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  • Johannesburg: Soweto Tour with Lunch

    1. Johannesburg: Soweto Tour with Lunch

    After being picked up from your hotel or residence in Johannesburg or Pretoria, listen to a quick pre-departure tour briefing from your guide before departing to Soweto (South Western Township). On your way to Soweto, pass by the National Football Stadium, which hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the World Cup 2010. Enter the Diepkloof area, where you will take a walk past vendors selling just about anything. Next, set off for the neighborhood of Orlando West and visit Vilakazi Street. Drive past the former home of Nelson Mandela and past the home of Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Take the opportunity to read about the Soweto uprising on the 16th 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. Then, pass by the Mandela House, giving you an opportunity to take photos of the father of Afri...

    The tour was well organised. Worth a half day trip. You get a local tour guide to walk a bit inside Soweto which is a great expensive and gives you a chance to interact with the locals. There was no WiFi on the minivan as indicated but that gave us a chance to concentrate on the guide and appreciate the stops uninterrupted. We covered all the historic stops and took time to take them in.

  • Johannesburg, Soweto and Apartheid Museum Day Tour

    2. Johannesburg, Soweto and Apartheid Museum Day Tour

    Johannesburg, Soweto and the Apartheid Museum are the perfect destinations for learning about the City of Gold. Start the day by visiting key landmarks in Johannesburg city, starting with Constitutional Hill where you will learn about apartheid prisoners. Then, head deep into the city, driving through the tall buildings, most of them built during the gold rush period. The next stop will be Top of Africa where you can see the city from above and take photos. The Apartheid Museum tour is the next stop as you dig deeper into the dark apartheid history of South Africa. This will be a 3-hour tour of the museum before heading into Soweto township. On arrival, you visit Mandela House Museum and get a 30-minute guided tour into his former house before he was sent to prison. The Hector Pieterson Museum will give you some inspiration on the language resistance uprising of 1976. Next, will be a qu...

    The guide nic...but my husband named him nicoli.... he was such a gentleman and so knowledgeable... anything you asked him he had an answer.. fantastic tour ... great job Nicoli.....

  • Johannesburg: Airport Transfer with City & Soweto Tour

    3. Johannesburg: Airport Transfer with City & Soweto Tour

    Meet your friendly driver at the arrivals halls of the airport then head to Johannesburg. Drive through the south suburbs before arriving in the city, home to an array of tall buildings built during the apartheid. As you explore, learn about the turbulent history of Johannesburg from your guide. Watch the city scenery disappear as you enter the township of Soweto, passing through the impressive power generators that dominate the skyline. Arrive at the famous Hector Pieterson Museum, and discover stories of the youth uprising in 1976. Next, visit the Mandela House Museum and retrace the life of the iconic Nelson Mandela. Hop back into the tour vehicle and begin the return journey to Johannesburg. Drive by the FNB stadium along the way, which hosted the opening and closing matches of the 2010 World Cup finals. At the end of an insightful adventure, enjoy drop-off to your city accommodati...

  • Johannesburg: Maboneng Walking Tour

    4. Johannesburg: Maboneng Walking Tour

    Discover the creative eastern side of inner Johannesburg on this 2-hour walking tour of the city. Maboneng, a Sotho word meaning place of light, is a fitting name for this district thanks to its reputation as Johannesburg’s creative hub. Meet your tour guide outside the Curiocity Backpackers hostel before setting off on the walk through the precinct. The first stop is The Cosmopolitan, one of the most elegant heritage buildings in downtown Johannesburg. Built in 1899, it was opened as a hotel and bar in 1902. Next, venture over to the Drivelines Development, a new urban development that uses upcycled shipping containers as affordable housing. From here you’ll walk over to Agog, the latest addition to Mabongeng’s burgeoning art scene.  Shop at the Kwa Mai-Mai Traditional Healers Market, said to be one of the oldest in the city. Here you’ll encounter Sangomas (traditional healers) and m...

  • Yeoville: Taste of Africa Food Experience

    5. Yeoville: Taste of Africa Food Experience

    The Taste of Africa experience allows you to sample the best flavors of the continent with no visa requirements or expensive flights. Explore local restaurants and sample traditional Ghanaian and Nigerian dishes while learning about the ingredients and techniques that make this cuisine so special.  Meet the local guide at Windybrow Art Centre, a family mansion turned theatre that has stood the test of time. From Windybrow, hop in a minibus taxi and venture into Yeoville, stopping first at Malalahitoka for traditional Ghanaian Wat, Kifto, and Injera. Next, sample Ghanaian Pondu and Kwanga at Kin Malabo before heading "West" for Nigerian Akara and Killshi at Mama Osu. Check out Baskim, which offers a mixture of African foods such as Konkonte and Ampesie. This will include a walk through the Yeoville food market where you can purchase the fruit and vegetables you have seen in some of the ...

  • Johannesburg: In Mandela's Footsteps Full-Day Tour

    6. Johannesburg: In Mandela's Footsteps Full-Day Tour

    Walk in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela, a militant, anti-apartheid activist. Hear about how he was forced to serve 27 years in prison before becoming the first South African president to be elected in a full-representative democratic election. Visit Lielslief Farm, a popular heritage site honoring the South African liberation movement. The history of Liliesleaf Farm stretches back to 1961, to when it served as a nerve center for the liberation movement and was used by Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK), the armed wing of the ANC, as a place to hideout from the state police and plan the overthrow of the apartheid government. Pass by the Chancellor House, where Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo ran the first black legal practice in the country from a modest three-story building during the 1950s at the height of apartheid. The major effort of their practice was to help those accused of crimes against ...

  • Johannesburg: Soweto Walking Tour with Lunch

    7. Johannesburg: Soweto Walking Tour with Lunch

    Discover the history of Soweto, where political icons lived during Apartheid, fighting against the regime. Explore the everyday life, meet the locals, taste local cuisine and get an authentic experience with a Sowetan native guide. Start at the Hector Pietersen Museum and hear about the Soweto uprising that transpired in 1976, which was one the turning point of Apartheid. Be introduced to the famous house of Nelson Mandela in Vilakazi Street, built in 1945, where he lived until he was imprisoned for 27 years. Have a conversation about Arch bishop Desmond Tutu in the famous street in Vilakazi Street. Continue through Orlando East, the first formal settlement of Soweto and Orlando Stadium, Soweto football giants, the Orlando Pirate and ride a minibus taxi to the last stop at the Orlando Towers. Listen to the many personal stories about the family's generations, how apartheid had an imp...

  • Private Cradle of Human Kind + Lesedi Cultural Village Tour

    8. Private Cradle of Human Kind + Lesedi Cultural Village Tour

    Depart from your accommodation in Johannesburg and begin your tour, which is full of history and culture. Drive through the suburbs of Johannesburg North, heading to the Cradle of Human Kind. Your tour guide will answer any questions you may have about the destination you are heading to. Legend has it that African ancestors lived here for 3 million years and that it is the birthplace of Humanity. Explore the Sterkfontein Caves and the Maropeng Visitor Center to learn more about why this place is called the Cradle of Human Kind. See different fossils and discover a lot of information about the birthplace of humankind. Continue on to the Lesedi Cultural Village to learn about the different cultures of South Africa and how they shape the modern lifestyles. African culture is very rich and the Lesedi Cultural Village provides the perfect opportunity to explore the rainbow nation of diverse ...

    To see the “villages” and life was a little shallow. The dancing was good if a little underpopulated. The food was good.

  • Johannesburg: Pen-African Cooking & Dinning Experience

    9. Johannesburg: Pen-African Cooking & Dinning Experience

    Embark on a pan-African cooking experience. Journey through different African cuisines with a well-known local chef.

    Enjoy a cooking and dining experience with a food healer and well-known pan-African chef. Learn how to make your own delicious African meals, and understand their ingredients.

    While Africa is 54 countries, you will also focus in-depth on one area in the hands of a special guest chef. Discover one country's famous meal and how it was derived. You'll also discuss nutrition, healthy eating, and veganism as part of your experience.

  • Johannesburg: Walking Tour of Hillbrow

    10. Johannesburg: Walking Tour of Hillbrow

    Get under the skin of this fascinating district with an expert guide who grew up in the area. Hear stories from the area's history, and learn about the personal experiences of your guide.

    Immerse yourself in a diverse neighborhood full of culture and history. Learn how a residential suburb became one of the most cosmopolitan places in South Africa. Hear how the area was a magnet for people from all over the world in the gold rush and the subsequent waves of migration from across the continent.

    Hear captivating stories from your guide, and then hit the streets to meet the locals. Visit landmarks like the WIndybrow Art Center, the iconic Ponte Tower and Telkom Tower, as you experience firsthand this diverse and fascinating district.

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What people are saying about Johannesburg

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 101 reviews

The tour was well organised. Worth a half day trip. You get a local tour guide to walk a bit inside Soweto which is a great expensive and gives you a chance to interact with the locals. There was no WiFi on the minivan as indicated but that gave us a chance to concentrate on the guide and appreciate the stops uninterrupted. We covered all the historic stops and took time to take them in.

Great experience with James and his colleague who helped us to discovery the culture and Africa cooking.We were not afraid because our guides took care of our safety very well whenever we went in our night tour in Johannesburg.Great and friendly James...Bravissimo

Vincent was a very informative guide and it was very interesting to see different aspects of life in Pretoria/Johannesburg/Soweto. I learnt many things including that Soweto not a name but initials for an area created by a white majority for the blacks to live.

The guide nic...but my husband named him nicoli.... he was such a gentleman and so knowledgeable... anything you asked him he had an answer.. fantastic tour ... great job Nicoli.....

Was eye opening and very informative. The guide was friendly and accommodating.