Johannesburg - Explore this young city, full of surprises and a rich history with a private guide.

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Tour Number

Activity Level

15344


Categories

City, First Time Visitor, Museums / Culture

Details

Kid Friendly: Yes. Children are welcome. The tour can be modified to suit a younger audience.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 7

Language(s)

explanation

English (fluent)

From the beginning, the impact of gold to the city today, with your choice of museums on a day tour.


Johannesburg exists because of Gold. It is a city of contrasts -brash, loud, but with a softer side.

We trace it's history from the Iron Age, through the first European settlers, the discovery of gold, the Second Anglo-Boer War, the Rebellion and up to modern times.

Admire the oldest house still standing in the city, and the impact its owner had on Johannesburg. Pass an inner-city nature reserve with iron-age sites. See where a Boer War general died, thus resulting in a coup being averted. Inspect the site of the discovery of the Main Reef. Drive into town for a look at several historical sites and buildings, including Hollard Street, the financial heart of the city.

Visit a historic mine stope, and go to the top of the tallest building in the city for a bird's eye view. Travel up through Hillbrow, and see some of the Rand Lord mansions and the architecture of Sir Herbert Baker. Stop off at city museums of your choice.

This tour offers variety and can be amended to cater to specific interests.

Itinerary

Please Note: I customize this tour to suit your time frame and requirements. Please ask for more details.

We drive through the suburbs to Emmarentia, discussing early Johannesburg, the Anglo-Boer war and the origins of the dam and surrounding suburbs.
We then drive past the Nature Reserve and over the ridge, discussing the geography of the area and proceed past the site of General de Wet's death to the Discoverer's Claim. We alight and walk through the park to the old mine shaft.
Newtown is next, with a walk around the square discussing the history of the area. An optional visit to MuseumAfrica or the Workers Museum is possible. On to Hollard street with a walk through the precinct, followed by a visit to the Ferreira's Stope Museum and trip up the Carlton Centre to view the city.
The Apartheid Museum, Constitution Hill or Origins Centre are possible stops. Your interests and time frame will dictate which. A trip through Hillbrow & past old mansions rounds off the visit.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: Your place of accommodation or at O.R Tambo Airport.

End location: Your place of accommodation or at O.R Tambo Airport.

Duration: 8 hours

PLEASE NOTE; SOME MUSEUMS ARE CLOSED ON CERTAIN DAYS. PLEASE CHECK IF THERE IS SOMETHING YOU PARTICULARLY WANT TO SEE

This tour is best enjoyed on the week-end, when traffic is not an issue. It will take longer mid-week, and certain places may be inaccessible. Weather plays a role, and rain may restrict the amount of walking done.

Transportation

I use a Volkswagen Microbus with airconditioning.

What’s Included

Other: Private transport, refreshments such as soft drinks and snacks in the vehicle.
All entries fee, guide fee.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

200 South African Rand - The amount of cash you will need will depend on whether you want to make any purchases of a personal nature.

What’s Extra

Other: The cost for lunch if you choose to stop at a restaurant.

A Recent Review of this tour

Lesley gave us a wonderful tour! She was very accommodating regarding arrangements. Lesley knows the city and its history. As we toured the city she provided a narration regarding the sites we visited and an overall history of South Africa. If you are looking for someone to show you the city and give you a historical background, Leslie is your guide.
William Schwartz

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