Night Out in Johannesburg          - 13/ 11/ 2012      <--Prev : Next-->

Bulawayo has some interesting places to visit and some excellent restaurants but nothing quite compares to the restaurant HeeHoo and I went to in Jozi!!

It was the fortieth anniversary of Safripol, one of HeeHoo's suppliers and they went out of their way to say thank you to their hundred or so customers last week

First of all we were bussed to the Glenshiels Manor House in Westcliffe, one of the glorious old Johannesburg homes designed by Sir Herbert Baker during the gold rush in the 1890s.

After a superb "High Tea" which included amongst other delicious things - Moet & Chandon champers, the most exquisite red velvet cake, smoked salmon canapes and of course Earl Grey Tea, we were then moved to the new Wits University Art Museum in Bramfontein just three minutes away from the Nelson Mandela Bridge. It was a feast of delights.

Wits Art Museum is home to an extraordinary collection of African art, including contemporary and historical art from South Africa and art from West and Central Africa. It hosts a dynamic program of events and art exhibitions. The Museum is one of Johannesburg's premier tourist attractions, along with the Apartheid Museum and Constitution Hill. It is part of the Wits University Cultural Precinct, just three blocks from Nelson Mandela Bridge. WAM is in the hip, regenerating area of Braamfontein, which is also home to many students, interesting shops and places to eat.

Finally we ended up at Randlords, twenty two stories up in a building on De Korte Street boasting the most extraordinary view of Johannesburg. It is the ultimate address for exclusive corporate and private events. Randlords is open to the public on select special event days.

This restaurant was indeed something special and apart from brilliant decor and an excellent menu, it boasted very attentive service, and some amazing entertainment in the form of four beautiful young and vivacious women on violins and cello.

Now the reason I am telling you all of this is that the majority of the people I have spoken to had no idea that these outstanding attractions even exist in the centre of one of the most famous cities in all the world.

"No one goes into the centre of Johannesburg" I have heard time and time again, but the good news is that the Johannesburg CBD is now probably one of the safest places in the city !! We walked from the museum back to Randlords just to prove it - so come on Jozi residents, come and see for yourselves.

And thank you so much to Safripol for a brilliant night out, and congratulations on your fortieth anniversary!!