From early days to recent history - the tour covers it all, including museums. It 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 molded it to their needs.
Pass 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.
PLEASE NOTE: This itinerary is flexible, and I can change it on the day depending on your interests. Museum visits are limited by the time available. PLEASE CHECK WITH ME REGARDING MUSEUM OPEN DAYS.
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Airport, Hotel, Address or Intersection
Duration: 9 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.
Air-conditioned VW Microbus.
- Guiding Services
- Private Transportation
- Admission Tickets
Estimated Local Cash Needed
500 South African Rand - For purchases of a personal nature.
- Personal Expenses
- Food, Drinks, Snacks
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Leslie showed us a broad and interesting selection of suburbs and city, negotiating traffic and routes with admirable expertise while giving us a running history of the area beginning at pre biological life times and culminating with current times just before she dropped us back at our accommodation. Not a moment was lost but we did not feel rushed at all.