Wonderful and exciting things to add to your budget list whilst in Johannesburg.
Let us take you on a tour of the interesting and historical places in and around Johannesburg.
Walking tour of downtown Jozi
Come journey with us through the streets - the past, present and future of our city to experience this place of migrants and immigrants, with its rainbow of cultures.
There is no way to explain the vital, edgy energy of this diverse city on the mend - you have to experience it. In spite of its reputation as crime ridden and dangerous ( not true though ), this City... carved from the depths of the earth in sweat and lives, has a lot to offer the traveller.
Half-day Tour: 3-4 relaxed hours
Full-day Tour: 5-6 very relaxed hours
Tuk-Tuk Tour of Soweto
A fun and exciting get-out-of-the-car Experience - Get onto a cool Tuk-Tuk - Asian style! Sit back and relax while your local Guide gets you right in there as part of the community, your senses are activated and your experience is enhanced.
It is easy to pass right through the Township without experiencing the real essence of the place, your local Guides has a wealth of knowledge and know the community, after all, they live here. The tour takes you into the community and around Soweto’s famous landmarks like Hector Pieterson Memorial, Vilakazi Street and Nelson Mandela’s House.
Each Tuk-Tuk seats 2 Adults or 3 Young Children.
Tours start at 10h00 or 13h00 hours and collection from your hotel is 1 hour prior.
Soweto Cycle Tour
This popular, eco-friendly and exciting township tour takes guests around the streets of Soweto where they can meet and socialize with the locals. Enjoy the atmosphere of this beautiful township accompanied by local guides from the community. Bicycle helmets are provided and guests get to choose their bicycle for the cycle tour. Cycling is done at your own pace and is for anyone who has ridden a bicycle before.
Highlights of the 2 Hour tour include:
- Workers' hostel · former migrant hostels for men only.
- Meadowlands – famous for the forced removals from Sophiatown in 1950’.
- Site of the 1976 student uprising and the Hector Pieterson Memorial.
Soweto and Apartheid Museum
Drive through and visit the historical highlights of the most densely populated black township in Africa. Soweto is home to over 4 million people with the land in extend of 120km square. Soweto Today consists of a community of extremes, on the one hand there is abject poverty and on the other there is extraordinary wealth in the upper class suburbs.
The Apartheid museum investigates the effects and ultimate demise of apartheid. Leaving the museum conveys a feeling of being freed from prison as you exit the grey pillars into the sunlight. View the Mandela Exhibition, focusing on Nelson Mandela as a Leader, Comrade, Negotiator, Prisoner and Statesman.
Tour Duration: 5-6 hours.
Africa is not only the place where humans first originated but most interestingly, where the very things that give us our humanity – art, symbolism, language and technology first developed. If we want to understand the culture, the spiritual beliefs and the very essence of the Zulu and Xhosa people as they are today, we need to take a step back a few hundred years and follow the path that the rock art stories can tell us. The centre has an outstanding and fascinating collection of rock paintings, engravings and artifacts, but more importantly, the history of South Africa is told, through the art of the San people. Exhibitions, film and touch screens bring to life the oldest people on the planet – the San (Bushman) and their rock art.
Constitutional Court and Old Fort
Constitutional Hill is home to the Constitutional Court, the protector of all South African basic Rights and Freedom, built around the remaining stairwells of the old Awaiting Trail Block. It is also the site of Johannesburg’s Old Fort Prison Complex (this was for white men only, Except, Nelson Mandela was the only Black person imprisoned in this section). Number Four prison is where black, coloured and Indian men were held and brutally punished before democracy in 1994. Many of South Africa’s leading political activists’ such as Mahatma Gandhi, Robert Sobukwe, Nelson Mandela, Joe Slovo, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, infamous murderess Daisy de Melker where detained here. A guided tour of Constitutional Hill is a journey through South Africa’s painful past, but also a celebration of its remarkable transition to Democracy.
Liliesleaf - Place of Liberation
Liliesleaf holds a position of esteem among struggle landmarks in South Africa. You will experience a first-hand account of the events and circumstances leading up to the infamous raid on the Rivonia farm, as well as insights into some of the revolutionary personalities who helped to shape South Africa’s democracy.
The arrests at Liliesleaf led to the Rivonia trial – which came to represent the essence of the liberation struggle and focused world attention on South Africa. The media surrounding the trial and the harsh sentencing of the accused put South Africa on the International Stage. In addition, Liliesleaf Farm is acknowledged to be the birth place of MK (Umkhonto we Sizwe – Spear of the Nation). MK was the military wing of the ANC, the farm was the nerve centre from which MK leadership planned the struggle for liberation and justice.
The house was built in 1907 by Hermann Kallenbach, who was a German born Jewish South African architect and one of Gandhi's closest friends. The pair lived in the house together for approximately two years before moving to Tolstoy Farm in the then Transvaal.
Gandhi spent 21 years in South Africa, at the prime of his life, he was very westernised and donned business suits but over time he transformed his lifestyle to a tranquil, peaceful and simple, self-sufficient lifestyle, weaving cotton while meditating, which he used to make his clothing.
.It is at this house that Gandhi deepened his philosophy of the Satyagraha movement (which is made up of two words: Satya - truth and graha - cease, which means ceasing truth through passive resistance), which was not just a passive resistance movement, but a lifestyle with its own principles, that in turn liberated India.
Lesedi Cultural Village
Lesedi is a multicultural village set amongst the pristine bushveld and rocky hills less than an hour’s drive north of Johannesburg. At the village you will experience the cultures, traditions and superstitions of some Southern African tribes. Join a guided tour of four traditional homesteads – The Zulus with their fighting sticks and beehive huts, The Xhosa with their perfectly thatched rondavels and distinctive white blankets, the rhythmic drums and whistles of The Pedi tribe and the conical straw hats and thick, coloured blankets of The Basotho. View their villages, their craft work, and enjoy the tribal dancing.
End the tour with a traditional African meal, “Nyama Choma" - The Great African Feast.
Montati Experience - Morning program begins at 11H30 OR Boma Experience - Afternoon program begins at 16H30.
Pick up time in Johannesburg/Sandton/Pretoria is 1 hour prior to the tour starting.
Pretoria City Tour
Visit the Capital City of South Africa with its wide streets lined with 75 000 Jacaranda trees, also known as Jacaranda city.
The tour takes you to;
- Visit the Voortrekker Monument - which commemorates the Pioneer history of Southern Africa and the history of the Afrikaner.
- Fort Schanskop - built to avert attacks on Pretoria.
- Kruger House - the historical residence of the Boer leader and last President of the South African Republic, Paul Kruger. Today a House Museum that recreates the ambiance of the period.
- Church Square the historic centre of the city of Pretoria, view the historic buildings such as The General Post Office, The Palace of Justice, The Raadsaal and the statue of Paul Kruger;
- The impressive Union Buildings - seat of the goverment and considered to be one of the country's finest architectural masterpieces with its beautiful gardens.