No need to hang around the airport!
If you have anything from a 3 - 5 hour stop over get a fascinating glimpse of Johannesburg and Soweto! Downtown Jozi is a sight to behold. Not the normal Inner City for very good reasons. A gritty city not a pretty city that started off as a rough gold mining camp in 1886. Experience the struggle to reclaim the city and turn it around. See the different styles of architecture from different decades side by side from Victorian to Edwardian Baroque to Italiante to Brutalist! From there we take a drive through Soweto, the largest and most important African township in South Africa. Set up as a migrant labour camp in the early 1900's it is now called home by 4 -5 million African people. Colourful, bustling and hustling is what its all about.
From the airport we go into the Inner City and take a drive through the different precincts i. e. Braamfontein, Newtown, Maboneng and the Mining District. If time permits we go to the Top Of Africa on the 50th floor of the Carlton Centre for a birds eye view of the city. From there straight into the heart of Soweto with a drive past Chris Hani Barogwanath Hospital, the 3rd largest in the world, the Soweto Towers to Freedom Square in Kliptown, then onto Vilakazi St past the House of Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela. If time permits we will then visit the Hector Pieterson Museum which tells the story of what happened on 16th June 1976.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: OR Tambo International Airport
End location: OR Tambo International Airport
Duration: 4 hours
The tour can be adjusted to take anywhere from 3 - 5 hours depending on your time available.
Transport in comfortable, air conditioned vehicle.
Pick up and drop off at the airport. Bottled water in the vehicle.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
200 Rand - For curios and any items of a personal nature.
Any snacks and items of a personal nature.
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A perfect way to spend our one day in jo burg. Mark had a wealth of information. There was no question he didn't know the answer to. He showed exactly what we wanted to see so we didn't waste any time. We would love to utilize his many areas of expertise in the future.