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TThe next time you decide to try something new and different, why not go for a memorable township experience in the kasi (township) of all kasis: Alexandra.

Alexandra (or Alex for short) may be one of the poor townships of Gauteng – but what it lacks in glamour, it makes up for with a vibrancy that’s hard to beat. A township alive with music, art and culture, and with a long history, Alex is definitely not to be missed.

Check out these six spots the next time you’re in the neighbourhood:

Kings Cinema

The cinema is an art-deco movie house that was once the busiest cinema in Alex, and a popular venue for performances by local musicians such as the Alexandra All Star Band and the Jazz Maniac

Kings was first established in the 1950s, but had to be rebuilt after it was bombed by apartheid forces in 1984.

The cinema is still operational, and currently screens movies that are shown in mainstream cinemas.

Where: 48 2nd Avenue, Alexandra
Contact: +27 (0)11 346 1351

Did You Know?
HHastings Ndlovu, a Soweto student leader, was the first person killed in the Soweto Uprising.

JJoe’s Butchery

You haven’t been to a real shisa nyama (informal barbecue) until you’ve been to Joe’s Butchery.

This popular shisa nyama spot is the best place to head to for some Sunday evening entertainment.

With meat grilled to your satisfaction, an ice-cold beverage in your hand and the sounds of well-known local and international DJs, you are guaranteed to have a good time.

Where: Corner 11th Avenue and Alfred Nzo (previously Roosevelt), Alexandra
Contact: +27 (0)82 043 6605

SStoep OneFive

Also known as Cheeks, this place is best known for its delicious mogodu (tripe), and DJs heating up the dance floor. Stoep OneFive is the place to be on Saturdays and Mondays.

Where: 123 15th Avenue, Alexandra

De Grandiose

Saturday evenings are a good time to make your way to De Grandiose bar and grill.

Enjoy a delicious meal and cold drink of your choice in the very comfortable lounge, or out on the wooden deck if you prefer to wine and dine with a view of Johannesburg – from Sandton City all the way to the Telkom tower in the CBD.

De Grandiose has a fairly large dance floor for those who would like to strut their stuff, and it hosts popular DJs and musicians every weekend.

Where: 713 Pretoria Main Road, Sandton
Contact: +27 (0)11 809 8234

Mbopha’s Place

You haven’t lived until you’ve tasted one of Mbopha’s slaais (salad) or kotas.

Russians, cheese, chips, lettuce, tomato, salami and atchaar, all sandwiched between two or even three slices of fresh bread, make for a really filling township meal.

Where: 65 3rd Avenue, Alexandra
Contact: +27 (0)72 293 8400

Pan Africa Shopping Centre

There’s always time for a bit of retail therapy.

The Pan Africa Shopping Centre is South Africa’s first fully integrated shopping mall and taxi facility.

Hit the mall for some shopping or to catch a quick bite to eat at one of the many restaurants.

Above the mall is a taxi rank with taxis that travel almost anywhere in Johannesburg, and a few places outside the city. Taxi to Pretoria, Randburg or Fourways, anyone?

Where: Corner Watt and 3rd Avenue, Alexandra

Alexandra township has a long and interesting history. It was once home to struggle stalwarts and famous musicians, such as former president Nelson Mandela and the world-renowned Hugh Masekela.

When many other townships were torn to pieces by the apartheid regime, Alexandra proved itself to be a community that was determined to thrive – and it shows.

Alexandra township

V&A Waterfront

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V&A Waterfront

The V&A Waterfront, Cape Town - Shopping in the shadow of the mountain

Inanda Heritage Route

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Inanda Heritage Route

The Inanda Heritage Route explores the often overlooked area on Inanda, north of Durban. Despite its apparent obscurity, this region has historical roots that run deep, as a place that experienced first-hand the injustices of apartheid, was the home of passive resistance and became an icon of the freedom struggle.

Mandela and the Mother City

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Mandela and the Mother City

‘Cape Town, more than any other city in South Africa, has been home to people from different cultures for a long, long time.’ – Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela Bridge

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Nelson Mandela Bridge

The Nelson Mandela Bridge - A fitting tribute to a great leader

In memory of those who sacrificed everything. Sharpeville Human Rights Precinct, Gauteng

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In memory of those who sacrificed everything. Sharpeville Human Rights Precinct, Gauteng

In memory of those who sacrificed everything Sharpeville Human Rights Precinct, Gauteng

Nobel Square - A tribute to great men

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Nobel Square - A tribute to great men

Tribute to great men Nobel Square, Cape Town

Mandela sites in Gauteng

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Mandela sites in Gauteng

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Lilliesleaf Farm

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Lilliesleaf Farm

Home of the Freedom Struggle Liliesleaf Farm

Kliptown Open Air Museum

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Kliptown Open Air Museum

The home of the Freedom Charter Kliptown Open Air Museum, Johannesburg

Place of human rights Constitution Hill, Johannesburg

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Place of human rights Constitution Hill, Johannesburg

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18 July 1918 to 5 December 2013 Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

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18 July 1918 to 5 December 2013 Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

With Nelson Mandela's passing, he will be remembered for his generosity of spirit and the remarkable achievement of bringing peace to a deeply divided country.

Walk through South Africa’s history in Pretoria, the capital city

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Voting Line sculpture – a symbol of the1994 elections

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Voting Line sculpture – a symbol of the1994 elections

Walking around the Voting Line sculpture, you get the true sense of the Rainbow Nation of South Africa.

The Apartheid Museum – a soulful reminder of the triumph of human spirit

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The Apartheid Museum – a soulful reminder of the triumph of human spirit

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A visit to Kwa-Zulu Natal’s Valley of a Thousand Hills is one characterized by unspoilt nature, wildlife, magnificent scenery, good old South African wining and dining, a rich heritage, and warm country hospitality. This area, just a half an hour's drive from Durban, is named after the thousands of hills that tumble down to the mighty Umgeni River, which flows from the distant Drakensberg Mountains to the warm and inviting Indian Ocean. This area combines luxurious, laidback country living with an ancient, indigenous culture. For generations, the Zulu people have lived in and around the valley, and no visit is complete without a trip to one of the Zulu cultural villages. Here you can gain insight into the culture and traditions of one of the largest of South Africa’s cultural groups, attend (and even participate in) a traditional ceremony, learn about the customs of these fascinating folk, consult with a natural herbalist (inyanga) or a witch doctor (sangoma), and sample some of the homemade beer. Around the area: Experience traditional dancing and cultural shows at Phezulu Safari Park, or shop for crafts and curios at the 1000 Hills Arts and Crafts Village, enjoy a taste of nature at the Assagay, Springside and Krantzkloof Gorge nature reserves, or get your heart racing with some paragliding or rock climbing at Inchanga and Monteseel, or mountain biking at Giba Gorge Mountain Bike Park. Thank you to @struebermary for this beautiful snap. #MeetSouthAfrica #TravelSouthAfrica #Travelgram #kwazulunatal #exploresouthafrica #thisissouthafrica #wanderlust #southafrica

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