From early days to recent history - this tour covers it all, including museums. Can be an Airport Layover Tour.
This is a city of contrasts - modern, brash, a melting pot of different cultures and people, and yet very young. From the earliest Iron Age peoples to the financial powerhouse of Africa - this city has seen it all.
Why is this city here? No water, on rocky slopes - an unlikely setting. Growing from farmland to a city of over 120, 000 in 4 short years, weathering wars, foiling a coup, violent strike action resulting in armed insurrection to the final struggles against apartheid - it all happened here.
Trace the softer sides of the city, such as the farmer who left a legacy that lasts to this day, the site of the gold strike that started it all, and see wonderful images of the old Johannesburg at the Ferreiras Mine Museum. Admire the headgear and stamp mill in Hollard Street, and find out a bit about the characters that shaped this city with their eccentricity.
We tour Soweto - site of the student uprising that caught the world's attention, and can visit a variety of museums, depending on interest.
We drive through the suburbs discussing the history of the city, from the forces that formed the land, to the people that moulded it to their needs.
Past a dam built by hand in order to earn a future, the oldest house in Johannesburg, and a city nature reserve with iron age sites to the site of the first gold strike. Into the city to Mary Fitzgerald Square where MuseumAfrica is, Top of the Carlton, Ferreiras Mine Museum and on to Soweto.
We drive to Hector Pieterson Memorial, Mandela House, Walter Sisulu Square of Dedication and Regina Mundi Church. We see various other landmarks along the way.
Museums available are the Apartheid Museum, Origins Centre, Constitution Hill, Hector Pieterson and Mandela House - you choose. We lunch at Wandies in Soweto, a buffet restaurant serving local foods, simple but good.
PLEASE NOTE: This itinerary is flexible, and I can change it on the day depending on your interests. Museum visits are limited by time available. PLEASE CHECK REGARDING MUSEUM OPEN DAYS.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: At O R Tambo arrivals hall, or at your accommodation.
End location: At the departute hall drop-off point at O R Tambo airport or at your accommodation.
Duration: 7 hours
The itinerary is flexible, and can be tailored to fit the time available. Less than 6 hours will not be sufficient.
The time spent at sites and the number of places visited in the city can be increased if more time is available.
PLEASE NOTE: Some museums are closed on certain days. Please check with me regarding open times.
Aircondidtioned VW Microbus
Transportation, guide fee, all soft drinks, tea and coffee and snacks in the car, all site entries and a buffet lunch at Wandies Place.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
500 South African Rand - This tour is fully inclusive. This amount will only be necessary for purchases of a personal nature such as souvenirs.
Any purchases of a personal nature such as souvenirs.
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Lesley did a fantastic job of showing us the city of Johannesburg, Soweto, the Apartheid Museum and more in the full day we spent with her. We wish we had another day to explore other parts of the area. She was always conscious of our safety and we never felt at risk. I would highly recommend Lesley. She has terrific knowledge of the history of the country and city in addition to the scientific discoveries being made at the Cradle of Mankind.