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AFAR Experiences South Africa 2012 - Program Itinerary

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From October 8 - 11, 2012, AFAR Experiences takes place in Johannesburg, showcasing some of the city's most incredible venues and introducing you to the influencers and thought leaders of South Africa. Amazing speaker talks, unique hands on breakout activities, plus fantastic evening events and parties will immerse you in the culture and connect you with the locals in ways you've never imagined. View the outstanding lineup we've programmed via the preliminary itinerary below:
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Arch, 1 Melrose St, Melrose, Johannesburg, 2196, South Africa
You've arrived in Joburg! After our long journeys, we’ll meet up this evening in the cozy hotel lounge of the Melrose Arch Hotel, Joburg’s hip and swanky hotel and our 'home base'. Hear more about the events planned for the days ahead while you...
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Northern Park Way and Gold Reef Rd, Ormonde, Johannesburg, 2001, South Africa
"To be free is not merely to cast off one's chains but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others." -Nelson Mandela, June 1999 Opened in 2001, the Apartheid Museum is a powerful and extensive museum documenting the rise and...
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Johannesburg, South Africa
Throughout the four-day event, you’ll have an opportunity to get up close and personal with some of Johannesburg’s talented artists, historians, chefs, and designers. Choose from these exclusively curated, one-of-a-kind experiences (several of...
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2 Jellicoe Ave, Rosebank, Johannesburg, 2196, South Africa
Next door to (and associated with) the Everard Read Gallery (probably the oldest in Joburg) is this beautiful gallery. You definitely want to stop by to check out the art and the architecture. If you are lucky, you might even get to meet Mark...
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Johannesburg, South Africa
If you’re not able to catch his runway show during New York Fashion Week in September, you can meet David Tlale, one of South Africa’s rising stars in the world of high fashion design, for a private viewing at his new studio space in the Arts on...
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Alexandra, 2014, South Africa
Alexandra is the oldest black township in South Africa. Although not as famous as its sister township Soweto, Alex is smaller, closer to the city center and fascinating to experience firsthand, particularly under the guidance of local historian...
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36 Saxon Road, Sandhurst, Sandhurst ,Johannesburg, 2196, South Africa
Welcome to the best layover of all time. The Saxon gently lulls guests into safari mode, cosseting them in its decadent comforts and enveloping them with its sophisticated African-chic decor and earthy tones. Name-droppers will love the Saxon:...
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6 Desmond Street, Kramerville, Sandton, 2090, South Africa
The Amatuli emporium is the top store in all of South Africa for authentic African artifacts, thanks to proprietor Mark Valentine’s infectious passion. Mark spends 50% of his time traveling the continent to personally source the items that wind up...
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University Corner, Jorissen St & Bertha St, Johannesburg, 2050, South Africa
An amazingly curated museum, the Wits Art Museum, fondly referred to as WAM, hosts a stunning collection of contemporary and traditional African art. It's located in a bright and airy space and feels relatively undiscovered. My favorite piece was...
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Newtown, Johannesburg, 2001, South Africa
Johannesburg’s ‘central business district’ is the most impressive demonstration of Johannesburg’s resurgence. Local expert, Gerald Garner, will surprise and delight you as we walks with you through Joburg’s historical buildings and open-air street...
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Rosebank, Johannesburg, 2196, South Africa
Get hands on instruction in designing and creating your own custom African-inspired beadwork jewelry with master beader Beauty Masawanganyi at Piece, the design shop exquisitely curated by Eugenie Drakes that celebrates local design and craft.
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Brenthurst, Brakpan, 1541, South Africa
Visit the magnificent 45-acre gardens of the famous Brenthurst Estate, home of South Africa’s leading family, the Oppenheimers, founders of the Anglo American and De Beers mining companies. The awe-inspiring grounds celebrate nature by working...
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Johannesburg, South Africa
South African wines are some of the best in the world, but ones that many of us no little about. Step up your wine appreciation skills by learning more about select South African wines and viniculture from some of the country’s most knowledgeable...
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Johannesburg, South Africa
Johannesburg trend spotter and retail guru, Craig Jacobs, will show you some of his favorite places to find beautiful and unique clothing, jewelry, and objets d’art created by local designers. Two of Joburg’s best shopping areas, 44 Stanley and...
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7 George Ave, Rivonia, Sandton, 2128, South Africa
"...no one can blame brave just men for seeking justice by the use of violent methods; nor could they be blamed if they tried to create an organized force in order to ultimately establish peace and racial harmony." -Chief Alber Luthuli: Statement...
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Johannesburg, South Africa
We’ll head north out of the city towards the high veld and the Cradle of Humankind, home to the origin of our species and site of the discovery of 2+ million year old human fossils. As public access to certain dig sites is very rare, we’ve secured...
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Johannesburg, South Africa
Just in time to catch one of Africa’s famous sunsets, before the night sky explodes with stars, we’ll jump in to open air game vehicles and travel deeper into the bush for a truly African experience. Celebrate around the bonfires at this Bush...
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11 Kotze St, Johannesburg, 2017, South Africa
The court is housed in a beautiful building atop Constitution Hill. Outside is the old jail, the new Flame of Democracy, and the even newer bust of Ghandi (he was jailed here 4 times). Inside, the art is incredible. Worth the trip just for it.
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264 Fox St & Berea Road, Maboneng, Johannesburg, 2094, South Africa
When in Jo'burg definitely come to Arts on Main, a hub for the city's creative community to come together and share ideas, beverages, and each other's company. Every Sunday from 10am-3pm they hold a market where you can buy everything from ice...
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Johannesburg, South Africa
Home Dinners are one of AFAR Experiences’ best-loved activities. In small groups, we’ll join local Joburgers at the homes of various dinner hosts, who will also invite some of their local friends. Share a meal around the dining table, hear their...
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Johannesburg, South Africa
After a memorable night of Home Dinners, everyone (including the locals) will meet up to party at Randlords, the rooftop bar and lounge with the best view in Johannesburg, for a glamorous evening of cocktails, DJs, and fashion show by designer...
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Forest Town, Johannesburg, 2193, South Africa
Designed by Herbert Baker, a British architect who did work all over the world but probably best known for his work in South Afica, including the Union Buildings in Pretoria and St. John's College in Joburg (most surprisingly, he worked with...
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Soweto, South Africa
Our final night will be a celebration of life, freedom and hope as we head to Soweto, the former home of Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu. Renowned as the most famous black township in Africa, we will join with Soweto townspeople for a lively...