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The Lipizzaners

In 1944 a select few Lipizzaners were rescued from war-torn Austria and brought to South Africa by Count Jankovich-Besan. The stallions at Kyalami are direct descendants of those horses and their predecessors. The Lipizzaner Trust is dedicated to the advancement of this proud cultural heritage and the preservation of this most ancient breed of horse.

The South African Lipizzaners have earned the honour of being the only performing Lipizzaners outside Vienna recognised by and affiliated to the Spanish Riding School and a close association is maintained between the two establishments. Over the years, the South African Lipizzaners have become an integral part of South Africa’s cultural heritage.

Today, the South African Lipizzaners appear on film and television and at various public performances as well as their regular Sunday morning shows.

Visit the Lipizzaner web site here.

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Extreme Adventures in Johannesburg

Thrill Seekers! Welcome to Johannesburg. From the Sandton suburbs there is a vast selection of extreme sporting activities all within 90 minutes drive.

Canopy tours in Magaliesburg

The MAGALIESBERG CANOPY TOUR is a unique eco-adventure that takes clients on a tour down the spectacular Ysterhout Kloof, set in the ancient Magaliesberg Mountains. Eleven platforms have been built against the cliffs and rock faces of the kloof and are joined by long steel cables that clients slide along to reach the next platform.

Tandem Skydiving in Carletonville

A Tandem jump is a one on one skydive where you are “attached”, with a special harness to an instructor, and therefore is the quickest way to experience freefall.

No training necessary, you are simply attached by a special harness to a qualified tandem master (TM). You enjoy the ride the TM does all the work.

Tandem jumping is the easiest way to enjoy this experience of a lifetime.

Bungee Mogale

50 meters of pure adrenaline rush! The bungee jump operates off the Kings Kloof Bridge in Krugersdorp Mogale City. Challenge the limits of the mind and test the edge of fear by leaping off the impressive bridge.

Contact: +27 (0)83 344-1924

Power Swing Across Soweto

Feel the power of gravity now where the power of electricity stood before. Free fall into a town that has arisen. The decommissioned cooling towers in Soweto were originally built for Orlando Power Station, the most sophisticated facility in the Southern Hemisphere in its time. Now the surface of South Africa’s largest mural and site of the world’s first power swing between two cooling towers. Power station turns power swing.

Contact: Towers +27 (0)71 674-4343 or Office +27(0)12 345-5114

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Browns of Rivonia

Once a rambling old farmhouse, Browns is a Johannesburg landmark. Situated in the heart of Rivonia, the restaurant boasts one of the finest wine cellars in the country as well as offering total tranquillity in its private gardens.

The large, though intimate, dining area spills out onto an airy patio that is opened up or closed in depending on the weather.

Browns is also possibly the first South African restaurant to introduce a French Cheese room – adding a unique dimension to your dining experience. Diners choose from over 30 varieties of international cheeses – the ultimate digestif after a great meal.

Whether you are visiting Browns for an intimate dinner, a business lunch, a celebration or to entertain foreign guests, you will discover that service and quality are paramount.

Visit the Brown’s web site here

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Yamato Japanese Restaurant

“Sushi and Sashimi have become everyday words as Japanese cuisine has become more and more popular throughout the world but sushi and sashimi is not the beginning and the end of Japanese food.” Explore our menu to view a wide range of traditional Japanese food.

Opened in 1995 and situated just off Oxford Road in trendy Illovo, the restaurant itself is an elegant expression of the simplicity that underscores much of Japanese culture.

The menu is extensive, with both a set menu and an a-la-carte section offering an amazing variety of delicacies. The a-la-carte menu has some amazing soups, exciting salads and starters with MamaSan’s famous homemade Tofu. The menu uses fresh beef, chicken and pork, and probably the widest variety of fish you will find anywhere, in the making of the Sushi and Sashimi. Of course Tepanyaki is offered, so too is deep fried Tempura and traditional Japanese noodles.

For dessert there are a number of options, an excellent choice being the Green Tea Ice Cream made from traditional Matcha. Naturally Saki is on offer, together with Japanese beer and a fine selection of wines. Please check out our Menu Items page for ideas on what to order when you come visit us. Yamato has to be your first choice if you want to enjoy only the best Japanese food!

Visit Yamato the web site here

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Carnivores Restaurant

The Carnivore restaurant, situated in the grounds of Misty Hills Country Hotel, needs little introduction. Renowned for its positioning statement – “Africa’s Greatest Eating Experience”- it is a cornerstone of the Recreation Africa Group.

In the sixteen years since it first opened thousands of local and international visitors have savoured its unique dining concept.

A franchise of the world-renowned Carnivore restaurant in Nairobi, Kenya, the Carnivore Johannesburg has received many awards, including Best Traditional Restaurant, Best Restaurant to Take Tourists To 2008, Restaurant of the Month and runner-up Restaurant of the Year.

As its popularity has grown, so the seating capacity has been extended to accommodate 500 diners. (Vegetarian and fish dishes also available.)

The Carnivore also has a wine cellar with a superb selection of well-known wines, to compliment their meal. They also house a variety of whisky, brandy, cigars and other alcoholic drinks.

Visit the Carnivore web site here

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There are not that many venues in Johannesburg that offer an all-African dining experience. One of the best is Moyo in Melrose Arch – but be prepared to wait up to a week for a table, as Jo’burg residents and visitors have discovered the restaurant in a big way.

The brainchild of Jason Lurie, Moyo offers customers a touch of Africa from Ethiopia and Tunisia in the north right the way down to Zululand on the south-eastern coast of South Africa. In Lurie’s words: “Moyo is more than just a restaurant.”

Lurie, a large, bustling man, has packed a lot into his 35 years, and combined it all skilfully in his restaurant. He has his finger in many pies, besides qualifying as a development economist: music, crafts, the record industry, and a healthy love of food.

Moyo is a five-storey restaurant that offers customers an entirely indigenous experience, with unique, locally crafted décor on every floor set against pleasing shades of ochre walls, providing wonderful textures. Every level has its own atmosphere and ambience, but there’s lots of copper evident throughout the restaurant: on table tops, shapes in the walls and gorgeous lamps. There’s also lots of mosaic – on table tops, walls and steps.

Visit the Moyo web site here

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The Coca Cola Dome

The Coca-Cola Dome is an event venue located in the north of Johannesburg, South Africa. The seating capacity is 18 000. The Dome opened in 1997.

The previous sponsor of The Dome was MTN (a South African cellular network) and the venue was named MTN Sundome. It is owned by Sasol Pension Fund and currently managed by Thebe Exhibitions (until 2014). The Dome is situated adjacent to Northgate Shopping Centre on the corner of Olievenhout Avenue and Northumberland Road, in the suburb North Riding, a short distance west of the N1/Western Bypass highway. The venue is 45 km from OR Tambo International Airport, 16 km from Lanseria Airport and 20 km from the Sandton business centre.

The Dome has been host to a variety of events such as trade and consumer exhibitions, concerts featuring local and international stars, corporate banquets, international conventions, and indoor sporting events.

On 7 July 2007 the South African Live Earth concert was held at the dome. On February 14, 2008, Canadian superstar Celine Dion kicked off her Taking Chances Tour at the Dome. In 2004 the professional wrestling promotion Africa Wrestling Alliance aired weekly television episodes from the dome which were taped for eTV, known as AWA on E Slam Series. The dome was also used for WWE’s house shows, which took place in September 2007

See events happening at the Coca Cola Dome here

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Gallagher Convention Centre

Gallagher Convention Centre is one of Africa’s largest conference and exhibition venues. Located in Midrand, between Pretoria and Johannesburg, Gallagher is conveniently positioned in the business hub of Gauteng.

Surrounded by beautiful gardens sprawling over a 30-hectare property, visitors to Gallagher can enjoy the English Rose Gardens, the wooden Koi Deck, the Gazebo or the Wine Garden Restaurant.

With five purpose-built ground floor exhibition venues offering approximately 25 000 square meters of exhibition space, nineteen multipurpose venues and state of the art facilities, Gallagher Convention Centre can accommodate anywhere from 2 to 12 000 visitors. With 12 versatile conference and boardrooms, the Gallagher Grill, a Ballroom, an auditorium and various tranquil venues for intimate celebrations, Gallagher Convention Centre provides the perfect setting for both business and family functions.

Our internationally acclaimed team of chefs are able to cater to every taste or cultural requirement, while our kitchens have also been certified by the National Independent Halaal Trust. Allow our professional and dedicated staff to handle your conference, exhibition or event.

Differentiate yourself with Gallagher Convention Centre.

Latest events @ Gallagher Estate here

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Happening in Johannesburg in the next 2 weeks

Explore what is happening in and around Johannesburg over the next 2 weeks, Lucille Davie, columnist for brings you her selection of events worth attending.

The website calendar of all events is available here

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The Sandton Convention Centre

Sandton Convention Centre is Southern Africa’s international leading and most prestigious, multi-purposes exhibition and convention centre.

Situated in northern Johannesburg, in the heart of Sandton’s business, hotel and entertainment district, Sandton Convention Centre offers easy access to over 5 000 hotel rooms, is adjacent to the country’s top shopping and entertainment complexes and provides nearly 11 000 secure parking bays.

South Africa’s Most Technologically Advanced Convention Centre

There are over 22 000 m² of convention, exhibition and special event space. The Pavilion can seat 4 500 patrons. The Ballroom can seat 2 000 banquet guests and the 13 other meeting rooms can accommodate up to 350 delegates. The two exhibition levels have a combined floor space of 11 000 m².

This twelve-storey structure is designed and built to provide convention, exhibition and special event space over five main levels.

See which events are happening at the Sandton Convention Centre here

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