South Africa: Day 4 -Sun City, Gold Reef City, Carnivore Restaurant

This morning I woke up 5.15 am to catch the sunrise again in the chateu. Soon as I woke up, I took a bath and brush my teeth to freshen up. Before six o’clock I went up to the chateu on the ninth floor of my hotel, I had to take four level of staircase to get to the top. Soon a I arrived I opened my backpack and listen to “Love is a Many Splendored Things and Andrea Bocceli concert “Vivere” for the next one hour while taking photograph around the chateu. When the sun had risen and the sky turns blue I went back to the hotel lobby and have a breakfast. I had bacon, sausages, scramble eggs, and croissant for breakfast, the same menu I had yesterday. After breakfast I still had one hour before departing to Johannesburg so I took another trip around the hotel. I took another way around the Crystal Court Restaurant and enjoy the scenery from the restaurant.

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The bus took us to Johannesburg where we have lunch at a Chinese Restaurant in Sandtown, the first district in Johannesburg where the rich lives. The next stop would be Gold Reef City, a theme park with Victorian style architecture. There you could see gold mining process or play in the park, buy some snacks and souvenirs.

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At night we have an exotic dinner at “Carnivore”, an African restaurant serving exotic meat in traditional style. Today’s menu include alligator, impala, zebra, chicken. I tried some “kudu” (some kind of antelope) meat, zebra meat, pork ribs and sausages, actually there is a crocodile meat but I didn’t dare to eat it. Inside the restaurant you just had to sit down and they will come to your desk with a sword sticked with the meat, they’ll cut the portion you want. It’s a very interesting experience to me and despite my love for animal I know I had to try them, simply because there is no other place to eat this kind of meat in my country.

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Tonight we stay in Maslow Hotel, a five star hotel located in Sandtown with very nice pool and facilities around the hotel. Our tour leader said that Johannesburg has the highest crime rate in South Africa so we are advised not to walk alone at night. When we went back to Sandtown we caught traffic in the highway due to people going to town to watch a football match.

About Kevin

Kevin is an Emerging Markets Research Analyst at a global macro investment firm based in Montreal, Canada. Originally trained to be a medical doctor, he found his passion in capital markets after being involved in managing portion of his family’s equity portfolio. Kevin holds Masters degree in both finance and management, has passed all levels of CFA exam, and is a certified Financial Risk Manager (FRM), Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) and Professional Financial Modeller (PFM). He read voraciously and has a hobby of tinkering (read: programming) his systematic equity and volatility trading model for the “Quantimental” investment firm he founded. In his spare time, Kevin likes to travel the world and become a freelance photographer for Getty Images. To date, he has a portfolio of over 1200 pictures across 35 countries.
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