLM which was pretty smooth, we headed to our 1st hotel which was roughly half an hour from the main airport. I remember getting to my room that night not knowing what to expect so grabbed some rooibos tea then I went to sleep. little did I know, this was going to be a memorable journey that I will never forget.
For the 1st part of our trip we stayed at the Southern Sun Sandton Hotel in Hyde Park which I had trouble saying in my vlog for some reason, a bit of a tongue twister. This hotel is from the Tsogo Sun Group and now one of my top 5 favourites. If you ever make it to Southern Sun you will not be disappointed as this hotel has the best all round service from the rooms to the breakfast and the staff.
Our 2nd hotel, the Protea Hotel Fire & Ice , Johannesburg – Melrose Arch was also amazing. It stood out amongst others for its unique decor but again the rooms, staff and service were great too.
Our trip began with an introduction to the city. We took a tour into downtown Joburg, The (City Of Gold. Home Of Icons) tour with Bogani Mathebula where we looked at street art, graffiti statutes and landmarks. We also learnt few things about the history of Joburg.
We spent most of our evenings at SAFW watching shows, going to parties and meeting South African influencers. After the shows we usually had dinner scheduled in some of Johannesburg’s finest restaurants such as Moyo, Pata Pata, Wombles (Steakhouse) and more.
My favourite districts around the city were Maboneng, Melville and Braamfontein.
These districts in my opinion had the most character with vibrant streets filled with street art with quirky shops, cafe’s and restaurants.
My most memorable moments were spent meeting the people of Soweto (Township) and visiting the Apartheid Museum which is acknowledged as the pre-eminent museum in the world dealing with 20th century South Africa, at the heart of which is the apartheid story.
Two places where I discovered the history of Johannesburg and South Africa. Both left many feeling emotionally empowered.
Overall I would recommend visiting Johannesburg as I can say my experience was truly life changing.
Watch my Vlog for a closer look into my trip to Johannesburg above, I will be adding content weekly.