Kong Club Rosebank, Johannesburg, South Africa
Everything comes alive in South Africa at night. My first experience clubbing in Africa occurred at the KONG nightclub in Johannesburg. This club was just like any night club you would go to in the States with a mixture of African and American hip hop (mostly American). I loved clubbing in South Africa simply because I like to watch the locals dance. South African’s dance in a way that I have never seen before. It’s as if their body is driven by the beats and they do what naturally comes to them. I’m obsessed!
Moyo Melrose Arch
Shop 5, The High Street, Melrose Arch, Johannesburg, 2076
We also went to a really cool restaurant named Moyo which stands for “Heart” in Swahili. Moyo is located in Melrose Arch. The food is mouth-watering good. The dessert table was oozing with sweets, from cupcakes to chocolate fountains and the entertainment was excellent. There are live bands that serenade you as you eat and encourage you to get on the dance floor. To top off the experience, the waitresses come around, while you’re waiting for your meal, for an authentic tribal face painting experience.
20 Kruger St, Johannesburg, 2094, South Africa
Living Room was one of those things on my itinerary that I did not get to do while in South Africa. Usually, I don’t write about things that I did not experience for myself, but this seems like such a cool spot in one of the hip Maboneg districts, and I don’t want to keep this discovery to myself.
My friend Jessica and I met up with some amazing ladies from the South Africa Glitch Gate group that I mentioned in a previous post. We had dinner at The Carnivore Restaurant in Misty Hills Country Hotel in Johannesburg. The drive was about an hour-long but the experience was worth it. Our taxi was about 460 Rand round trip, which was the equivalent of $29.00 USD.
- Taxi’s in South Africa: Uber’s are cheaper than regular taxis in South Africa. Due to the WiFi situation out there, it wasn’t always easy for me to catch an Uber, but the cost was almost half the price of what your average taxi would cost. My taxi reference in the above paragraph is the quote for a regular taxi. However, when I started using Uber, I was paying about 3.00 USD at some point for my cab rides.
The Carnivore is a family-style restaurant that allows you to try the meat of different animals including Zebra, Crocodile, Antelope, and Deer just to name a few. The meal commences with a soup or honey bread and proceeds to the main course which is a salad, baked potato, and meat! If you’re wondering, the zebra kind of taste like beef, the crocodile tasted like a chewy chicken, the antelope, I had it mixed in rice, it sort of resembled paella. Eating deer was just too weird for me. Up until that trip, I’ve never encountered zebras or antelopes but I see deer’s running past me on the highway all the time. In spite of this, I tried the deer meatballs. Dessert was a simple scoop of vanilla ice cream. The waiters were friendly and brought around the meat on a stick. They were dressed in striped aprons and sun hats. They really blessed us with hospitality.
I really loved the vibe of this restaurant. Upon entering, you have to walk through a long corridor filled with historical biographies of very important figures in South African history ranging from Shaka Zulu to Nelson Mandela. The bios are accompanied by oversized bronze statues representing these men and women. As you progress into the restaurant you’ll notice it’s adorned with South African artifacts and keepsakes in glassed window cases.
After dinner, all the waiters took pictures with us, and waited patiently until we were ready to leave. It was the perfect meal to welcome us to South Africa and the ladies we had dinner with were awesome!