From its beginning to the modern city - events that shaped its development with a private tour guide
Why is Johannesburg situated where it is? No water, rocky hills - its an odd place for a thriving city. This tour looks at its colourful history and its development from a gold mining camp to the financial powerhouse of Africa.
We travel through the suburbs, rich and poor, old and new, following the stories of this city. The story of a farmer with compassion, and the legacy he left this city, and a nature reserve protecting sites more than 800 years old, and the stories they have told.
We look at the mine shaft that started it all and visits the financial heart of the city. We can go to the top of the Carlton for a bird's-eye view of the city and its many landmarks. Mary Fitzgerald Square, with MuseumAfrica, the Workers Museum and Library is visited.
Museums such as the Apartheid Museum, Constitution Hill and Origins Centre are options. Time available and your interest determine where we go.
From ancient to modern, Johannesburg has it all.
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, and on to Ferreiras Mine Museum and other sites such as the Carlton Centre for a bird's-eye view of the city.
This itinerary is flexible, and I can change it on the day depending on your interests. If time allows, a visit to a museum of your choice can be fitted in.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: At your accommodation, or at O.R Tambo Arrivals Hall if you have a day layover.
End location: At your accommodation, or at O.R Tambo Departure Hall in the case of a layover.
Duration: 3 hours
PLEASE NOTE; SOME MUSEUMS ARE CLOSED ON CERTAIN DAYS. PLEASE CHECK IF THERE IS SOMETHING YOU PARTICULARLY WANT TO SEE.
This tour can last between 2 1/2 and 4 hours. The time spent at a site will be determined by the time you have available.
Air-conditioned comfort in a VW Microbus.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
100 South African Rand - If you wish to stop for lunch or if you make any personal purchases.
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It was my first business visit to Johannesburg and had an extra short day available before my flight back. I choose Lesley by the great comments from other visitors. My choice was for a 'Flying tour' but also tailor made to my needs and wishes. Lesley understood it all in just two lines message and delivered me a great 4h tour around Johannesburg. She knows all about it and I did learned a lot of the history. I certainly will book her again next year for other tour.
Pedro J De Sousa