Rand Club

Bar in Johannesburg

Image by Heather Mason Lonely Planet

Founded in 1887, this version of the illustrious (and once whites- and men-only) club dates from 1904. It's now open to all, and so long as you're not dressed too shabbily you can enter and order a drink at the ground-floor bar, which has a fine antique wooden bar (at 31m, reputed to be the longest in Africa!).

Take the opportunity to go up the splendid staircase to view the stately portrait of Nelson Mandela, who shares wall space with Queen Elizabeth II and other historic South African grandees.