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What to do for dinner after arriving on long flight

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What to do for dinner after arriving on long flight

Hello! We are flying to J-burg overnight from Atlanta, arriving approx. 5 PM. We are staying right by the hotel (at Avant Garde Guesthouse) for one night, leaving in the AM for Kruger.

I’m sure we’ll be tired and in need of a shower. I need suggestions for what to do for dinner that night. Is there someplace nearby worth going? Or, if energy permits, should we get a cab and go to a good restaurant? If so…suggestions please! I’m thinking someplace calm and casual (we won’t want to get dressed up after such a long flight) with wonderful comfort food.

Thanks!

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1. Re: What to do for dinner after arriving on long flight

The guest house you will be staying at, offers an a La Carte Dinner.

Or you could try one of the restaurants at the Emperor's Palace complex, a short taxi ride from the guest house.

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2. Re: What to do for dinner after arriving on long flight

We stayed at one of the hotels at Emperor's last week, after arriving in SA, either side of a visit to a reserve and the complex offers a number of casual restaurants which were exactly what we also wanted at the time.

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3. Re: What to do for dinner after arriving on long flight

Thank you for the replies! Gavin, I didn't know that the lodge provided dinner. I'll write and inquire.

As to Emperor's Palace, I was worried that it would be too much like a Vegas casino - too bright, loud, crazy - and with tourist restaurant quality food. Perhaps I'm wrong?

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6. Re: What to do for dinner after arriving on long flight

Except that Soweto is right on the other side of the city. I suspect that when the OP said "hop in a cab" s/he was not actually thinking of a drive of 40-50 km each way.

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7. Re: What to do for dinner after arriving on long flight

Hello, i suspect you will find Emperors Palace exactly as you mentioned, loud, noisy and not the kind of place you want to eat after a long flight. I recommend eat at the guest house and relax, you have at least 6 hour journey the next day, depending on which area you are going to. Not to mention tha tthe jet lag will probably kick in the next day, what with time difference etc. Ask the guest house to arrange dinner and relax there.

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8. Re: What to do for dinner after arriving on long flight

Just to add that unless there are some best-kept-secret gems I'm not aware of, the towns around the airport are not really known for good restaurants - franchises are mostly as good as it will get. If your guesthouse does a reasonable dinner then I would agree you are better off just staying in.

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9. Re: What to do for dinner after arriving on long flight

Thank you all for your responses. I did check with the guest house and confirmed what you all suggested - they do offer dinner there. Right now that sounds like the better option instead of Emperors Palace.

You guys are the best!

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10. Re: What to do for dinner after arriving on long flight

I will put in a good word for the Emperor's Palace.. There are a number of good to pretty-good restaurants at the casino. And a few fast-food cafes, too. Noisy? Yep.. but also a good place to do some people-watching and see how normal Johannesburgers spend some of their leisure time.