ACCOMMODATIONS : Among the tops in Johannesburg are the Carlton, Eloff Street; the Waldorf, Eloff Street; Langham, Kerk Street; Criterion, Jeppe Street; Dawson’s, President Street; Ambassador, Pretoria Street; Astor, King George Street; Skyline, Twist Street, and the Orange Grove on Louis Botha Avenue. The rates for these range from $3 to $5 for bed and breakfast and from $4 to $8 American Plan.
There are many excellent hotels in Cape Town and its suburbs; among them are the Mount Nelson at the top of Government Avenue, with magnificent views, and the Grand. Rates at top hotels about $4.50 to $5 single. In nearby Sea Point try the Queens Hotel, the Marine, the Arthur’s Seat and the Clifton. At Muizenberg on False Bay, to the east, the Balmoral, Marine. There are pensions and boarding houses in Cape Town and its environs which are good, clean and reasonable.
ARTS : In Johannesburg the Art Gallery in Joubert Park contains a fine collection of European paintings. The Africana Museum in the Public Library tells the chronological history of South Africa; very interesting and worth while.
In Cape Town the Michaelis collection of Dutch and Flemish paintings is housed in the Old Town House, which was built in 1755 and is an excellent background for the paintings. Visit the South African Museum filled with items of archeological and ethnological interest. The National Art Gallery, off Government Avenue, contains fourteen galleries. Principal collections are the de Pass and Sir Abe Bailey exhibits. There are special exhibitions throughout the year. Koop-mans-de Wet Museum contains a collection of Dutch colonial furniture, china and other nineteenth-century antiques.
BALLET : Local ballet groups include the Festival Ballet, the Theater Ballet and the Cape Town University Ballet Company. Overseas companies visit occasionally.
BANKS : Throughout the Union there are branches of Barclay’s Bank, the Standard Bank, the Netherlands Bank. Volkskas Bank and the South African Reserve Bank.