Showing posts from June, 2019

A journey to Southern Africa - Johannesburg

Our trip to southern Africa began with a wearisome flight from San Francisco to Amsterdam, then on to Johannesburg, South Africa.  We planned a day of rest before leaving for Zimbabwe, and decided to charter a tour of the city.  On the agenda was a visit to Soweto Township, home of both Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu, and the infamous Soweto uprisings.
We had heard from numerous people that it was unsafe to wander around Johannesburg on our own.  Obviously, there a numerous safe places, but we were always reminded that we didn't know where the safe places were. One website noted:
"Tourists should be on alert at all times, keeping tight hold of shopping bags, purses and other baggage. The staff at the hotel can provide you with tips for entering particular areas. The biggest thing is to avoid displaying too much wealth. Cell phones should be hidden. Purses should be left inside the hotel room. Carry only what you need around the city in your pockets. When leaving the hotel, us…