A memorable moment in South Africa!

Glad to be able to see this older post and updating with pleasure. I had done quite a bit of business with South Africa but never visited from the Americas. Once in Europe, had the opportunity to go five times! Great experiences and this one unique. Let me tell you a bit about a memorable moment in 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 since 2012  to 2017 five times, and each time proved to be an experience ,even catching up with friends from my previous life in travel forum VT. The memories will be kept forever.

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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. Of course, I have other posts on specifics in my blog this one is sort of an introduction.

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.

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

The Buffalo City (East London) tourist office for this area webpage: http://www.bctourism.co.za/

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

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.

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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, I love it here lol! lunch at Wimpy’s!! webpage: https://sandtoncity.com/

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.  This was a pleasant experience on public transports in South Africa!!! The Gautrain transit network webpage: https://www.gautrain.co.za/

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Another area I visited a lot while there was Fourways; this is part of  Sandton. I always travel in country by car or plane to go to East London but the main access routes to Fourways are off the N1 at R511 William Nicol Drive or along R564 Witkoppen Road. There is another huge shopping center mall here that I went for lunches Fourways Mall; webpage: https://fourwaysmall.com/

Another shopping area I was taken was Pinesloppes Shopping Centre which was near where I went , here had lunch at a place no longer existing see my other post. webpage: http://pineslopesboulevard.co.za/

And yet another shopping center I went for lunch was Fourways Crossing Mall where I had the best lunch at Fournos Bakery ,see post. Mall webpage: https://www.fourwayscrossing.co.za/

And a bit more on Sandton official webpage: https://sandtoncentral.co.za/our-history

The South Africa tourist boardhttps://www.southafrica.net/za/en/

There you go folks, 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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