Johannesburg Travel Guide

Activities & Events

Township Tour to Soweto, a tour that will take you around the densely populated but vibrant town of Soweto. Use only official operators and do not go on your own.
Walter Sisulu Botanical GardensPhone: +27 (0)11 958-1750Fax: +27 (0)11 958-1752Price: R25 per person, discounts for students and pensionersOne of the last green areas remaining within Johannesburg. Lots of birds, including the endangered Black Eagle. There is a restaurant situated within the grounds as well as picnic and braai areas.
Constitution HillLocated downtown on the eastern edge of Braamfontein the site of the notorious Old Fort prison complex. In a similar vein to the Apartheid Museum the South African Constitutional Court set around the infamous Fort prison is a fascinating place well worth a visit - part courtroom, part museum and part art gallery. Free.
South African Lipizzaners1 Dahlia Road, KyalamiPhone: +27 (0)11 702-2103Fax: +27 (0)11 468-2718Other than Vienna, this is the only place you will ever got to see performing Lipizzaners recognized by the Spanish Riding School. Booking can also be done via computicket
Lesedi Cultural VillagePhone: +27 (0)12 205-1394Traditional dances and food in authentic Zulu, Sotho, Pedi, Xhosa and Ndebele villages.
Lion ParkR114 near the corner with Malibongwe (old Hans Strijdom Drive) (R512), HoneydewPhone: +27 (0)11 691-9905Fax: +27 (0)11 691-9904Price: R130 per personThe entrance ticket gives you a visit with the lion cubs (yes, you get to touch them), feed the giraffe (R20 for giraffe food) and a self-drive game viewing through the lion camps and game area (antelope, zebra, giraffe and others live here). The Lion Park can be very busy over weekends and public holidays. If you want some quality time with the lion cubs, it is better to go during the week when it is not so busy. If you are going to drive through the lion enclosures, make sure there are no loose objects on the outside of your vehicle and keep your windows closed. The lions are especially fond of 4x4 spare wheel covers, so remove these before you enter.
Suikerbosrand Nature ReserveKaree KloofSuikerbosrand Nature Reserve is one of Gautengs premier ecotourism destinations. Set just a short distance from Johannesburg, an hour's drive from Johannesburg International Airport and near the historical town of Heidelberg, this reserve boasts a representative sample of the fauna and flora of the Rocky Highveld Grassland biome. With 134 km of unspoiled natural environment and a mountain range characterised by meandering twists and turns of hiking trails, the reserve offers an unbelievably refreshing break from the bustling city life. Here, the altitude varies between 1,545 and 1,917m above sea level..
Montecasino Bird GardensMontecasino Boulevard (Cnr William Nicol and Witkoppen Roads), FourwaysPhone: +27 (0)11 511-1864Hours: Open weekdays from 8:30AM to 5PM and weekends from 8:30AM to 6PMMany birds and other small wildlife. Also look out for the 2500 year old tree located near the parrots. Flight of Fantasy Shows at 11AM and 3PM weekdays and 11AM, 1PM and 3PM on weekends.
Visit a gold mineSuch as the Old Kromdraai Gold Mine. The Kromdraai Gold Mine was one of the first gold mines on the Witwatersrand (the Johannesburg area today) and is situated in an unspoilt rural setting about 40 minutes drive from Johannesburg International airport and 20 minutes from Johannesburg city.R 1165-00 single ticket.
Gold Reef CityNorthern Parkway, OrmondePhone: +27 (0)11 248-6800Fax: +27 (0)11 248-6863An amusement park with a casino. The visitor can also learn about gold mining and go into a mine here (about 200 deep, too clean). Unfortunately Gold Reef isn't a theme-park of international standards so if you are expecting "Disney Land Africa" give it a miss.
Ferreira's MineStandard Bank Centre, 5 Simmonds StreetPhone: +27 (0)11 636-9111Fax: +27 (0)11 636-4207Hours: Open during normal banking hours 8AM to 4PMPrice: Entrance is freeThis bank literally sits on gold. An old abandoned gold mine from the late 19th century was rediscovered during construction of the Standard Bank head office in the 1980s. After taking the access tunnels of the mine into account, construction continued over it. Portions of the original mine as well as the new museum associated with it, have been opened to the public.
Workers MuseumNewtown Park, Jeppe st, NewtownPhone: +27 (0)11 833 5624Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 9am to 5pmPrice: FreeThe Workers Museum is a site specific museum and is be housed in the Newtown Compound on Mary Fitzgerald Square, Johannesburg. The Newtown Compound is one of the last surviving examples of municipal compounds for black male workers. The City Council built the compound in 1913 to house migrant workers who worked first for the Sanitary Department and then later at the nearby power station. The Museum tells the story of Migrant Labourers who came to Johannesburg to find work. Having left their homes and families, black migrant workers faced slave-like conditions shown by the original dormitories, concrete bunks and punishment room at the old compound building. The museum reveals the hardships of workers under the migrant labour system, a cornerstone of apartheid, from the early 1900s through to the 1970s, when the system of job reservation began to breakdown. More positively it shows the vibrancy and creative resilience of migrant worker's culture. Oral history interviews and individual stories are combined with archival photographs and documents as well as a newly commissioned documentary on Migrant Labour.
Sophiatown Heritage Tours73 Toby Street, SophiatownPhone: 0116731271Sophiatowns history makes it one of the most significant stories in South Africas recent past a site of forced removal prior to those of Cato Manor, District 6 and others all over our nation. Sophiatowns mix of political, literary, music, social, criminal and cultural movers and shakers provided a back-drop for perhaps the most immortalized period in Johannesburgs history Walking tours start from the original 1930s former house of Dr AB Xuma and takes you back to those times see where Hugh Masekela, Jonas Gwangwa and Stompie Mananas talents came to light; encounter the stories of removal and rebirth, experience the heady talent of Don Mattera and Can Themba, listen to the street life tales immortalized in song and dance.Entrance: R25 Adult/ R10 Child: Group tours, school programmes R60 Adult/R30 Child: Guided Walking tour of SophiatownOpen: 10h00 16h00 (Tues, Wed, Fri) 10h00 18h00 (Thurs) 10h00 13h00 (Sat)
Events
Coca-Cola Domecnr Olievenhout Avenue and Northumberland Road, North RidingThe Coca Cola stadium has numerous events throughout the year from wedding expos, to live motoring theater. This is the biggest dome structure in the southern hemisphere.

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