HISTORY TOUR – JOHANNESBURG
Affectionately dubbed Jozi, Johannesburg is a young, vibrant and exciting city which showcases the best that South Africa’s urban culture has to offer:
Built on the wealth of the gold beneath its streets, the remarkable city of Johannesburg mushroomed from nothing to a modern metropolis in just over a century. There are wonderful restaurants, fascinating township tours, fantastic shopping opportunities, and the chance of exciting excursions to such diverse attractions as glitzy casinos, game parks and prehistoric fossil fields. The city illustrates the desperate inequality that characterises South African society, and the combination of palatial homes in glamorous suburbs and sprawling shanty towns is interesting and challenging for visitors. Johannesburg is a proud city and some of the most exciting of the city’s attractions can be found in the ‘township’ areas where creativity and innovation often manage to triumph over poverty. Johannesburg is also a good place to learn about South Africa’s Apartheid history, with some great museums and tours dedicated to the subject.
Johannesburg is the gateway to South Africa’s top game parks, and many who enter the country here would be well-advised to spend a few days holiday in Johannesburg to experience this vibrant city before or after they hit the bush.
Did you know?
- Johannesburg is one of the youngest major cities in the world.
- About 40 percent of the planet’s ancient human ancestor fossils have been found in the Johannesburg area.
- With more than 10 million trees, Johannesburg often tops lists of the most treed cities in the world.
We have put together a quick 3 night / 4 day History School Tour of this amazing city!
Early departure from King Shaka International Airport.
You will be met at OR Tambo Airport and transferred to Pretoria for a day of sightseeing including:
- Union Buildings
- Voortrekker Monument
- Freedom Park with lunch
Unfortunately you cannot go inside the Union Buildings but can explore the terraced gardens where you will find various monuments to important South African figures such as the nine meter tall statue of Nelson Mandela.
Transfer to accommodation – Holiday Inn Express
Hotel to be confirmed. Including accommodation, dinner and breakfast
Check out from the hotel.
Pick up for Soweto day tour with lunch.
On this full day tour your guide (born and bred) will take you past all the hotspots in Soweto. We affectionately refer to this as the good, the bad and the Ugly. The tour will take you deep into the township culture, so you can attain a personal experience of the diversity and rich history this part of Johannesburg has to offer. En route to Soweto, we pass by the famous National Football Stadium City, which hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the Soccer World Cup 2010. From there, we enter the Diepkloof area, where the vendors are located; selling just about anything you can conjure up in your imagination. In Orlando West we visit Vilakazi Street- drive past the Mandela House where a visit into the museum is optional as well as 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.
For you to truly experience the full history and heritage of this famous township, our tour will take you into the depths of the shanty towns where you get to interact with some of the locals and see how they live. We drive past the Soweto Campus of the Johannesburg University and end off our tour with a stop at the largest hospital in the world: Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital. Buffet meal at a local Restaurant, enjoy the delicious tastes and smells of local cuisine (starter, main course and dessert) Apartheid museum After Lunch we visit the world famous Apartheid museum where you will learn about the history of South Africa and the struggle of its people during the apartheid era for approximately 2 hours before returning you back to hotel around 17h00
Soweto Tour & Lunch Includes:
- Entrance fee into the Hector Pieterson Museum
- Visit an informal settlement
- Drive past Mandela House Museum
- Drive past Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital
- Walk through the Regina Mundi Church
- Drive past Diepkloof ext.
- Drive past Baragwanath Taxi Rank
- Drive past Maponya Shopping Mall
- Visit Freedom Square and Freedom Charter Memorial
- Drive along Vilakazi Street
- Drive past and see the homes of Nobel peace prize winner Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and Winnie Madikizela- Mandela, the ex-wife of Nelson Mandela
- Drive past the Soccer City Stadium
- Lunch at a Restaurant in Soweto
- Drop off at hotel in Sandton – Park Inn Sandon
Hotel will include accommodation, breakfast; dinner and lunch pack for Thursday.
Collection from hotel for sights in Johannesburg.
- Visit The Constitutional Court with a two hour tour including the Old Fort, the Women’s Jail,
- Number Four and the Constitutional Court.
- Visit Liliesleaf Farm
- Visit the Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre – see attached brochure to choose programmes of interest
Return to hotel
Dinner at Hard Rock Café Sandton
Check out from hotel and collection with Lunch Pack.
Visit the Newtown Precinct for a 3 hour walking tour of the Newtown Heritage Trail.
This trail was created in 2010 to encourage visitors to walk through the rich and colourful precinct and learn more about the history of key landmark buildings.
The one hour tour of Newtown starts in the Market Theatre parking area and our site guide navigates Newtown moving from heritage marker to heritage marker, telling the story of the birth of Newtown, Kippies, Potato Sheds and Railway Sidings, Market Theatre, Museum Africa and Mary Fitzgerald Square. Next stop is the Electrical Precinct with covers the story of Johannesburg’s first power stations and includes the Electric Workshop, Turbine Hall, SAB World of Beer, and the Workers’ Museum. The Transport Precinct is next and covers the city’s transport history, as well as Newtown’s cultural organisations which are situated within this area of Newtown, and include Dance Factory, Moving into Dance, Bassline, Market Photo Workshop, Artist Proof Studio, and Market Lab. There is no time on the short tour to enter buildings. The three hour tour covers the same buildings and venues but visitors are giving the opportunity to visit the Market Theatre, Museum Africa, the Workers’ Museum and Sci-Bono Discovery Centre. An optional extra on request is a look inside the majestic and exquisitely restored Turbine Hall.
Transfer to OR Tambo for flight back to Durban.
Flight and Airline to be advised.
To see our Joburg History Tour package, click here.