Homestay Africa Soweto to Kruger Park

Homestay Africa Soweto to Kruger Park

Homestay Africa Soweto to Kruger Park, Taste of Africa celebrates ten years of successful contribution to homestay;

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Homestay Africa Soweto to Kruger Park, living at home with a local family, is possible, in most parts of where you would like to travel, to experience, the magic of Africa.

Sorry, it is possible to enjoy this with the elite, in the suburbs, but not as easily achieved.

Taste of Africa, has provided shack accommodation in Soweto from late 2004, and Homestay would be no different.

Nettie and I embarked on this proves on December 26, 2005, starting in the Matiyani Village, where we have our home today, 

Homestay Africa; Matiyani, Cedric & Netties new home,
Homestay Africa,Matiyani, Cedric & Netties new home,

and keeping close to the Kruger National Park, we ended up in St Lucia, where we met Marrah.

On February 21, 2006, a Swiss couple, spent three nights with us in our shack, having not booked their next holiday stop, I was able to sell the Zulu Village, homestay opportunity with Marrah.

They departed on the City to City bus, and Marrah arranged to have them collected in Richards Bay.

Homestay Africa Soweto to Kruger Park:

Today, we celebrate ten years of Homestay Africa Soweto to Kruger Park, without needing to hide behind the high security fences, we have never had any security issue.  

Homestay Africs, our first guests that we hosted in a KZN Village, 24 February 2006
Homestay Africa, our first guests that we hosted in a KZN Village, 24 February 2006 

YOUR HOME-STAY AFRICA SOWETO TO KRUGER PARK, –   INTRODUCTION:

Your most important part of the visit is the introduction.

In African Culture introductions include where you are from, who your parents are, your children and all other relevant aspects.

Often the lengthy introduction builds the relationship through common interests or family structures.

Homestay Africa, mainly double beds
Homestay Africa, mainly double beds
And in the more rural villages, single foam mattresses.

Kitchens can be modern;

24 hours in Soweto, a typical kitchen
24 hours in Soweto, a typical kitchen

Or, in the more rural villages, ‘cooking down’ by the fire:

Homestay Africa, cooking down in many rural villages
Homestay Africa, cooking down in many rural villages

Most important NOTICE:

Soweto generally has pretty good facilities, however, they will be shared by you and the family.

In the Villages the accommodation is more traditional.

You room may be in the house, or one of the outside rooms. The toilet / bathroom facility may be inside or outside. 

In the Village your toilet will more than likely be the ‘pit toilet’;

Homestay Africa, the pit-toilet
Homestay Africa, the pit-toilet

Talk to the hosts about how you access them.

The rooms all have double beds, and the hostess is paid R 200 for the room for the night. If you do not wish to share the double bed, we will provide the room as a single, at an additional R 100. 

Washing / bathing in Soweto takes place may in the traditional bath, or, in other areas by using the plastic bath / dish. 

See where the water comes from and whether you can assist in collecting the water.

We make every effort to accommodate you on a rotational basis, however, if you wish to ensure that you do get one of the more comfortable homes, please let us know, at and additional R 100 per person, which will go into a community kitty for all the mothers, we will allow you the choice for a ‘better’ room.

Where we are hosting groups, the group leader must distribute the group according to their understanding of the group, any special requirements, let us know in advance. Should you be in the position to provide us with the names of those who wish to share, 2 pax and 4 pax, we will allocate hostess in advance, reducing your settling time drastically.

Nettie and I have great fun when bathing in the Village
Nettie and I have great fun when bathing in the Village MEALS:

HOMESTAY AFRICA SOWETO TO KRUGER PARK  –  MEALS

Our arrangement is that the host cooks their normal planned meal and just adds to the pot to cater for you.

If you have any diet restrictions please tell the hostess.

The family often does not have the same daily clock that you have, so if hungry at night, do not be afraid to talk, and please make sure they know what time you want your breakfast, coffee or bath.

For groups we will arrange a meal at a local shebeen, or one of the mothers who can cater, with music and magic.

In order to give the visitor the magic vibe, the night includes the provision for the hostesses to join you for the meal. 

Any refreshments that the hostesses may have access to, is not included. 

Beer is freely available at community ‘shebeens’, and should the group wish Taste of Africa to source wine for the group, please order in advance.

Homestay Africa, possible breakfast
Homestay Africa, possible breakfast

Homestay Africa Soweto to Kruger Park, the magic of Africa

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Intercultural Exchange with Big 5 flavour Susquehanna University day 12

Intercultural Exchange with Big 5 flavour Susquehanna University day 12

Our intercultural exchange with Big 5 flavour, departs Skukuza following a morning game drive, spotting lions, late breakfast, driving through to Orpen, picnic lunch er route, and then the Seagull Village, where we immerse in the family life. 

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The group is distributed to their families, and then a community meal where we are welcomed by Jimmy Mathubala, the senior of the family.

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Introductions over, Jimmy, as the elder leads the serving process, symbolically showing that the visitors have nothing to fear.

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Then Jimmy as host serves the Nkumbuti,

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The Sangomas dance in welcome and respect for the visitors.

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This will be the last communal meal, till the breakfast on the last morning;

Every leaves, with a new sense of excitement for what lies ahead.

Cedric

Day 13 coming soon;

 

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Johannesburg Cheap Transport Local Taxi

Johannesburg Cheap Transport Local Taxi

Cheap transport, to and from ORT Airport, Apartheid Museum, Constitution Hill,  Johannesburg Cheap Transport  Local  Taxi,

In order to spend a number of days in Johannesburg, the visitor needs to be introduced to the  Johannesburg Cheap Transport  Local  Taxi, and to attract the international visitor to this site, already popular with our local people, Taste of Africa introduces cheap, quick, easy access, to visiting the Apartheid Museum, see below.

As they were raised in Melville, both Nettie and Cedric de la Harpe will not be blamed for promoting Melville as the ideal base for your Johannesburg sojourn.

To assist the budget traveller, and those who would prefer to spend their available money, on more than just transport, we will run this blog to create a culture of using the cheap transport systems, allowing you to invest in our magic.

What is our motivation for this initiative, where we lose a little on transfer costs, we will make up on providing the visitor with the magic experience of walking the streets of Johannesburg, Soweto and Alexandra.

APARTHEID MUSEUM:

For the visitor who wishes to visit the Apartheid Museum via local taxi transport, you may use the Bree Street taxi rank, see below. Mid-way between West & Sauer Streets is and entrance with a stairway to the upper floor, use the steps to the upper floor, turn right at the top, follow to the end and turn left, and then mid-way on the left is an entrance to the upper-floor.

Enter, and to your right, approx 3rd lane, ask for the Baza-Baza taxi, and tell the driver and passengers you wish to be dropped at the Apartheid Museum. This is important, the taxi has options that could result in taxi not passing AM: 

The Bree Street Rank reflects the vast changes of South African life. The ranks, when I was younger, 30 to 40 years ago, were the public parking garages, used mainly by the whites. Then, as the whites moved out of the Central Business District, and the parking garages stood empty for years, the taxi industry were housed in these buildings. The City of Johannesburg, as part of their beautifying the city project, has commissioned numerous interesting pieces of art that surround these ranks.

Both on the ground floor, and the upper-level, there are hawkers and small businesses providing for the commuters daily needs. Almost every commuter requires to use two, maybe three taxi rides to get to work in the morning. and often, the closest that the commuters get to shopping, is while they are changing from one taxi route to another.

Melville Taxi:

When visiting Melville, or returning to Melville, to locate the Melville taxi, use the same entrance as described above, take the steps down to basement, turn left, keep left and take the next step to the lower level, and then turn right, crossing over to the first paved isle, which service at the terminal, ask for the Melville taxi.

When leaving Melville, use Main Road, south, or Kingsway, east, index finger in the air, will stop the taxi. 3 fingers indicates Bree Street, 5 fingers indicates Noord Street.

Just after you pass the Gas Works, on the corner of Enoch Sontongo Street,the taxi may stop, this is if the driver is aware that a passenger wishes to divert past the Oriental Plaza, Newtown to Bree rank. At this stage, passengers are redistributed as the same association shares the passengers among the two routes.

This is your opportunity to visit the Oriental Plaza en route to Newtown. 

For those of you who would prefer a guide to experience the magic of these areas, Taste of Africa will oblige, we are just not into, selling the typical tourist site, that only requires transfer.

Please also read in conjunction with, our Gautrain / Rea Vaya Public TTransport link page:  

Lets go into more detail:

Johannesburg Cheap Transport Local  Taxi:

This section is aimed at permitting the more adventurous visitor to get through Johannesburg, and into Soweto while they appreciate the magic that exists, as economically as possible.

For those who have climbed Kilimanjaro, I always say, reaching the Peak was great, but I will always remember the getting there. 

Use this section in combination with the traditional Street Maps and guide books.

Taste of Africa will assist with any enquiries via contact below, or info@tasteofafrica.co.za, provided you make enquiries seven days ahead of your visit. For those visitors who make use of a Taste of Africa guiding services through Johannesburg & Soweto, we will support you throughout your stay in Johannesburg, should you wish to venture through Johannesburg on your own.

‘Local shared taxi’ a negative in the suburban South African communities, but the daily mode of transport for 65% of the South African community.

Johannesburg cheap transport, the old Bara taxi rank
Johannesburg cheap transport local taxi, the old Bara taxi rank

You are able to board a local taxi on most corners in the Urban areas, however, at peak times it is often essential to stand in the queue at the taxi rank, as the taxi will be fill when they pass. We must warn you, many of the boarding stations very little respect for age and gender is given, if the taxi door opens, get in first, else you will be left on the street.

In general, the index finger pointed towards the sky will stop a taxi heading for the centre of the city, however, many ranks also have their individual signs when a route provides the service to more than one rank.

When in the taxi rank, ask the drivers/controllers to ensure that you are boarding the correct taxi, tell the driver and passengers where you wish to alight, if you are boarding on a street corner, ask other on the corner for the desired hand-sign for your destination.

When boarding a taxi always have your fare ready, do not use large notes early in the morning. The fares are passed from the rear of the taxi to the passenger sitting alongside the driver, or alternatively to the driver. Where possible you are expected to collect fares and take change during the process to relieve the driver of the load. Just a word of warning, ask, there are areas where payments take place at certain points en route, and sometimes, just before you alight. 

Always ensure that the driver knows where you wish to be dropped, and do not hesitate to talk to your fellow passengers if you are not sure.

Our support information will prepare you for what you can expect when you arrive at the terminal, in order that you do not give the appearance of being lost on arrival.

Throughout the world you need to be aware, do not be careless with your camera, do not flash your wallet around, and decline an offer of any ‘tout’ who wishes to show you around.

Read up before you venture into the area, know what you are visiting and the times that they are open.

In these high-density pedestrian traffic areas that you will go through at the taxi terminals, the community are very aware of your level of anxiety. The more relaxed you are, the more you are respected.

Cedric de la Harpe +27 82 565 2520 

BREE STREET RANK:

The Bree Street rank services the Soweto, Melville to Rosebank / Randburg areas, and through to Hillbrow.

Situated on Bree Street, central Johannesburg, between Sauer Street and West St / the Street that crosses the Nelson Mandela Bridge:

From Melville you will cross the Nelson Mandela Bridge. Then alight as the taxi take the left just before the rank.

When using the taxi to Bree, and you wish to get to Noord, please ask the driver, they could be including the Noord in their link.

Click on this Google Link for the Metro Taxi / Bree Street Taxi Rank, 

The Bree / Metro Taxi rank, is to the right top, of the google map, and  the Newtown Precinct, to the left and lower of the view:

The Newtown area, off the Museum Africa area,  is a short walk.

Bree Street taxi rank, a hub for the Johannesburg Day Visit, Cheap Transport initiative
Bree Street taxi rank, a hub for the Johannesburg Cheap Transport  Local Taxi, Bree Street Rank

Off this corner, walk down the road, towards the Newtown area:

The Art work, corner Bree and Sauer Street, is your landmark, for access to the Newtown Area on Johannesburg Cheap Transport  Local Taxi
The Art work, corner Bree and Sauer Street, is your landmark, for access to the Newtown Area on Johannesburg Cheap Transport  Local Taxi

A look at the Johannesburg Central Business District, (Downtown).

Downtown Johannesburg Cheap Transport Option
Downtown Johannesburg Cheap Transport Local Taxi, Option

The Newtown Area:

A visit to Newtown wouldn’t be complete without taking in some of the restaurants and nightlife spots which lend themselves to the eclectic, multicultural, artistic reputation of the area.

See below for more details.

The Market Theatre

Tel: +27 (0)11 832-1641
Website: www.markettheatre.co.za
Address: 56 Margaret Mcingana Street

Museum Africa

Tel: +27(0)11 833-5624
Website: www.museumafrica.org
Address: 121 Bree Street
Open: Tues to Sun 09h00-17h00, closed on Monday

Sci-Bono Discovery Centre

Tel: +27(0)11 639-8400
Website: www.sci-bono.co.za
Address: Corner Miriam Makeba and President streets, Newtown
Open: 09h00 to 17h00 (16h30 on weekends/ holidays)

Niki’s Oasis

Tel: +27(0)11 492-1134 & 838-9733
Address: 138 Bree Street
Open: Monday 12h00 to 00h00, Tuesday 12h00 to 22h00, Wednesday to Sat 12h00 to 00h00, closed on Sunday.

Bassline (live music venue)

Tel: +27(0)11 838 9145/6
Website: www.bassline.co.za
Address: 10 Henry Nxumalo Street

Sophiatown Bar Lounge

Tel: +27 (0)11 836-5999
Website: www.sophiatownbarlounge.co.za
Address: 1 Central Place, Jeppe Street
Open: Monday to Wednesday 10h30 to 21h00, Thursday to Saturday 10h30 to 02h00 and Sunday 11h30 to 20h00

Constitution Hill:

Constitution Hill, can be accessed from the Bree Street taxi rank, either using the taxi that goes to Yeoville, or a walk via Mandela Bridge and Braamfontein.

Coming in from Sandton, towards the Noord Street rank, the driver can drop you a block away, coming from Melville, you can alight, as you approach the Mandela Bridge, and walk up through Braamfontien, moving around the Civic centre. 

Noord Street Taxi Rand:

The Noord Street Taxi Rank, consists on the enclosed MTN Rank, as seen below, but also covers the extended are as discussed below.

Noord Street is easily accessed when arriving by taxi from the Northern and Eastern suburbs and Alexandra. It is recognised by the high density taxi traffic and the high density pedestrian traffic.

Taxis travelling from the Melville Area, do have the option of taking you through to Noord Street, check with the driver, if not, there is a ‘local feed’ operating between Bree and Noord.

Taxis are restricted to leave from certain ranks, but when the arrive in central Johannesburg, there is very little restriction.

Johannesburg Cheap Transport Option Local Taxi Noord Street Node.
Johannesburg Cheap Transport  Local Taxi Noord Street Taxi Rank Node.
Noord Street area
Noord Street area, Johannesburg Cheap Transport Local  Taxi.

This Google Map view of the area, prepares you for your transit;

From the North and East, many taxi’s arrive in the Noord Street area on Klein Street, travelling from North to South.

From this rank you will access taxi’s to Pretoria, Sandton, Alexandra, and suburbs to the East.

On your left is Joubert Park, then the Johannesburg Art Gallery, your taxi will pass the JAG on the left, cross the rail line, and first a shopping centre on your left. You will need to alight between Noord Street and De Villiers Street. The Rank now is enclosed, as per picture above, the view is shown from Twist Street, and the shopping centre is on your right.

If wishing to move to the Bree Street Taxi Rank, move to the far side of the MTN Taxi Tank to Plain Street, diagonally opposite on the left, Corner Klein and Plein Street, under the big sign, Taxi Butchery, you board the taxi to Bree.

The Drill Hall can be visited while in the area, walk through between the MTN Taxi Rank and the shopping centre, and cross Twist Street, the large red building seen opposite.

The Extended Noord Street Taxi Rank area:

ORT Airport:

Travellers wishing to access the ORT Airport Cheaply, can do so, using local taxi transport, from the MTN rank, move along De Villiers Street, in an Easterly Direction, keeping the Drill Hall, the large red brick building, on your left, continue two blocks or so, towards claim street, and you will find, by asking, a taxi that will take you to ORT Airport:

From ORT Airport to Johannesburg:

This is the more difficult option, mainly because you must not ask for assistance, there is no person on the airport who will believe that you can use a local taxi, after-all, you have enough money to used an expensive taxi.

Leave the arrivals terminal, onto the road way, turn right, and walk towards the oncoming vehicles that are arriving. As you leave the arrivals terminal, keep right, you will reach a fork that takes you down to a road way, at a lower level. Parked just under the vehicle ramp, you will find a shared taxi, if not, ask a local, the taxi will arrive soon.

During the morning, and late afternoon, your taxi will take you straight to the De Villiers Street rank, two blocks from the MTN rank, should they not be travelling direct, they will move via the Kempton Park taxi rank, where you may need to switch taxi.

A few years back, using this link, we could access Soweto, via the MTN rank for a total of R 45, today it my be R 60.

Wanderers Street, Long Distance Taxi Rank: 

Johannesburg’s link to Long Distance Taxi’s depart from the seen on the Google Map, just north of Noord Street, on Wanderers Street. You must get there early in the morning if you wish to use this service.

I would suggest that you visit the area the day before you wish to depart, but it is not necessary. Google View, Taxi Rank on left, Bridge Shopping Centre on the right. 

Faraday Taxi Rank

Situated on Faraday off Eloff Street, neighbour to the Faraday Traditional Medicine Market, well worth a visit.  

Taxi Routes:

Faraday:   Natalspruit Steeldale  Southgate The Hill Thokoza Alberton  The Glen Shopping Centre  Bassonia

Please feel free to call me, Cedric 082 565 2520.

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