Back in Johannesburg

We hadn’t planned on coming back to ‘Jozi’, but when our plans to spend time in Botswana changed, we decided to come back here then head east to Lesotho. This time we’re staying in the ‘leafy northern suburbs’, rather than in trendy downtown. We booked a cottage on Airbnb and it’s been lovely. Our host lives in the main house on the same property, which you can see here. She originally owned the house next door and subdivided the block a few years ago. Her current property used to be the tennis court of her old house.

Seems like that’s a common thing to do around here – driving around we noticed a lot of house numbers with ‘a’ or ‘b’, next to the original house number. Security around here is pretty full-on.┬áThese must originally have been enormous blocks – the place we’re staying at is huge!

We haven’t really done much in Jozi this time, we’re really just using it as a rest stop – we went to Sandton City Shopping Centre yesterday to resupply and have lunch. They claim it’s the biggest shopping centre in the southern hemisphere and it’s full of up-market shops, mostly clothing stores. We did find a nice place to have lunch – Walnut Grove.

Now we’re heading east. Probably won’t have any internet access in Lesotho, but we’ll let you know what it’s like when we get back to South Africa.

Just for perspective here is the size of Australia versus Africa
Just for perspective here is the size of Australia versus Africa
Narrow high windows on the flat we stayed in that are difficult to climb into
Narrow high windows on the flat we stayed in that are difficult to climb into
One end of the road is blocked off with an electric fence. Next door are two properties both with their own security booths
One end of the road we stayed in is blocked off with an electric fence. Next door are two properties both with their own security offices with security guards.
The other end of the road with a security gate, the only way to get in
The other end of the road with a security gate, the only way to get in
Rocks on the front of the neighboring house making it hard to even get near the front wall
Rocks on the front of the neighboring house making it hard to even get near the front wall

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