Gay Johannesburg – Breakaway Backpacker

Author: , December 1st, 2017

Gay Johannesburg

If you’re an experienced traveler, then you understand the thrill of visiting new countries and experiencing different cultures. When that wanderlust strikes, you get the irresistible urge pack your bags and wander wherever the wind takes you. One destination that might pique your interest is Johannesburg, South Africa, where there is no shortage of culture and scenery.

Colloquially referred to by South Africans as “Jo’burg” or “Jozi,” this is a city with a rich history, and anthropologists have even discovered prehistoric sites here. Today, this South African city has many modern suburbs and business districts, with many areas completely revamped with improved public transportation and infrastructure after South Africa was selected to host the 2010 World Cup. Ranked the third largest city in Africa, this bustling city derives much of its prosperity from gold and diamond mining. Although English is most widely spoken, the country has 11 national languages, including Afrikaans, Zulu, and Xhosa.

Johannesburg has good weather all year long, averaging about 78 degrees, because of its high elevation. However, it’s better to go in winter, May through August, then summer, October through March. Winter has an abundance of sunshine in winter, with mild weather during the day, although it does get cold at nights. Summer is less favorable because it’s the rainy season. Frequent afternoon rainstorms will limit your chances of enjoying a safari or roaming around the streets sightseeing.

Johannesburg’s Attractions

Here is a short list of things to do and places to see:

There are many recreational things to do, from restaurants to theaters, and from museums to safaris. When it comes to shopping for traditional crafts, you may want to visit Market on Main on Sunday, which is only open from 10 am to 3 pm. It’s a creative space for local makers to trade with visitors over the weekend.

By Jaime Davila – Full Story at Breakaway Backpacker

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Featured Gay Accommodations: Graton Guest House, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

Author: , March 23rd, 2015

Graton Guest House

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Whether visiting for business or pleasure owner-hosts Tony & Graham will ensure that you experience 5-star hospitality at their perfectly-situated Jozi oasis. Minutes from motorways, shopping centres, gyms, or walk to a variety of restaurants.

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Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in Gauteng

Get Yourself to Johannesburg

Author: , January 18th, 2014

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In South Africa, Johannesburg is frequently treated as a stopover on the way to Cape Town or a safari. But don’t be fooled: Joburg is more than just a hub. With an influx of creative, passionate South Africans and expats – not to mention accessible public transportation – Johannesburg is revitalizing itself after the decades of segregation caused by apartheid. Here’s how you can see it for yourself – at the right cost, at the right time.

As a city in transition, Johannesburg currently allows you to experience the energy of a major destination that’s figuring itself out – before it hits its full global stride. Enclaves like Maboneng, Newtown, Braamfontein, Melville, and 44 Stanley all have their own distinct vibes, with boutique shops, one-off restaurants, and welcoming cafes. The township of Soweto (the one-time home of Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu) is another option for adventures you wouldn’t find north of the Equator, including their famous shebeen alternative pubs. Shopaholics can head directly to Sandton City for high-end stores – and a photo opp with a nearly 20-foot-tall statue of Nelson Mandela.

Another reason to visit now is the favorable exchange rate for U.S. travelers. Recent headlines like “Rand Weaker vs. Dollar” will tell you that $1 USD gets you about 10 South African Rand. While prices might be higher than in other parts of Africa, you’ll also find better travel infrastructure than you would in other parts of the continent. And you’ll certainly pay less than you would in North America for similar services. For example, a ticket to the Apartheid Museum runs you 65 Rand ($6) and a meal at an inexpensive restaurant could run you between 60 and 100 Rand ($5.50 and $9).

Authored By Roni Weiss – See the Full Story at Sherman’s Travel

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Gauteng’s Club Babylon

Author: , April 29th, 2013

Club Babylon GautengWhat are gay clubs like in other parts of the world? LustralBoy reports from South Africa:

Editor at Large, Ludwig, hit the dancefloors at Baylon and ETC, camera in hand, to capture the weekend energy and unbridled fun of these two establishments. Babylon, named after Club Babylon from legendary gay drama, “Queer as Folk”, has, in its three year life, become a local institution. Neither hidden away nor tucked discreetly in the corner of a dingy alley, Babylon proclaims its pride without inhibition.

Sounds like fun… maybe it’s time to plan a trip to South Africa…

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Johannesburg Rising Again

Author: , December 29th, 2011

Johannesburg dates its beginnings to the discovery of gold in 1886. Its downtown, where skyscrapers tower over deep mines, was abandoned by business in recent decades, and squatters turned the office towers into high-rise slums. But now, as the city celebrates its 125th birthday, creative South Africans are seeing gold in warehouses and cheap office space, and they’re revitalizing neighborhoods with galleries, museums, shops, studios, clubs and restaurants.

When Fiona Rankin-Smith was making plans to renovate an office building to house a major new museum, she thought she’d be building a lonely outpost for art in gritty central Johannesburg. But nine years and 38 million rand (about $4.7 million) later, as she prepared to move nearly 10,000 African paintings, sculpture and other pieces out of storage and into the sleek new Wits Art Museum, she finds South Africa’s economic hub is returning to its roots.

“There’s this whole groundswell,” said Rankin-Smith, the Wits’ curator, as she surveyed the lively street scene on downtown’s west side from her building’s glass walls.

Full Story from Edge Boston

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