Budget Travel Ideas in Johannesburg

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South Africa is a relatively cheap destination for those coming from the West, with great food, accommodation and experiences available for very competitive prices. Thus, Johannesburg Budget Travel is a viable option for travelers of all types and all tastes. Whether you want to go out on the town or enjoy some beautiful sights, you can rely on all these experiences not breaking the bank. It's possible to spend only $25 a day traveling in Johannesburg, as long as you don't mind staying in low-end hotels and hostels (where self-catering might have to be a necessity) and you are content to use public transport, which is usually well-organized and a good value.

Going Out on a Budget

If you want to have cheap eats, drinks or watch some rugby or cricket on TV, your best bet is to head to the village of Parkhurst in the northern part of the city. Johannesburg budget travel isn't complete unless you've had a few beers and a nice traditional South African meal in one of the cheap pubs like the Jolly Roger.

Sightseeing on a Shoestring

Fortunately, many of the city's cultural attractions are available for comparatively low prices. The leading landmarks, such as Constitution Hill and the new and extremely fascinating Museum Africa, will set you back just a few dollars while boosting your education and knowledge about South Africa.

Fun Excursions

Many travelers use Johannesburg as a base for taking trips to other places of interest. It's cheap and easy enough to hire a taxi or take a bus to the township of Soweto, scene of many struggles and riots during the apartheid era. Alternatively, for just a few dollars more, you can visit Old Reef City, which was once part of one of the country's leading gold mines. Here you will learn about more than just gold as you ride the themed attractions, watch African tribal dance shows, and travel around on an original steam train.

Where To Stay

With the 2010 World Cup looming, the question that many tourists have about Johannesburg budget travel is: "What accommodations have the best value?" You could do worse than the spacious new Mbizi Backpackers Lodge, which is situated only 15 minutes away from downtown Jo'burg and Tambo Airport. Its entertainment aspects include gorgeous gardens and a pool table, and it has a kitchen and barbecue set available for those who wish to self-cater. Its rates begin at only US $20, which is an incredible bargain.

March 30, 2010 new by revjugular

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