Trip Start Mar 08, 2007
10Trip End Mar 23, 2007
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One of the places we had been looking forwards to going for the whole trip was the Carnivore restaurant on the outskirts of Joburg. It is one of those churrascarias specializing in game meats as well as more traditional grilled fare. Not only were we able to get reservations, but we also were able to find the place; both of which were challenges in their own right. Many large tourist groups frequent the place, but it wasn't the crowd that made it difficult to get reservations. It was getting ahold of someone on the phone. Then we got a little lost(went on a mini adventure) on the way there. The food was pretty good, and I had Giraffe, which I had never had before. I was a little dissapointed in the service though and decided that the whole place was a bit too touristy. I'm still glad that we went there though and checked off that box. The next day we went on a tour of the Soweto township which is one of the tourist things to do which has gained popularity in recent days.
I was pretty surprise by the townships, because I was envisioning the whole area to be shanty towns as shown on the tv and SA movies. There were certainly some people living in the shanty towns, but it seemed like most of the houses in Soweto were fairly respectable. You are advised not to go into the townships without a guide, so I image that maybe they are a little rougher at night. We got to see the house of Mandela and Arch Bishop Tutu. Apparently it is the only place in the world where two Nobel prize recipients houses are on the same street. We ate lunch at Wandie's which is a fairly famous eating establishment there in Soweto. We actually heard about in from some locals when we were down in Cape Town, but later saw it in the Lonely Planet guide as well. It seems that anybody who is anybody and been to Soweto has eaten there.
After seeing the Caves and laughing at the other two people on our tour, who apparently had never been in a cave, we were back on the road looking for some last minute shopping.