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Jo'berg in 1 Day: Soweto, Apartheid Museum & City Tour

Jo'berg in 1 Day: Soweto, Apartheid Museum & City Tour

After collecting you from your hotel or residence in Johannesburg, your guide will give you a quick pre departure tour briefing before departing to Soweto (South Western Township). On your way to Soweto you pass by the National Football Stadium City, which hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the World Cup 2010. You enter the Diepkloof area, where you will take a walk past vendors selling just about anything. In Orlando West you visit Vilakazi Street - drive past the former home of Nelson Mandela and past the home of Archbishop Desmond Tutu. You will have an opportunity to read about the Soweto uprising on 16 June 1976. On that tragic day an innocent little boy called Hector Pieterson gave up his life and kick-started the liberation of South Africa. During this tour you will pass by the Mandela House. A visit into the museum is optional. You continue your tour driving into one of the shanty towns where you get to interact with some of the locals. By now you will have seen the good, the bad and the ugly facets of Soweto. You drive past the Soweto Campus of the Johannesburg University and end your tour with a stop at the largest hospital in the world: Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital. After Lunch on your own account, you will arrive at the world famous Apartheid Museum. Here you will learn about the history and struggle of South Africa during apartheid. Once you are done with the Apartheid Museum, you head into Johannesburg City and start with the view of the impressive 269 metre Telkom Tower, as seen on many postcards of Johannesburg. You then enter the inspiring Constitution Hill – and Court (when not in session) Political activists like Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi were once held here. During a tour inside you will learn about some of the legal history of Johannesburg. On your way to Newtown you pass by the longest southern African bridge, named Nelson Mandela bridge. At Mary Fitzgerald Square you can walk on the Jazz Walk of Fame. In short, this tour offers you a unique Johannesburg experience at an affordable rate.

Johannesburg City Walking Excursion

Johannesburg City Walking Excursion

Johannesburg has played a significant role in the history, culture, and demographics of modern South Africa. It has been one of the reasons for many conflicts in South African history, but it is also one of the reason for a diverse country we have today. Explore the City of Gold with a local guide and learn about the history and the current condition of Joburg. The tour will star at the Wing Republic, where you will get an overview of the tour and the history of the city. Walk from Braamfontein to Newtown and get a chance to see the famous Nelson Mandela bridge. Visit the Market theatre and Mary Fitzgerald square in Newtown and learn about the history of South African music and art. Walk to the Workers Compound and learn about the Labourers Immigration Laws of South Africa. And see our Science Discovery centre. Walk to Ferreira Market and visit the Chancellor’s House and learn about the life of Nelson Mandela and OR Tambo as attorneys. Get a chance to see the magistrate court. Walk on Main Street to Gandhi Square named after the famous Mahatma Gandhi, and learn about South Africa’s biggest industry. Visit the fifth tallest building in Africa, the Carlton Centre and visit the ABSA gallery, where they exhibit different art works done by artists from all over Africa. Walk to the last location, Maboneng, Johannesburg’s art world and see the local artists and their work. Have a local lunch End our tour at Home of the bean, a coffee shop where it is easy to get an Uber back.

Johannesburg: Architectural Walking Tour

Johannesburg: Architectural Walking Tour

We will build an image of the history of the city from an architectural standpoint. We will walk and explore the city from that perspective. Our tour starts at Mary Fitzgerald Square in the Newtown district where art and creativity thrive, making our way into Albertina Sisulu Street (formerly known as Market Street) which is the birth of the entire city. There, we will pause at the Library gardens where it all started as I tell you and show you the historical spaces and changes over the years. Our path will take us to the beautiful mining offices of the Marshalltown district which holds a vital role in the narrative of the city, and our tour ends at “The top of Africa” in Carlton Center, which was the highest point in the whole of Africa until recently. (Currently, the Top of Africa is closed, we'll end at the bottom of the Carlton Center).

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(113 reviews)

This day trip was excellent and I got to see a lot of Johannesburg. The tour inside Constitution Hill was excellent, highly recommend going there. The guide for the day, Sello, gave us a lot of interesting information as we drove around Johannesburg and Soweto. The Apartheid Museum was very interesting, but I kind of wish out guide didn't have to go pick up someone for the Soweto tour; it would have been better if he had guided us on that tour too (since there is a lot of information and rooms in that museum). The Soweto walking tour was also very nice. I felt safe at all times, and Sello kept the energy high! Highly recommend this tour, you'll see everything you need to see, and learn a lot!

If you want to learn more about the history of South Africa, you've come to the right place. As serious as the topic of apartheid is and the impressions in the former prison on Constitution Hill and in the Apartheid Museum are very thought-provoking, the trip with our guide Prince was entertaining, fun and informative. He looked after us very well and provided us with a lot of knowledge. A big thank you to Prince - it was very educational!

It was great and very educational. Our guide Ali Chauke was great. He explained and talked so much that you can tell that it is his passion to bring South Africa and its history closer to tourists. I have rarely had such a good guide. I can only recommend that everyone do something like this to get to know the other sides of South Africa.

Michael was amazing!Very knowledgeable very dedicated and very good driver 😃 This is an amazing activity,very much worth the money and time ! Please be prepared for very moving stories at the museums. Highly recommended activity to experience history in Johannesburg!

Our guide (Tebogo) was great and explained to us many interesting things about Joburg. Definitely reccommend the tour to anyone visiting the city.