You are in the airport at Johannesburg with everyone rushing around you, in a hurry to get to their fancy resorts and go on their safaris somewhere out in the wilderness. But why rush? Why not stay in Jo’burg for a while and see the sights? Trust us, there is lots to see.
So you’ve arrived in Africa.
You’re in the airport at Johannesburg with everyone rushing around you, in a hurry to get to their luxury camps and go on their African safaris somewhere out in the wilderness.
But why rush? Why not stay in Jo’burg for a while and see the sights. You’re probably thinking ‘why on earth would I stay in Johannesburg!?’ What’s there to see? Well plenty, that is, if you know where to look. That’s where we come in. Let us take you on a tour of the great city of Johannesburg and convince you to savour a stop over on your next African safari holiday.
Let’s imagine you have decided to stay in Jo’burg and you have no idea what to go and see. Here are some of our favourite experiences and destinations in and around the city fondly known to us as Jozi.
1) Apartheid Museum
Well the first experience on your agenda has to be the famous Apartheid Museum. The Apartheid Museum opened in 2001 and tells of 20th Century South Africa, at the heart of which is the apartheid story. The Apartheid Museum is a collection of moving exhibits, which takes the visitor through an emotional journey, a journey that tells the story of the People’s struggle against racial discrimination and their struggle to overthrow an apartheid South Africa.
Time: Allow at least 2 hours here
Tickets: Adults – R50.00
Concession – R35.00 (pensioners, students, children – note under 11 yr not recommended due to nature of content)
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 10h00 – 17h00
2) Cradle of Humankind
So you had a little history lesson at the Apartheid Museum. Up for some more? How about the history of humankind? The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site is a 47000ha area at Sterkfontein in northwest Gauteng. This site has produced more fossils of our ancestors and their early relatives, the hominids, than any other site in the world.
Adults – R110
Children (4-14 years) – R65
Children under 4 – Free
Pensioners/Students – R75 (on production of a valid pensioner/student card)
Open and closing times: Sterkfontein Caves is open to the public from 09h00 to 17h00 every day, and the last tour departs at 16h00.
3) Gold Reef City
Just 8 kilometres from the centre of Johannesburg lies the uniquely South African Gold Reef City. With a magnificent Theme Park offering the widest range of features and attractions in Africa and the exhilarating Casino, alive with the excitement, buzz and energy of Jo’burg. This is one of the most exciting attractions in Johannesburg!
Time: Definately spend at least half a day here, or the whole day!
Persons over 1.3m – R140
Senior Citizens – R90
Persons under 1.3m – R90
Seasonal (Gauteng School Holidays) open Monday to Sunday 09h30 to 17h00
Out of Season open Wednesday to Sunday 09h30 to 17h00
(Not open Christmas Day)
4) Constitution Hill
The inner city of Jo’burg is a place exploding with culture and heritage. One of the most important historical items of South Africa is housed here. This is the South African Constitution. South Africa’s Constitution is recognised as one of the most progressive – advancing human rights and promoting reconciliation. The highest court in the land has been given a new home in the heart of Johannesburg known as Constitution Hill.
Time: A few hours are certainly worth it!
Adults – R22
Concession – R15
Under 12s – R10
5) Lion Park
So you what to see some of Africa’s wild animal? Well you don’t have to travel to the middle of nowhere to do it. Right here near Jo’burg is the famous Lion Park, home to more than 85 lions including the rare white lion. The park is also home to many other carnivores such as cheetah, wild dog and various hyena species; and many, many more. This is a great way to see Africa’s wild life, and far less expensive than a safari.
Time: Give it a couple hours!
Adults – R115
Children (age 4-12) – R80
Children (under 4) – no charge
Day When Time
Weekdays All year 08:30 – 17:00
Weekends 1 Sep – 30 Apr 08:30 – 18:00
Public Holidays 1 May – 31 Aug 08:30 – 17:00
6) Soweto Tour
Tour through the wonderful streets of Soweto and finish up on the famous Vilakazi Street. This township is the former home of Chief Albert Luthuli, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and former president Nelson Mandela, both Nobel Prize winners!
Estimated tour timings:
Pick up @ 12h00
Drop off @ 18h00
Price: R 450.00 per person (Based on 10 people)
So there you have it. What do you think now? Is Jo’burg really that bad? The opportunities are endless and these are but a small selection of the attractions to be found in Jo’burg and surrounding areas. So please remember there is more to Africa than just the great hotels and the wild safaris, Johannesburg is more than just a stopover or a connection to another place, it is an whole new adventure of its own.