Details: Johannesburg activities and accommodations
KLM has one-stop flights from Dulles to Johannesburg for about $1,600 round trip.
The new Gautrain (http:/
Metered taxis are the easiest way to get around; expect to pay $7 to $15 for most trips between the city center and the northern suburbs.
WHERE TO STAY
As World Cup organizers continue to scale back projections of foreign visitors, the hotel crisis forecast last year seems unlikely. Still, most hotels in the city centers of such popular venues as Johannesburg and Cape Town have been fully booked. Sleeping Out (http:/
A Johannesburg choice with limited World Cup availability:
The Melville House
59 Fourth Ave., Melville
A cozy B&B in the Melville suburb owned by author Heidi Holland. World Cup/high season: doubles from $130. Low season: from $110.
Booked for the World Cup, but worth a stay at other times:
75 Rutland Rd., Parkwood
The rooms here are set around a pleasant garden. World Cup/high season: doubles from $240. Low season: from $100.
90 Pretoria Ave., Sandton
A striking boutique hotel a few minutes from the upscale suburb of Sandton. Doubles from $330.
WHERE TO EAT
The Ant Cafe
11 Seventh St., Melville
Gourmet pizzas in an attractive space. Entrees start at $6.
Zoo Lake and other locations
A delicious selection of pan-African dishes. Entrees from $12.
The Local Grill
Corner of Seventh and Third avenues, Parktown North, and other locations
A meat-lover's dream, with top-notch grain-fed and free-range beef. Entrees start at $9.
WHAT TO DO
FIFA's Web site (http:/
Downtown Johannesburg Museum Africa
121 Bree St., 011-27-11-833-5624
The city's major history and cultural history museum. Tuesday-Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adult admission about $1.
56 Margaret Mcingana St., Newtown
The "Theater of the Struggle," founded in 1976, challenged the apartheid regime.
Jimmy's Face to Face Tours
Operating in the township since 1985. Tours from $47.
WHAT TO KNOW
Crime is a real threat in Johannesburg, although the city has taken great strides in recent years, investing a small fortune in security upgrades for the World Cup and setting up closed-circuit television cameras and security patrols. Much of the city is safe to walk around by day. In the center, be wary around Park Station, the main train and bus station, and steer clear of the notorious Hillbrow area. Be aware of your surroundings if using an ATM, take taxis at night and don't flash your camera around downtown.
City of Johannesburg
Johannesburg Tourism Co.
195 Jan Smuts Ave., Parktown