BB4me - feb will be here before you know it. I sincerely hope all works out well. Thank you for your kind words.
Pixel - Welcome. Wow you have had a long and tough journey. Our donor would only donate in Joburg and we went through Medfem. Just a tip, we really had to push them for communication and had to rely a lot on our agent to push communication. Hopefully with their computer upgrades all will be resolved. Also bring all copies of international fund transfers and payments with you. They did not have record of our big payment due to an admin error. Thank goodness I had brought it all with us.
As for hotels, there is a lodge very close to the clinic. That said, we stayed in Sandton a very up market suburb. We stayed at the Park Inn. We did have a whinge after the first night as the room was very noisy (close to the street) but then they arranged for us to be moved to the quieter side of the hotel drive. It was very cheap including bfast with unlimited Internet when you sign up as a park royal member (for free). We booked it through agoda.com. The hotel also had a free shuttle that left on the hour to Sandton mall/Mandela square. It is an amazing very up market shopping centre with loads of restaurants and great shopping. The shuttle will also drop you off at the other park inn (there are 3) to access car hire. It is also where all the BA flight crew stayed, so that was a good sign.
The first day we took transport to the clinic, which was very expensive. After seeing where we had to go and how easy it was to find, we decided to rent a car.
After our donors egg pick up we went to Pilanesburg for a safari adventure for four days and then returned for the transfer. It was amazing. We drove to Pilanesburg and followed the GPS which took us a dodgy way and freaked me out a bit with a number of 'car jacking hotspot signs'. Returning to Joburg was much better as we got good directions to follow the motor way (I think the N1). So if you decide to do that be sure to get directions for the motorway and not rely on the GPS.
I hope that helps. X