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December is the best time of year to turn into a tourist in your own city. Here's our guide to lekker spots to check out while the rest of Joburg is down at the coast. 
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A Dlala Nje Inner-City Tour

The Dlala Nje is an NGO situated at the base of Ponte City. Dlala Nje, a Zulu phrase meaning ‘just play’, has as one of its aims, obliterating the stigma of the inner city which, to many, has become synonymous with prostitution, drug peddling and violent crime. In reality, this is very far from the truth. Dlala Nje conducts immersion tours in Hillbrow, Yeoville and Ponte City, among others, to clear up this misunderstanding. These activities have enabled them to build a community centre for inner-city kids with no place to go. Experience one of their inner-city tours and see the positive side for yourself.

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Bungee Jumping In Soweto

You’re afraid of heights, as we all are, but it’s good therapy to face your fears. How about bungee jumping between two decommissioned silos in Orlando, Soweto? It’s safe, it’s fun and you learn so much about yourself once you let go and take that leap of faith.

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Nod Off In Braamies

We recently partied it up in Braamfontein after dark and like responsible adults, traded the drive home for a stay at The Bannister Hotel on De Beer Street. We highly recommend you check out this ‘cool kid’ hotel in the heart of Joburg’s sneaker capital. The Bannister Hotel rocks with great food, including sushi, and a popular bar serving craft beer, cocktails and an interesting selection of spirits. The stay is comfy and the staff stellar, to say the least.

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Take A Trip To Mexico… Without Leaving Joburg

With two venues in Joburg, La Rosa Mexican Grille and Tequileria is shooting up the Mexican cuisine ladder like Speedy Gonzales. If you’re looking for an authentic tequila experience then La Rosa is the place for you. Skip the salt and lime – it’s wrong anyway – and drink your shots straight, chased with a non-alcoholic sangrita (which means ‘little blood’ and is made up of tomato juice, orange juice and lime juice, plus something spicy). La Rosa prides itself on having an extensive tequila list, and their mission is to divide fact from fiction about tequila. For instance, the agave is not a cactus but related to the lily family – who would have guessed? By the way, La Rosa also serves excellent Mexican fare to line the stomach.

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Get Lost In Sandton

Yup. We went there. And you too can get lost in Sandton. Do some people watching on Nelson Mandela Square while you sip a cocktail, be a mall rat, hang out at one of the trendy bars like Skye Bar on the ninth floor of the Holiday Inn, go clubbing at Taboo and snap some pics for Instagram. Explore Sandton like never before and rub shoulders with Joburg’s A-listers. The best time to do this is early December when Joburg turns into a ghost town unless of course, you want to get lost in peace and quiet. Sandton is a beautiful space regardless of when you go, thanks to the many architectural masterpieces that make up its skeleton.

By Shawn Greyling

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