Back to South Africa!

Well it has been a while on South Africa. Many times we hear of far away places that we would like to visit one day; South Africa was one of them for me. I did not go into the famous safaris but did mostly city dwelling trips and even took public transportation; that is fine with me as cities are it with a beach even better.

I had the opportunity to visit the country twice lately, once in 2012 and then again in 2015, and both times proved to be an experience ,even catching up with friends from my previous life in travel forum VT. The memories will be kept until next time.

Sandton

My previous blog posts on South Africa are here for reference

Sandton and East London

A revisit to South AFrica

I like for my sake and your interests to recall a bit of the places I have been not including those on far away from these cities for which I have no pictures.

East London is a city on the southeast coast of South Africa in the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality of the Eastern Cape Province. Still as far as tourism it is known as Buffalo City. The city lies on the Indian Ocean coast, largely between the Buffalo River and the Nahoon River , and hosts the country’s only river port.

East London

John Bailie, one of the 1820 settlers , surveyed the Buffalo river mouth and founded the town in 1836, a memorial is on Signal Hill commemorating the event. The city formed around the only river port in South Africa and was originally known as Port Rex. This settlement on the West Bank was the nucleus of the town of East London, which was elevated to city status in 1914. The existing port, in the mouth of the Buffalo River, adjoining the Indian Ocean, began operating in 1870. The unusual double-decker bridge over the Buffalo River was completed in 1935 and to this day, is the only bridge of its type in South Africa.

Things to do here with time which I did not see

The East London Zoo; East London Museum, Inkwenkzezi Private Game Reserve, and the Mpongo Private Game Reserve.

The tourist office for this area of Buffalo City (East London) is here: Tourist office of Buffalo city

Moving on to Sandton, this is basically a chic suburb of Johannesburg. Sandton is an affluent area situated in the Johannesburg Municipality, Gauteng province. The name comes from the combination of two of its suburbs , Sandown and Bryanston.

Sandton

I am told that Zandfontein, Driefontein  is the name in Afrikaans and Dutch for Three Springs/Fountains and Rietfontein is Afrikaans and Dutch for Reed Spring or Fountain of Reeds; both encumbered what was to become Sandton. After the demise of Apartheid, Sandton initially formed part of the interim Eastern Metropolitan Substructure, and in 1996 came to be included, along with the former towns of Randburg and Roodepoort as part of the newly demarcated  City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality thus losing its separate municipal government and town status. Despite this, Sandton is still unofficially earmarked as a distinct region of the city and operates as a macro-suburb.

Sandton is home to the Sandton Convention Center , one of the largest convention centers  in Africa. The Sandton Central commercial node, centred on the suburbs of Sandown and Sandhurst has some of the best and most expensive commercial properties and offices in South Africa.

Sandtoncity, ranks among the largest shopping centers in Africa with all to do for a day, more on it here: Sandton city shopping center

Sandton houses the flagship station of the Gautrain (taken and easy nice convenient) rapid rail link. The station is located on the corner of West Street and Rivonia Road. The system has direct connections to OR Tambo International Airport and an inter-city commuter service from Pretoria through Rosebank to Park Station Johannesburg. More on the transit network here:  Gautrain rapid transist network

Sandton

A webpage with a bit more information on chic Sandton is here: Sandton Central

The South African tourist board : Tourist office of South Africa

There you go a nice experience in exotic South Africa. A wonderful experience and new friends, looking forward for a repeat.

And remember, happy travels , good health, and many cheers to all!!

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