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Lions Park, Johannesburg what is new?

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What’s new in Lions Park In Johannesburg?We went to Lions Park on Sunday. We live nearby, and we couldn’t help noticing some changes happened after unfortunate accident with American tourist.First-people are more careful; more people prefer going with a tour guide in a special vehicle. And really this is more fun. Your have a tour guide, he gives you interesting information, meet people, socialize.Second-I don’t know if it is a time of the year or just a coincidence, we saw less people than usually in Lions Park.Our tour guide showed us the lioness, responsible for attack on a tourist.On the first picture on the left she is looking at you.It is difficult to figure out what triggered lionesses’s behavior. As far as I was able to see, quite few people in the past open windows to make a better shot. May be just wrong place, wrong time. May be the American tourist used a flash and lioness thought it was a weapon. But it is good that people are more careful now.Our tour guide told us anoth…
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Subscribe in a readerOne Sunday in Maboneng. What is Maboneng? I heard about this place but never been here before. They say it is a new buzzing area in a heart of Johannesburg. The meaning of the word “Maboneng” is from Sotho- “place of light”. Maboneng precinct is not so big, just couple of streets. What I like here that you can park your car and walk around. Historically, not so long ago this area was decaying. One of property developers Jonathan Liebmann discovered it and thought of a possibility to regenerate one of the central areas of Johannesburg and create a place to promote arts and culture. He teamed up with an architect Enrico Daffonchio and they created Arts on Main in 1990’s.Arts on Main is situated in 5 connected warehouses and combines some of the best SA galleries and artists: Goodman Gallery, Seippel Gallery and also studios of artists like William Kentridge, Michael Subotzky and Kim Lieberman. I was very surprised to know that Nirox Foundation is also found it’s home …

Would you like to try different type of holidays? Try Horse safari!

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Subscribe in a reader Never knew that I am actually staying in a wonderful place. Not so far away from me is Hartbeespoort Dam and everything what comes with this place: endless possibilities to explore South African nature and wild life. Surprisingly I did not read too much about it in blogs. People just don’t do horse riding anymore?And it never occurred to me I can’t ride on a horse, I never did. Never in my life.That thought, however, came later when I saw my horse and was invited to climb on it. Well, good for me, there were no other people, and the program in Groot Verlange Driving Academy was able to foresee the situation like that. Yes, they cater for complete beginners. Interesting enough, when I googled places for horse riding I found Groot Verlange in Hartbeespoort and other place La WiiDA in Hennopsriver Valley, also not far from Hartbeespoort Dam area. Both cater for beginners. Both have game reserve adjacent to their stables. I started from Groot Verlange and was not disa…

Johannesburg- Interesting Facts.

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Subscribe in a reader 1. Among all the oldest cities in the world-e.g. Damascus, Jerusalem (inhabited from 2800BC) Athens, Beirut, Plovdiv- Johannesburg is a baby. Johannesburg was established in October 1886, which makes it 130 years old. It started as a city built from tents and now it is a modern city with skyscrapers.2. 50storey Carlton Centre building is the tallest skyscraper in the African Continent.3. 40% of gold was found in Johannesburg. Because of this fact the other name of Johannesburg is “Egoli”, the City of Gold.4. There are 20 000 millionaires in Johannesburg.5. Population in Johannesburg is about 10,5 millions people consist of Black Africans -76.4%; colored 5.6%; White 12.3%; Indian/Asian 4.9%. From other nationalities there are Brits. Americans, Argentinians, Italian, Greek, German Portuguese, Polish, Russian, Ukrainian and,of course, people from different African countries (Zimbabweans, Zambians, DRC, Mali and many more). Johannesburg is biggest Jewish city from al…

The Best Kept Secret in Johannesburg, part II.

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Subscribe in a readerIn Johannesburg everyone is going somewhere. That is because of the busy nature of this city. Everyone is going either to work or heading for a breakdown or recovering from broken promises, or falling in love again. Proves that nothing stays the same. Do you think Johannesburg is like any other city with its tall buildings, a lot of transport, plenty of shops and restaurants, and banks, and all the fuss and stress? Think again! It is never too late to take a holiday. You can go fishing (if you particularly dislike physical activity), or go to a game reserve (if you like photo safari), or to dine in a very nice place, where you can enjoy beautiful view. I decided to go to a game reserve, just 30 minutes away from my place, also in Kromdraai. Rhino&Lion game reserve is not very well known, however not far away from Johannesburg. It is also paired with Wonder Cave. It is amazing how much can change when you are not so far away from city! Just one hour away from…